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Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon Forest

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Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon Forest

Ayahuasca is a sacred brew and a very strong nature medicine: that must be taken responsibly. This sacred brew can solve and alleviate many diseases.

But beware; it is not a quick solution either: it has to be a slow, gradual and deliberate process; that allows you to find your answers.

You should understand that Ayahuasca has no hallucination or amusement purposes. If you have either of those two purposes in mind; my honest advice would be to not perform the ceremony: because you will most likely be disappointed.

Ayahuasca Retreat awakens biological circuits and mechanisms that allow us to create new connections in our brain; especially in the hippocampus. Which allows you to have flashbacks and deep connections, with the most intimate part of your being; and the essential energy that surrounds us.

Highlights of our Ayahuasca Retreat

  • We provide an experienced healer/shaman; who is my hometown fellow, and my uncle. He comes from a family with long traditions of shamanism; and belongs to the Wachiperi Matsigenka tribe.
  • Your safety is our Priority; That is why, we include a nurse and a tour guide.
  • Because we´ll be in the Amazon jungle; on the last day, we will surprise you with a typical dish from this region.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • We are located in the Amazon jungle; inside the Manu National park, six-hour drive from Cusco. The amazon jungle is the original and adequate environment to experience this sacred brew.
  • Our Ayahuasca Retreat; includes a yoga session in a river bank: a floral spiritual bath inside a crystalline river and a private retreat center in the middle of the amazon jungle, an offering ceremony to Pachamama or mother earth, the visit to a rescue wild animal center and at night a spiritual ceremony to be in connection with our universe.
  • We prepare the food; using organic veggies cultivated in our crops.

Trip Overview of our Ayahuasca Retreat

  • Tour localization: Manu National Park; inside the Amazon jungle.
  • Tour type: 5 day and 3 night Ayahuasca healing retreat in the peruvian amazon jungle
  • Good for: Everybody, done in groups from 4 to 8 or privately
  • Difficulty: Not trekking, but a lot of walking around the jungle
  • Season: All year around

Day 1. Cusco – Manu National Park – San Fernando Family House.

  • Driving hours: 5 to 6 hours.
  • Family house altitude: 689 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: 70 % of the car route is not paved track and there are some switchbacks.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito

To start with our Ayahuasca Retreat in the amazon forest; we depart from cusco at 5:30 am. In our comfortable van. We’ll be driven for three and a half hours; until we arrive to the checking point of the Manu National Park. Along the way we will stop for a bit; to visit the pre-Incas tombs of Ninamarca.

Once we arrive to the Manu National Park entry; we’ll register to continue with our van ride for three hours, to San Fernando house.

Upon our arrival to my family house; you´ll leave your respective belongings in your rooms. To then enjoy a delicious organic buffet lunch; after digesting our meal we’ll head to a beautiful crystalline water river, to take a refreshing bath. One of the best way to interact with nature; is through clean water coming from the mountains.

Continuing with our Ayahuasca Spiritual Retreat in the amazon forest; In the afternoon we wil horse ride enjoying a fantastic sunset.

At night we will have tea time and will talk about our Ayahuasca Retreat and its amazing background.

** Our Ayahuasca Retreat is designed to give you; an authentic spiritual ceremony.

Day 2. Yoga Session – Floral Spiritual Bath – Ayahuasca Retreat.

  • Family house altitude: 689 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: We will do many spiritual activities. That will help us; to have a better experience, in the Ayahuasca Retreat.
  • Weather: Hot and humid with mosquitoes

To start our Ayahuasca Retreat; we will wake up at 5:30 am. To meditate when is sunrising; another effective and powerful way to connect with nature is through sun. Then we´ll have a light organic breakfast.

Then we´ll go one of our crystalline rivers, to do a floral spiritual bath. This is a bath for the beginning of new stages in our lives. It will help you flourish; closing stages and allowing to start others with new energies.

For lunch we’ll have a light dietary lunch; then we’ll head up to a special place, to do a yoga session. After our session, you will have your own time to continue meditating by your own and do interactions with mother earth. We´ll also provide you fruits and seeds to you eat in the afternoon; so you have the strength to support the constant vomiting effort, during the Ayahuasca Retreat.

