Sinchi Runa

About us

Sinchi Runa is an intimate ayahuasca and master plant retreat center, as well as a family and student home. Our mission is to help each individual reconnect with their true essence by awakening the capacity of wisdom that resides within their heart. We accomplish this through the direct experience with entheogens, master plants and properly using consciousness technologies in a sacred context along with shamanic healing arts.

Sinchi Runa is a word in Quechua that means “Warrior of light”. For us, true healing means awakening the healer that resides within each individual. Awakening the inner master and intelligence allows us to reach the source of all healing. Once this inner source is found, we become the masters of our own existence, capable of meeting each challenge with wisdom, grace and ease.

With seven years of in-depth experiential work as a center, and more than twenty years with Ayahuasca and a variety of shamanic master plants and natural entheogens, we specialize in master plant dietas, short or long term treatments for addiction and depression, deep immersion processes, and intensive retreats. We merge the wisdom and direct experience brought by the plants with invaluable Vedic teachings through Ayurvedic healing, astrology, lectures, mantra and spiritual practices such as pranayama, meditation and Hridaya hatha yoga.

When I “finally” became this love, I understood what I am. Who we are. I went to the place where we go when we leave this body, and I looked “death” in the eyes and I bowed. An abundance of love filled me to my core, and as light was streaming through my veins, darkness and all that is not me, dissolved. I was then blinded by light, my light. Shooting up through me, protecting me, embracing me. This light is here in eternity. At Sinchi Runa they teach you how to walk again. You do the footwork yourself, you take the steps, and when you fall you learn how to get up, by yourself, but you’re not alone. You’re being compassionately taught and guided from the purest and most honest place. I’m forever grateful to have met these beings, who all in their own ways has changed my life and taught me everything I hadn't been taught about this universe, love and compassion. Teachings far beyond my imagination, beyond words.

Venue Highlights

We are located in the beautiful jungle of Moyobamba, about two hours from Tarapoto. The region is known for its great variety of orchids, hummingbirds, natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. In the shamanic diet there are monkeys and other mamals visiting the dieter regularly.

We are close to three beautiful waterfalls with healing sulfur water and mud baths which one reach trough a beautiful jungle walk. Moreover, there are sulfur hot springs nearby.

There is plenty of natural free space to walk and contemplate, lay in hammocks, or create an artistic project with supplies provided.


  • Sauna
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Most of the meals served are vegetarian and low-sodium in accordance to the plant work and and hatha yoga. At times we serve fish and organic grass fed chicken and duck from our own land. Vegetarian or vegan options are always available.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on the days that we do not hold a ceremony. Only breakfast and lunch will be provided on the days we have Ayahuasca and Wachuma (San Pedro) ceremonies or Purges.


Participants will stay in a comfortable private room surrounded by lush gardens and natural beauty. Each bathroom is shared by three people maximum. During the shamanic diets the dieter will stay in a secluded Tambo deeper in the jungle (space used for shamanic diets, isolation and contemplation). A beautiful cool spring is running by the Tambos that serves for bathing during the diet.


Arriving in Lima you will take a one hour national flight into Tarapoto, there are daily flights with numerous times arriving in Tarapoto each day. There will be a hired taxi waiting for you at the airport in Tarapoto. It is then a 2 hour drive to the center in Moyobamba.

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  • Clay Campbell   March 07, 2018

      Beautiful and life-changing experience!

    After sitting with many teachers, I still felt that something was missing from my journey and I found it at Sinchi Runa. Sanango is a true teacher who is steeped in the knowledge of master plants, transformation, and Vedic teachings. As a yoga practitioner/teacher, the Vedic aspect of Sanango's teachings was priceless. He really is a master at guiding you through your individual process and customizing it to help you find your truth. I was, and still am, amazed at the depth of his compassionate and firm guiding as I weaved through my process. IT WAS LIFE CHANGING. I will be coming back to Sinchi Runa as long as they are providing this powerful gift of teachings. The accommodations were perfect for what you are needing on your journey. The food is spectacular and the land has a deep healing energy that I have only felt in certain parts of India and high in the mountains of Colorado. I never felt pressured to do anything that did not benefit or enhance what I needed at that particular time. Having sat with many teachers, in different lineages, I can honestly say that this was the most profound experience of my life journey thus far and I will continue to return as often as I can. There is a true sense of caring at Sinchi Runa that provides a safe atmosphere to grow and heal, without giving off a "cult vibe", that I have seen in other lineages and retreats. The staff went above and beyond to make sure I had what I needed to arrive at Sinchi Runa and what I needed for my time there. Do yourself a favor and contact them, you will give yourself a great gift. If we do not take care of ourselves on this life journey, then who will? Thank you.

