TOUR of the museum, medicinal plants, and animals (ONE HOUR)
This basic tour is normally done from Misahualli in canoe, but can also be done directly from the road. The visitor or group will receive a native guide for an interactive tour of the ethnocultural museum, medicinal plants and animals. It lasts about 45 minutes to an hour, and ends with the opportunity to take home local crafts or jewelry as a souvenir, or natural medicine made from the plants seen on the tour. It provides the opportunity to learn about the culture through the museum and plants, interact with the animals in their local habitat, and see the beautiful scenery along the Napo River.
Kamak Maki started with the idea of preserving the Kichwa culture and other cultures native to the Amazon with an ethnocultural museum that educates its visitors about the various customs of the region. The museum includes cultural examples such as: traps of hunting and fishing, traditional clothing, musical instruments, ritual stones, and ceramics. With a native guide from the community, this interactive tour includes explanation of the old uses of these instruments for survival, these traditions, and the importance of maintaining this knowledge today and in the future.
The tour of Kamak Maki also includes the explanation of medicinal plants. In the Amazon, a wide variety of plants are used as medicine to cure many diseases or sicknesses. The native guide presents these plants, which illnesses they cure, and how they are still used today. For example, the sangre de drago that comes from a tree is used to heal scars, ayahuasca is used by local healers called shamans, or guayusa is made into a tea as an energizer. If you would also like, the guide can also perform a cleansing ceremony which rids one of all bad energy.
Kamak Maki serves as a home for some species of animals from this region. The majority of the animals are free in their habitat, and some are in danger of extinction. Here you find these animals in adequate free space, and with the caring and maintenance necessary for the animal and the security of the visitor. The guide explains about each animal, its habitat and its diet. One can touch many of the animals and take photos of them.
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