We hope this journey will be an eye-opening and life-altering experience for everyone. Please read through these questions and answers carefully to adequately prepare you for this trip. Of course, if you have further questions, please contact us directly. We will be covering this information again in a conference call prior to the trip.
How do I know if this experience is right for me?
We trust that people are called to this experience and go when the time is right. Keep in mind that we are spending 7 nights in the jungle with basic facilities. There will be hiking in the jungle.
Your presence, openness and willingness to absorb the teachings of the Sapara is important. We hope you will share your experience with your community back home.
If you are not sure if this is the right experience for you, please contact us and we can help you with your decision.
How many people are in the group and what ages travel with you?
We have between 10-12 participants for each journey not including the guides. Participants ages range anywhere from youth to seniors. We encourage a diverse age group with our journeys.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the trip is US$3000.
The price excludes airfare to Quito and personal spending money.
What is the currency?
What is the weather like?
When do I need to be in Quito? Can I arrive early or stay longer?
What do I need to bring?
How much money do I need to bring?
Should I bring a journal?
Part of the preparation process for the journey is to begin journaling. Because the Sapara are from a dream society, you may find that your dreams are more vivid. Record your dreams and thoughts in your journal. Notice the events leading up to your trip. Clarify your intentions for this trip and be sure to bring that journal with you. You will have the opportunity to have your dreams interpreted as well as the chance to share them with others.
What paperwork to I need to supply?
Do I need a passport and visa?
Your passport must be valid for at least six months past your date of entry in order to enter Ecuador. You will not be allowed to enter the country with a passport that expires within six months of your date of entry. Be sure to check your passport now to see if you meet this requirement so you can secure a timely renewal if necessary. No visa is required for entry with a Canadian or US passport.
Do I need travel insurance?
We require that you purchase travel insurance for your time away from home. This kind of travel can be unpredictable and weather dependent. We have found that BCAA or AAA provides comprehensive travel medical plans and flight cancellation insurance. You can also consider purchasing flight insurance when you purchase your airline ticket.
Can I take pictures?
To protect the privacy of the Sapara and to maximize your experience, we ask you not to bring your own camera. We will have one photographer on hand who will take pictures on behalf of all of us.
Will I need a cell phone?
We have designed this trip as an electronic free experience. If you bring a mobile phone with you, we will ask you to leave it behind when we fly into the rainforest. There is no cell service or WiFi, and pictures will be taken on your behalf.
What do we eat?
Before and after our stay with the Sapara community, we will eat at our hotels or at local restaurants. Everybody can choose their own meals. During our stay in the Amazon we will have nourishing, tasty but plain meals. The meals will be mostly vegetarian and may include rice, pasta, quinoa, yuca, legumes, vegetables and fruit. Coffee and tea and purified drinking water will be provided.
Where do we sleep?
We will stay in very comfortable hotels before and after our trip to the Amazon. You will share a room with another travel companion.
During our stay in the rainforest, our group will stay in two palapa style, traditional buildings. We will each have a bed with a mattress and a mosquito net. Pillows and blankets will be provided.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Vaccinations are not required, but check with your local travel clinic for updated information. We recommend that your Hepatitis A/B and Tetanus vaccinations are current. There is currently no Malaria in this part of the Sapara territory. See Packing List for more information.
Where does the money go?
65% of your trip fees will go to the Sapara and Naku project. The remainder of the money will cover travel costs in Ecuador before and after your stay with the Sapara, as well as other trip expenses.