About This Center
Arkana Spiritual Center - Amazon takes a holistic approach to the healing process, combining sacred Ayahuasca ceremonies with master plant dietas, Sapo (5 MeO DMT Bufo Alvarius), Kambo (frog venom) medicine, Nunu (jungle snuff) ceremonies, guided jungle explorations of the surrounding Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, physical fitness in our fully stocked gym and yoga room, and healthy eating with fresh, Ayahuasca-friendly food. We believe our guests get the most out of their stay with us by taking care of their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional bodies, and we aim to provide all the necessary tools for you to do just that.
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And here are 10 more reasons why we could be the best option for you:
1) The Medicine.
We offer pure concentrated ayahuasca made with only the two main ingredients: thick mature ayahuasca vines and chacruna harvested from the jungle near Pucallpa. Our medicine is brewed by our lead shaman and son in their native Shipibo village of Limongema. You can read more information here.
Our Kambo medicine is collected freshly every week by a traditional Matses shaman. In addition to powerful analgesic effects, this medicine has anti-inflammatory power; it can heal infections and regulate blood pressure. Other potential uses include treatment of depression, migraine, blood circulation problems, Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease, vascular insufficiency, organ diseases, cancer, and fertility problems in women. You can find more information here.
Finally, our Nunu (also known as "Dust of the Elders") is also made and administered by our Matses shaman. It has been used by their people for thousands of years. Nunu is composed of tobacco, as its primary ingredient, macambo nut, cacao, as well as barks and leaves of numerous medicinal trees from the Amazon jungle. Our shaman collects all the ingredients himself and makes them into a very fine powder, which gets snorted into your nostrils, one at a time, using special bamboo sticks, which are also made by our shaman himself. It has many physical and energetic cleansing benefits - you can read more about them here.
2) The Shamans.
We have three shamans with combined 70 years of experience working with Ayahuasca. Our lead shaman Wiler, his maestro Ernesto, and his apprentice Angelita, are all from Pucallpa - the birth place of Ayahuasca, and they are all native Shipibo and sing in their native Shipibo dialect. Angelita is currently apprenticing to become a lead shaman herself, Wiler has more than 20 years of experience working with Mother Ayahuasca, as well as other master plants from the jungle, and Ernesto has more than 40 years of experience. They are knowledgeable about all sorts of plants, their Icaros (healing songs) are very powerful and their voices are strong and beautiful. They are very dedicated to the healing processes of our guests, and together, the symphony they create sets the stage for truly profound and deeply healing work.
3) The Location.
You'll find many retreat centers located in a small radius near Iquitos. Most of them are easily accessible by roads, people and, therefore, deforestation. They may claim to be in the jungle but in reality it’s more like dense shrubbery. Our center is located in one of the deepest parts of the jungle from Iquitos, in a primary jungle paradise that’s been preserved because of its high concentration of flora and fauna. It takes nearly five hours from Iquitos to arrive at our waterfront property on the expansive Ucayali River, making the journey and the experience that much more adventurous - you may even see some pink river dolphins from our newly built speedboat on your way in!
With a 2.2 million hectare nature reserve just across the river from us, you have access to exotic jungle experiences in just a few minutes by boat.
4) The Adventure.
We believe in fun, and tribe, and community and planetary healing. We let people see the beauty and richness of the Amazon, connect with local, jungle communities, learn about medicinal plants, and interact with Amazon creatures such as sloths, freshwater dolphins, alligators, monkeys, snakes, birds, anteaters, tarantulas, lizards, piranhas and frogs. This immersion connects you even more with nature, which helps tremendously during your ceremony experience. We have enormous respect and love for the medicines we work with. Also, we have a highly skilled, professional, dedicated and empathetic staff, all of whom are truly passionate about what they do! See reviews on (contact info blocked), they say it all.
Our centre is an authentic healing retreat. BUT, we do not want our guests miss out on the opportunity to explore the great Amazon.
With that being said, you will have opportunities to write and integrate throughout the day, and relax as much as you need to. This might mean sacrificing one or two jungle expeditions, which are completely optional – we have them scheduled so that guests do not feel that they are sitting around all day. We prefer to offer opportunities to explore the beautiful region of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Also, keep in mind that if you stay for two or more weeks, you will get to catch up on all jungle expeditions which you might have missed in the first week.
5) The Diet.
Some centers place an emphasis on a strict diet and offer rather tasteless food such as white rice, plantains and boney fish. The traditionally super strict diet is not necessary unless you’re interested in dieting with more subtle plants in order to learn the trade. We don’t believe in starving you or making you eat bland and tasteless food unless you desire it.
Our diet consists of healthy whole foods with lots of delicious fruits, veggies, legumes, fruit juices, juicy fish, chicken and eggs. We use a small amount of salt and sugar to compensate for the sweating you do and the calories you burn during jungle walks, swimming and exercising in our Jungle Gym.
And we stack the diet with superfood smoothies made from high omega and antioxidant rich fruits from the jungle like acai, copuazu, raw coconut milk and more. There is always fruit and tea available for snacks anytime. The result is a nourishing and healthy diet that keeps your tastebuds happy and your energy levels high.
6) The Jungle Gym.
We have an 88 square meter fitness facility on site so you can stay strong and fit during your stay with us. No other center can say this. We’ve imported top of the line gear such as battle ropes, suspension straps, kettle bells, and steel maces from the total human optimization company, Onnit. We’ve also got yoga mats, a heavy bag, boxing gloves, Thai pads, focus mitts, jump ropes and stationary spinning bikes.
We don’t believe in sending you home frail and weak after days or weeks of malnourishment and inactivity. We believe in creating warriors of light; people who return home stronger, healthier, more balanced, more centered and clearer than ever before so they can hit the ground running and make the greatest impact with the rest of their lives on this planet.
7) The Center.
Our newly built facility is truly one of a kind. We have rooms overlooking the Ucayali River, first floor and second floor patios which boast stunning river vistas during sunrise and sunset, dolphins breaching within meters of the patios, tiled showers with 6″ shower heads, a spacious kitchen and cafeteria, a second floor hammock lounge, 14 hammocks and 25 mattresses inside the maloca, a fitness facility, and a second, smaller maloca for lounging or creating art during the day.
All our buildings are raised on stilts and connected by boardwalks for safety and because we’re located in the floodplain. Between the months of February and June, the rivers rise and flood our property. This gives it the appearance that all our buildings are floating and makes for a very cool visual experience.
8) The Safety.
Our General Manager is a Registered Nurse who worked as a Combat Medic in the US Navy. He’s also got experience working in security and got his clinical qualifications working in a psychiatric ward. He has developed our first aid and emergency response security programs.
In addition, we strive to have at two capable male facilitators and two capable female facilitators to ensure there are enough hands on deck to take care of any issues that occur during ceremony. They are also there in case anyone needs any emotional support during the process. We have a zero tolerance policy toward sexual harassment and will immediately remove anyone who behaves inappropriately towards any guests or staff.
Other safety precautions we take include security guards on site at the Center at all times. We ensure that all guests who partake in ceremonies are off any medication that could interfere with any of the medicines, or in such cases as kambo, which is a very complex medicine, they sometimes do not participate if they are unable to get off necessary medication. Finally, we have two trained members of staff who are able to perform CPR and use our defibrillator and medical kit, and we are only an hour from the hospital should any emergency arise (we have never had an incident requiring this, thankfully).
Safety is a priority at our Center, and we make sure everyone knows this and feels safe and happy during their stay. We also recently published a blog post about a safety federation we are forming with other Ayahuasca Centers - you can read more about that here.
9) The Social Contributions.
Our Ayahuasca Adventure Center is built upon land owned by the Peruvian village of Libertad. What this means, is that if we’re not living up to our end of the bargain with them, they would have every legal right to ask us to leave. As part of our agreement with the village (pop. 300), we make monthly financial contributions to their public works, donations for special events such as anniversaries and holidays, donate to the local kindergarten, employ a rotation of nearly all adults in the village, and create economic opportunities for the local ladies who make souvenirs out of jungle materials. Additionally, we are in the process of outfitting the entire village with solar power. As such, when you come for a retreat with us, you are helping the livelihood of the people of this village, as well as initiatives to become less reliant on oil and gas.
On a grander scale, by developing eco-tourism in their village we’re helping to protect large areas of rainforest from deforestation and poaching. A tree is worth far more seen by many tourists over the course of years than it is a pile of logs at the lumber mill, as are monkeys more than one meal on the dinner table.
10) The Incredible Value.
Shopping for a life changing Ayahuasca experience involves many factors to consider, with price typically being a main one. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. We are proud to provide top-notch staff who will help you on your journey every step of the way, daily jungle adventures, kambo and nunu medicines, excellent food and a fully stocked fitness facility. Several times per year we also offer retreats that take you out of the jungle and through Cusco and the Sacred Valley, to experience Machu Picchu and San Pedro while traveling throughout the Andean region. With Pulse Tours, you’re not just getting an Ayahuasca retreat experience. You’re also getting a true jungle adventure, a gym membership, a chance to truly connect with yourself and your tribe, and the best nutrition available in the Amazon. It’s the full package to round out your healing process and return home with a new perspective on life.
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Misha Mia Milano April 16, 2019
Ahhh-mazing!! I did not know much about ayahuasca prior to the retreat. However, I felt the calling and the time was right for me. WOW words cannot even describe my experience both during my time in the Amazon and after. In one week I discovered so so much more than I have with other various modalities (even the guru Tony Robbins). Not only was the week one I will never forget, but my life has profoundly changed (for the better). I also have life long deep friends who I can share anything with. Arkana Spiritual Center was by far a great choice!! I did a week in the Amazon (next time will do the 2 weeks, one in the Amazon, one in Sacred Valley). The shamans, facilitators, the location, nature…..it was all so perfect. Being new to ayahuasca and traveling solo I felt so at ease thanks to the amazing facilitators. The food was also very clean, fresh and so good. It was a full detox of the fast paced normal life. The best thing I have ever done for myself!! I also witnessed a lot of healing and growth of others. You become very close with those on the journey. If you feel the calling to join and experience mother Ayahuasca Arkana Spiritual Center is the place to go. And you get to hug a sloth if you go to the Amazon 😊
Ferenc Nemeth April 16, 2019
Second year in a row I have spent a week in Peru at the Arakana center. Last year I have had such a profound cleansing/healing experience physically, mentally and emotionally that I had to repeat my visit to this magical place in the jungle. I was not disappointed this time either. In my opinion everyone should take this medicine at least once in a lifetime.. Do it for yourself and for your loved ones around you. If you are truly ready for a changet the medicine Ayahuasca will not disappoint you. You will feel safe here and an amazing staff will take of you. It is hard in words to describe what will happen, but I can tell you with certainty that it is worth the money and effort! Do not miss out on Sapo either!!
Linda Ward April 16, 2019
I just returned from my 2nd visit to Arkana in the Amazon. I had such an amazing experience on my first visit in March 2018, that I decided to make it an annual event. The staff at the center was so supportive of my personal journey and made me feel safe enough to open up about traumatic events that have impacted my life for over 50 years. With the help of the shaman during the ayahuasca ceremonies, I was able to purge the negative energy that was the result of those events. I have continued my journey with the love and support of the current and previous staff. I have never felt so free to be myself as a result of my experiences with ayahuasca at the arkana center. Can't wait for my next visit
Christiano April 16, 2019
I came to Arkana at a time where I needed it the most, even with the things that I didn't know I needed I was able to receive more than I could have asked for. I spent a week in the Sacred Valley Arkana Retreat before spending another week in the Amazon Jungle. Mother Ayahuasca was calling my name and provided me with so much release of emotional, physical, spiritual and energetical baggage that I was holding onto in my heart, body and spirit. I met so many amazing people that I stay in contact with and am really looking forward to coming back to visit. The team at Arkana took care of me from prior to booking, to after booking, to doctors calling me, to the accommodation and food and to the love that was shared to me that healed me. The experience was not just about the ceremonies but that is where the hard work gets done. If you have been thinking about doing Ayahuasca then Arkana is the right place as they have the most experienced shamans whose mission in life is to heal you. I am so grateful for this experience and I talk about it with such love and joy even though it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I know that what I got from it I could not get from anything else in such a short space of time.
Kay Tee April 15, 2019
I spent a week at Arkana for a medicinal Ayahuasca retreat. It changed my life. The medicine is very powerful and rebooted my body. I was suffering from debilitating migraines and stomach problems so sever I had a hard time eating solid foods. Arkana was so safe and knowledgeable. We had amazing facilitators and Shamans. I felt so cared for while I was there. I absolutely recommend Arkana for anyone looking to try this medicine. They are the real deal! My biggest concerns round this adventure were safety. Will I be safe? Will the food and medicine they give me be safe? Will they help me while I am in ceremony?? Yes. Yes. Yes. and more Yes. The team is great and they do a phone call with you before you go so you can address any concerns and get a good idea of what to expect. If Aya is calling, go to Arkana.
