Learn about the medicinal plants of the Amazon
Discover the medicinal plants of the Amazon with the midwives of Amupakin
WHAT AWAITS YOU DURING THIS 1 DAY EXPERIENCE
This one hour tour of the medicinal plants garden with an explanation of the uses of around 20 medicinal plants will immerse you in the world of plants of the Amazon. Different parts of the plant are used, leaves, flowers, stems or roots. The brave among you can perhaps also be treated on the spot with, for example, the Amazon nettle, which promotes blood circulation. Plants species include orchids, ajo de monte, catarnicas, kulluir, python plant, consiun and chuchuguazo. We may also spot insects such as mantis and birds including oropendulas, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and tanagers. The tour is led by a licensed guide.
The community you will be visiting
Amupakin is an organization of ten Kichwa women midwives from the Amazonian province of Napo. Amupakin is dedicated to the health and welfare of the people and the preservation of their ancestral culture. You are invited to discover their traditions, such as medicinal plants, clothing and music. Taste their delicious, fresh, local food, help to harvest the ingredients and be surprised about the traditional midwife work of the Kichwa culture. Know about the ancient rites about birth and connect with the spirit of the Amazon. The Amupakin installations are located in a large, green plot of land on the edge of the small jungle village of Archidona. More than 20 years ago, the women's association won a prize in a competition which was used to construct the buildings. Unfortunately, the Red Cross was commissioned to carry out the construction, as funds were channelled through them. Since it was primarily a centre for natural, traditional births at that time, a lot of concrete was used, as was common in hospitals at that time. The women were not able to get their wishes for the building style accepted. So several buildings were constructed on the site using "urban" building materials. There are 6 small pavilions on the site, each with 2 rooms and some also equipped with a kitchen. There is a large main building, with the room for traditional births but now also general medical treatments, a dormitory and offices. Another building houses the dining room with space for up to 70 people and the modern kitchen. In another smaller building there is space for the respective birth attendant to rest if necessary. There are also two more traditional buildings, one housing a traditional kitchen with a fireplace and a large table where the women cook and eat for themselves. The other building, with bamboo walls and a tin roof is used for traditional eating on the floor, fireplaces, purification rituals and the gathering of the women. The women's medicinal herb garden, which serves as their natural pharmacy, is also located on the railing. Another part of the compound is overgrown with jungle plants where small wild animals live and where the women have set up small traditional traps.
Food & Drinks
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners of traditional and local food such as maito (chicken or fish grilled in a wrapped leaf), tilapia (freshwater fish), soups and steaks. We also offer buffets.