Peru 9-Day Adventure Trip Details
Ayahuasca is a tea that 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.
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.
- Stay at the Ayahuasca Retreat
- 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
- Jungle and boat tours
- Entrance and tour of Machu Picchu
- Entrance and tour of Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided tour of Cusco
- All transportation during tour
This is a 9-day travel and adventure experience. Spend the first four days living at an authentic retreat in the Amazon Jungle. You will be able to relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife, or explore the jungle and take a guided boat tour down the Ucayali River. Fresh and all-natural meals are provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks throughout the day. You will be served a healthy and natural vegetarian diet, as this is an important part of the Ayahuasca Ceremony. The Ayahuasca Ceremony will be conducted by a third-generation shaman each evening during our 4-night stay at the retreat.
The second part of the trip includes travel to Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Each day will be filled with exploring these amazing places and experiencing the history and culture. We will be traveling as a group and sharing the experience of seeing the world through a new set of eyes after the Ayahuasca Ceremonies. Make life-long friendships, share experiences, and make memories traveling through this incredible country.
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.