Around 19:00 pm. we´ll meet with our healer; and will go to our special building in the middle of the forest for the Ayahuasca ceremony.

** A transcendental day to connect yourself; and find deep answers through a sacred drink.

Day 3. Group Meeting – Visiting at an Animal Rescue Center – Universe Ceremony

  • Family house altitude: 689 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: We will do many spiritual activities. That will help us; to have a better experience, in the Ayahuasca Retreat.
  • Weather: Hot and humid with mosquitoes

We will wake you up at 7:30 am with a warm organic fruit smoothie. After a delicious organic breakfast we will have a group meeting to share the teachings that the Ayahuasca ceremonies gave us. Then we will have some free time to take a shower in the river or explore our butterfly place, which was not created by us but by mother earth; nature gave us a wonderful place where these beautiful creatures gather. After lunch we will be transported for 1 hour to the Dos Loritos rescue center to help as volunteers, feeding and caring for the rescued wild animals. After doing an incredible job with those animals, we will return to our family farm; where we will make a bonfire. Around the bonfire we and our Matsiguenka healer will do a ceremony that will help us to be in connection and harmony with our universe.

** Amazing day to create deeper connection with nature creatures and our universe.

Day 4. Icaros Meditation – Pachamama Gratitude Ceremony – Second Ayahuasca Ceremony.

  • Family house altitude: 689 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: We will do many spiritual activities. That will help us; to have a better experience, in the Ayahuasca Spiritual Retreat.
  • Weather: Hot and humid with mosquitoes

We will wake you up at 5:30 am with a warm organic fruit smoothie; to then walk to the middle of our incredible grassy field, where we will have a meditation session with super powerful icaros (Ayahuasca chants). After finishing our session we will enjoy a light delicious organic buffet breakfast. Then we do a groupal walk around the forest to see medicinal plants and birdwatch. This activity will help us to be connected with mother earth and its creatures. Let’s enjoy a light and delicious organic lunch. After some free time to rest, we will do a very deep gratitude ceremony to Pachamama or mother earth.

Around 19:00 pm. we´ll meet with our Ayahuasca healer; and will go to our special wood building (maloka), located in the middle of the forest to perform our Ayahuasca ceremony.

** Another transcendental day to reconnect with yourself; and find deeper answers through this sacred brew.

Day 5. Family House – Cusco.

  • Family house altitude: 689 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: 70 % of the car route is not paved track and there are some switchbacks.
  • Weather: Hot and humid with mosquitoes

After everyone has already woken up; we will provide you a post Ayahuasca Retreat meeting. So you can make your private consults and so resolve your doubts with our Matsiguenka healer. Then we´ll enjoy a delicious organic breakfast. After the breakfast you have free time to walk around the forest, the river bank, take a last river soak or buying some typical souvenirs made by the Matsigenka tribe. Around noon, we’ll prepare you, a typical amazonian dish. After lunch; we’ll goodbye our hosts and we’ll be transported in our private van for five hours to Cusco. Where we arrive around 18:00 pm.

** Our Ayahuasca Retreat service, is door to door.

Included on the Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon forest

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco and in the amazonian region; and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university. They are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our ayahuasca retreat. (Our guides will be awesome interpreters).

Healer: We work with an expert healer, belonging to the Huachipaeri Machiguenga tribe; who is my uncle and was my master in my personal retreat.

Nurse: Our top priority will always, be the safety of our customers and our crew; on that understanding, we have a nurse who will be checking the health of our participants and team all day around. Our nurse, will be accompanying us from door to door.

Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon forest: The plants that make up, the ayahuasca brew grow in the Amazon rainforest; so the right place to drink it is the jungle itself.

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Manu National Park.

Family House: This ayahuasca retreat program includes two nights in rooms with twin bed or king bed for couples; so if you are a solo traveller, we will provide you a private room (you must add 50 dollars for a private room). The toilets are shared by all the participants, and we clean and disinfect it many times a day.

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive a duffle bag, that you will bring to our ayahuasca healing retreat center; also you will pay the balance.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation, for this ayahuasca retreat; our service is from door to door.