Olga Kinnard April 15, 2019
My boyfriend and I went twice to Arkana Spiritual Center. Amazing, deep, transformational experience for both of us. Both times it was very different. First time I was totally blown away with the effect it had on me. I felt it for a long time afterwards. It felt like a deep detox that was needed. Second time I expected the same effect, but it was completely different. However, I defiantly got a lot out of it. Highly recommend this place. Ayahuasca is a great learning tool.
Emíle Espíritu April 15, 2019
I highly recommend Arkana! My wife and I were very intentional about the destination we chose to begin our journeys with Ayahuasca. The safety of ceremony, the shamans, the Icaros sung for your needs and for your intentions, create an experience that is so other worldy it defies explanation. If you're considering this journey for yourself I invite you seek the Shipibo for their mastery of this art. Let the stewards of this medicine guide you. So many other retreats are highly commercialized, where Arkana literally puts you into the jungle where you can remove yourself from distraction and to do the inward work you were called to do. Journey well my friends. You're in good hands. 🙏☺️
Anita Clark April 15, 2019
I visited Arkana for two weeks in the Amazonian jungle in February 2018 and could not have been more pleased with my experience. The food was not only healthy, it tasted phenomenal. The location was peaceful and allowed for a lot of time for self-reflection since internet is almost nonexistent. Some people may not like this aspect, but I think it was vital for my healing process. The classes on meditation, yoga, and transformational breath work were a fantastic added bonus. Extracurricular activities involved animals and nature which were the perfect break when processing and re-living trauma. I really can't say enough great things about the facilitators. They always knew the right advice to give me, and you could tell they genuinely cared about helping others. The shamans were incredible people who decided from an early age to dedicate their lives to serving others and continuing the Shipibo and other ancient traditions. This wisdom is essential for humankind and is quickly being lost in our modern world. I loved having a group of people to experience ayahuasca together. The group shares each morning after ceremony were sometimes difficult, but I realized they provided me with the most benefit. There is something really powerful about opening up and being vulnerable with others which I had never really done before. Going through a challenging experience like ayahuasca together quickly turns strangers into friends. You're left feeling like you have a small family all over the world after your time at Arkana. I cannot recommend this retreat enough! If you feel drawn to the center, just go. It will change your life in miraculous ways you can't imagine.
Tricia Riccardi April 15, 2019
This was a life changing experience. I am very blessed to have been guided to Arkana. I prayed to find the perfect place for myself and my family for several months and after searching, calling and reading reviews, I felt guided to Arkana. The Shaman (Diego) comes from a lineage of shamans from deep in the jungle. He treated us with extreme care and love. The staff, Chandra, Kunti, Rayo, Pamela, Mike and Jimmy were like family to us, they are the most loving, spiritual, multi dimensional and beautiful souls. The food was healthy and delicious, the facilities were impeccably clean, well maintained and very comfortable. The energy of Arkana is loving, safe and at the same time magical! I plan to go back this year and visit my new soul family, whom I am eternally grateful for and for the life changing experience!
Liam McLaughlin April 15, 2019
Arkana was my girlfriend’s and my first experience with ayahuasca. For two people not very knowledgeable with travelling, we’re both so glad we spent just that little bit extra to choose this center and the 14-day Sacred Valley & Amazon retreat. With 7 days in Cusco and 7 days in the Amazon, we got to explore so much of Peru and explore our minds at the same time. It included 7 ayahuasca ceremonies, a fun-filled day of san pedro, a temazcal sweat lodge ceremony, a kambo frog venom ceremony, and some rapé ceremonies. There was the option to smoke Bufo Alvarius toad venom (5-MeO-DMT) at an additional cost, which we regret not taking (somebody in our group smoked it and left the retreat early looking super at peace and saying they’ve found all the answers they’re looking for). In addition to the incredible inner experiences these medicines unlocked, we also got some amazing outer experiences by seeing so much of Peru! We saw the Cusco salt mines and Machu Picchu, fed monkeys and saw dolphins on the Amazon river, and took a long hike through the Amazon rainforest. Both the Cusco and Iquitos facilities were absolutely immaculate (just look at the pictures), and the staff, facilitators, and shamans were some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. We could tell they really cared so much about every single person there (it must be because of all the ayahuasca they’ve drank). Vegan options and yoga almost every day were two MAJOR bonuses. If you’re looking to try ayahuasca and in a safe, comfortable, and loving atmosphere, you’ll be in very good hands at Arkana.
Michael Gambrell April 15, 2019
My time at Arkana Spiritual Center in the Amazon was one of if not THE most profound experiences I have had in my life. I began researching Ayahuasca for a year before I made the decision to make my reservation and go. After looking at other retreat options and speaking with staff at a few others, I decided on Arkana after my initial conversation with Arkana’s Chief Dharma Officer. I didn’t know at the time that I first talked to Jose that he is the man who, with the help of a dedicated, loving team, led Arkana to become the amazing Spiritual Healing Center that it is today. Jose offered all the information I needed and patiently answered each of my many questions. He helped me feel confident that Arkana and the particular retreat I was researching was right for me. Arkana even helped me chosoe the airline and flight that worked best with my timeframe. I have to admit that I was a bit of a difficult customer, but without exception, each Arkana facilitator and other members of staff made me feel important, cared for, and addressed all of my concerns in a way that my worry about making a trip of this magnitude. Traveling from the United States to a place as foreign and as far from home as I’d ever been was scary to me. Each person I interacted with at Arkana during my entire trip, from planning to departing, helped me feel comfortable and I genuinely felt that my experience was important to them. Due to the way I scheduled my travel plans, I had to leave the Jungle earlier in the day than the rest of the group was scheduled to depart on our last day. Cecilia, the general manager in the Jungle retreat arranged this and made sure I was able to get transportation to the Iquitos airport with no hangups or problems. Preparation for the ceremonies was excellent. Although I would encourage everyone to do their own research and know how to best prepare for this experience, Arkana’s staff makes sure that you’re equipped with the information you need to prepare for each state of your experience. From correspondence about your preparation diet, what to pack and bring with you and detailed itineraries to one on one counseling with the facilitators and shamans, Arkana guides you through the Ayahuasca healing process. I would love to write about everything that happened during my time at Arkana; it’s an experience that I wish I could share with everyone. However I learned like it’s important for each person to have an experience that’s not adulterated with stories from someone else. The ceremony facilitators will remind you that it’s important to not have firm expectations, but to be open to the experience. You’ll do your research and during that time, you’ll read people who’ve written exactly what they’ve experienced. Your experience is your own – Ayahuasca does not give you what you want, but it will give you what you need. If you’re researching Ayahuasca, it’s likely that you have some part of your life that you want help with. You will have to do the work yourself, but at Arkana, you’re provided with a safe and loving environment in which you can go through your processes and ask for help when you need it.
Solu Bhatti April 15, 2019
If you are looking for a supportive and welcoming atmosphere for an ayahuasca retreat, you can't go wrong with Arkana. You will seriously be in great hands. I stayed at Arkana in the rainforest this past December at their new years retreat, and I have nothing but gratitude and love for the staff, facilitators, and shamans. The facility was very clean, and the food is healthy and delicious. There were daily yoga classes which were very enjoyable. The jungle itself is such a beautiful setting, and being able to be right in the midst of this incredible ecosystem is something special. The excursions are a fun break from the plant medicine work, though you can skip them if you choose. I ended up skipping one to be able to relax and do some reflection and journaling ahead of my last ayahuasca session. The plant medicines were potent, and the shamans really do know what they are doing. The experience itself is otherworldly - much of it is ineffable and hard to describe, but the shamans help to guide you by explaining the significance of your experiences. This is really helpful - I took many pages of notes while I was on my retreat to capture my experience, and I find I am still learning new things as I continue my process of integration. And I most certainly feel like I came back a changed person - the medicine taught me so much about myself, and helped me purge unhelpful and toxic thoughts and emotions which were bottled up inside me. If you're on the fence about doing sapo - I highly recommend it! It was one of the most powerful, meaningful, and healing experiences I've ever had. And I felt it really helped me break through walls in my subsequent ayahuasca sessions. All in all - I highly recommend Arkana in the amazon. You'll meet great people from around the world, experience learning and a ton of personal growth, and get to take in the incredible beauty of the rainforest and the culture of those who live there. I am very grateful for the time I got to spend at Arkana and look forward to hopefully returning one day.
Rohan Bell April 15, 2019
I made the pilgrimage to the Arkana Amazon Retreat for their 2 week retreat in the jungle and it was by far the most confronting, difficult and painfully triumphant 2 weeks of my life. In saying that, I could not recommend Arkana more highly! From the minute I arrived at the retreat there was an instant feeling of love, support, openness and calmness that carried through the entirety of my stay. The retreat itself is really quite beautiful, and it was never hard to find a space to be by yourself to journal or contemplate. The structure of the retreat was well laid out and matched everything I had read on their website. My initial sit down with the shamans and facilitators was a space were I truly felt listened to, and very quickly I knew that the ceremonial space was a space where I felt comfortable to be open and vulnerable. The retreat was always kept exceptionally clean and the people from the nearby village that worked there were always full of smiles. The food provided was fresh, healthy and prepared daily and there was always fruit, water and tea available between meals. The medicines given at this retreat including Ayahuasca, Kambo, Nunu & Sonoran Desert Toad are the real deal, and if you go in with an open heart and a willingness to surrender you are in for a treat. The most important thing for me throughout the 2 weeks was knowing that the ceremonial space was safe and supportive. The facilitators were always aware of what was going on and were there to help guide you, not only on your feet when walking was a little tricky but also emotionally if the night got tough. The shamans breathe life and wisdom into the experience and their Icaro’s are like nothing else I’ve ever heard. It was great to be able to not only have the ceremonies as the main event but also extra opportunities for healing like sound baths, breathwork and yoga. If you do your research you’ll know that the real work starts when you got home. Integration is definitely the part that has been the hardest for me, but it’s nice to be a part of the retreat Facebook page where you don’t feel alone in the journey. All in all I give Arkana 5 stars. If you look around you will see why Arkana is one of the best retreats in Peru! It delivered 100% and was a big part of my life changing forever.
Megga Barbarara April 15, 2019
Being a single solo traveller travelling across the world from Australia, I was very nervous. I spent a long time picking the retreat, after years of researching ayahuasca and retreats and at a time in my life when I felt ready, I saw a post from an old high school friend who spoke about his life changing journey at Arkana. He spoke about the facilities, facilitators and how the set and setting were the perfect backdrop for deep healing. I googled straight away and had all my questions prepared. I immediately felt well informed with Liliana answering each and every question to put my mind at ease. I was well informed about the dieta and had a medical intake. I felt like it was a professional but authentic experience., importantly I felt safe. Prior to leaving I also connected with other Australians that had been on the retreat through the ‘Friends of Arkana’ facebook community. Meeting in Iquitos the group and the vibe automatically felt like coming home. Everyone was so uniquely amazing but different and on their own personal journey. The journey to the jungle with a yummy BBQ lunch and a boat ride down the Amazon. The nerves I felt prior to the first ceremony subsided by feeling a home at ease. I have difficulty sleeping but felt like the rooms/accomodation allowed me to have a good sleep after going through some difficult self -realisations. The days offered opportunities to go to a local village, meet sloths, jungle walk and visit markets. If you preferred deep self-reflection, exercising and immersing yourself on a hammock that was also available. It catered for what you needed. Some days I felt like being social and others I felt like journaling. I feel like I am still integrating but I have a level of self -awareness that I am working hard toward and for. I understand more layers of a complex onion then I did before which was just murky, muddy confusion. I have memories in my heart that I can call upon in the tough times as the memories of are able to be called upon in times I feel myself slipping back into old patterns. I have added resilience, independence and connections with beautiful humans which will last a lifetime. More importantly I am finally learning to love myself. The dieta was easy to follow in the jungle with yummy meals, despite not eating as much in the western processed world, I never felt hungry. Kambo prepared the body and cleansed. Sapo experience changed my life in terms of an out of body experience that crossed over into another realm of consciousness. It made me not fear and be able to release. The Ayahuasca ceremonies were facilitated both by experienced shamans that genuinely cared about healing. We spoke along with facilitators about anything that may come up so we were deeply guided on our journey. The icaros assisted in grounding the experience and the setting of the maloca felt safe with enough personal space and not too many other people. I felt cared for when I felt vulnerable and supported when I had any questions that arose for the experience. I never felt alone through the healing process, the deep care and consideration of the facilitators made me feel safe at a time that a lot of deep healing and processing was coming to light. Group share provided an opportunity to have differing perspectives and allowed for easier transitions. What other group members said to me will remain with me forever in a time I wasn’t quite sure what messages meant. I couldn’t recommend Arkana more – it isn’t a retreat it is a place of a deep healing immersion journey with family. It is a place you go to find the side of yourself that was always hidden inside. I couldn’t recommend more highly.
