“Down to Earth” with Zac Efron

Episode 8

Iquitos, Peru

As Darin faces the anxiety of losing his house to the Malibu Fires, he and Zac travel up river to uncover the mysteries of the most powerful and potent curative plants in the Amazon Rain Forest.

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Iquitos is a Peruvian port city and gateway to the jungle lodges and tribal villages of the northern Amazon and commonly know as the “Capital of the Amazon”. Zac and Darin travel to Iquitos and deep into the Amazon to discover the power of the local plants that provide nutrition, medicine and even spiritual power.

Iquitos is the most plant species-rich in the world with an estimated of over 17,000 species. The Amazon has more than 40,000 species of plants and 16,000 species of trees. Zac and Darin travel by boat and on foot through the jungle to discover some of the Amazon’s most important plants. Darin shows Zac the healing power of Sangre De Grado which treats cuts, burns, lesions and insect bites.

Places we visited in episode 8;

  1. Amazon River
  2. Mishana Village
  3. Ayahuasca Foundation, Mishana
  4. Ikiitu Restaurant
  5. Amazon Rescue Center, Maynas
  6. Malibu, CA

Iquitos is also know for Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca, also known as the tea, the vine, and la purga is a brew made from the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub along with the stalks of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, though other plants and ingredients can be added as well. This drink was used for spiritual and religious purposes by ancient Amazonian tribes and is still used as a sacred beverage by some religious communities in Brazil and North America, including the Santo Daime. Zac and Darin visit the Ayahuasca Foundation in Mishana, Peru to go on their own spiritual journey.

In this final episode of the series, Darin discovers that Malibu is on fire. Unfortunately, he receives a call that confirms his house and all of his belongings have been lost to the fire and this journey that he has been on validates the changes people need to make to their day to day lives.

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AMAZON RESCUE CENTER rescues, rehabilitates and releases aquatic mammals, and endangered wildlife in Loreto. In order to do so, an educational program on the environment, which is also raising awareness among the tourists and the locals has been created. This program also contributes to the conservation of the Amazonian ecosystem.

The award winning Amazon Rescue Center also run visitors tours which lasts approximately one hour where one of our guides will teach you everything you should know about the rehabilitation process.


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