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Wild foods and herbal medicine tour in Ecuador now available this April

Friday, February 19, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: Ecuador, eco-tourism, health news

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(NaturalNews) The "Amazon Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants Adventure" that I first wrote about in December has opened up a new schedule in April! You can join the adventure in Ecuador (in Zamora, Vilcabamba and other surrounding towns) from April 8th through the 13th. Only a few spaces are available because many people had already pre-registered from the original announcement. A new U.S. phone number has been posted by the company organizing this tour, so call them for more information, to make a reservation or to ask questions: 1-646-755-9848. The web page for the tour schedule and additional contact details is: http://vilcarealestate.com.ec/index.php?opti...

Below you'll find the full description of the tour. As you read it, also keep in mind that many of the pictures I've published on my photos page (http://www.naturalnews.com/Photos.html) were taken in the very areas you'll be visiting on this tour!

Here's the tour information:

The Amazon Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants Adventure

Imagine walking through the rainforests of Ecuador, surrounded by medicinal plants and wild foods. Harmonies of birds and locusts blanket the forest from lush treetops. Your group pauses for a moment to take it all in... that's when you discover you're standing right next to a sacred Sangre de Drago tree, rich with natural medicine, standing five stories tall with a gorgeous canopy of leaves shaped like hearts. Your group guide makes a small incision on the tree bark and the medicine begins to flow: It's an anti-cancer tree sap, made of 90% proanthocyanidins. It's been used by the Shuar Indians as living medicine for centuries and now you're getting to taste it fresh, raw and wild, right off the tree...

This scene isn't fiction. I experienced it myself last December as part of an eco-tourism mission I've taken on to help promote ecological tourism throughout Ecuador. As you'll soon see, you can experience this too because it's all part of an adventure tour being offered by an Ecuadorian-owned company based in Vilcabamba.

I was invited as a guest to go on a preview of this tour, and what I experienced was truly breathtaking: Hikes through the national forest, the identification and sampling of wild herbs, and the tasting of all varieties of exotic wild foods that I never even knew existed. This tour, called the "Amazon Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants Adventure," promises five days of adventure in Ecuador that you'll remember for a lifetime.

Keep reading below to learn more.

Before I tell you more: This tour is being organized by a private Ecuadorian company, and neither myself nor NaturalNews has any financial involvement whatsoever in this tour. My role here is simply as a journalist who seeks to help promote Ecuador's eco-tourism opportunities in alignment with the principles I've outlined in this previous announcement: "NaturalNews partners with Ecuador tourism bureaus to promote eco-tourism opportunities throughout the country" (http://www.naturalnews.com/027568_Ecuador_to...)

I've been reporting on other eco-tourism events throughout Ecuador, too. Read my report about the Papallacta Hot Springs near Quito (http://www.naturalnews.com/026356_Andes_Moun...), as well as a personal journal entry describing experiences on a horseback adventure through the Podocarpus National Forest (http://www.naturalnews.com/026478_water_hors...)

Two amazing photo galleries of my adventures in Ecuador are posted here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/phototours/papall...
http://www.naturalnews.com/phototours/podoca...

The way I work with resorts or tourism companies in Ecuador is explained at the end of this article (along with my contact information for those who wish to contact me). Throughout 2010, I plan to bring you more stories about eco-tourism opportunities throughout Ecuador, including The Galapagos Islands.

Eat raw cacao fruit, raw tree sap, wild medicines and more

The adventure I'm describing today is focused on Zamora, a magical town in Southern Ecuador that's host to a magnificent assortment of wild foods and medicines. This tour is called the "Amazon Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants Adventure."

Read more (and see the photos) on the website of the local company organizing the tour:
http://vilcarealestate.com.ec/index.php?opti...

What's really amazing about this particular tour is that you'll have the opportunity to identify, harvest and experience numerous wild foods and herbal medicines straight from the Ecuadorian rainforest. You'll also get the opportunity to visit a local herbalist who makes his own powerful medicinal tinctures using local wildcrafted herbs in the way they have been traditionally used for generations by the indigenous Shuar culture of Southern Ecuador.

There's much more happening on this five-day adventure. Read full details (and see the pictures) here: http://vilcarealestate.com.ec/index.php?opti...

Space is strictly limited. As of right now, there are only a few seats remaining (this is a small, intimate tour). Get more details (plus pricing and contact information) at the links above.

(Please do not contact NaturalNews with questions about this tour, as we are not organizing it. You'll need to contact the tour organizers at the website link given above.)

Contacting the Health Ranger with other eco-tourism opportunities

As a journalist covering eco-tourism opportunities in Ecuador, I'm always on the lookout for resorts, adventures and destinations that offer inspiring and unique experiences for ecologically-minded tourists.

If you operate an ecologically-oriented tour in Ecuador, contact me at vilcaland@gmail.com (in English or Espaņol). Here's how we operate:

• There is no charge to be highlighted on NaturalNews. We do not ask for any percentage or commissions on the potential customers we send your way.

• I do, however, ask for the ability to experience your resort or tour for myself in order to be able to write with authenticity about what readers can expect.

• NaturalNews is working in cooperation with Ecuadorian tourism bureaus to promote eco-tourism opportunities throughout Ecuador. Our focus is on outdoor, "natural" adventures and experiences that help acquaint visitors with the rich, diverse plant and animal life found throughout Ecuador.

Again, to get more information about this tour, simply call (U.S.) 646-755-9848. Ask about the tour. (They speak English.) You may call on weekends and evenings, too.

Or learn more on their web page: http://vilcarealestate.com.ec/index.php?opti...

Enjoy Ecuador!

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