Ayahuasca Center Peru
Ayahuasca Center in Peru
The location of our Ayahuasca Retreat Center in Peru is Iquitos. Iquitos, also known as the “capital of the Peruvian Amazon,” is the city from which we begin our journey. It is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road – it is accessible only by river and air.
Our Ayahuasca Retreat Center is accessed at on the “highway” that connects Iquitos and Nauta in the Loreto province of Peru then another 30 – 45-minute walk through the breathtaking jungle, it’s crucial to be prepared to avoid unnecessary trips back into town. Also, we strongly urge you to leave your rolling suitcase at home. Please don’t bring hard or soft wheeled cases of any kind. Instead, bring a backpack and daypack or duffle bag that can be carried by the shoulder (yours or one of our workers if you aren’t able). The path in can be quite muddy at times – there is no way you can wheel a suitcase down the trail. Suitcases aren’t jungle friendly!
Weather in the Jungle of Peru
The weather in the Peruvian Amazon is hot and humid year all year round. Frequent rainfall together with considerable humidity creates a unique bed for its diverse array of plant and animal life to thrive. January tends to experience the highest total volume of rainfall, with the town of Iquitos receiving 2,623 mm of rain per year. The average temperature in the jungle is between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius.
How we will get there
On the first morning of our retreat, the AYA Healing Retreats team will collect you from a designated location in Iquitos. If you are arriving in Iquitos by plane the day the retreat is due to commence, please let us know well in advance, and we can arrange to collect you from the local airport if arriving before 9am. We will transport you and the other retreat participants by minibus to the start of the walk to the center. From there, you will take a two and a half kilometer hike over a muddy path to arrive at our center. Our workers will help you carry your luggage into the center.
Our Ayahuasca Retreat Center is fueled completely by solar power and is situated on seventy hectares of thriving Amazonian forest land, in addition our water is sourced from on site whenever possible and is filtered using a Berkey Water Filteration System with amazing results.
Within the labyrinth like gardens you will find an astonishing selection of various medicinal plants including the mother Ayahuasca and native Amazonian plant life.
What to expect at the Ayahuasca Center
The Ayahuasca Center houses an ample ceremonial space called a Maloca (communal house); it is here that we will where we will participate in our Ayahuasca rituals on several of our evenings. The Center also hosts a central kitchen and dining area and a beautiful communal area overlooking the garden, which is excellent for enjoying great conversation with others and admiring the ever-changing jungle. You will have your own private or shared bungalow, located in the forest. The Center is fully equipped with an emergency fire protocol as well as several fully stocked first aid kits. The camp also hosts several composting toilets and a modern shower and a hot tub.
The Center doesn’t have reliable access to the Internet. However, we recommend that you take care of all matters that require your urgent attention before joining us on retreat, either while in Iquitos or in your home country. This will enable you to be fully present and to receive the actual healing benefits from not only the sacred plant medicines but from the superior beauty of the surrounding forest and lakeside environment.
The spring water surrounding the Center is remarkably clean and free from the pollution we are accustomed to that characterizes our urban waterways. To preserve the integrity of the river water, we only permit our guests to use biodegradable and chemical-free soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Our favorite soaps are Dr. Bronner’s due to their ingredients and support of reforestation and fair trade.
While at the Ayahuasca Center in Peru, you will be enjoying a private or shared jungle bungalow (Tambo) with a spectacular view of the Amazon Jungle. Your Tambo is fully protected from mosquitos by a particular screen surrounding the doors and windows. You will have your comfortable double bed to rest on each night and all privacy you need to recharge and contemplate the day’s events. The Tambo’s are rustic, yet spacious and are guaranteed to offer you an authentic Peruvian forest experience. Attached at each Tambo, a composting toilet, and a bathing area fed by a seasonal spring a rainfall. On-site, you will also find a shower and an hot tub where you can enjoy a nightly bath looking at the stars.
What do you need to bring?
Rain is frequent in the Peruvian Amazon, and while it is often hot and humid throughout the day, it does cool down overnight. Please keep the changing weather conditions in mind when packing your suitcase. The list below provides a comprehensive outline of what to bring with you on retreat. Some of the items can be purchased once you arrive in Peru.
- 2-3 changes of cotton shorts and t-shirts or 2-3 light cotton dresses
- 1-2 pairs of long cotton pants for walking in the jungle
- 1-2 long cotton shirt
- A battery powered torch or headlamp
- A spare set of batteries
- A light, breathable rain jacket
- Comfortable warm clothes to be worn throughout our night time ceremonies
- Biodegradable and chemical free soap, sunscreen and mosquito repellent
- Fluoride free toothpaste
- Good quality sandals or thongs
- Gumboots (Rubber boots)
- Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat
- Lip balm
- A camera
- A cigarette lighter
- 2-3 towels
- Zip lock or waterproof bags to protect your electronic devices from the humidity.
What we will supply?
We will have the following items available for your enjoyment whilst at the Ayahuasca Centre in Iquitos:
- Notebooks and journals for you to record and make meaning of your experiences
- Musical Instruments
- Art supplies including pastels, paints, pencils, paper
- A comprehensive selection of books on spirituality, shamanism, sacred plant medicine and the Amazon
- Mapachos (Wild Tobacco)
- Agua de Florida (cleansing shamanic spirit water-available to purchase for a small fee)
Our retreat will begin and end in Iquitos, either at your chosen accommodation or at the airport and it is your responsibility to organize flights to and from the city. We encourage all participants to wait until their place on retreat is confirmed in writing before booking their flights.
If you are traveling from a country outside of Peru, you will fly directly to Lima and from Lima, board a domestic flight to Iquitos. We strongly advise you to arrive in Iquitos at least one day prior to the commencement of retreat. We will return to Iquitos by 12pm on the final day of retreat, and you are welcome to book flights out of Iquitos any time after 1pm on our final day.
Obtaining a Visa
You will need to have a current passport and visa to travel into Peru, however you do not need to obtain a visa prior to travelling. Peruvian Immigration will issue you with a free, 3-month tourist visa upon arrival. You will be given an Andean immigration card, which is a small piece of white paper that you will need to present to customs officials when you depart Peru. If you lose the Andean card, you will need to pay officials a small fine before you can clear immigration. When arriving in Peru officials will request proof from you that you do not intend to stay in Peru for more than 3 months. It’s advisable to have a copy of your onward ticket in hand or on your mobile device to present to customs staff.
If you are eager to stay in Peru for more than 3 months, a 6-month travel visa can be obtained, but you will need to ask officials specifically for this upon arrival.
We strongly advise all who participate in our retreats to take out comprehensive travel insurance in your home country before traveling to Peru. Please ask your airline, booking agent, friends and family about a suitable plan for your trip. Ensure that you select an insurance package that will cover you in the event of illness, should you need to visit hospital or a doctor and any unforeseen losses such as your passport, money, credit cards or electronic devices. While we do our utmost to guarantee your safety whilst on retreat, we are not responsible for any unforeseen events that may occur whilst in transit or in Iquitos.
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