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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 medicine that must be taken responsibly and that can solve or 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 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 of what surrounds us.

Highlights of our Ayahuasca Retreat

We provide a 50 years experienced amazonian shaman in intensive Ayahuasca healing retreats, who is my countryman and his name is Alberto Manqueriapa; we also include a nurse and a translator.

The plant healer we work with come from a family with long traditions of shamanism in my hometown in the National Park of Manu; our Wachiperi Matsigenka plant healer we work with is specialist in ayahuasca ceremonies using ancestral traditions and techniques.

Your safety is our Priority and on that undersatanding we provide a nurse and a translator who will stay with you from the time you begin your Ayahuasca Retreat with us.

We are located in the Amazon jungle, inside the Manu National park, six hours drive from Cusco, which is the original environment to experience this sacred drink; your Ayahuasca Retreat includes yoga sesión in the river bank, a flower cleansing bath into a pristine river in the middle of the forest, organic veggies from the area to prepare our meals and a private retreat center in the middle of the amazon jungle.

Trip Overview of our Ayahuasca Retreat

 

  • Tour localization: Manu National Park, inside the Amazon jungle
  • Tour type: 3 day and 2 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
  • Highlights: Ayahuasca healing retreat in the most adecuate environment and organic veggies to prepare our meals
  • Season: All year around

 

Day 1: Cusco- Manu National Park Checkpoint- San Fernando Family House.

  • Driving hours: 6 to 7 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: hot and humid with mosquitoes

To start with our ayahuasca retreat in the amazon forest, we depart from cusco at 5:30 am in our comfortable van driving during three and a half hours until we arrive to the checking point of the Manu National Park, along the way we will observe the chullpas of Ninamarca (pre-inca tombs) located at 4100 m.a.s.l., these tombs belong to the pre-inca tribe known the as Lupacas who made their tombs over here to be simbolically closer to their gods.

Once we arrive to the entry of the Manu National Park and checking our passports with the rangers we will continue driving into the mysterious cloud forest for 4 more hours getting little by little to the amazonian plain.

Upon to our arrival to my family house you will leave your respective belomgings in your rooms and then we will enjoy our organic lunch, after lunch and digest time you have the chance to the a bath in the two crystalline water rivers that we have in my family house; continuing with our ayahuasca retreat in the amazon forest, at 5 pm we wil horse ride in our lovely farm enjoying an amazing sunset.

At night we will have have tea time with some amazonian tales and talking about the ayahuasca retreat experiencies and then delight our dinner.

** Our ayahuasca retreat in designed to give you the the most authentic experience possible about this ancestral spiritual ceremony.

Day 2: Yoga Session in the river bank- Cleansing Flower Bath- Ayahuasca Retreat.

  • Family house altitude: 689 meters above sea level
  • Considered:  a lot of secondary activities to help with a deeper connection at the time of performing our ayahuasca retreat
  • Weather: hot and humid with mosquitoes

To start our ayahuasca cleansing retreat program, we will wake up at 5:30 in the morning to do a sunrise meditation session in the middle of our estate, then we will return to our family house to enjoy our last small organic breakfast before our ayahuasca retreat.

Following with our program, after our small breakfast and digest time we will go to one of our river banks to do a yoga session and get ready our spirits for our ayahuasca retreat later at night; after finishing with our yoga session you will have a private time to walk around our beautiful farm full of rivers and connect yourself with our mother nature; then we will enjoy a small dietary soup.

Later at 3 pm, more or less we will do a cleansing flower bath inside the river, after that ceremony you will have your own time to continue meditating and be quiet with your body and spirit. (we will provide you fruits and seeds to you eat in the afternoon and you have the strength to support the vomiting and effort during the ayahuasca retreat).

At 22:00 pm we will meet with our plant healer Alberto Manqueriapa to perform our ayahuasca retreat ceremony.

** A transcendentall day to connect yourself and find deep answers through our sacred drink.

Day 3: San Fernando 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 ceremony special dietary breakfast, then we will provide you meeting with Alberto Manqueriapa to you make your consults and resolve your doubts.

At 13: 00 pm and after a special organic lunch we will board our car for six hours to Cusco; then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your hotel.

** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the Ayahuasca retreat center and then back to the door of your hotel again.

Included on the Ayahuasca Retreat

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco 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.

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, so if you are a solo traveller you will share a room ( ask to your travel representative if you like a private room); the toilets are shared by all the particpants and we clean 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 and also you will pay your 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, one yoga sesión in the river bank, one cleansing flower bath inside a crystalline river, one horse riding activity and also an amazonian souvenir made by my relatives.

Emergency Nurse: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew; on that understanding we have a nurse who will be checking our particpants and team all day around.

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

Prices

We would love to lead you on this the Ayahuasca retreat and take care of you during this great spiritual trip.

  • $650 per person

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 your sale representative.

Important Note ll:

For patient safety we reserve the right to refuse treatment to patients with the following conditions:

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

Important Mandatory Note lll: Please you must send by email (scanned) and bring 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 psycological medical conditions or are under any medication treatment, please let us know before you book your ayahuasca retreat.

Packing list

On this ayahuasca retreat we will provide you a duffle bag for your essentials during these 3 day spiritual trip.