Food: Our Ayahuasca retreat includes, a local chef who will will cook delicious organic meals; that many previous tourist have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; each tourist receives a duffle bag to carry their essential belongings to our ayahuasca retreat center. We also include an amazonian souvenir made by my relatives.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions, every February about ayahuasca retreat risk situations; which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Ayahuasca Retreat

  • Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional; and at your own discretion.
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist.
  • Water Bottle: You can buy it from my relatives in the ayahuasca retreat center.
  • Flight tickets
  • Hotel in Cusco

We would love to lead you, on this the Ayahuasca retreat and take care of you; during this life changing spiritual trip.

  • $650 per person

If you are a solo traveler, you must add 50 dollars for a private room.

Important Note: This ayahuasca retreat is done in groups from 4 to 10 people; if you would like a private ayahuasca retreat, coordinate it with our sale representative.

Important Note II: For patient safety, we reserve the right to refuse treatment to patients with the following conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Heart surgery, pacemaker, tachycardia, murmur, or other heart ailment
  • Blood disease.
  • Mental illness (Schizophrenia, Bipolarism,etc).

Important Mandatory Note III: Please you must send by email (scanned), and bring it to Cusco a letter from your doctor; outlining your good health or general health status. This document is mandatory for you to be able to participate in the ayahuasca retreat.

If you cannot bring the letter, you will have to make a check up in Cusco; with a doctor specialist on the preliminary meeting. This check up will be for an extra cost of $55 US.

If you have any physical or psychological medical conditions or are under any medication treatment; please let us know before you book your ayahuasca retreat.

Packing list

We suggest you to carry a lightweight daypack or any other type of comfortable bag; that is the key to have successful Ayahuasca activities we will perform.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters (we have eco friendly bottle options to sell at our office; in our ayahuasca healing center we have mineral water to sell and refill your eco friendly bottles).
  • 05 long-sleeve shirts: (at least for the days you will be in the excursion and avoid black colors as they attract easily the flies and mosquitoes).
  • 04 tank top, for the nights as there is not air conditioning; but there is mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 03 quick dry full-length pants.
  • 05 Socks
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Down jacket; people usually feel so much cold while doing Ayahuasca.
  • Camera
  • Power bank due we do not have electricity at our family house
  • Headlamp
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Wipes: the humidity will cause you to sweat
  • Deodorant, you will use more than normal due to the sweat
  • Ziplocks or resealable plastic storage bags
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Ayahuasca Pre-Diet

“There are bodily and inorganic things that need to be cleaned before you can see the essential; Jan Kounen says in the book: «The Psychotropic Mind, the world according to Ayahuasca, Iboga and Shamanism. His words poetically sum up, why it’s important to physically prepare your body for taking ayahuasca.

Most of our bodies are cluttered, with all kinds of stimulating and inorganic foods, from our modern diets. Foods filled with salt, sugar, acids and caffeine. To open up and receive the answers you are looking for from our mother Ayahuasca; first you need to cleanse yourself of all kinds of toxins.

Ayahuasca expert Alan Shoemaker, expanded on this idea; in his book: «Ayahuasca Medicine, the Shamanic World of Amazonian Sacred Plant Healing». Plant diets are designed to help a person connect with the spirits of the plants, and to develop new healing capabilities, vision, and knowledge; that require much time, in solitude and a strict dietary regimen. When you follow a required strict diet, you make yourself to the spirit world, more accessible.”

Reassure or cleaning the body in order to reach a spiritual state; will be a familiar idea to anyone who has practiced yoga. Yoga asanas like the physical positions such as: the downward facing dog, or child’s pose; these poses were originally designed with the purpose of preparing your body to meditate. Like the asanas’ effect on meditation, the physical preparation of the ayahuasca pre-diet; goes hand in hand with being able to prepare yourself psychologically, for the healing experience.

Cleaning yourself from toxins, gives you a huge jumpstart in the ayahuasca experience; because, as Vincent Ravalee explains in the book called: «The Psychotropic Mind». ¡All the toxins we collect during our everyday life, are the first things that ayahuasca will attack!.

When you clean those toxins ahead of time, it’s easier for ayahuasca to work in your body; because there’s less “barriers” to cut through. By following the diet, you ensure your ability to make the most of the experience; and reach deeper levels of psychospiritual understanding.

