Gilberto comes from a lineage of Curanderos, The Mahua. When Gilberto was 12, his grandfather, the main healer for his village, began to train him in the ways of Shipibo Medicine Healing. He did his first dieta then, and lived in isolation for over a year dieting the plant mapacho, an Amazonian tobacco used in ceremonies to clean and take out illness. Now in his 60s, Gilberto offers over 50 years of experience. His vast knowledge of plant medicine and healing is truly amazing. He resides in the Ucayali region and is now the main healer of his village Paoyan. He rarely leaves as he is the village doctor. It is a true gift to sit with Gilberto in ceremony. To participate in a traditional dieta with him is a blessing.