Runashitu - Chontapunta Tena - Napo
The UMU Cultural Interpretation Center, RUNASHITU, is located in the parish of Chontapunta, 70 km. from the city of Tena.
UMU is located in the midst of the forest, with two beautiful lakes surrounded by the magic, mystery and tranquility of the natural world.
The inhabitants of the area carry with them a rich ancestral culture based on thousands of years of living in harmony with the forest.
Share our Kichwa culture—rituals of our yachak, dance, music, traditional food including the preparation of chicha. Harvest the products of the chakra. Pan for gold in our beautiful streams. Walk through the forest and observe the wildlife. Tour the lakes in a canoe. Live with our families. Learn our native language or just enjoy a magical place to camp.
All of this and more comprises UMU, a venture created and run by the men and women of the Runashitu Community.
Come and experience the wonder of our forest and culture.
For us, the kichua people, all living entities --animals and plants-- have a force or spirit, amu. The amu care for and maintain the forest. Amu must always be treated with respect. Before you partake of nature’s bounty you must always ask permission and you should never take more than you need.
The ultimate ruler of the forest is Uchutican, who lives in the virgin forest. The virgin forest is treated with deep respect for it is the origin of all amu. Uchutican is also feared. When Uchutican is disturbed by unknown people, or those who do not respect the forest, he will darken the sky and produce lightening, thunder and rain. Or he will express his displeasure by making noise or throwing rocks in the water. If anyone damages the forest, Uchutican will leave, carrying all the animals with him and depriving the people not only of their main source of sustenance, but also of their knowledge of the natural world.
These are only a few of our traditional stories. These beliefs have served us well throughout the centuries, providing a framework for living in harmony with the forest.
But unfortunately, with the increasing dominance of western culture, our youth our moving away from our traditions. One of the main goals of UMU is not only to promote intercultural interaction, but to also inspire our youth to respect, value and learn about our rich cultural heritage.
Our community offers custom Amazon jungle tours from two to six days. Ask us about our tours to the remote Waorani communities with whom we collaborate!
$67 / pax
The adventure begins at UMU a cultural interpretation center, after the welcome by the local guide begins with a ritual of energy cleansing by the yachak, follo..
$85 / pax
The adventure begins in the community of Runashitu, arriving to stay at the home of a Kichwa family where we will learn about their culture, language, customs a..
$85 / pax
With the welcome of the guide, the adventure begins at the UMU Cultural Interpretation Center, they are accommodated in the houses of Kichwa families or ..
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We are focused not only on tourism but also on environmental conservation including the protection of Amazonian aquatic species such as the paiche and cachama. Paiche is an endangered species. Cachama is an Amazonia species that easily adapts to lake ecosystems and can coexist with other aquatic species. UMU has dedicated itself to the conservation and breeding of these aquatic species to ensure the availability of these important food sources for the communities of Chonta Punta. The goal is to restore these native aquatic species back to their original status.
In our community, and during all our tours and organized activities, you will be able to enjoy the different flavors that characterize the kichua culture: maito de cachama, maito de tilapia, chicha de yuca, chicha de chonta and chotacuros. These are some of the delicacies that you have the opportunity to taste.
Our community is located in the middle of the Ecuadorian jungle, 70 kilometers from the city of Tena. We are the only Cultural Interpretation Center of the province that has kept the customs and traditions intact throughout the years. Come and discover our jungle trails, hunting areas, canoeing, tubing, Yachack healing ceremonies, camping and much more.
Coexisting with a family in the kichua community is an amazing experience for any tourist or visitor would like to study the kichua. By living with an Amazonian kichua family, you will be able to learn about their way of life, including their housing, language, interaction with the environment and any other daily life activities.
For these overnight stays, either short or long term, you will stay in a bedroom-type room. Activities will be carried out according to booking arrangements. Coexistence rules for the visitor will be applied.