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).
  • 04 long-sleeved shirts: (al least for the days you will be in the excursion and avoid black colors as they atract easily the flyes and mosquitoes)
  • 03 tank top, for the nights as there is not air conditiong but there is mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 02 quick dry full-length pants
  • 04 Socks
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Power bank due we do not have electricity at our family house
  • Headlamp
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • 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 cleared 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 yourself up to receive the answers that you are looking from our mother Ayahuasca, you need first to clean yourself from all type 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 knoweledge 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 clearing 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; 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.

Clearing 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 clear 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 restriction, we have a huge list of restrictions based on my hamlet´s knowledge and our healer Albereto Manqueriapa that is mandatory you follow for a sucsessful ayahuasca experience.

Our Wachiperi Matsigenka 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 IMAO-inhibitor, meaning it temporarily inhibits the activation of the monoamine oxidase (IMAO) a enzyme that is essential to process the amino acid tyramine.

if you take an IMAO 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
  • the 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
  • fig
  • coconut

Other foods you should avoid

In addition to foods high in tyramine you should avoid highly acidic foods, condiments, and conservants that has 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)
  • Processed sugar (fruits are a great sugary option)
  • Processed rice
  • Fried foods
  • canned and processed foods (junk food)
  • Refined sugar (sweets, cookies, cakes, energetical bars, etc)
  • Spicy food
  • Dairy products
  • Processed oils (olive oil is fine in tiny amounts)
  • Caffeine
  • White meat needs to be as fresh as possible (not fresh meat has a lot of toxins).

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 best to avoid any industrialized animal product.

it is mandatory you don´t consume industrilized products due you consume not only the substance of those food, but 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 the my hometown 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 would go into the forest on extended solitary retreat in order to seek and diet with the plants, surviving on their own hunting and foraging skills, in my hamlet, it would include keeping yourself in relative solitude and minimizing not helpful chatter and the 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 and solitary walks in the woods, mountains, river banks, ocean shore and walk at dawn and twilight to recieve  the solar energy, at night better if is full moon to recieve the energy of the stars, moon and milky way.

Begin spiritually communing with nature before your date-night with her, when our mother flings 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.

Journey Info

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Puerto Maldonado at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Puerto Maldonado is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Puerto Maldonado is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of the andes, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such Cruz del Sur, Oltursa are very well maintained and comfortable; these option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco like Puno or Arequipa.

Luggage Storage

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at our deposit while you experience the healing properties of the ayahuasca: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your  spititual tour and return once you are back in Cusco.

Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Manu National Park is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are going to  Amazonian jungle, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants and plastic ponchos.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.

These are the most used vaccines to travel to the Jungle

In this post we cite the vaccines to travel to the Peruvian jungle, according to the activity that the traveler will perform in these jungle areas. In addition, the information was consulted from important sources such as the websites of the Ministry of Health of Peru and also of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. Keep informing yourself!

Although at the Jorge Chavez Airport you will not be asked about your vaccination status; in some countries they do require a vaccination certificate, therefore it is better to be prevented and to inform yourself in the authorized International Vaccination Center of your country about what you should apply before traveling.

Remember that vaccines avoid possible infectious problems during the trip and also to keep your immunizations up to date.

What animal could infect it in the jungle?

Well, mosquitoes are the bearers of the fearsome diseases causing deaths on the planet. We are talking about insect bites infected with Malaria, Yellow Fever and even Dengue.

It is probably the most dangerous animal in the Amazon rainforest, even more so than piranhas, anacondas or fierce jaguars.

Without vaccination even the bite of an infected mosquito could ruin your vacation.

What do the authorities tell us about getting vaccinated?

According to the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA), the risks of contracting Malaria is latent in many areas of Peru, with the exception of the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna and Lima in its surroundings, nor in the coastal area South of Lima, also in the high tourist areas: Cuzco, Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. Likewise, Puerto Maldonado and the Manu National Park and other endemic geographical areas of Peru are mentioned as a risk zone.

If you travel to the Peruvian jungle it is better to consult the doctor who keeps your health history, at least 4 weeks before making the trip. So that the doctor explains you about the type of vaccine that you should apply and with enough anticipation for them to take effect in the body.

In the case of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the Yellow Fever vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis in risk areas is recommended.

On the other hand, on the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (or CDC), it recommends to travelers that they will visit Peru, some important vaccines depending on particular cases.

For example, considering the type of tourism to be made, travel time or direct contact with animals or people due to visits for study or scientific purposes.

THESE ARE THE VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO THE JUNGLE OF PERU

Under this order of ideas, these are the vaccines referred by the CDC:

Hepatitis A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.

Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended to all people traveling to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the granting or receipt of medical care, drug injections, tattoos or sexual contact with the local population.

Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all visitors to tropical areas of South America. Especially for those who remain in rural areas where exposure could occur due to the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Yellow Fever: The vaccine against this viral infection is highly recommended for trips to the Amazon and the southern Amazon basin. The vaccination should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10-year intervals, if you decide to stay.

Rabies: Vaccination is only recommended for individuals with a higher risk of exposure in the performance of their work, which often develops for prolonged periods in areas considered high risk for this disease.

Let us mention the case of veterinarians or wildlife researchers, whose occupation requires them to have direct contact with bats, dogs, stray cats, or other mammals.

Where to get vaccinated in Lima?

The International Vaccination Center, located in the city of Lima, Avenida del ejército, block 17, San Isidro district.