About This Center

Chakapita is a beautiful, intimate retreat that provides guests a really unique healing experience. Each retreat is no more than 7 guests in total which enables the shaman to give each guest the attention they need. We work with Ayahuasca, San Pedro and a special plant called Wilka, after which the town Vilcabamba is named. This is a snuff that was especially sacred to the Incas. 

The retreat is situated in a stunning part of Ecuador, surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking nature including several rivers which are visited daily for cleansing before ceremonies. 

We look to ensure that all guests are as comfortable as possible during their stay and provide freshly prepared locally sourced food every day. 

I just spent nearly two weeks with Miguel at Chakapita. The twelve days Ayahuasca retreat was at first extremely challenging but ultimately led to a major breakthrough and a truly transcendent experience. Miguel is a prince among men!! -Robert USA

Venue Highlights

Our retreat is located 10 minutes from the town of Vilcabamba. Here you will find peace and tranquility tucked away in the Sacred Valley. Relax by the pool, hike down the river, or star gaze with a 360° view of the Andes. This retreat is private and secluded for your transformative journey. Roaming the beautiful grounds filled with flowers are the 5 dogs of Chakapita, always available for pets and hugs. Enjoy complementary wifi throughout the complex as you watch colorful birds and butterflies float in the cool breeze.


We have several private and shared rooms. All fresh linens, towels, toilet paper, and hand soap are provided.


  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We cook healthy vegetarian food and can accommodate those on the dieta. We buy our food from the local market and it is fresh and sourced from local farmers.


We are an hour south of Loja ten minutes from the town of Vilcabamba. You can fly internationally into Quito or Guayaquil. From there you can take a bus or fly to Loja. From there you can take another bus or we can send a taxi to bring you to the retreat.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Julie Madisson   August 19, 2020

      Mamita Aya

    Hola Miguel, un gran abrazo a la distancia, espero pronto estar por esas tierras y poder compartir nuevamente contigo grandes momentos de espiritualidad y de conocimiento interior guiado siempre por tu buen hacer y experiencia en la materia, han sido vivencias positivas, únicas e inolvidables en un ambiente de hermosa naturaleza y amistad.----Es sind unglaubliche tolle mystische und innere Erfahrung und Erlebnisse gewesen ,die ich nur empfhelen kann, 100% SICHER

  • P. Z   May 02, 2020

      Good for San Pedro, not sure about Ayahuasca

    Miguel is a nice person, however, he is not a Shaman, nor does he claim to be. Just a local with some basic knowledge of the medicine trying to organize ceremonies based on his experience. And be aware that there is no guarantee for Ayahuasca to have any effects on you. You may end up paying over $450 for two nights of diarrhea and sickness. So if you are looking for an authentic Ayahuasca experience with some real Shaman with spiritual supervision and guidance and certain outcome, Chakapita may not be for you. Probably most of the commercial centers are like this. For a real one, you need to be there and ask locals or expats. Real ones usually don't have a profile on the internet! The construct of Chakapita is nice, however a bit far from everywhere. For a one-week retreat it is fine, however, if you are planning to stay there longer or use is as a hostel this might be problematic. The facilities are basics, so don't expect net on the windows or hot shower or fast internet. :) Based on my own experience, if you are lucky and the group you are doing the retreat is right, you will have a great experience (which is basically true for anywhere). We were lucky to have a fun and caring group, so we could ignore the fact that some of us didn't feel the Ayahuasca at all and the lack of spiritual supervision. For San Pedro, you will be fine everywhere, since the medicine does the job and it is great. ;)

  • Pommier   April 10, 2020

      Beautiful experience

    Miguel and Katie are adorables and take good care of their residents and off the all being. I spend 3 weeks their wich seemed like few days. They gave me help and opportunities to experiment what I was looking for. Muchas gracias and many blessings to Chakapita.

  • Oskar Alvesson   April 09, 2020

      First experience over all expectations

    It was my first experience with sacred plants and I was both nervous and anxious about what they (especially Ayahuasca) might bring. Once walking through the gates of Chakapita and being welcomed by Miguel and Katie I was no longer nervous and anxious. This calming couple gave me a lifetime experience both on sacred medicine and off. The surroundings play a big part in the ceremonies and the dogs become your family (or you theirs really). The facilities are up to standard and the pool is awesome. I would really recommend anyone (first timer or experienced) to come and enjoy the sacred medicines and find a deeper consciousness. Bendiciones!