Melanie Broad April 15, 2019
I went to Arkana Spiritual Centre in June 2018. I decided to do the Amazon location because I was just drawn to it. I’m not sure why, it made more sense to go to Sacred Valley as I had just hiked the Inca trail but I chose the Amazon. When I arrived in Iquitos I stayed at the hotel they advised to meet at and in the morning I met two other people who were going to the same place as me, and they were so amazing. One actually group up an hour away from where I grew up! What a crazy small world! Anyway, we travelled via bus then bike then boat along the amazon and arrived at Arkana (it was a beautiful trip, and we stopped for some local cuisine on the way, provided by Arkana). It was pretty great seeing the building coming out of the jungle. It was set on stilts and all connected. We were greeted by dancers and shown around. I’ll go straight to my ayahuasca experience. Before we went in we spoke to the shamans about our reasons for being there. This made me feel very vulnerable but worth it. I didn’t have any bad experience at all. The three main issues I had, and the reason for me going there, I was able to face, acknowledge and work through all in my first ceremony. I had the option of doing four ceremonies but at the time felt I only needed to do one. The shamans had encouraged more so I did three but the first was the most impactful. The shamans and facilitators were kind and considerate and empathetic. I highly recommend Arkana.
Rachel Elizabeth April 14, 2019
I stayed at Arkana amazon jungle center in February 2018 for the 7-day retreat. We were welcomed to the center with music and dance by the local people from the village of Libertad. We had quite a few interactions with the local people who were all so warm and friendly, as were the staff at the center, who catered to the needs of each individual. Each participant had an individual meeting with the shamans and facilitators prior to treatment, to make an assessment for the customized healing for that individual. Concise information about preparation for ceremony and for processing and integration after retreat was given both on arrival and before departure, and the opportunity for discussion was given daily during group shares which were always very thorough. Daily excisions and activities included jungle walks, night-time boat rides on the river, day trips where we could swim in safe areas (the local guides are so fab and so lovely to talk to!), yoga and sound workshops, all inclusive to the price of retreat. Supplemental individual treatments were also offered on request for a premium, but the facilitators were always available for one-to-one counseling at no extra charge. I felt like they always had time for me should I have needed to do this. I liked the relaxed atmosphere, that none of the activities (including ceremony) were mandatory and there were no rigid rules, for example sleeping in the maloca was permitted; we were not obligated to stay in our rooms at any set times and we could walk around the center freely. There was security around the center which I thought was great, as it was good to know that during ceremony I would be taken care of in the event that I might have left the maloca unattended and wouldn’t be able to wander off into the jungle! The facilities are basic, no luxuries such as hot water or air conditioning; but that was to be expected for somewhere deep in the jungle. I was actually pleasantly surprised at some of the comforts offered: running water, flushing toilets, a laundry service and even (limited) electricity and internet service. The food was simple but delicious, there was always enough and it was varied and healthy. The ceremonies were conducted really well, and the power and beauty of the icaros sung by the shamans could not be overstated. Absolutely magnificent, and the layout of the maloca was perfect. There were at least 4 facilitators on hand to assist during ceremony and each participant received their own personal icaros during every ceremony. The medicine was very very potent and has given me some profound insights and lessons which have taken me over 12 months to integrate. Also offered here was Kambo, which I found to be very beneficial and helped me to prepare for the Ayahuasca ceremonies. Overall I would rate Arkana amazon spiritual center very highly, I would definitely go back again and would recommend to anyone considering a jungle retreat.
William Carroll April 13, 2019
I stayed at Arkana in the amazon jungle in November for 4 ayahuasca ceremonies and it was everything I could have hoped for. The experience is one of the most important and memorable of my life and I wouldn't change a thing. The medicine was strong and the shamans and facilitators were all top quality. You can't ask for better guides to help you on your journey. Firstly, the shamans truly are masters at what they do. They sang beautiful powerful icaros and held the space during ceremony, as well as provided excellent guidance outside of ceremony. But just as importantly, the facilitators are some of the best in the business, helping the shamans to hold the space in the room as well as calm people down when things get hectic (as is prone to happen occasionally when dealing with this kind of medicine). On my first night I needed some assistance as I was having a rough time, and the facilitators were right there to guide me through it and help me feel safe and comfortable and made the remaining experiences that much better for it. I could go on for pages about my experience but I'll save time and just say that I have nothing but good things to say about the actual ceremonies. I always felt safe and secure and in good hands (even when things got tough). As for the rest of the experience, Arkana has some of the best help outside the ceremony as well. Whether it's yoga, or breathing meditation, or sapo, kambo, etc, there were facilitators there who could teach you and guide you. I've never felt more peace and internal space in my life. The rest is just a bonus. The daily excursions (to see sloths, monkeys, swimming, etc). They're nice to pass the time, but they are absolutely secondary to the work that's happening. Last but not least, I'd be remiss not to mention the wonderful village of Libertad. This is a village of locals on site and is full of some fantastic people. It's a chance to get a great look at some local culture (as well as play some Volleyball and/or soccer as a few of us did). All in all, the only thing I regret is that I only went for week. By the end I was absolutely ready for another week as I had an amazing journey with mother aya. Although here your mileage may vary as I'm sure for some people 1 week is plenty as the medicine can be tougher on some than others. Next time, I hope to be able to not only go back to the jungle, but also experience Arkana's sacred valley retreat, which I've heard nothing but good things about. Oh well, just one more thing to add to the bucket list.
Juli Mar April 13, 2019
I took my time on writing this review since I wanted to give myself time for integration. I wanted to have time to digest what was revealed, what I learned from this experience. I decided I wanted to do Ayahuasca after a lot of years thinking and reading about it and I believe making this retreat with Arkana was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. They definitely offer the full package (Nunu, Kambo, Ayahuasca and 5-MeO-DMT). The facilitators are amazing, specially Shantanu, the shamans are committed to your healing process, to help you, and you will definitely feel their love. To be honest, it was not an easy process for me, I had a lot of pain and stuff to clean up, but ultimately, that was my goal... Cleaning, healing... I feel satisfy with the results and keep working everyday on bringing the lessons learned to my life. I am planning to repeat this retreat every year. It was life changing and it helped me understand a lot of things about myself and others. I strongly recommend Arkana to anyone interested on healing, understanding themselves, understanding others, living with purpose, feel the peace and love the universe has for us... Thanks Arkana for this unforgettable experience! Looking forward to meet again this year :)
Eric Isenbarger April 12, 2019
I knew what I wanted and I knew where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted (and felt like I needed and was called to do) Ayahuasca and I knew I was being called to the jungle of Peru to do this. What I didn’t know, was WHERE to go. I looked at a few different places, but I kept being called back to Pulse Tours or Arkana as it became to be known. I wanted safe, but also wanted rustic. I was not looking for a vacation or a retreat or a spa. I’ve done Ayahuasca previously, so I was not going for an “experience” but instead was looking for the healing power the plant could lend to me. I knew my intentions and what I wanted to explore, I just needed the place that could help facilitate this desire. Arkana did this and actually exceeded my expectations! I did a 2 week intensive and what I ended up experiencing was love, friendship, self introspection, massive amounts of present moment awareness and a solid foundation in which to move forward in life and to recall in times of doubt or stress. I initially made the choice of Arkana based on my own feelings, the reviews available and from my other research . . . It was all well founded. This was a bit of a spiritual journey for me and I really was able to take in the entire experience on my trip to Peru and to Iquitos to meet up with the group. Arriving and getting ready was easy and was well organized. Alise and Angel were absolutely what my journey needed. Soft and calm, but also very strong and safe vibe they exuded. The Center itself, while still perfectly rustic, was also so much more well put together than what I expected. In embarking on a journey of this magnitude and where you are going to be willingly subjecting yourself to a very strong substance, safety and comfort is a huge contributor to ensuring that the effectiveness is optimal. The last thing I wanted was to be worried about all this given everything else that I was hoping to go into. Arkana and the staff were absolutely vital and amazing. I can not, nor would I want to imagine any different scenario or group of facilitators and shamans than what I experienced. Back on the center, I found it safe and comforting. The location was ideal on the edge of the jungle but right on a little tributary to the Amazon. Falcon was an amazing guide on all the excursions and was a ton of fun. The meals were well prepared and were actually a lot more tasty than what I was expecting. I truly enjoyed the 2 week cleanse. The ceremony nights themselves were magical, even if every one of them was not necessarily filled with rainbows and lollipops. My first week I was with a huge group and my second week I was with a small group and both weeks were perfect. We had 3 shamans and 4 facilitators each ceremony, which during one night equated to a 1:1 ratio. I thought the shamans were perfect for my experience and Rob and Weronka made the ceremonies so amazing, easing us out of the evening and into the morning with their music and song. Bronte and Christian rounded out our facilitators and each one was just so absolutely special in the energy they contribute to the circle. All in all, if you are wanting an Ayahuasca, in a safe setting, that honors the plant in the way that was intended with people who contribute so positively to the space everyone is in, Arkana is by far a wonderful selection and I fully endorse coming here.
Sam Dillon April 12, 2019
I spent a week at Arkana Spiritual Center - Andes the last of July and first of August 2018. The grounds are beautiful, healing and harmonious. The Shamans are real indigenous Shipibo, very expert and made me feel safe. The staff and facilitators are very professional and helpful. My life is changed since that experience. One reason is that I sold my air conditioning business and have more time to devote to other things, like yoga, meditation, and writing. There are no coincidences, everything works together for the good. I highly recommend this retreat center. ~Sam Dillon
Jokke Sommer April 10, 2019
I did my first 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies at Arkana in the Amazon, which I am deeply thankful that I did! I was looking for the perfect center for almost two months prior to my trip, then my Shaman friend gave me the OK after showing him this place. This retreat is perfect for anyone who wants to get into Ayahuasca, either if you are a first timer or a long time Ayahuasca adventurer, this place is simply incredible. The food, the people working there and the Shamans. They are all incredible and they will make you feel safe and loved from when you first arrive. The Shamans are very powerful and their singing amazing! The Ayahuasca is also fairly strong there, as I did my preparations it was enough to breakthrough on a single cup. The facilities are great with comfortable rooms, a beautiful outdoor area and they even manage to provide wifi for some crazy reason. You would not think that is possible all the way out there. Of course, wifi is not really needed and should be used at a minimum while focusing on Aya, but for me that has work on the go wherever I travel, this was very helpful to me. If you're looking for an amazing and safe place to do your Ayahuasca journeys, Arkana is definitely the place to go! I can not wait to go back and learn more from the people working there, as well as the plant :)
Doug April 07, 2019
This retreat ended up being one of the best things I have done for myself in my life.I spent a week here in January 2019 and was my first ayahuasca experience.I was really nervous as I was doing this solo,that quickly dissapeared as the staff,facilitators and the rest of my group made me feel safe,secure and felt like family.Everything was top notch from the ceremonies to the food to excursions and everything in between.I cant wait to go back.
Anders Munch Holm April 06, 2019
This was the trip of a lifetime. Probably several lifetimes, haha. Seriously, if you're curious about trying not just ayahuasca but many different jungle medicines and go on adventures, this is for you. And then there's the personal development. I know a lot of things have changed, but I've only just come home, so I guess it's too early to spot the difference in daily life yet. Conclusion: I recommend Arkana Spiritual Center of all my <3
Shelise Hufstetler April 05, 2019
Going into the Amazon jungle for a week and experiencing the sacred medicine was seriously life-changing. It was honestly magical. The music of the rainforest, the all encompassing atmosphere, the feeling like I was on one big treehouse...just amazing. It is so vastly different than being in California, even if I went to the mountains somewhere. It really pulls you out of your comfort zone in the best way possible. Arkana is built to tear you open and allow for a rebirth of sorts. It pulls apart your heart, your emotional body, your spirituality, your fixed mentality and makes room for the truth of who you really are. No one person had the same experience with the Ayahuasca but everyone did come out a new person. There were so many wonderful medicines and ceremonies and the best part is, all of them supported each other. Also the sound baths, flower baths, yoga, breath-work etc really brought it all together. It would be impossible not to change in some way even if you chose not to experience any of the medicine. The facilitators were so wonderful and helpful. You can tell that they are all there out of love for others. I always felt safe and protected. As a woman in my late 20s it can be scary to go to another country on your own (well.. to the jungle in the middle of nowhere) and be put in such a vulnerable state with the medicine but I can tell you now, I always felt well taken care of and safe. If Mother Ayahuasca has been calling to you, look no further. This is the place the go! You will not find a more authentic experience than this. They have truly thought of everything to make your journey well rounded and as peaceful as possible. Getting there can be a little daunting but I assure you, once you arrive, you will not worry about a single thing (except for maybe the giant spiders haha). I hope this has helped anyone looking for a life changing experience. You will not regret it. Some things to be aware of: -This is the Amazon, there are bugs and giant spiders. Proceed with caution and you'll be fine. BUG SPRAY IS ESSENTIAL. Seriously though. I would recommend essential oil bug spray. It seemed to work the best. -When I went end of February it was very hot. Light layers, breathable fabrics, hats, sandals are best. -Bring a mosquito net for your face when you do the jungle tour. Also, wear long loose pants and long sleeved loose top to avoid getting bit by mosquitos. Seriously. -The medicine can be hard. Its important to trust the work and continue with faith. Your body might wig out and shake, you might puke your guts out, you might have no physical response at all. Every experience is valid and I promise you the medicine IS working. -Be ready for big changes. You might get information that sets you on a new path. Be ready to accept it. -Go in with an open heart and open mind. Everything you've been taught in traditional "life" will be ripped open and tested. Let go of everything you think you know and be ready to experience magic.
