Botany Tour for Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters
This 4-day Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine and Giant Otters Tour is designed to give you a good insight into the many specialist plants of the Amazon rainforest, with a particular focus on the fascinating Ayahuasca, also known as the Dead Rope Vine. The trip is leisurely paced and available on request and the price includes lodgings, meals and the guidance of a qualified botanist.
During the tour you will hike in the forest around the Tambopata River in southern Peru with the object of identifying plants and trees. The Ayahuasca vine you find will later be used in a traditional ceremony that you can attend if you choose. There are some 24km of jungle trails to explore and while you are there you will also be looking out for Giant Otters and, of course, all the many beautiful bird species that live in the canopy.
The Dead Rope plant, known as Ayahuasca, is seen as the link between the world of the living and the dead. It has been used for centuries by natives of the Peruvian Amazon to heal not only the body but the spirit of people in pain. It is said to restore balance in life. The traditional Ayahuasca ritual ceremony take place at night and is alleged to transport the participants on an astral journey to find themselves with the help of the power of the Dead Rope Vine.
It is an interesting ceremony to observe, with a Shaman introducing the ritual with songs. Partaking of the juice of the vine is optional but be aware that it can be quite an intense experience for those who take part, lasting for three or more hours, and can lead to some unpleasant physical effects as well as hallucinations.
A less intense aspect of this Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters tour takes you to the Tres Chimbadas Lake to watch a family of Giant River Otters, several bird species such as the rare Hoatzin, or Stinky bird, the Hornet screamer, the Cocoi Heronand Puma Heron. There will also be the chance to spot Black Caymans.
You can pay an interesting visit to a local plantation for crops such as the white cacao, maize, bananas, papayas and coconuts. You can see how they are grown and get the chance to sample them. Lastly, a river excursion at night on the Tambopata River is also an exciting part of the tour.
Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine & Giant Otters Tour highlights include:
- Experience the Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine ceremony
- Visit the Explorer’s Inn Clay Lick to spot a multitude of macaws and other parrots
- White Caymans on the Tambopata River at night
- Walks through pristine Amazon rainforest to learn about the flora and fauna
If you want to add to your experience of the birds of the Amazon have a look at The Clay Lick Chuncho tour.
Alternative Tour Name: Ayahuasca Dead Rope Vine Experience