While different amazonian healers and retreat centers vary on the specific restrictions; we have a huge list of restrictions based on our hamlet knowledge and our healer Alberto Manqueriapa. All of this is mandatory you follow, for a successful ayahuasca experience.

Our Wachiperi Machiguenga Restrictions are:

Foods Containing Tyramine.

Ayahuasca, specifically; the Banisteriopsis Caapi, which is creeper plant, and one of the principal ingredients in the ayahuasca brew. Is an MAO-inhibitor, meaning it temporarily inhibits the activation of the monoamine oxidase (MAO) a enzyme that is essential to process the amino acid tyramine.

if you take an MAO inhibitor, such as: ayahuasca and eat foods high in tyramine; it can quickly reach dangerous levels. This can cause a severe increase in blood pressure and require emergency treatment.

You should avoid products that contains tyramine; 15 days before the ayahuasca retreat and 15 days, after ingesting it.

  • Pork.
  • Red meat.
  • Aged cheeses.
  • Pickles.
  • Wine.
  • Sausages.
  • Fermented foods like soy sauce, fermented tofu, and sauerkraut.
  • Yogurt.
  • Alcohol.
  • Nutritional supplements, like protein powders.
  • Aspartame.
  • Chocolate.
  • Peanuts.
  • Walnuts.
  • Chicken liver.
  • Soy.
  • Bananas.
  • Avocado.
  • Caviar.
  • Herring.
  • Spinach.
  • Gig.
  • Coconut.

Other foods you should avoid:

In addition to foods high in tyramine, you should avoid, acidic foods, condiments, and conservants; these have toxins that are hard to remove from our body, and also that obstructs the energy of the plant medicine.

  • Salt (you should try only tiny amounts of salt).

Avoid all Type of Animal Products

Nowadays, animal products are packed full of chemicals; from vaccinations, antibiotics, to hormones and are raised and slaughtered in inhumane ways.

Unless you are consuming organic, free range poultry; or wild animals from the jungle. It’s better to avoid any industrialized animal product.

It is mandatory you don’t consume industrialized products; due you consume not only the substance of those food, but also the energy of it. So if you consume an animal, that was packed full of chemicals, and it spent the entirety of its life miserably crammed in a corral or stable; only to finally be slaughtered, en masse, in a mechanized way. You also ingest the energy of that animal´s experience.

Prescription Drugs

21 days leading up to the ayahuasca ceremony; we strongly suggest that you stop the following prescription drugs:

  • Antidepressants like SSRIs.
  • MAO-inhibitors.
  • Sleep medications.
  • Barbiturates.
  • Alpha- and beta-blockers.

Street Drugs

These includes:

  • Cocaine.
  • Alcohol.
  • Cigarette.
  • Amphetamines.
  • Heroin.
  • Cannabis.
  • MDMA.
  • Extasis.
  • LSD.

Sex and Masturbation

We mandatory recommend that you avoid sexual activity, including masturbation; 15 days before and after the ayahuasca ceremony.

Sex, masturbation or including any exchange of bodily fluids, is a powerful energetic exchange; which can deplete your backup of energy available to you: and thus inhibit the effectiveness of the plants to teach and lead you.

Mental Preparation

You should do it at least one month prior, to the ayahuasca retreat; and your whole life after finishing it.

In my hamlet, the diet is not only about meals; it also includes guidelines for mental, emotional, and spiritual preparation in the days leading up to your work with the Mother Ayahuasca.

Our experienced plant healer or shaman would have gone into the forest, on extended solitary retreat; in order to seek and diet with the plants. Surviving on their own, fishing and foraging. In my hamlet, the mental pre diet, would include keeping yourself in relative solitude and minimizing not helpful chatter and gossip. In industrialized countries; a modern diet would definitely include: a fast from television, radio, movies, news and social media.

You should spend as much as possible days, preceding your ayahuasca ceremony engaged in activities like: yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice, prayer. Solitary walks in the woods, mountains, river banks, ocean shores. Also walk at dawn and twilight to receive the solar energy; also walk at night, it is better if is full moon, so you receive fully the energy of the stars, moon and milky way.

Begin spiritually communing with nature, before your date-night with Ayahuasca; when our mother Ayahuasca will open the doors to direct communication with our mother earth.

It so dangerous and you may have a bad experience; if you do not do your diet responsibly and strictly.