Rob O'Heaire April 05, 2019
There are no words for Arkana. Its hands down the best place I've ever stayed . From the moment I walked through their doors I was made feel like family. The accomodation to the food was perfect and the staff were absolutely fantastic and super friendly. I will all hold this place close to my heart , Arkana I thank you very much for an unforgettable experience ☘❤
Sofie Indesteege April 04, 2019
And Aya loves me I stayed 2 weeks at Arkana Spiritual Center, where I opened up my body, mind + Soul to the medicine It changed my life completely - I'm now a successful, published author, I work, write + teach internationally, I've never felt so sure, strong before of my mission, purpose in life I'm here to live my best life, give my best, every day. I serve my community, folks + family, in whatever way possible - Aya helped me connect to my Soul mission, a divine purpose, in life I invite you to join + explore your Self at Arkana Spiritual Center, using the medicine, Mother Aya, to find what you're looking for in life Ahom ♡
Daryna Vershinina April 03, 2019
I spent a week at amazonian Arkana retreat , and did four ayahuasca ceremonies, Kambo ceremony and Rapé. Before I arrived I made some research so mentally I was quite ready to face whatever ayahuasca was going to show me. And I can tell you it was intense. By the time I left, I was in love with the place, and the wonderful staff who work there. The food, the accommodation, the jungle scenery, the shamans and the support and help given by the facilitators was all top notch. Ten out of ten from me!
Saskia Caminada April 03, 2019
My 2 weeks experience with Arkana Spiritual Center were the most amazing, healing and learnful experiences I've ever had in my entire life. If you're reading this review, chances are that you're contemplating doing an Ayahuasca Retreat yourself and I would like you to take the time and properly read about my experiences with Arkana, because I'm absolutely sure that you'll want to join our big Arkana family afterwards! I started my journey at the Arkana Amazon center in the jungle. I felt so connected with the Ayahuasca plant medicine, nature and everything around me. Already in these first 4 ceremonies I've learned, understood and made peace with almost every bad experience that I'd had in my life so far.. The medicine is so generous and omniscient that she'll always show you what you need. After only 1 week it felt like the shamans, the facilitators, the other group members and me had become one big family that support eachothers process and progress! I then went on to the Arkana Sacred Valley center to deepen my process with the Ayahuasca medicine. Even after you think that you've dealt with what you came here for, there's always something new to work on. This week was just as amazing and insightful as the previous one in the jungle. I especially enjoyed the San Pedro ceremony at the end of the week. It was the perfect ending to my healing and learning process. I would recommend doing Ayahuasca with the Arkana Spiritual center to everybody! Not only is the team of facilitators and shamans absolutely lovely, but the locations are perfect to really connect to yourself, nature and your healing process.
Rob Bateman April 03, 2019
My background – I had attended 2 different ayahuasca retreats previous to Arkana, and so had experience with other shamans and their medicine. What happened at Arkana blew my previous experiences away. The jungle retreat facilities way exceeded my expectations. The location is stunning and there is plenty to do with excursions, yoga, a small library, a gym, and lots of places to chill out. The facilitators are absolute angels who go out of their way to make you comfortable, particularly during the ceremonies. I had one night were I went a bit bonkers and the patience and care they showed me was outstanding. I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I got home I booked a return trip with my wife so she could experience it. I also plan on visiting their Sacred Valley site at some point. Here is a link to my video review of my time at Arkana - https://youtu.be/m7PQrubyfww
Gabriel Martin April 02, 2019
I just finished the two week retreat one week in the jungle the next in the sacred valley. I am forever changed, prior to coming here I had zero experience with plant medicine, Ayahuasca, Bufo, & SAPO. I’m a 22 year active duty Soldier who used to be owned by PTSD. I have been born new and am speechless to the love, compassion, understanding, and healing I have received here. Arkana is deep in souls that want to help others to heal and I will be forever grateful.
Stevie Bailey April 02, 2019
I started researching Ayahuasca about 4 years ago. After many years of anxiety and depression taking over my life, I was looking for something to actually make sense for me. I had tried everything... EVERYTHING! Therapy, medication, support groups, vitamin supplements, you name it. But nothing truly took away the weight that had been holding me down. Even though I thought I had worked through grief, abuse and trauma... it seemed to linger and at times overwhelm all parts of my life. After finally finding a "partner in crime" to join me on my journey, I chose Arkana Spiritual Center for this experience. I truly didn't know what to expect or what would come of this, but I felt such an extreme pull. The experience was difficult, there were times I just wanted to go home. My "programmed mind" would creep in and try to convince me that the experience was crazy and too much. But just as the facilitators and shamans continued to say... "you have to trust the medicine and surrender"... I did! I forced myself through the fear and I am forever changed for doing so. I can not imagine a better place or better people to help me on this journey! Arkana is a true gift and the people are truly there to help and to love you through the journey. I returned home a few weeks ago with the weight gone. I no longer feel the negative, the overwhelming negative emotions, or the sense of doom. I am FREE!! And I owe it completely to EVERYONE at Arkana. The experience was one I will treasure for the rest of my life! There's still work to do, and I have dedicated my life to continue the journey. Arkana, the facilitators and the medicine have given me the "missing link" I had been searching for, for so long. If you are being pulled to the medicine, If you are searching for the connection you feel that you have lost... Arkana is the place to find your LOVE, SPIRIT, STRENGTH and HEALING!
Colton Black April 02, 2019
No words can express the true benefit of my ayahuasca experience at the arkana retreat. Our language is finite and my communication with The Mother proved to me that love is truly infinite. My personal journey, like many looking at this review, started with difficulty of enjoying my life. Depression, anxiety, and anger plagued me and still can on occasion. But, now I know how to calmly deal with it, and put it aside. Ayahuasca is a personal training ground for life. Just like a martial artists practices in the gym, ayahuasca allows you to practice dealing with difficult personal situations. I learned how to love myself and what true love is. Just because I love my father dearly, doesn’t mean I love my mother any less. This perspective changed how I viewed the world. It is no longer, “I can’t believe this happened to me”, I see everything as an opportunity to learn and Grow. The environment you are in is the most trusting and loving I have ever been around. Every day you are encouraged to share publicly or personally one on one with what you’re working through. There are a plethora of mentors, shaman, and resources that you are bound to mesh with someone. I trust these people with my life, because they saved it. The growth I saw from my self and those around me was nothing short of amazing. The friends I made are eternal. If you are looking to grow, learn, and work through whatever plagues you, there is no better way to do it than working with Mother Ayahuasca at the Arkana Retreat.
Chrissie Dyball April 02, 2019
I travelled to the amazon rainforest, Arkana spiritual centre on my own (28 year old female) at the end of 2018. I was there for two weeks but in Peru for 17 days. I had a profound ayahuasca experience and I can not describe with justice how beneficial it’s been to my life. Do not be scared to go alone, you’ll meet the most incredible people who (I promise you) will become your family for life. You will experience a love and support system that you never thought possible, regardless of how you are as a person. You will come back knowing a love so deep that you’ll shine for years. The facilitators are the most caring and kind people you’ll ever meet and oh my, the shamans are the most magical, powerful Gods, you wont believe the sheer power in them. You’ll feel utterly safe and secure in their hands. Ayahuasca is calling for you, you already know this or you wouldn’t be reading this review- take her hand and let her show you what you need to see. Trust me! I wish you well on your new transformational journey. I can safely say that Arkana is the place for you. Chrissie ❤️.
alli burton November 20, 2016
I loved the mix of adventure and spirituality with this tour. The people in our tour were a great group, loving and fun. I was really impressed with the authenticity of the Centre, I am glad to have had the experience.
Tian Daphne October 10, 2016
I came for a week in October with my partner and a close friend for my first experience with Mama Ayahuasca here - and it was perfect in every way! Having done some homework beforehand, I will admit that I was nervous about about the intense experiences and unethical centres and shamans I'd read about. However, it quickly became clear that everyone at the Ayahuasca Adventure Center knew what they were doing and were passionate about it. We were very well taken care of from start to finish and assured that we would be with experienced shipibo shamans who make their own brews to ensure quality control. I can't even begin to put into words my experience of the ceremonies. Insightful and transcendental, I felt like my entire being had been turned inside out and cleansed by the shamans' heartfelt icaros. I looked long and hard into the mirror to reconnect with my Self, and saw all the experiences that have shaped me for what they are. Now I understand why some people say that it is 10 years of psychotherapy in a session. I have the utmost respect, love and gratitude for Wiler, Anjalita and Ernesto who allowed us to have a taste of their world and the power of the plant medicine. Special thanks to our facilitators Dolan and Tamara, who just always *knew* whenever anyone was having a hard time, and was immediately our their sides supporting, guiding and helping. The Center itself is a tropical paradise, quaint wooden malokas and huts with thatched roofs connected by gangways. I found it to be well-equipped and designed to cater to my every need (There's a gym, dining hall where meals are prepared for us, sufficient shared bathrooms and shower facilities). Built on raised stilts by the river in the middle of dense jungle undergrowth, you are as close to nature as you get. But it was always clean, and we were well protected from the mosquitoes by the series of nets set up everywhere. On a clear night, the milky way is visible. Even when it isn't, we had an abundance of fireflies to enjoy. While it does get hot and humid in the day, the nights are cool and fresh, with the sounds of crickets, frogs and other critters to sing you to sleep. I also love that the Center also supports the nearby village of Libertad, which is only a short walk away. We were able to interact with the locals and catch a glimpse into their lives, arts, and culture. Our local guides Falcon and Pecho took us on numerous excursions over the week, sharing their knowledge of the land, plants and animals with us. Pecho can spot a baby sloth high up in the trees while driving the boat! All in all, I highly recommend Pulse Tours' Ayahuasca Adventure Center. Based on my own observation, it was safe, respectiful and ethical. My gratitude to Melissa, Tatyana, Dan and all the other souls I crossed paths with at the Center for making my first experience such a magical, life-changing, soul-nourishing one. I'm going to bring my family here next time!
Bruce Mills September 13, 2016
All of the services provided were great. The ceremonies are incredible. The facilities and food were completely adequate. Thank you to the staff for all the hard work you do. I will definitely be returning at some point.
Wendy Bednarz August 13, 2016
The hype around Aya is quite high so it was hard to temper expectations. But our experience at Pulse exceeded anything we might have expected - the staff, shamans and facilitators were professional and extremely supportive. As a result, we felt safe and able to to be vulnerable and let mother Aya 'do her thing.' Every ceremony brought new insights and revelations and the days at Pulse were relaxing. We will definitely return to Pulse. Thank you!
Joe Springer August 09, 2016
I just returned from the 7-day experience. I actually arrived 2 days late because my flight had been cancelled. I had assumed that my trip was done until Melissa offered to come and meet me at the airport in Iquitos when I got in. I only missed one ceremony, so I still got 3 in. Even with the somewhat shortened time period the trip was definitely well worth it. It was extremely well-organized (thanks, Melissa!). The staff was professional, supportive and friendly. The other people in my group were great, and we developed a bond. The food was very good. The trips into the jungle were excellent (thanks, Willie, AKA Falcon!). The ceremonies were powerful and transformative. I found the group shares done the day after each ceremony to be very helpful in processing the experience. If you're reading this I assume you're interested in Ayahuasca. I'm sure you've seen that Ayahuasca is only for the very serious, and she is not to be taken lightly. She will kick your butt (she kicked mine!), however you'll see it's done with love if you have the courage to persevere. When I go to meet her again (and I believe I will) I will do it with my friends at Pulse. I was told that I'll be welcome with open arms, and it will feel like coming home again.
