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What will you get?
If you're looking for an adventure to get out of your normal routine and experience something different that will enhance and change your life, then this could be what you're looking for. On this trip you'll have the chance to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies, meet new people, immerse yourself if the Peruvian culture, and visit Machu Picchu and other ruins from the Inca Empire. Ayahuasca has been used by civilizations for thousands of years and can help people discover themselves and their place in the world. This may be a life-changing experience. Everyone is different, but here are some things that others have gained from this experience:
- A Happier and More Fulfilled Life
- Better Relationships
- Better Sense of Self
- Clearer Life Purpose
- Professional Success
- An Unforgettable Adventure
Ayahuasca is brewed by combining caapi vines and chacruna leaves, which grow in the Amazon Jungle. Ayahuasca induces altered states of consciousness, that usually last between 4 to 6 hours after ingestion - these range from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary. Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years as a medicine by shaman during ceremonies. Ceremonies should always be under the guidance of an experienced shaman. After taking ayahuasca many have profound experiences that are often life changing. A single ceremony is considered to be the equivalent of 10 years of therapy and gives people insights about their lives, both past and present. After experiencing ayahuasca many return to their everyday life with a renewed sense of happiness and purpose, which can lead to more success and improved relationships. Ayahuasca is not for everyone, but if you feel the call to try it, consider this - humans are thought to use about 10% of their brain, the human brain on ayahuasca is much more active. The increased brain activity allows for new pathways and connections to be formed, which explains why it is so effective in healing. Some people claim that ayahuasca gives them a spiritual connection and they discover the answer to the age old question of why. Scientists are discovering more and more positive effects from the use of ayahuasca. Please see the videos and resources below for more information.
Why Choose Us
As a company we love travel and think it’s the best gift you can give yourself. We also believe in the benefits of travel and adventure for personal growth and want to offer people experiences that will be amazing. This experience in particular will push you out of your comfort zone, but we’re here to make sure it will be worth it.
My name is Tim, and I am the founder and one of the Tour Leaders at Unbounded Adventures. If you're considering this trip you may be wondering, why did I start doing this and what led me to ayahuasca? I used to work at an 8-5 job that I didn’t like and had a boss that made me miserable, or at least that's what I thought. Eventually I quit – I didn’t have anything lined up, had no idea what I was going to do, and I didn’t care. Shortly after I left my job everything started to click. More and more I realized that I had gone to school and spent years doing something I didn't even enjoy. It was a hard decision and I knew the risk, but I decided to pursue a different path and took a job doing something I wanted to do – leading tour groups. Leading tours was the most rewarding challenge I'd ever faced and a perfect fit. I learned as much as possible about the world of travel and eventually decided that I wanted to start a small tour company to design and plan trips for people to have cool and life changing adventures. Around this time I started learning about ayahuasca and the benefits. I had known Angel and knew that she brought many groups on ayahuasca journeys to Columbia and Peru, so I joined her to experience it for myself. I immediately saw the benefit and wanted to share it with others interested in trying and having an authentic Peruvian adventure. Together, Angel, Gilber and I, partnered up to create this journey to Peru. We hope you join us for an inner and outer journey that you will never forget.
In addition to providing you with an incredible experience, your safety is our primary goal, not just physical safety, but also your mental well being. Gilber has over 30 years of experience as a shaman will be overseeing every ceremony and has never had a medical situation that he couldn’t handle during a ceremony. Angel has a background and years of experience in counseling, and she is there to assist you in processing the experience of ayahuasca. Tim is a Wilderness First Responder and has experience to provide you with any required immediate medical attention during the journey. Over the course of the tour we will never be more than a couple of hours away from a trusted medical care facility. We care deeply about your safety and will provide the care and attention required to keep you safe on this tour.
Staying at the retreat is an authentic experience. You will stay in furnished rustic huts with a shared bathroom and shower. The huts sleep two per room, unless a single is required. Despite being located in the Amazon Jungle, there is a pool at the retreat. There is also a restaurant and small store nearby for things you might need or forgot. Each day you will be served healthy and natural vegetarian meals and snacks with local, fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables. Be prepared to unplug from the internet and your phone for a couple of days, as there isn't much service at the retreat. Wireless internet will be available at all accommodations for the rest of the trip after the retreat.
After we leave the jungle retreat we will stay in nice 3 and 4 star hotel accommodations with private bathrooms and amenities. You will have the option for a single or double room. Spend nights in Pucallpa, Cusco, and Aguas Calientes. Check out the picture gallery below to see the Retreat and other pictures.
How to Prepare
Prior to going on this trip, it is helpful and beneficial to prepare mentally. Some people find that starting a meditation practice helps to clear their mind and prepare. It is also important to set an intention for what you want to get out of the Ayahuasca Ceremony. It can be literally anything you want to work on, such as a better relationship with your partner, more success with your career, help resolving issues from your past. Setting an intention can help you with whatever you want to work on and gain insights into. It's also a great idea to start a journal before the trip and try to write in it every day during the journey. This can be beneficial and helpful to look back on a couple of months after the trip.
For one week prior to the first Ayahuasca Ceremony it is very strongly encouraged that you follow a clean diet without the following foods. This is to prepare your body for Ayahuasca.
- Recreational Drugs
- Red meat and pork products
- Prescription Drugs (please speak to your doctor before you stop prescription drugs)
For two full days prior it is very strongly encouraged that you refrain from eating the following foods
- Spicy foods
- Dairy Products
- Processed Foods
- Oils (use Olive Oil and Coconut Oil very sparingly)
- Animal Fats
- Fermented Foods
- Refrain from sexual activity for two days prior
Prior to the trip we will have two optional conference calls (3 weeks before departure and 1 week before departure) to discuss the trip, how to prepare, and to make introductions. For more information check out our What To Pack page.
Here are some links to other resources about ayahuasca.
Videos about Ayahuasca
Here are four videos with good information on Ayahuasca. But don't stop here, please look for other resources to learn more.