CHAKAPITA: Sacred Spiritual Journeys in the South of Ecuador

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.

  • 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 :)

  •   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

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I am an oncology nurse and a few long time patients have died recently. I need to rejuvenate and return to my breath! Elizabeth

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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