Sarayacu: KICHWA MEDICINE, ECOLOGY and SPIRITUALITY

The kichwa community of Sarayacu is located in ecuadorian Amazonia; 100 kmts. far from Puyo, capital city of Pastaza province, on the basin of the Bobonaza river, an affluent of the Pastaza, Marañón and Amazonas. Sarayacu covers an area of 135000 hectares of primary forest at 600 mts. above sea level, 5% of which is inhabited and 95% is a reserve and transit area for recollection, hunting and fishing. There area 1000 inhabitants spread in diverse communitary centers like Calicali, Sarayaquillo, Chontayacu, Shiguacocha, Centro Sarayacu, Teresa Mama. Traditional kichwa authorities direct the community (system of kurakas), through a council whose maximum authority is the Tayac Apu, elected by the people. Six days recommended in the area.