Kay-Kay Kalika Renee July 19, 2016
I have struggled with mental health issues for a good part of my life. I have partial hearing loss and spent a good portion of my life learning to zone out rather than face my problem. That put me very behind in life in terms of education and socialization skills. I struggled with addiction as a release mechanism. My alcohol abuse screwed up my digestive system. It was just one thing after another leading down to my personal destruction. Once I hit my breaking point, I finally tried everything to turn my life around in a positive light but had setbacks such as an abusive relationship and a toxic family member. It has literally been one thing after another. I had been making a huge difference in my life but struggled dramatically with PTSD, anxiety and depression. I literally tried everything from prescription drugs to vitamins to AA/NA meetings to getting into fulfilling work…the list could go on. When I heard about Ayahuasca, I was so intrigued and had to do more research on it. I have literally spent the last 5 years dreaming of coming to the rainforest for healing. I just knew that it is exactly what I have been needing. My boyfriend and I did a LOT of research… and literally I mean A LOT before we made our decision. Neither of us had ever been to Peru and while our main focus was healing, we also wanted to see the culture, have some adventure and visit Machu Picchu. We thought about working with the medicine in the Cusco area but read that the real authentic ceremonies happen in the rainforest and decided we wanted that experience and I am so glad that we did. Pulse had everything that we wanted! It was definitely a little more spendy than we originally wanted, but we were so grateful that everything was planned out for us once we were there! I was in the rainforest for 7 days and did 4 ceremonies. I literally saw the Earth become sucked dry of its resources, faced my own death, transformed into a spider, saw the devil and felt God. My mind was so clear by the 2nd ceremony that I was able to just go down the line on a list of hundreds of issues and the spirits were cleaning each part of it. I had a LOT of toxins and chemicals in my body I had to flush out. It was disgusting when it was happening but nice to have them out. The first ceremony was the most intense for me as I had lots of visuals and extreme darkness facing I needed to do, the 2nd ceremony was focused on healing, the 3rd was focused on facing my death and addiction and the 4th was a smaller dose and I was able to just fully appreciate the ceremony and the Shaman’s singing. My heart was shot at a lot but I had a shield covering it but I could just feel how much I have been through and it almost felt like I was in warrior training. The facilitators were always there for me in ceremony. My first ceremony, I was somewhat out of control but the facilitators were very supportive and understanding of everything that I was going through. I didn’t sleep much and spent a lot of my down time reflecting or trying to catch up on rest, but it was nice to have the jungle excursions added on as well. If you do the 14 day Machu Picchu tour, the mountain house San Pedro ceremony is just absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful setting and so much love from the facilitators there. I learned how to breathe properly on that day! Since I have been back, I have noticed many positive impacts on my mental health. My heart used to race just to race and it doesn’t do that at all anymore! My anxiety has improved dramatically. I have been sleeping better and haven’t had to take sleeping medicine at all since I’ve been back (& I used to HAVE to take sleeping medicine every night). My digestive system has improved in terms where I can eat certain foods that won’t affect my stomach in the negative way it did before. My overall mood is better and my mind is more clear. It’s crazy, I have actually visualized in some of my dreams lately and I have never been able to visualize anything. I think my 3rd eye was so blocked that I just completely lost that capability. I have definitely grown and improved a lot just from 4 ceremonies. I obviously still have more room that I could grow and would definitely go back for more healing in a heartbeat but it’s nice to feel content with where I am now as well.
Michael Liau July 13, 2016
I spent 14 days with Pulse Tours doing the Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat. The experience was incredible and changed my entire outlook on life. I could not be more grateful to the facilitators, shamans, and staff who provided support, shared their experiences, and made the overall experience memorable. I honestly cannot imagine going through the ceremonies without such amazing loving people taking care of everyone. The remote location of the center is a big part of the experience. Time just kind of slows down to a very relaxing pace out in the jungle. I miss the days of just hanging out in the sun, chatting about life and our ayahuasca experiences, trying to catch up on sleep in the hammocks, and enjoying the sunset with new friends. We had a few clear evenings where we were treated to the most breath taking view of the stars after the ceremonies. It is really the perfect setting for an ayahuasca experience. Of course, 2 weeks out in the middle of nowhere can be a little much at times. The daily excursions to experience the wildlife, trudge through the jungle, and take refreshing dips in the river were a highlight of the trip. They made being out there just that much more enjoyable. It was also great to have a gym with everything you need to get a good workout in. There's an army of friendly staff from the adjacent village who keep everything neat and tidy and make sure you are well fed. If you need to do laundry, just drop your clothes off in the morning and it will be out, drying in the sun that afternoon. They serve good wholesome food that adheres to the dietary guidelines listed in the FAQ section of the website. To some, the food might seem bland, but the meals are well balanced with carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta), protein (chicken, fish), legumes (beans, lentils), and an assortment of fruits and vegetables. You will not go hungry. During my stay, there were 3 facilitators, a coordinator, and 3 shamans on site. One of the things I really appreciated was the fact that I got to know the people who were helping us during the ceremonies and they got to know me. The 2 weeks were filled with new, sometimes intimidating, experiences. Having experienced people I could speak with, and who openly shared their own experiences, was a crucial part of the process. This is not a place where you are served ayahuasca and left on your own to deal with whatever may come. The healing process runs for the entire time that you are there, and even after you leave, and the people who work for Pulse play a big part in that process. Seriously, thank you to everyone for providing such a wonderful environment to heal. So, a beautiful location, fun excursions, clean and comfortable living, and amazing staff make for a wonderful ayahuasca experience. If Mother Ayahuasca is calling you, I cannot imagine a better retreat than what Pulse Tours offers. I would like to share a little bit about my actual ayahuasca experience for those who are unsure if this is right for them. When I booked the trip to Peru with Pulse, I was in a pretty dark place. I had been dealing with depression for most of my life, my wife left me and the divorce has been messy, my relationship with my family had fallen apart, I was deeply dissatisfied with my job, I had recently lost a very close friend to suicide, and I was just barely getting through life by drinking and smoking marijuana. For me, ayahuasca was a hail Mary. I was honestly not prepared for the experience I would have with Mother Ayahuasca. The 2 weeks I spent in the jungle were much more difficult than I could have imagined. While there were moments of pure joy, uncontrollable laughter and mind blowing visuals, the journey took me to incredible lows where I had to deal with the darkness of my past and the darkness deep within me. I simply did not know that there was so much fear, sorrow, anger, doubt, loneliness, and shame that was holding me back from living genuinely. There were times I was terrified. There was uncontrollable crying. The connection between emotional, spiritual, and physical pain was so intense. For me, this was not a drug vacation like spending a few crazy nights in Las Vegas. This was hard work. Think years of therapy condensed into 2 weeks. By the end my final ceremony I found incredible healing. I found me. I found an incredible guy who is funny, brilliant, obnoxious, loyal, and cute (seriously, I am (^_^)). I found an artist, a poet, a storyteller. I found a guy with ADD who appreciates all the gifts of ADD. I found a guy who is worth loving and who is capable of truly loving others. I found real connections to the people in my life that I had taken for granted and to my new friends who shared this beautiful journey with me. I finally found a love for myself and a belief in myself and the fact that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and that everything I need to be happy is already right in front of me. I found immense gratitude for the opportunity to be alive, to be human, to have had all of the experiences that brought me to Peru to find myself. I found the light that had always been inside of me. What goes on inside the maloca with Wiler, Angelita, and Ernesto is unexplainably amazing. The icaros are enchanting, beautiful, and powerful. The shared experience with a group of strangers from around the world is unforgettable. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.
Tara Zamani July 07, 2016
I had a beautiful experience at this center. It was my first Aya experience and I'm glad I did it with pulse tours. The ceremonies were awesome and full of adventures. I felt safe and trusted the process fully with the guidance that was provided by the shamans. The facilitators were all very loving, supportive and kind. The food was healthy and fresh and the program was well organized. I really enjoyed my time there and made some good friends. It was an unforgettable experience and full of love. I would recommend this center to anyone who is looking for an amazing experience. Tara
Mathieu-Alexandre Dupuis June 28, 2016
Everything you expect except 10x more! So much love from the top down. The facilities,staff,medecine and location are second to none. Pulse tours have given me a new perspective of life and I am forever grateful!
Gary A. Sherrod June 27, 2016
Hello fellow Traveler's in question. The story/review I'm about to tell you is true. I really don't give a shit if you believe it or not but I actually lived it so I'm writing this so I don't forget. (Memory problems due to motorcycle accident - hit a deer). Well, I was in a very dark place as a result of hitting a deer on my motorcycle (Actually he/she hit me). I had to take a disability from my job/career as a Bulk Power System Operator @ BGE in Balto. Md. USA. I was one of a hand full of persons that operated the High Voltage Power System for the entire City/surrounding area. I was used to the comfortable income that this type of work provided. (35 years in the industry). I did get 60% of my salary as a result of excellent benefits but it was still a significant cut in income. In addition to bad short term memory problems I had all of the other common afflictions as well (Addiction/anxiety/depression/PTSD) & emphysema. The PTSD was the result of a boating disaster that happened back in 1976 while serving in United States Marine Corp. It took me 40 years to drink that event away & the motorcycle accident brought it back to the surface. Anyhow, Western medicine had been a total disaster for me. Anti-Depressants (They tested many on me) eventually caused me to feel nothing emotionally at all. What was the point of continuing this sort of existence? Actually, I have a very concerned/loving family (Wife & two sons aged 28 & 22) I also have both of my parents still living. To say that they all were very concerned about my condition would be an understatement. Well, I had been told of the healing benefits of Ayahuasca while visiting the Peyote Church Of God in Wiicox Arizona. I had been there the previous Easter 2015. I went out there for their success with alcoholism. (Haven't had a drink of alcohol or caffeine since my visit). They had mentioned an Ayahuasca Center run by a Doctor they knew down in Peru but i had forgotten the name. Anyhow, after experiencing the true healing benefits of Plant medicine I was ready to go to the next step. I googled "The Best Ayahuasca Center" & was directed to what I think was Ayaha-Advisor which has since shut its self down. Pulse Tours had the rest beat hands down. I liked that they added adventure & sight seeing to the experience. I wish I had art/yoga skills but I don't so this Center really appealed to me. Now this is where the real story about Pulse Tours begins. I figure by now anyone tired of hearing me talk/whine about me has long left this story line. I asked my youngest son Dan (22 yrs.old) if he would go with me. Actually my Dr. has written that I am OK for travel as long as I have a companion. I can get lost in a Mall or wherever which leads to serious anxiety/panic attacks. Dan said sure, he would love to go so I booked everything & paid for it all as well (Clothing, gear, etc.). Well, at this time Dan had broken up with his girl friend so this wasn't an issue. As fate would have it, They got back together. She started browsing the internet & found the recent tales of the stabbing @ another center. The stories of sorcery/exorcisms & topless native girls. She is a devout Christian & attends a Christian Collage. I myself consider myself a Christian/Spiritualist. Well, Dan had to make a decision & he chose to stay with her. I was pissed & hurt but kept my feelings/words to myself. I knew Dan really felt bad about having to back out. I sent Melissa an e-mail right away & explained my situation. I asked if I could transfer Dan's deposit to mine & that way I would be paid in full. Melissa got back to me in a couple days an said it was't their policy to refund deposits but they would make an exception in my case. If she had said no I would have told her to keep mine as well & possibly donate it to the people of the village next door to the Center. Oh well, They handled this situation OK, I felt some confidence going forward. It wasn't too long afterwards, Dan Cleyland Owner of Pulse Tours posted an internet story which opened with the statement " SAFETY FIRST" which went on to discuss measures they were taking to address the recent problems that all the Centers were facing. By Dan shining a light on the problems and recommending solutions as well, I knew I had found these guys for a reason. I felt much better. A week or so before my departure I received a screening phone call from Rapheal from the Center. I thought that these people are actually practicing what they are preaching. I also had received an e-mail from Melissa explaining the travel situation. I was still a little scared but at the same time I felt a great deal of confidence. On June 6 my wife dropped me off at the Airport & the journey officially began. I flew from BWI to Miami, Miami to Lima Peru. After a 6 hour layover in Lima I flew on to Iquitos. Just as Melissa had said my driver was waiting on me with a name card. Everything had gone as planned. I felt very relieved. The driver took me directly to the Hotel. The traffic scene in Iquitos is insane to say the least. These guys are truly professional drivers. The hotel was nice & more than expected for a third world country. I took a shower & a nap & was ready for our meet & greet later that evening. There were (5) of us arriving that evening. Crystal from Australia, Dave & Kayla from Washington State USA, Mario from Lebanon, & Karl from New Zealand. Along with Melissa there were six of us & we went for a nice dinner & Melissa filled us in on what the schedule looked like. A very nice evening & I already liked very much my new travel companions. The next day we all got up OK, Loaded our stuff on a van & headed to the river. We stopped for lunch at a roadside eating place. The place was definitely third world but was clean & the food (Chicken or fish) tasted good. The fish was tasty but very bony. I was afraid I would choke to death on a fish bone before even getting to the center but obviously that didn't happen. We later switched over to moto-taxies for the final leg of the journey to the boat. We all got boarded on OK & the boat ride up the river commenced. Things were really getting cool/exciting. We had about an hour or so boat ride & we were arriving at the Center. I was reminded of the opening scene from an old TV show called Fantasy Island. This was really starting to get exciting. We pull into the landing area & they secure the boat. I'm in the process of getting off the boat & one of the Peruvians holds out his hand to help me. At this point in time I'm still the old independent guy who doesn't need any physical help. I step off & land funny, Oh shit, I felt a twinge in my lower back. This isn't good, I will probably be in pain for the rest of the week. (Turns out, The next morning when I got up my back felt great & felt that way the whole time,The place is truly mystical). The guests that were still there from the previous week/weeks were there to great us. Some of the Facilitators & Peruvian staff were there as well. A notable mention was Rafta the big black jungle dog was paying close attention to everyone getting off the boat. He would become my best buddy & would show up @ just the right times. OK, I'm not going to go into the details of the four ceremonies that I attended during the week in this review but I intend to write & post about each one in the future. I will say that I made friends with all the guests & staff. I fell in love/respect for the three Shamans (Especially Angelitta). I also felt very close to all of the Facilitators. They were truly there for us & you could feel it. The Peruvian Staff keep the place military clean. That is quite a task for a jungle environment. The food was great (Didn't like the green lumpy stuff served with breakfast but ate a little to gain whatever benefits it offered). The different jungle excursions/swimming were just great! As far as the ceremonies, All the problems I came with were addressed at some level. Did I receive a miracle curing? Well possibly but I still have work to do myself but I now have all the tools I need & more importantly, I have a pretty good idea on how to use them. Bottom line, If you want to come to the jungle to party or to trip on DMT, Save yourself the work/agony & book somewhere at an all inclusive resort. Drugs / women or men can be very easily found if you seek them. If on the other hand you are looking for true healing or cleansing or spiritual guidance of any sort, Look no further, You have found the right place. Sincerely, Gary A. Sherrod email@example.com P.S. Corporate America no longer owns or operates me. I will gladly try to re-enter the work place but they must allow me access to my plant medicines. Damn! I almost forgot to mention the Machu Picchu. It was just as magical but in a different mystic mountain way. I'm getting tired in a good way from all of this typing recollecting. I will say before closing that Melissa did a super fantastic job. She knew of my shortcomings & kept a watchful eye on me. She is my Peruvian Henny-Penny (Complete opposite of the western Henny-penny) She was my Guardian Chickee & took very good care of me. I didn't mention earlier but I'm 58 years young!
