Health and Spirituality

Learn about the ancestral traditions and knowledge of the indigenous people and how they are used nowadays.
Day Tour (~7 hours)
By Duration: 1 day        By Destination: Cotacachi-Otavalo        By Interest: Culture ||



Description: After an introductory talk about the health situation in the region, we will learn about the daily work of a midwife in the village of La Calera. We continue the tour with a visit to a shaman who will explain Andean spirituality and cosmovision. After a healthy lunch we will learn about the different medicinal plants in an organic garden. We will finish the tour with a visit to Lake Cuicocha, where we have time for a short hike or a boat trip on the lake (optional).

Difficulty: easy

Total Duration: ~7 hours


Tour Itinerary*


- 9:00am: meeting point Runa Tupari office in Otavalo (pick-up from hotel in Otavalo is possible)

- 9:30am: indigenous midwife, explanation and demonstration of her work

- 11:00am: indigenous shaman, explantion and demonstration of his work

- 12:30pm: lunch in Cotacachi, free time to explore the city and its leather shops

- 2:00pm: ethnobotanical garden, explanations about medicinal plants

- 2:45pm: drive to Cuicocha Lake, free time at the lake (~45min)

- 4:00pm: return to Otavalo


*Given times are approximate times only. Starting times and order of activities may be changed due to weather conditions, clients´preferences and other reasons.





Included Services

Guide, private transport, lunch, entry fees

What to bring?

Mandatory: interest in health and indigenous spirituality

Recommended: camera, water (small bottle), sun protection, fleece/warm layer

Optional: a small bag in case you want to take home medicinal plants






45 US$

 42 US$

40 US$

Prices are per person. Ecuadorian clients will be charged an additional 12% VAT.
Children under 2 years travel for free. Children 2-6 years pay half the price.



How to find us


Tel: (+593) 06 2915977
Mobile: (+593) 0986775257