Quechua Diplopterys cabrerana
This Quechua Chaliponga is planted, harvested and blessed by Claudio a Quechua shaman who became a friend of us. Together with his family he lives on his ancestral lands in the Rio Napo Province near Tena in Ecuador. Tena is located in the rainforest, 420m above sea level.
With his family and our kids we have planted around 500 Dilopterys Cabrerana plants. These plants are for the Quechua people to use for their ceremonies and for us to spread around the world.
On the land where Claudio lives there is an amazing cave with a waterfall where ceremonies are held in complete silence and peace.
Only a part of the leaves are harvested so the plant remains strong. Claudio has many plants growing in his chacra, a Quechua forest garden. The chacra carries a wide variety of spiritual plants besides plants and trees that provide food. Of course no fertilisers nor pesticides are used.
The vine has oval shaped leaves, very glossy and waxy and when held up to the light, they shine. Curiously, Diplopterys cabrerana leaves are very reminiscent of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, however are slightly larger in size. It prefers to grow along riverbanks and can be found in the warm, moist regions of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
Aside from being an integral part of the traditional Ayahuasca brew, the leaves have also been revered for their shamanic healing capabilities. They were also used as a part of specific healing practices within the Amazon and its healing ability was understood as being beyond any earthly understanding.