The objective of this trip is a cultural inmersion with one of the most interesting and spiritual tribes in the entire Amazon Basin.
A visit to the village of Seguaya Remolino located in the southern border of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve will be the scenery for an incredible visit full of wisdom, discovery and adventure..
The Secoya, or Siekopai, people traditionally inhabited a very large territory between the Putumayo and Napo rivers in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. They are renowned for their shamanic acumen and knowledge of medicinal plants. Their language, Pai’koka, is part of the Western Tucanoan language group. Missionary activity, rubber extraction, colonization, palm oil production, and petroleum activity have reduced Secoya territory to less than 30,000 hectares in Sucumbíos Province in Ecuador—a tiny fraction of their ancestral territory.
The Siekopai now number around 800 people in Ecuador and around 900 in Peru. In Ecuador, the Siekopai are concentrated in three communities along the Aguarico River: San Pablo de Katetsiaya, Siecoya Remolino Ñe’ñena and Eno.
The Siekopai suffer heavily from oil-related contamination. Rivers have been contaminated, making much of the water unsafe to bathe in or drink. The Secoya can no longer subsist solely on traditional activities like hunting, fishing, and growing edible crops. As a result, African palm production and oil extraction have a strong influence in the communities, rapidly degrading the remaining portion of rainforest the Secoya call home. That’s why we have created this program together with the community to give an alternative of income for the people that try to maintain their way of life.
In response to all these threats we have started an education project to change the reality of the kids of this village. The SERA Foundation ( spirit bird that brings hope to the Siekopai people A.K.A. Swallow tailed kite.) it’s a team of young Siekopai and professional allies that work together to build a new Waldorf school in their territory. By joining our tours you are directly supporting this initiative that aims to change the reality of the youth in the Amazon basin by channeling funds and generating relations and alliances to help develop this project.