Guayusa Tea

Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a native Amazonian tree leaf that indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon have brewed like tea for thousands of years. Drinking guayusa is essential to what makes them “Runa”- fully alive. Guayusa offers a clear, focused energy by balancing as much caffeine as one cup of coffee with twice the antioxidants of green tea.

Runa began as a conversation over tea, during the hours before sunrise in the Amazon rainforest. In the winter of 2008, a team of students traveled to the Ecuadorian Amazon to participate in an ancestral tea ceremony with the Kichwa people – a tradition of storytelling, music, and learning – all centered around a large boiling pot of guayusa tea over a burning fire.

Collectively, we envisioned a business that could share this rich-tasting tea – a business that would respect cultural traditions, support small farmers, and maintain the integrity of the Amazon rainforest.

Runa, meaning “fully living human being,” continues to grow from this seed of conversation and exchange. We are energized to share this tea tradition with a global community.

-Tyler and Dan


Popeye had Spinach. Thor had his hammer. You have Runa. Powered by the superleaf, Guayusa, Runa is clean energy to fuel a super you. Embrace your inner super hero and send us a pic including a Runa bottle, can or logo with #superleaf to @RunaNation on  data-custom-mark="true"Twitter or @drinkruna on  data-custom-mark="true"Instagram. You can also submit a photo via email torunacontest@gmail.com. The best submission will win a trip for two to the Amazon, the birthplace of Runa.Post your pic between June 13 and August 23rd, 2013 for a chance to win. Enter as many times as you like (one per day) and be creative! On August 24th, we will feature the five best images on our website and let you vote on your favorite. The fan favorite and winner of Runa’s Amazonian adventure will be announced on August 31st, 2013.

Check out the itinerary below and make sure you don't forget to visit the website for more information about Runa and where you are able to purchase the products and enter the competition.  

 To enter the competition go to http://www.runa.org/ .


Trip Itinerary

 Day 1– Arrival

 Pm:  Airport Pickup and Transfer to hotel in Quito

Accommodation:  Hotel Quito

 Day 2 – Andes Mountains

Am:  Drive through Andes Mountains and fish for trout to eat at lunch!

Pm:  Hike through Cayambe National Park, Visit Papallactaand relax in the hot springs.

Accommodation: Runa House in Tena, Ecuador(Casa Runa)

Day 3 – Guayusa Tour and Jungle Hike   

Am:  Presentation on Runa, Tour of Guayusa Factory and Nurseries

Pm:  Jungle hike in Colonso protected forest

Accommodation:  Spend the night in an indigenous community. Our host families are some of the most loving and kind people in the world. Having the opportunity to stay with a family will give the winner a chance to sample local cuisine, hear myths about Kichwa culture, fall asleep under the canopy of the Amazon, and awake with the sound of the rainforest coming alive.

Day 4 – Guayusa Ceremony and Harvest Guayusa  

Am: Guayusa Ceremony: The day will begin with a steeping hot gourd of guayusa and the closeness that is shared among family and friends as they sip on this ancient beverage and ready themselves for the day.

 Pm: Runa will take the winner to harvest and/or plant guayusa trees in the Amazon.

Accommodation: Runa House (Casa Runa)

 Day 5 – Rafting and Jungle Hike  

Am:  Rafting: Tena is major hub for rafting in Ecuador. There are a variety of routes and levels of excitement to choose from depending on how adventurous the winner is feeling.

Pm:  Jungle Hike: Hiking through the Amazon is an experience like none other. It is a chance to hike deep into the unknown and take a moment to refresh and rejuvenate.

Accommodation:  Rustic Jungle Cabins

 Day 6 – Canyoning  

Am:  Waterfall Canyoning

Pm:  Cando Lake

Evening:  Guayusa Cocktails and Salsa Class

Afterward a pow-wow with the Runa team to share videos, photos, etc for official travel log to be shared on Runa.

 Accommodation:  Runa House (Casa Runa)

 Day 7 – Quito  

Am:  Drive to Quito

Pm:  Explore Historic Part of Quito,

Accommodation:  Hotel, Quito

 Day 8 – Fly Home   


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