  • Sasu Jolivet   February 27, 2018

      An Amazing experience

    I will be not able to thank enough Sinchi Runa for all the help they provided me during a critical moment in my life. I have to say I was very doubtful if this retreat was ideal for me, but, after having so many great references from previous patients I took the decision to give it a go and I do not regret the decision. Prior to the retreat I did several questions and they were very kind to answer all my doubts and query's. Sinchi Runa and his team inspired me confidence during all the process. This retreat is healing and also educational, you will learn and discover things about yourself, about the universe and your current reality that you would never imagine in the wildest of your dreams. Highly recommended!

  • christin mellner   February 27, 2018

      Strongly recommend this center! Life-changing by opening my heart and life for love, compassion and healing.

    I can from the depths of my heart recommend this center for deep healing work with authentic and experienced shaman in a safely held space. This center has a unique touch and a truly and gentle way of meeting individuals and guiding them on their journey towards healing and greater understanding and connectedness.

  • Rhiannon Jane   February 17, 2018

      Your search is over and your journey just began.

    I'm so happy that you're reading this. You just found the best retreat center in Peru. Seriously. Safe, legitimate, powerful, and intimate (this is not an Ayahuasca tourist factory. Avoid those places.) My first Ayahuasca experience with Sanango was back in 2011 and ever since then, I've been traveling to wherever the heck he is in the world at least once or twice a year to attend retreats and continue my journey with him. As a result, my life is incredible and I couldn't be more grateful. As far as I'm concerned, Sanango saved my life. No, I never abused drugs, I wasn't depressed, and I didn't have anxiety. I was actually living what I believed was a good life! Unbeknownst to me, however, I was secretly suffering because I was disconnected from my heart and my true self. I was doing things that I *thought* were ok but were actually hurting me in serious ways. I was a very difficult nut to crack. I didn't even think I had a problem. I was just being curious because I found the whole Ayahuasca thing intriguing and I trusted Sanango so I kept coming back to do retreats. Once I committed to a proper 10-day process with Sanango, my life changed completely and for the better. Sinchi Runa is by far my favourite place in the whole world. Nowhere else have I been able to access so much inner peace and joy. Real peace and real joy. Not just the kind you talk about or imagine. I experienced it. I became it. Sanango showed me the way. Ultimately, you are your own healer so don't bow down before anyone who makes you feel lesser than them. Only teachers with sincere compassion and true understanding who don't take their silly human selves so seriously are worth following. Sanango is one of those great teachers. Anyone who has the opportunity to go to Sinchi Runa and sit with him in their lifetime is sincerely blessed. If you're considering taking this opportunity, I am so happy for you and I hope we get to cross paths while you're there. I trust Sanango and Sinchi Runa with my life. I am safe there. I thrive there. It's the best work I've ever done. It's the best money I've ever spent. Thank you Sinchi Runa. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you.

  • Kameron Celniker   February 15, 2018

      Finding Truth

    The greatest gift I could have ever given myself was my decision to do a 3-month-process. I arrived with an idea, a concept of what I wanted. Now, I'm simply left with a feeling, an undeniable knowing, which guides me everyday. It was such a blessing to have found this place. If you are searching for truth, to heal, to free yourself, to open your heart, I highly suggest Sinchi Runa.

  • Anthony Chetta   December 28, 2017


    No matter what it is you’re wanting to accomplish - what insights you’re looking to obtain, what issues you may think you have and need to dissolve - Sinchi Runa offers the expertise, setting, staff, and support to allow this to blossom in a unique manner that is catered to with patience, attention, care and love based on individual needs. The 30-day process was completely transformative, simply because I finally allowed it to be. It is with much gratitude towards Sanango, Mikaela, the staff, the jungle and plants, and “myself” that I write this. Out of truth and a genuine desire to assist the individual in assisting themselves, without any facade or hidden agenda, the holistic and all-encompassing nature of services provided by Sinchi Runa make it my only recommendation to others and personal choice for continued exploration of who We are. ❤

  • Arely Garcia   December 13, 2017

      I was so pleased with my first experience, I came back for a second one

    Rated 5 stars not only for the wonderful experience, but the environment and compassionate nature of the the folks that make Sinchi Runa what it is...a place of self-discovery and understanding of this world. I didn't know what to expect going in, but once my treatment was completed, the results of the process was far more valuable and special than I could ever imagine. The first time I visited, I was in a pretty bad state in my life. I stayed a month, and came back to "my reality" with a sense of purpose and resilience to face almost any difficult situation life put in my way. I've just returned from my second visit to "check in", and now find myself aware of certain things in my life that I need to immediately change to live a more peaceful and authentic "me". Every time I visit Sinchi Runa, a layer of my "conditioned self" is revealed and I become a little more conscious of who I truly am. For all you truth seekers....this place is for you.

You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what you do not need. Nisargadatta Maharaj

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