Me and Mama Ayahuasca

Journeying into the cosmic sisterhood of the sacred vine.

A vendor (left) at Witches Alley, a medicinal plant market section in the Belene Mercado in Iquitos, offers a sample of the famous mojo-boosting 7 Roots Tonic. Ethnobotanist Chris Kilham (right), founder of the Ayahuasca Test Pilots, smells mapacho, a sacred tobacco native to the Amazon that shamans use in ceremonies for cleansing and protection.
Photo by Tracey Eller