Expedition: Colombia & Venezuela: 25 Days
About this group session
COLOMBIA - VENEZUELA I March 1 - March 25 I 2024 Darius, the founder of oneriver.pl has been organizing expeditions in South America since 2011, leading participants through indigenous areas. 50% of the program kept as a daily unknown, fostering internal changes and transformation. Not a recreational trip, but a spiritual journey with deep contact with nature and indigenous communities. Comradery is crucial, creating a "trip community." The expedition's second part allows putting newly acquired experience into practice with wildlife and medicinal plants. Away from tourists, infrastructure, and beaten paths, it reconnects with oneself and Mother Nature. Transparency and communication emphasized in circle meetings, creating a space for attentiveness and being. Trusting the process, responding to life, and embracing softness, breathing, and relaxation are key elements. It's not a complicated process; anyone can embark on this journey. This time the main objective of our expedition is the Amazonian area, located in Venezuelan territory, rafting the tributaries of the Orinoco River and meeting the indigenous Piaroa and Yanomami communities. Traditionally, during the Colombian part of the trip, we will visit the Caribbean beaches, located on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, inhabited by the Kogui Indians. We will stop briefly in the post-colonial port city of Santa Marta, and then experience a ceremony of traditional Yage medicine, cultivated by the indigenous Putumayo people. This unique trip is a combined journey to two neighbouring countries where indigenous traditions and ceremonies have retained their original character. Despite all indications and reports in the world media regarding the current political and economic situation in Venezuela, the scope of the trip will include territories that are considered safe by our guides. We will visit areas far from large cities and concentrations of people. Indeed, our destination includes only places of traditional lifestyles, untainted by the activities of the modern world. Embark on an unforgettable journey with us, starting in Bogotá and flying to Puerto Careño on the Colombia-Venezuela border. A boat ride and border crossing lead us deep into the jungle, where we'll encounter the ancient Piaroa community, also known as De 'arua or Wothuha. Known as guardians of the Yopo ceremony and the Dada plant ritual, the Piaroa offer a unique cultural experience. Their shamanic practices, including Yopo, Dada, and Ayahuasca, provide insights into their traditions. We'll witness the transformative power of ancestral songs and participate in Yopo and Dada ceremonies. Our stay at the Churuata ceremonial space includes immersive experiences, such as 3-4 Yopo ceremonies, 1 Dada ceremony, and a Puya ritual at the waterfall. After a week, we embark on a five-day expedition to Autana Hill, exploring Piaroa/Wothuja cosmology and learning about their myths and rituals. Starting from Puerto Ayacucho, the journey takes us to Samariapo, where a bongo ride up the Autana River leads to Piaroa villages. Along the way, we'll enjoy scenic stops, observe Piaroa habitats, and experience the lush rainforest. Arriving at our destination, we'll hang hammocks in a Churuwata near waterfalls. The next day, a trek to a scenic viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the rainforest and rivers. After the expedition, we return to Puerto Ayacucho and then to Bogotá, where further travel options await. Whether towards the Sierra Nevada mountains and Caribbean beaches or the South of the country, encountering Yage medicine in diverse settings is guaranteed. The itinerary post-expedition depends on your preference, with options ranging from exploring the Sierra Nevada to venturing into the South. Your preferences will guide our next steps, promising a unique and attractive experience tailored to your needs. I hope this offer resonates with you, and together we can explore the world and discover new possibilities. Prices include: - 4 domestic flights within Colombia - About 10-11 ceremonies with trusted guides or Taitas. - Local transport, buses, taxis, airport transfers etc. - Meals in restaurants or meals that we cook or that are prepared for us. - Accommodation (from standard hotels to local community accommodation). - Joint shopping for the needs of the group. - Your guide Darius - guidance, translation, logistics, organization.