History & Tradition

Discover the mystery and traditions of the Kichwa Indians

The cultivation and use of Wayusa has a centuries-old tradition. Since ancient times, the caffeine-containing plant has been used as an energy source and was drunk by the hunters and warriors of the respective tribe to increase concentration and sharpen the senses.

At sunset, the Indian woman begins to cook Wayusa. The Wayusa leaves are placed in a pot of cold water, which is then heated over a fire and sometimes simmers for several hours. During the Wayusa ceremony, members of the indigenous tribe gather around the fire and each drink a large amount before lying down again. Ritual consumption just before bedtime can produce lucid dreams that predict hunting success. In these dreams, the hunters of the people can "connect" with the animals of the forest.