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The ‘sacred path’ of Ayahuasca in the Ecuadorian Amazon

This small community is famous for having driven mining companies out of their Amazonian territory in northern Ecuador.

The Cofán Avie natives have yet another mysterious and fascinating particularity: they are masters of Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic medicinal plant and gateway "to the world of spirits."

"God once lived here, on this planet," says 63-year-old Isidro Lucitante, patriarch and "taita" (shaman) of the nine families that make up this community in . . .

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