Join Runa Foundation For a Morning of Guayusa

Who We Are

Runa's mission is to create livlihoods for indigenous farmers in the Amazon through agroforestry and sustainable growing practices. The for-profit and non-profit branches of Runa work together to provide market access for farmers of the native tree leaf guayusa.


Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a native Amazonian tree leaf that indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon have brewed for thousands of years. Drinking guayusa is essential to what makes them "Runa" - Fully alive.

Why Ecotourism?

Ecotourism brings together conservation, community and sustainable travel. Travelers have the opportunity to contribute to the livelihoods of local people without harming the environment or the local customs and people along the way.

The Guayusa Trail Itinerary

Looking to extend your stay?

  • Spend an afternoon planting guayusa at the research plant alongside interns and local workers
  • Drive with our field technicians, or tecnicos, to an indigenous community to pick up their supply of guayusa
  • Visit local artisans to see jewelry made from materials found in the Amazon
  • Try out the regions world class rafting, jungle hiking, or cave exploring
  • Tour the nearby town of Tena and spend a lazy afternoon along the Malecon

So, what are you waiting for?

We are ready to show you the best that the Ecuadorian Amazon has to offer. Write, post or tweet to us and we will happily respond to you inquires and requests.