  • Christina Novotny   March 20, 2020

      Highly Recommend

    I had my suspicions when looking for an ayahuasca retreat in South America due to its growing popularity, but when I stumbled upon Chakapita in my research, I knew I found the right place to further my spiritual journey. Katie and Miguel were easy and reliable to get in contact with. They answered every one of my numerous questions regarding their retreat center and their personal experience with the plant medicines. The retreat center itself is very simple. The meals were delicious. The location is nothing short of amazing. You are fully submerged within the beauty of the Andes. The simplicity of this space truly allows you to dive deep within yourself, accentuating all the healing work you are doing in a short amount of time. I did two ayahuasca ceremonies and a San Pedro ceremony. Miguel and Katie led each ceremony with beautiful song and music. I felt beyond safe within the space they provided for the group and guided by them throughout my entire journey. Any time I needed cleansing, water, or a simple hand to the bathroom they were there every step along the way. After ceremony, any questions I had they were more than willing to give their input to help clarify any messages I received. This is always helpful to me for my own personal integration process. I would highly recommend this retreat anyone looking to try ayahuasca or any plant medicine they are offering. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve drank before, Katie and Miguel provide an excellent retreat center to guide you on your spiritual journey with upmost professionalism.

  • Emma Margaret Scully   March 20, 2020

      Highly recommend

    Along with three other friends, we stayed at Chakapita for an 8 day retreat, though we all felt like we wanted to stay indefinitely! Chakapita is a magical land located at the base of the mountain, El Mascaron, which I personally felt protected by (along with the little pony watching over us!) throughout our time at the retreat. Miguel and Katie are literal angels, so welcoming, generous and compassionate. I participated in 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 san pedro and 1 vilca ceremony. All were profoundly healing in their own respects, at times very challenging, but very enlightening as well. I felt as though I entrusted Katie and Miguel with my life, only knowing them for a day or two and felt completely seen, safe and cared for. They were both available to talk after ceremonies, as I believe talking about the experience is very important for integration, and they were very open and understanding. Having trusted friends along for the trip was important for me as well, though we all bonded and felt like family. Especially with the lovely volunteers Georg and Franzi, who prepared amazingly delicious vegetarian meals throughout our stay. And the dogs! They really held me up when I was having a tough moment, and I was so grateful for their presence as protectors and friends. Accommodations are simple, comfortable and clean. This was a life-changing experience and I left with a newfound sense of freedom and love. I most certainly recommend Chakapita retreats, and hope very much we will all get to see each other again very soon.<3

  • Turowski Jaymes   January 17, 2020


    I spent 2 wonderful weeks at Chakapita. The peaceful land is nestled within the stunning Andean Mountains by a riverbed; the rooms are super cozy and the dogs are like family, I couldn't have been more happy there. Most importantly, during my stay I had beautiful experiences with the Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies the Shaman put on; for my first ever experiences with plant medicine, I felt incredibly safe and comfortable with Miguel and Katie. I am eternally grateful for Miguel and Katie at Chakapita, and everyone that was there with me on the journey! I love you all ????

  • Richard Dorsey   December 18, 2019

      Your own private oasis

    Having done hours of homework on ayahuasca retreats, it turns out I was supposed to be @ Chakapita. Nestled between mountains, Chakapita has a serene, tranquil, and therapeutic air about it. No fears or worries here. Our (my girlfriend and I) first experience with Ayahuasca, San Pedro and Vilka (Huilka), we needed a safe environment. Miguel (the Shamen) & Katie (partner, facilitator) provided the encouragement, the accommodations, the meals and anything we needed. We really enjoyed the small. intimate ceremony sizes, allowing personal attention and healing. The meals vegan, the living quarters cozy, you are free to do anything you desire in your down time. Overall, one of the most beautiful, amazing and experiential events of my life. I would definitely recommend Chakapita for growth and personal healing.

  • Judit Juiceka Papp   April 08, 2019

      Excellent Place with Exceptional Knowledge

    Chakapita is a unique jewlery box in the heart of the Ecuarioan Andes, where not only the scent of roses hit me right away, but the breathtaking view of nature. Loose light warm feeling all day, cozy housing and great food were provided during my whole stay. Not only hospitality was excellent, but more importantly, Miguel made sure to gain the most out of my stay. All sacred plants were selected and prepared carefully. All ceremonies were safe and well led. San Pedro, Aya & Willka were possible to have at one place, which is unlikely to most centers, as far as I know .Set up and guidance were hand-in -hand: Would truly truly recommend to stay with Chakapita to everyone :)

  • jnhays44@yahoo.com   February 10, 2018

      My wish list coming soon, I hope within the next couple of weeks. I have heard many good things of Miguel and his personal one on one work with each individual. That is what I think has been missing at other ceremonies, plus the groups are small so we can be a close net spiritual involvement, meals together, mental support also. I can't wait to get there. I have been researching it for awhile now. If anyone is going the 1st of March 2018 , please let me know because I would like to get to know a few people. Peace!

    I have no experience at Chakapita, but i wanting to book for March 2018, I would like to correspond with some people traveling around that date. I've studied the culture and was even considering Peru until I learned about The Sacred Valley of the Incas and Vilcabamba Ecuador. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Peace John

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