Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru

Ayahuasca Healing and Learning Retreat - Iquitos, Peru - November 2019


Location:  YachayWasi Lodge, located in the Amazon rain forest, four hours upriver from Iquitos Peru.

Ayahuasquero Curandero:  Eladio Melendez Garcia.  Both Don Eladio’s father and grandfather were ayahuasquero curanderos.  Don Eladio is both a respected teacher and healer, deeply familiar with the curative plants of the region.  You’ll discover his approach to be welcoming and gracious.  Don Eladio has traveled extensively throughout the region in his healing practice, in addition to participating in ceremonies with multiple tribes.  His ready understanding of both western culture and tribal customs gives him firm footing in bridging the knowledge of the medicina to western mindsets.  His retreat center is located in the rain forest outside of the tiny riverside village of Genaro Herrera. 

Length of stay: 10-day stay at the YachayWasi Lodge retreat compound.  November 4-14, 2019.

Basic itinerary:

November 2--We'll meet at La Casona Hotel in Iquitos, Peru.

November 4--We'll travel by fast boat 4-hours up river to the YachayWasi Lodge.

November 4th to November 14th -- We'll journey and train in apprenticeship fashion with Don Eladio Melendez Garcia for 10 days and nights, returning to Iquitos, Peru by boat on November14th.   While there, we'll sit in ceremony from 4-6 nights, while learning the songs and medicinal plants of the region by day.  On our return we'll stay at Hotel La Casona.

November 14 -- We'll return to Hotel La Casona in Iquitos.   Add a few extra days to your stay for exploring Iquitos, including the shaman's market (Mercado Belin), as well as day trips to destinations along the Amazon River.  You can plan your flight to return on November 16, but of course, you're free to stay to stay longer to explore on your  own. You can find more details and register by clicking here



To make participation as economical as possible for everyone, we're leaving hotel and travel booking and reservations up to each participant, but if you need assistance, we'll be happy to help.

Flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco: to Iquitos, Peru are currently running $600-800.  This is the most economical solution for those traveling from the US.  My favorite booking site is www.seatguru.com.  Book your flight from November 2-16 to allow for sufficient travel time.

Hotel.  Hotel La Casona is my top choice for meeting in Iquitos before traveling upriver deeper into the Amazon.  It's easy to book online and the hotel runs less than $30/night.  Hotel La Casona caters to ayahuasca travelers from around the planet.  It's a great place to meet people.  I'd recommend reserving a room with AC.  Hotel La Casona will also pick you up at the airport for transportation back to the hotel.

YachayWasi Lodge:  Cost per night is $120, for a total of $1200 USD.  Upon registration, you'll provide a non-refundable $200 deposit and another $400 by October 15, to complete a 50% deposit. You'll pay the additional $600 for your stay at the Lodge upon arrival in Iquitos.

Boat: Transportation upriver to the YachayWasi Lodge is included in the cost of your stay there. 


Passports: You’ll need a passport.   You can begin the process online.  It can take take 4-6 weeks for standard processing, 2-3 weeks for expedited processing, or less time if you’re near a passport field office.  See link for details on timetables.


Immunization requirements: There are no immunization requirements from the US.  Yellow Fever immunization records are required in Peru, if you’re traveling from an infected area. (see link for details).


Climate: Rain and cloud cover cycle day to day.  Days can run into the high 80’s and evenings into the low 60’s.  So you’ll want to pack accordingly.  Long pants are essential for jungle walks.  We can get you more detailed info on what to bring and how to prepare for your stay in Peru.

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More Information:  Tel: 520-777-1348 / Email: ceremony@aya.guide