Puma Sacha

THE PUMASACHA PROJECT: PROTECTING THE Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, its INHABITANTS AND ITS teacher trees

 

Beautiful rainforest tree frog, in the Pumasacha  reserve – Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

The ”Pumasacha” project is a private jungle reserve of nearly 100 acres in the Northern Peruvian Amazon (off the – only – road linking Iquitos with Nauta city), near the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. Aside from being in line with our commitment in supporting, promoting and actively sustaining eco-cultural biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon, and aside from standing as an island of pristine wilderness surrounded by farmland and agricultural plots where the original rainforest has been destroyed for the cultivation of edible crops, it strategically borders the Ayahuma shamanic retreat centre and many of the shamanic rituals with Master trees will actually take place in there.

Remocaspi teacher tree in Puma Sacha rainforest Reserve - Photo: F. Sammarco

Don Clever before a Remocaspi teacher tree, in the Pumasacha rainforest reserve. Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

We have chosen to give the name “Puma Sacha” to this splendid reserve, in honour of the plant teacher (that goes under the same name) dieted by bancos to shape-shift themselves into jaguars.

Home to wild cats (ocelots and jaguarundi have been spotted there), birds, small mammals, reptiles, jungle squirrels, monkeys, rodents and lots of amphibians, this rainforest area has lots of native plants and trees of medicinal and shamanic interest, including – among countless others – the Remocaspi, Chullachaki caspi, Alcanfor Moena, and Copal trees, wild varieties of Uña de Gato (Cat’s Claw) and the now endangered Liana de Agua (water vine).

 

Casha pona palm trees on the edges of a jungle stream crossing the beautiful pristine rainforest reserve of Pumasacha - Photo: F. Sammarco

Casha pona palm trees on the edges of a jungle stream crossing the beautiful pristine rainforest reserve of Pumasacha. Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

“Escalera de Mono” jungle vine, in Pumasacha. Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

Sacred Copal tree (centre), in Pumasacha. Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

Mimetic ”Leaf frog” (left), in Pumasacha. Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

Poison dart frog (Allobates femoralis?). Photo © El Mundo Magico

 

Reticulated poison frog (Dendrobates reticulatus). Photo © El Mundo Magico