Tourist vanishes in jungle after drinking potent ‘psychedelic tea’

A tourist went missing for a week in the jungle after drinking a psychedelic tea.

German Daniel Florian says he went missing earlier in April after visiting an indigenous reserve in the region of Putumayo, in the south of Colombia and bordering with Ecuador.

During his stay he joined in with an ancient shaman ritual, which involved drinking yage tea.

He was reported missing by his family in Munich, and seven days after his disappearance, he was discovered by Colombia soldiers.

In a video recorded by his rescuers, he told them he was "not so good".

He added: "I have been eaten by the mosquitoes and by the ants, and I had not good equipment, so I was seven days in the Amazon."

Daniel was taken to the Mocoa Putumayo City Hospital for treatment for dehydration and cuts sustained during his jungle ordeal.

Yage is another word for the more commonly used ayahuasca and is a blend of two parts. The ayahuasca vine and a shrub called chacruna, which contains the hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine.

It has been used in rituals for centuries and has become popular with backpackers who are keen to experience the psychedelic effects of the substance.

It is said to produce psychological introspection that may lead to great elation, fear or illumination.

Sometimes it induces intense vomiting and occasional diarrhoea, which is known as 'la purga' or 'the purge'.

In 2014 British student Henry Miller died after taking ayahuasca in the same Putumayo region.

He drank the hallucinogenic during a shaman ceremony and the 19-year-old's body was found by the side of the road.

The Avon Coroner recorded a verdict of accident death by intoxification.

Coroner Maria Voisin said she will be making a report to the Foreign Office to encourage extra guidance to those travelling to areas where the drug is prevalent.

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