Melissa June 20, 2016
I'm so grateful for the work we have done here at pulse. I had a lot of demons to face, and had been seeking freedom for such a long time. I'd been on and off medicine to treat depression and ADD since I was 12 years old, in and out of rehabs, therapy, 12 step rooms, yoga/meditation, bible study/prayer, and various other means to overcome the darkness, but it seemed to pervade even the deepest parts of me. Technically speaking, the synapses in my brain had hardened and I felt a hardwired pain that I could not escape. So even though some of those resources had helped me tremendously, I just couldn't break through to pure light. I kept backsliding and found myself facing the same demons over and over again. A few months prior to Peru, I lost my beloved little brother to addiction. I was completely devastated and felt like I had lost the strength to keep fighting. I prayed so earnestly that I could overcome this and find a way to be cleansed of the past and heal my mind, but about two weeks before my finals exams and Christmas break, i felt myself at the end of my line, and the suicidal thoughts were relentless. I recalled hearing about ayahuasca and so I did some research, started my cleanse (really important!), and booked my trip with pulse since they were the top rated center. The experience was extremely intense. Initially I only intended to stay a week, but after meeting with my shaman, Weiler, and sharing my history, he suggested I stay a little longer to be able to completely cleanse some of the deeper trauma from childhood. I was scared of course, but I had tried everything and felt like this was my last hope, hanging on by just a thread. I couldn't afford the second week, but a couple of the other pasajeros that I met there lovingly and selflessly paid for my second week. The facilitators at pulse were incredible too. The center was supposed to close for the week of Christmas so the facilitators could take well-deserved time to relax, restore, and celebrate Christmas, but they insisted I stay and complete the work I came there to do. Since I was the only pasajero staying the extra week, it wasn't like they had the income from 15+ pasajeros, so the facilitators, Weiler, Rafa, Ian, and Tamara were sharing their healing abilities with me basically for free. I was really touched by the selflessness, sacrifice, support, and sincerity of these special people I met in Peru. I think ayahuasca is one of God's most perfect natural medicines. It's hard to describe how she works; it was probably one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life, but I learned so much about my thought patterns and how important it is for me to control them. The shaman taught me a powerful mantra: "Put it in a white blanket and send it up to Source". This was such an important tool for me, and with ayahuasca working to bring all the darkness to the surface, it worked wonders to clean out the deep messed up parts of me and hand them over to God, the only one who knows what to do with that kind of energy. The icaros were very powerful too, so I felt connected, comforted, cleaned, and empowered by the music. My shaman also had me following a plant dieta for the full two weeks, called piñon blanco, which is meant to attract light and love. I can try to describe my working with ayahuasca like this: sitting for 5 hours in meditation, facing the darkest parts of my subconscious, without a sense of time or any option to escape from the work that needed to be done. Thoughts are so powerful, and I quickly learned that they can drag me down to hell if I do not rule them. Likewise, they can open the door to heaven. I still have so much to learn, in particular about attachment and aversion and how to master my thoughts in regard to these areas. I'm just so grateful to feel like I could clean out the past as much as I did and move on to the next level of understanding without all of the trauma from the past creeping in and causing me to backslide. I will forever be grateful to the facilitators at Pulse who were so lovingly by my side throughout the entire two weeks I was there. I was sooo afraid; it was such an intense experience to have to face those demons in my mind and teach myself to rule my thoughts, but I felt like the facilitators patiently and compassionately took such good care of me, as much as they possibly could from the outside, and really encouraged me to be brave and get the work done. I would highly recommend Pulse to anyone who feels called to work with ayahuasca, but please be careful! Also, I want to mention that I think it's important to follow the cleanse well if you don't want to get so violently ill. I also feel like I should say that, as rewarding as it was, I wouldn't want to drink ayahuasca recreationally; for me there was a definite sense of purpose, intention, and work that needed to be done. However, everyone has a different experience with ayahuasca. I also don't want to completely discredit all the resources I had used prior to drinking the medicine. I think that the 12steps helped me let go of my grip on drugs and alcohol, and I'm so thankful for that. Yoga and meditation also helped prepare me for the discomfort I felt while working with ayahuasca. And the daily prayers and connection to God's word gave me faith that the plant medicine would work and helped tremendously with integration and continuous cleaning after returning home from Peru. I say all of this to say that I found it very valuable to have a spiritual practice both going into and coming out of this experience, because for me the work is deep and continuous. Again, I send such deep thanks to the facilitators and pasajeros I was so blessed to share this experience with and meet in Peru!
Shawna Lane June 17, 2016
I went for the 7 day retreat, hands down best staff ever! Shout out to Tamara, Sylvia, Melissa and Ian! Let's not 4get the 3 wonderful shamans! Ayahuasca opened my eyes to who I really was, gave me wisdom, helped me find my strength and let go of my past pain. The pulse tours family is just wonderful, loving and hands down just freaking awesome! I'm sending my boyfriend and my friends and family to them! Ayahuasca truly heals the mind, body and soul! The center is awesome, beautiful settings, clean, comfortable and plenty of love and light lives there! I can't wait to return asap! This place gives absolute true healing!
Katerina Tassiopoulos June 16, 2016
I recently completed 21 days at Pulse Tours and I had the most heart opening, soul strengthening time of my life, hands down. I had attended the one week retreat about 9 months ago and I knew my path had just begun with Pulse Tours. In three weeks, I learned so much about myself, about connecting with others and how to design the life I want. The Ayahuasca ceremonies and shamans have saved my life from being mediocre and for this, I will be eternally grateful. The facilitators are awesome, very caring and accommodating to my needs. You can tell they love their jobs. The staff takes care of the center very well. The property is kept very clean, not to mention they offer laundry services and their Ayahuasca menu is awesome. I loved the activities, particularity swimming in the river on a hot day. If you're thinking about trying an Ayahuasca retreat, go to these guys. And if you can do 21 days, DO IT! Love and light my friends -Katerina
William Beier June 13, 2016
I had quiet high expectation when we came there and I have to say, that the 2 weeks where just amazing and it was even better than I expected. The facilitators are really professional and passionate about their work, amazing People. Also the Shamans are so great! The place is just beautiful and the tours are alot of fun. It really changed my life, just trust the people there as well as the medicine. I am convinced that Pulse Tours is one of the best Ayahuasca Centers in the world! I thank god for my decision to go there, I Can really highly recommend it!
Heather Strobel June 06, 2016
I must preface that I loathe marketing, so I'm the absolute worst at leaving reviews, but this experience was just too freaking amazing not to share with you all. You will NOT regret a single second of this trip. I went on the Machu Picchu/7-day Aya excursion and I'm already looking to return! Not only is Peru a beautiful country, but the guides are full of knowledge and experience, allowing you to see as much awesome as possible in a short amount of time; you will not be disappointed! The Shamans and facilitators at the centre are gushing with love and healing power. The Aya... well, you'll see ;) The lodging at each location, bucolic. The jungle centre, perfect for any mood. If you want to relax, there's a hammock room. If you're feeling like exploring, the guides will take you to see monkeys, sloths, cayman and more! If you're feeling antsy, go sweat it out at the gym. Even the food, though may be considered "bland", is delicious and exactly what your body needs. Oh, and there are freaking kittens; I mean, com'mon! Go, go, go!!! :D
Davinder Panesar June 05, 2016
The three facilitators present during the ceremonies were incredibly caring and available to talk about your experiences whenever you needed them! The group was fortunate enough to have 3 shamans present during each ceremony. Massive plus for having a gym on-site with equipment you wouldn't expect to find in the jungle! More than enough comfort considering the location of the retreat. Comfortable beds with nets. I was fortunate enough to have my own lodge. Good activities to take your mind off of the ceremonies. During my 7 day trip there was cayman catch and release, a trip to monkey island, swimming, a trip to see some sloths and a jungle trek which was short but insightful nonetheless. The food was exceptionally and surprisingly good.
Kyle McMorrow May 31, 2016
I recently completed my second retreat with Pulse Tours. I have nothing but good things to say about them. Wheeler (the main shaman) is second to none. He is an amazing man with nothing but love in his heart. The facilitators are very knowledgeable and can help you through any tough times you will inevitably have during your journeys. The facilities are rustic but very comfortable, it's a great environment to unplug from the chaos and constant stimulation of the western world. I really can't recommend Pulse enough.
Megan Stangl May 30, 2016
This trip was one of the most exciting worthwhile trips I have ever taken. I did the 14 days Machu Picchu and Ayahuasca adventure trip. The center itself is amazingly built! I was expecting to be 'roughing it' but it is honestly like staying in a hostel! The rooms have nice beds with mosquito nets and plenty of storage for your things. There is a gym, a dining hall where there is always fresh fruit and water and two different areas with hammoks to relax in. Even the bathrooms were great! Normal toilet, running water sink, soap towels. It was perfect! You do not have to worry about paying for food once you get to the center, every meal is cooked for you and it will be the tastiest, healthiest meals you can imagine. I wasnt expecting the food to taste so delicious! Jungle excursions are offered every day you are there which you have the option of going on. Definitely visit the sloths!!!!! The maloca where the ceremonies take place is breathtaking! You have the option to spend the night in the maloca as opposed to your bedroom as well which I did a few nights I was there. There are three shamans there which makes the experience so much more enriching. The combination of all of the icaros being sung is incredible. Something I really enjoyed was the group share we had the morning after every ceremony. Hearing about all of the experiences made it much more healing. You create very close bonds with the people you meet on the trip and you are rooting for everyone to receive the healing and growth that they came for on this trip! The facilitators that work at the center are great people. You can tell they love the work that they do and they have your best interests at heart. If you have the extra time I highly suggest adding on the Machu Picchu trip to your Ayahuasca adventure. During the trip you get to partake in a San Pedro ceremony at this gorgeous mountain house. The ceremony is very worthwhile, another opportunity for growth and healing, and it is also just fun, makes you very at peace and happy. You get to go on a tiny hike in the middle of the ceremony and the views are so gorgeous, just looks like you are looking at a postcard. Bring your camera and take lots of pictures of the mountains! You will also get plenty of free time to explore the city of Cusco during the trip. All travel is taken care of for you if you are doing the Machu Picchu trip (van, train, local airline). When you actually get to see Machu Picchu you have the option of going during the sunrise (definitely do it!!). You'll have a guide to talk about all of the different building structures and then you'll have free time to do the hikes if you choose to. All in all this trip was amazing, hands down the best trip I have ever taken. Ive made so many great friends I plan to keep in touch with and have learned so many lessons.
Patrick Doran May 28, 2016
It was amazing being with such nice people, including the staff and the group I was with. It was so different being in a space where everyone was so sincerely and genuinely compassionate, I understood that we were all there for each other. A nice Ayahuasca Centre and beautiful Maloka, there is plenty of space about for you to be free to do your own thing or to hang around with anyone. A great experience overall, I would like to go back some day.
Craig Stangl May 27, 2016
I can't understate how amazing this experience was with Pulse tours. I'll start with the little things, the attention to detail, unless you want to buy souvenirs (and who doesn't) this trip literally is ALL INCLUSIVE, you don't have to spend a dime on transportation or food or water. Of course we came prepared for the jungle but the universe had other plans for us as our luggage was lost on the trip over (please don't use american airlines), but the kindness of the people there and the staff ensured we had clothes and shower supplies the whole time. The shamans are amazing, there are no rules other then obvious ones (no harassment, violence, stealing etc) you are free to converse and be leisurely all day or they offer daily adventures you can partake in (sloth holding/jungle treks, trips to monkey island, swimming, fishing, even Cayman hunting! ( they are released upon capture)You can elect to go on a diet for the ceremonies where the cooks make special plates for you every meal. The staff and shamans mingle with everyone and don't act like they are above you or anything like that. I learned so much and healed so much on this trip and I would STRONGLY ENCOURAGE each and everyone to do this trip. And i don't even write reviews.
