Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual

We are a healing center, operating as a lodge in the Amazon rainforest, 90 minutes outside of Iquitos, Peru near the small village of Llanchama along the Nanay River.

We charge an all-inclusive daily fee for our services, which includes transport from the Iquitos airport, private rooms, modern bathrooms and shower, meals, laundry, wifi internet and traditional medicine.

Traditional medicine services include traditional healing diets, plant medicine, and traditional Shipibo ayahuasca ceremony. If you are interested in visiting us, please email us to establish contact and verify availability at our center. From that point, we can plan your visit. As mentioned we will arrange for you to be picked up at the airport and transported to our center. Once you are here, your accomodations will be arranged and you will meet with our master healer Ricardo Amaringo. At that time you will describe your intention for your visit. Your treatment will then be tailored to your personal needs, often including further treatment with a master plant. Furthermore, in traditional style, you will then adhere to a strict healing diet developed to promote the healing work of the curanderos and our medicinal plants.

Once on the diet you will be invited to participate in ayahuasca ceremony for further ceremonial healing under the guidance of Ricardo and his assistants. In ceremony, you will be further treated by the curanderos through the mystical tradition of healing song, the icaros. We offer ayahuasca ceremony four nights per week. After ayahuasca ceremony, with the exception of Friday, there is a group discussion led by Ricardo to review experiences in the ceremony and to review the progress of all of our “pasajeros,” that is to say our patients, our students, and our visitors.

In some cases, further treatment techniques are also indicated, including healing plant preparations for bathing and vapor treatment.

Traditional treatment requires time, visitors are encouraged to visit for one week or more. Group programs are often designed for 10 days or 2 weeks. More advanced treatment can take one or two months and sometimes longer.

For particular individuals, we also offer traditional diets for learning under the guidance of Ricardo. This level of training is best discussed in person with Ricardo himself.

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  • Enya   April 18, 2017

      I was sexually violated by one of the shamans

    I came to Nihue Rao for one week. I was experienced with Aya and other plant medicine. I got a very dusty bunk, with holes in the bed sheet, and dozens of dead bugs. That didn't feel very welcoming. It took over 24 hours to get the room cleaned up. One of the shamans touched my buttocks during a ceremony. I informed Ricardo (the head shaman) in the morning. He didn't bother to respond. I heard that shaman was sexually violating more women, and was fired at some point. Too bad it took them so long to acknowledge the harmful behavior. To me, they kept on saying it didn't happen, that it's all in my imagination. On the whole, the energy there felt terrible, very dark, full of ego. I recommend to go elsewhere, to a place with strong ethics and integrity. When you are in a ceremony, you are extremely vulnerable. Make sure you go to a safe place - physically, emotionally, sexually, spiritually. Nihue Rao was none of those.

  • Nikolay Derkach   May 12, 2016

      Couldn't ask more

    The center is part owned by a shipibo shaman, another owner is Joe, an American MD. The place is no frills, so if you are looking for something besides plant medicines (like an extensive tour program), look elsewhere. The brew was very strong, very potent and is done right there on the premises. They had 4 male shamans during the ceremony but sometimes other folks join in to sing Icarus, it was like a whole orchestra. The center doesn't have scheduled retreats, people come and go as they wish. Some people do plant diets (I did one as well). Some folks stay a few months, and sometimes up to a year. I had a very productive time working with the medicine. We had about 2-3 facilitators who did an incredible job (especially Joe). This retreat is one of the oldest and they really care about the helming process. If I ever need to work with ayahuasca again, I'll come right back there. Highly recommended.

  •   I would love to go back to Nihue Rao for a longer stay next time - by Cerenurt

    Before gong to Nihue Rao, I'd been struggling with depression all summer long, was dealing with childhood abuse issues that had resurfaced including anger toward both my parents, and basically felt stuck in life. After coming home the depression was completely gone, my anger at my parents gone as well, and I was finally able to get my life coaching practice going and plan for my future. I started running almost every day, something I hadn't been able to do consistently in years, and had repaired two relationships with people I'd fallen out with. It's been 3 weeks and so far so good. Maybe I could have gotten the same healing at another center, but now that I know Joe and the Shamans and what to expect, I don't want to go anywhere else.

  •   Not your typical touristy center, they really focus on helping you heal - by John

    I had social anxiety, self hatred, and was extremely depressed. I thank God I chose Nihue Rao. The people who own the center come from their own unfortunate circumstances and so they know what if it feels like to be in your shoes. I was at the end of my rope and I didn't want to use anti-depressants or anti anxiety pills because I heard of too many negative stories from them. Plus these pills only bandaid the problem whereas these psychedelic medicines go straight to the root of the problem and help you heal from within. Its been 6 months since I went last December and I feel incredible. It was night and day from how I felt before to now. I can't recommend this place enough.

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