Teachers

Benjamin Mamallacta - Indigenous Kichwa Storyteller and Rainforest Guide

Benjamin Mamallacta is a Kichwa native from the upper Amazonian town of Archidona in Napo Province Ecuador. Benjamin is a skilled jungle guide and wilderness survival expert, he has a keen eye for spotting wildlife and birds and is a avid storyteller, recounting the myths and legends of his people with absolute fluidity. Benjamin, or Iji “Grasshopper” as is his nickname, is the founder of Ungi Ethnobotanical gardens in the outskirts of the jungle town of Tena, where he and his family have been producing and distributing medicinal plants and fruit trees  in their nursery since 1995.

Events with Benjamin Mamallacta - Indigenous Kichwa Storyteller and Rainforest Guide

Wilderness Immersion at Napo Galeras, in Amazonian Ecuador
August 14 - 24, 2022

Wilderness Adventure to Napo Galeras, August 14-24, 2022 This is a off the beaten path wilderness sojourn into the pulsating heart of the Upper Amazon, to the mystical, isolated limestone massif of Napo Galeras. I wrote extensively about this place in chapter 8 of my book, Rainforest Medicine – Preserving Indigenous Science and Biological Diversity in the Upper Amazon, considered to be the epicenter for botanical diversity. A land rich in mythology, enshrouded with mist and ladden in biological diversity. In the early 90’s I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate and direct an initiative that led…