Brian McMorrow May 26, 2016
Pulse is not a cult of ayahuasca. Nor does it provide a good time for travelers seeking adventure. This small isolated retreat is an academy that teaches the profound power of love in transforming oneself and the world. The staff and shamans are serious people imbued with joy. They are compassionate, nonjudgmental, and immensely competent. Come prepared for hard work. Expect that when you leave Pulse’s Peru center, your life will be different, richer and more filled with love.
Rosemary Neil May 20, 2016
I recently just arrived back to Australia from my second time round at Pulse Tours. This time my boyfriend and I stayed for 2 weeks, instead of 1. It was so nice to have the quiet of the jungle surrounding us for those 2 beautiful weeks. A special memory I will keep with me is that gab night, when the previous group has left but before the new group has arrived. There were only 4 of us left on camp and we all slept in the moloka next to one another, with Sylvia (our facilitator) together and listened to Ram Dass. Pulse is set in such a picturesque location on the beautiful amazon, where we relaxed on its banks, went swimming, fed monkeys, and caught fish. I did not partake in any Ayahuasca ceremonies, but did so my last time round. I was just there to support my boyfriend, while he went through with the changes he needed. It was interesting being a witness to the night with out drinking the ayahuasca. If you are going with your partner I would recommend not sitting next to one another, as it is so personal, and can be distracting. I enjoyed the Kambo ceremony and Nunu ceremony very much. You can feel how much these two powerful medicines clean you out in preparation for Ayahuasca. I also went on a Plant Dieta for the time I was there. It was very clean eating and I was honoured to be connected with my chosen plant. The level of care you receive from these beautiful shamans, and the staff is amazing. This is the reason why we keep coming back again, and again. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in Ayahuasca. Peace, Rose.
Jimmy DaNinja May 20, 2016
I did the 14 day Machu Picchu to Amazon trip and it was an absolute blast! Everything was well organized from the moment I landed from my flight to my departing. Melissa and Sylvia were amazing trip leaders. They were so open and knowledgeable and just beautiful spirits. I had a wonderful time exploring the Peruvian cities, culture and people. Accommodations were warm and cozy, but more importantly, I felt comfortable and safe at all times. You'll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful cities and shop till you drop! "10 soles! 10 soles!" shouts the street vendors as you walk by. The center had a real home-like feel to me. I immediately felt at ease there and settled in quickly. Be ready for some cold showers... which can be so refreshing after a day in the jungle heat. They've even got an acoustic axe for you fellow guitarists looking to woodshed your chops. One of the strings broke but I Macgyvered that sheeit to provide my peers with some sing-a-longs. Can you imagine? Chilling on the deck watching the amazing sunset/sunrise reflecting off the gorgeous view of the river while playing guitar and reflecting on your ceremonies? What a great experience. Ian, Tamara and Sylvia were excellent guiding us during ceremonies. So wise beyond their years and just amazing people I would trust my firstborn with. The medicine is so powerful and so were the shaman's singing. I can still vividly remember the icaros piercing my soul... "centering me and guiding me towards the light." Expect to lose some weight during your trip... which can be a plus for certain people. I didn't want to lose any though. Luckily I had friends that kept shoving food down this bottomless pit so that I may keep the gainz. I can't express how much I enjoyed the beautiful people I've met during this journey... which I believe is also an important factor in your experience. That is what this medicine and the center does though... bring open-minded people from all around the world... from all walks of life together to bond and share their experiences so that you may learn from each other. If you are considering going on a trip with Pulse Tours, I would highly recommend it. I am so glad I decided to go on this journey and am so thankful to everybody involved. I have been touched by you guys. Uh... wait a minute... that didn't sound right. Oh what's that I hear in the background? "Group Share! Everybody! Group Share!"
Adam Boettger May 19, 2016
A transformative and tremendous experience. Not only are you exposed to the culture of Peru, then fun & unique adventures, but also a true opportunity to learn about yourself, the cosmos and practice divine healing. Mother Ayahuasca connected with me and I with her in all of my ceremonies and I feel like the person I've always wanted to be. If you have an inkling to go, don't hesitate, don't wait.. Take a chance, GO! The shamans are impeccable and are pure embodied light. The staff is beautiful, compassionate and kind - they are there to help you on all platforms along. I plan to return as soon as I am able. Thank you Pulse Tours
Jennifer Gilardi May 19, 2016
I chose the Manchu Picchu and Ayausca journey. Awesome experience! The staff was fabulous and very organized through the entire trip. Great itinerary! Amazing places. Never felt rushed or too long in any place. The Amazon was fabulous! The people of Libertad were so kind. The facilitators competent and generously available. I have come home with a much more grounded and centered sense of self. Much lighter emotionally. This is THE company to go with! Thank you!!!
Jamaican PrNcess May 17, 2016
I had a wonderful experience! So life changing... I can't believe how many beautiful souls I met during this retreat... Everyone was so helpful and compassionate when you needed it the most. The activities were a lot of fun as well. I can't wait to go back!! I cried when I had to leave. I Don't feel like the website does this retreat justice so I plan on making a Vlog to show more details and pics of everything. If interested or want to see more pics go on my Ig @jamaicanprncess
James Dorion May 15, 2016
At first I was a little concerned with bringing a large amount of cash to some strangers in a foreign country, but it quickly made sense as our journey began. I participated in the 14 day Cusco, Machu Picchu, Jungle package, and the cash was needed for the trains, planes, automobiles, food, and lodgings. Thankfully the money was taken upon arrival, and we did not have to worry about anything after that, as our wonderful tour guides melissa and sylvia took care of everything. They were very knowledgeable on all aspects of travel, meals, and most importantly the entire spiritual aspects of our journey. Our San Pedro ceremony was beyond magical! I can't imagine a better place to perform this ceremony than The Mountain House in Cusco. There are wonderful hosts in a beautiful setting, along side the moon and love temples! The trip to Maccu Piccu was Fantastic and our guide Roberto was very informative on the history of the place. I highly recommend seeing the sunrise as it is not very busy, and you have extra time in the day to adventure up to the sungate. The rest of the travelling went on without any troubles, which is surprising considering how chaotic peruvian air travel can be,(we had to practically sprint through an airport to catch a connecting flight). The last half took place in the jungle. This is where the real magic happens. There are great facilitators, and three amazing shamans that take us on a wonderful spiritual journey. True spiritual cleansing can take you to some dark places, and Ian, Tamara, Wiler, Ernesto, and Angelita, do a great job of keeping you in the light. Special thanks to Ian for sharing his energy, and helping my wife through her darkness. I am sure he would give you the shirt off his back but he doesn't seem to ever wear one. Wilbur does a great job of daily excursions, jungle trekking, fishing, swimming, etc. The Centre itself was more than adequate and comfortable, and the staff did a great job with meals and maintaining a clean environment. We will definitely be returning in the future with our daughters, who I believe will truly benefit from this experience. If all works out we may even have a spiritual wedding at the Love Temple. My only advice is to bring more local currency than is recommended, if you into shopping and supporting the local artisans. And learn a bit of Spanish.
Larry Buckley May 14, 2016
Back less than a week from 14 days that have really made a dramatic impact on my life. So amazing. I am planning to go back with my 22-year-old daughter next year and wouldn't consider going with anyone other than Pulse Tours. Even before leaving the U.S. the people from Pulse displayed a professionalism-with-a-personal-touch that put me at ease and let me really sink into my experience. Being my first trip of this kind, I was a little apprehensive about... pretty much everything(!) the plant medicine... the payment arrangements... being on my own in Peru, etc. etc. At each step of the way, the Pulse people had a thorough, informative process that let me know they were "on it." Right from my arrival in Cuzco, I was met by a driver and taken to the first of several rustic-but-charming hostels/hotels. The accommodations in Cusco, Aguas Callientes, and later Iquitos were satisfactory. (Not four-star... but that's what "adventure touring" is about, isn't it??) The thing that gives Pulse a top-rating in my book is the staff. Melissa and Sylvia were awesome during our stay in Cuzco and our trip to Machu Picchu. Very organized... and never "ruffled," even while herding 15 idependently-minded humans all over the place. Our transportation, meals, and tickets were always handled smoothly---not an easy task given all the various modes of transportation! After an AMAZING San Pedro ceremony, sight-seeing in Cuzco, a hike around the Sacred Valley, and a day exploring Machu Picchu, I was really ready for the jungle and the ayahausca ceremonies. First of all, the Center itself is awesome--even better than depicted on their website. Rustic... but very comfortable, even for an older city guy like myself! Food was good... The place is really well-maintained and ideally sited right on the river. Pulse had a good balance of activities (Cayman hunting, jungle walks, fishing, swimming, etc.) cool places to relax and reflect, and SINCERE, experienced people leading the aya ceremonies. They have both staff facilitators (Tamara, Sylvia, and Ian) who help you set your intentions, etc. and Shipibo Shamans--THREE during the week I was there!--who seem to really know their stuff. I grew really close to our group during my two-week adventure and have really made some friends for life. The VIBE that Pulse is able to establish at the Center---trust, integrity, acceptance--I think is something that really contributes significantly to the profound experiences I (and many of the members of our group) had during the ceremonies. I can't say enough about the folks running Pulse. A+ in my book. And, as I said, I expect to return as soon as I can. THANK YOU for a life-changing adventure!
Leah D May 13, 2016
I am so glad I took this trip! The staff at the centre really took care of me and helped me get the most out of this experience. This was such a life changing trip! I was in such distress before I arrived. Mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Now I feel like a new person. I really found myself in the jungle and I recommend this company to anyone who is wanting to find inner peace and happiness, and do a bit of exploration and sight seeing as well. The staff and Shamans became like my family, and the group I joined to take this journey with, will forever be in my heart. It was worth every penny! I will definitely be returning! Thank you, Pulse Tours!
R K May 13, 2016
I did the 14 day Machu Picchu and Amazon trip and could not have had a better experience. Every part of the trip is well thought out and expertly organized. Pulse takes great care to make even a solo traveler such as myself feel welcome and part of the larger group. I have never met a more friendly and caring group of facilitators and shaman. Within the first 2 days they felt like family and treated each guest as such. Definitely not a 5-star hotel but much better accommodations than expected considering you're in the middle of the jungle. Would recommend to anyone who wants a safe and amazing experience.
Bryan Waddell May 12, 2016
I don't feel I can say much about the Ayahuasca experience since that will be intensely personal (and much more varied that any other psychedelic I have tried). Other people have made reviews about Pulse Tours more eloquently than I could so i just want to share one point... When I first signed up for a retreat i was a little worried that there would be too much of a party atmosphere. It was a sticking point for an introvert like me... However, the whole place is very relaxed (there are a number of places to snooze on a hammock) and while everyone there is fun and knowledgable, it was absolutely not superficial or too much in any sense. Very caring, genuine and wise all told. I would go again no problems when I get the chance.
James Coleman May 08, 2016
Just returned home after a 7 day retreat with Pulse Tours and i feel amazing. I believe everyone could benefit from an ayahuasca ceremony but if you're feeling "the calling" do not hesitate to book with them. I've heard how important set and setting are to one of these experiences and these guys have nailed it. A beautiful spot on the river with the jungle behind adds to the experience especially during ceremony time at night when all the insects and frogs come out to sing. The maloca is an amazing space, comfortable and beautifully designed. Wiler the shaman is a legend. his songs are so powerful, and he is so connected to the medicine. He can see the meaning behind your visions and really cares about helping people. The facilitators are amazing, Ian is a rock, willing to give you the shirt off his back or anything to help you anytime of day. Sylvia and Tamara are angles that are there for whatever you need, be it a talk, some lovely advice or just a hug. Wilber is great, he will take you swimming, on jungle treks, fishing. cayman hunting, monkey island, he is knowledgeable a energetic, you will really have fun with the activities Pulse puts together for you. and the last thing ill say is about the food. fresh, flavorful and delicious. tailored for the ayahuasca experience but never bland or boring. All i can say is great job guys, you should be proud of yourselves for helping so many people.Its a beautiful thing and i will be back for sure!! BGE!!
