Ayahuasca and Nature

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, usually lasting between 4 to 5 hours after ingestion. Ranging from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary, ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine and as a shamanic means of communication, typically in a ceremonial session under the guidance of an experienced drinker.

The main ingredient of this jungle tea is a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which like the tea itself is also called ayahuasca (which means ‘vine of the soul’ or ‘vine with a soul’). The secondary ingredient is either chacruna (Psychotria viridis) or chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana), plants that contain a relatively high amount of the psychedelic substance DMT.

Ayahuasca induces a psychedelic, visionary state of mind and this effect is employed by various people for various reasons. Shamans or medicine men take ayahuasca to communicate with nature or to see what is causing a patient’s illness on a spiritual level. In Brazil several religions can be found that pivot around gatherings where ayahuasca is taken by all participants. Drinking ayahuasca and singing together takes them into a healing and inspiring kind of trance.

Although not unique to ayahuasca, there are many fascinating reports about people who have been healed from comprehensive problems, like addiction or depression, during one or more sessions. This, however, can also be achieved using LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, iboga, other psychedelics or various breathing and meditation techniques, and always involves heavy psychological work.

Ayahuasca is not a miracle cure in the sense that you drink the brew and all your troubles have vanished within a couple of hours. It is a miracle cure though, in the sense that it brings unconscious and seemingly other-worldly processes to surface, which enables you to work with it while the effects last.

  • DAY 1: Arrive to Puerto Maldonado-Lodge

Informative talk given by our Guide on an outboard wooden canoe. We will spot animal species on our boat trip and how the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to the National Reserve. We will provide lunch provided on the boat (special diet for Ayahuasca ceremony). Arrival at the Lodge. After a short break we will walk on the Sunset Trail. Before dinner we will talk with the shaman to share our experiences and explanation about the ayahuasca ceremony. Dinner (special diet for Ayahuasca ceremony)

  • DAY 2: Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake – Canopy Tower – Ayahuasca Time

Early start with a boat ride for 15 minutes and walk 1 kilometer to reach the lake, there we will board a catamaran surrounding the lake for some of the unique species there and with a good luck a family of giant river otters. After Lunch, After lunch we will visit the tower of 42 meters high, where we have a wonderful view of the forest and learn about the vertical forest layers (in the tower) to have an espectular view of the amazon and see the sunset. In the night we will meet again with the Shaman to experience the Ayahuasca drink

  • DAY 3: Parrot Clay Lick – Puerto Maldonado

We will start early monring to Visit "clay lick" Parrot that is 10 minutes by boat from the Lodge. There you can observe different species of parrots and parakeets eating clay. Then we will back to enjoy breakfast around 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. After breakfast and chat with the shaman to discuss about our session and answer any question we will return to Puerto Maldonado

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GROUP SIZE From 2 People
TOUR DATES Book at any time all year around
ACCOMODATION Confortable place with private toilet, hot water
INCLUDE Lodge, full meals, soft drinks, entrance fee, land and boat transport, guide
NOT INCLUDE International, Domestic Flights / any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities


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