Andrew D'Ermo May 03, 2016
The Ayahuasca Adventure center was nothing less than humble, abundant, kind, open, accepting, serving, adventurous.. Filled with personality, spirituality, consciousness, unconditional love, ancient wisdom, knowledge.... I could not have wanted anything more from a retreat as a first timer. It was the perfect place for me to be for my first calling to Mother Ayahuasca. They have a beautiful little village just next door which they are supplying solar panels to. The village was great to visit alone. I bought chocolates from the local "mini-mart" and passed them around to the kids playing in my path as I exited the area... Just a fraction of the joyful moments I had during my week there. Amazing staff, amazing center, amazing experience. No need to look further. :) Yes, not much sauces or marinated foods.. But nonetheless natural, wholesome, delicious, TASTY and nourishing. Warm banana purees were an example of the morning fruit juices we had. chicken and fish were always sauced and juicy/ tender. Rice was there in plenty to carb up, Fruits were unlimited (had about 15 mangos my week there). Not to mention the Ayahuasca diets they provided which included an intriguing green juice everyday (wish I had been disciplined enough to go on it just for that drink). Great food is a big win people! - Andrew
Andrew Parr May 02, 2016
I don't have enough great things to say about the pulse tours. The staff/facilitators do everything to create a wonderful experience. The center it self was more comfortable than I imagined. Beautiful buildings with nets if you are concerned about bugs mosquitos. I would not do ayauasca without Shamans and the three Shamans, made the entire experience. The ceremonies were held in one of the most beautiful contrusts, a huge maloka (home). There was also fantastic day tours through the jungle and rivers. I will probably go back with Pulse Adventure Tours. I felt safe with them.
Fraser Lawson April 27, 2016
I did a the 7 day retreat & was in very good hands with Pulse who have created an amazing retreat in the middle of the amazon. Everything in relation to the ceremonies is done in a very traditional way which is exactly what you want when dealing with any type of healing medicine. The staff are truly amazing & make your experience that much better, their guidance & help throughout the tougher moments of my ceremonies put me at ease & they were all very wise phenomenal beings :) The 3 shamans are incredible & insanely powerful. Each day has an activity which was mighty interesting & an awesome way to break up the day. If you're looking to do Ayahuasca in an amazing setting with incredible shamans Pulse is who I recommend!
Matt Browning April 13, 2016
I did the 7-day 4-ceremony option with Pulse Tours in March 2015. Man...If you haven't done Ayahuasca, no review, documentary, reading, or anything can actually prepare you all that well. Greatest learning experiences of my life. Incomprehensible pain at times, unfathomable peace, joy and love at others. One major thing to keep in mind is to really analyze your expectations going in. For instance, I had very very few visuals, and only "went places" with my eyes closed. I did not get your "typical" DMT light show. That was all fine because my intentions for the trip were to work on myself. So Pulse Tours specifically. Super professional. Whenever people needed extra help, the facilitators were ON IT. Their love and passion for their work and helping us participants is seriously deep. If you need help understanding what the crap happened last night, ask em! They're more than willing to sit down and help you process things. They celebrate Shipibo traditions as closely as possible, if not exactly, and they take all the rituals involved very seriously which really amplifies the quality of the ceremonies and experiences at the center. Group sharing the mornings after were extremely powerful too. There's so much power in group work and sharing- feels like a 12-step meeting. Then one of my favorite parts about Pulse Tours was BALANCE. During the day, there were always opportunities to explore the Amazon. Each day there was at least one jungle activity led by the Amazonian Encyclopedia himself, Wilbur. All were optional but even if you hit every outing, you still have plenty of time during the day for journaling, contemplation, making friends, working out, reading, napping, and eating mangoes. Mangoes which, by the way, are the best on Earth, but Mother Ayahuasca may not want you to eat a mango right after the ceremony - she may make you purge that right back up. Sometimes, mangoes are a bad choice :) All-in-all an awe-inspiring trip. Major life changes have started to sprout from that and it was all totally worth it. I was bummed that all the yoga classes were cancelled during my stay (the facilitator leading it was feeling pretty ill) but instead I caught up with some fellow travelers and learned new ways to work out. Decent trade-off. Have fun out there!
Spencer Mar April 13, 2016
I did the 7 day retreat that had 4 ayahuasca ceremonies. The center and the facilities were a lot better than I expected. The food was simple but pretty good. The ayahuasca ceremonies were very intense but amazing and the staff is very helpful. The shamans' icaros were beautiful and are very important part of the ceremony. Traveling to Peru and going all the way into the Amazon rainforest can be daunting but for me it was all part of the process. Being away from civilization to focus on personal growth made this experience special. I really enjoyed the day activities like seeing monkeys,dolphins, swimming in the river. Since you are in the middle of nowhere, it can be a little boring but the day excursions helped pass the time. Overall I'm glad I did this and if I do ayahuasca again in Peru, I'll do it with Pulse Tours.
Heather Clouting April 02, 2016
I came to pulse for the 21 day total transformation and wasn't disappointed! This was not my first time with ayuascha as I did a retreat a couple of years ago near Iquitos and although that place was great to, pulse really was a level above what I had previously experienced. This was for a number of reasons. The setting, being so far out, you really feel the remoteness and that helps a lot with disconnecting from your 'normal' life and reconnecting with nature, something that was really important to me. Also because of this they are able to offer a lot of activities in the day which are optional but give you the chance to really experience the jungle and the local lifestyle. I felt like there was a lot to do, which is good when u are there for 3 weeks. Then you have the staff. There are a lot of facilitators so you always feel you are supported even with 16 or so guests. They were all very professional, friendly and knowledgeable and all brought something different. I learnt SO much more than I did in my previous 2 weeks not only about ayahuasca but also many other plant medicines and healing techniques, breathing, meditation etc. There were three shamans which I was not expecting. This is also great, as again you feel totally supported and that there are enough of them to manage the amount of guests and individual issues that may come up. Thay were kind, knowledgeable and very powerful! The Icarros during ceremony were sonethung else and made better by the fact that at some points you had three voices singing in harmony. They ensure your healing or learning is very personal and will put you in diets if you need and want it which really helps enhance the process. Then finally you have the gym and the hammock malloca! These are specific to pulse and give you opportunity to exercise and socialize in a fun and relaxing setting:) overall can't recommend pulse enough. They are doing great work and especially so for such a relatively new center. They say they only work with pure light and purse intention and that is clear to see when you stay there, if you're looking around then this is the place, your are in safe hands, I certainly will be back, many thanks again to the whole team, they have made a great change in my life!
Adam Owen March 27, 2016
Words cannot describe how amazing the experience was for me. The simplest way to put it, is Life Changing!! The centre is amazing, with beautiful picturesque views, more wildlife and native animals than you can imagine and staff/facilitators and shamans that are the best in their field. There is no chance you could ever get bored as there are plenty of activities to do during the day as well as a gym, library and chill out rooms that allow you to really immerse yourself in the process. I could write pages about all the positives but you would have to experience it yourself to truly understand the difference these people are making in the world. I would have no hesitation in recommending Pulse Tours to friends, family or anyone on the quest to improve themselves and change their life for the better. This is my second experience with Ayahuasca and I didn't think it could get better, but they have truly blown me away and I can't wait to get back into the real world (eeeek) so that I can start implementing everything I have learned. Thanks Pulse Tours, I have no doubt I will be back at some stage! Much love!!
Veronica McNamara March 27, 2016
Even though at points I missed home and thought 7 days was more than enough, it wasn't. Our lives are so complex that it's impossible to unravel everything in only a few ceremonies. The staff here is incredible and full of love for each and every person that comes no matter what their story. They are invested in your healing from the beginning. The adventure excursion guides are full of knowledge about the jungle, the amazon and so much more. I felt safe and cared for every step of the way. I hope someday to return to Pulse and continue my work here. I would absolutely recommend this center for anyone considering an ayahuasca retreat. Much love to all!
Chris Hawkridge March 24, 2016
Pulse operate a remarkably warm, loving and well ran Ayahuasca retreat. I stayed for two weeks and had one of the best times of my life. I was certainly in touch with my best self, and was basking in the presence of others who were enjoying the same. The centre is situated on the riverfront, surrounded by trees on the other three sides. Serene would best describe it, as you could lose hours sitting on a rocking chair on the 'porch' watching the river go by. The staff - more importantly the shamans and facilitators - were all exceptional, taking great pride in their work and offering constant support and care to the guests. They create a very open and supportive environment. One chap was in his 60s and had no experience with psychedelics, yet found trust and ease in the process. As it got close to me heading over, my concern, from the way the website displayed the centre, was that it would be more on the fun-loving side and may even take the ayahuasca ceremonies less seriously than I might have hoped for, however was proven wrong on both fronts. The daily activities will take place with or without you, and so in that regard if you want to chill in a hammock or take a nap, there is zero obligation to go, yet it is great to have the option on the days that you do have the energy to. The collective experience of the three shamans is huge, don't quote me but I believe it was somewhere around 60 years, and it shows. All in all, I can only repeat that I had one of, if not the most, positive experiences of my life connecting with an array of different and lovely people through the medicine at this retreat.
Mark Selawry March 11, 2016
I was the "odd man out" as part of a group of 8 wonderful women who did the tour 13-26 February. The ceremonies (San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Kambo, Nunu, etc...) were top notch, in terms of facilitation, organization, and experiences. They were truly transformative for all of us. It makes such a difference to have a dedicated and highly experienced team of shamans and facilitators who are able to manage both individuals and group dynamics, and ensure every individual has a "personalized" experience. Where I thought improvements can be made was around the logistics in the Machu Picchu expedition. The quality of accommodation in Cusco and Aguas Calientes was sub par, especially for us older, more seasoned folk. In Cusco, we stayed at a hostel that does not have road access, requiring the group to carry luggage about 200 yards up stairs and slopes. This was fine for me, but not some of the ladies. As the "odd man out", it was a challenge to ensure I wasn't placed with the other women in the group - something that would have been uncomfortable for both genders. At one point, this is what was suggested, leaving us in an awkward situation. Fortunately, it was sorted at the end of the day. Also, the busses that were hired to shuttle us from Cusco to the Sacred Valley, or Iquitos to Nauta, were uncomfortable, cramped, with limited air flow. For a little bit extra, larger vehicles could have been used (for example, some of us hired a private tour to visit sites along the Sacred Valley prior to the Pulse Adventure Tour, and the bus used had much greater capacity). I might well return (alone, or with other members of the original group), in which case I would l would do just the Ayahuasca part of the expedition, which is definitely the highlight and core purpose for most of us. For this portion, I give a 5* rating!
Barry O Sullivan March 09, 2016
I'll keep this relatively short. I specifically decided to wait at least 6 months after my trip to Pulse Tours to write my review, to see some of the medium to long term benefits and how they stand up after a bit of time has passed. Let me tell you: ayahuasca is not some cure-all, magical potion which will fix all your problems necessarily - it requires serious commitment to inner change and courage to face demons and upkeep the lessons that you are thought in order to pursue a more fruitful and happy existence. I am writing this 8 months after the fact and I am completely free if anti-depressants, eating way better and healthier than before, my drug use is extremely minimal (only some beer on the weekend) and my attitude and personality are better than ever. I simply can not imagine a group of people who could do a more caring, personal and dedicated job than the team at Pulse Tours. I honestly felt like a child again in the best way possible. The entire space and vibe off both the staff and locals makes for a shelter of non judgement and harmony, there is simply no length they won't go to to try and accommodate you and get you to open up to medicine and shed whatever you came to leave behind. They all hold a very special place in my heart and I am eternally grateful! There's a reason why they were number one on the now defunct ayaadvisor.com website, there's a reason why the ticket costs a pretty penny and there's a reason why so many people like me will never stop raving about the magic of this centre and these people, don't waste your time and hard earned money shopping anywhere else, look no further for the real deal in ayahuasca! B
Sylvester Pladwig March 08, 2016
I got nothing but love and care from all the people at Pulse. During my retreat there was 3 of us that had some trouble in separate ceremonies, me being on of them. I felt that they handled it all quite well. I know I was probably one of the more difficult ones to handle, and every one treated me no differently afterwards. One of the other visitors that was beside me during ceremonies was having trouble during his ceremonies and the facilitators made sure that he was okay, and did everything to make him comfortable, even though he was rejecting the medicine. This is truly a magical place, and I am definitely coming back for the total human transformation, because I know I need it.
Jeremy Boyes January 27, 2016
Couldn't have been better, there is something truely special about the center, staff, location, medicine and even the animals they have there. I couldn't imagine going to another center and I hope to return in the near future. The staff was super professional during ceromoneys and they definitely had their hands full with me one night. I had to much and began to freak out, I thought I was dying and was never going to be normals again. They helped me so much and managed to calm me down. It could have ened really bad for me if I was at any other center. They take safely really serisouly. Even more important than the medicines was the friendships and memories I made, that was the best part of the trip. I have never been out of the United States so this was so foreign to me. They vividly answered all of my many questions before I came to the center and I really appreciate that. Just do your research because it will most likely lead you to this center, sure there are other great centers out there... I'm not disagreeing with that, but I couldn't imagine one greater than pulse tours. Thanks so much for the experience guys, next time around I plan to do the Machu Piccu add on, and would be interested in pretty much any other retreat you add on in the near future. :) -Jeremy B
Mo K January 10, 2016
What an outstanding trip I had with the Ayahuasca Adventure Center & Pulse Tours! I went for the 2 week Machu Picchu/Amazon excursion back in May, and have got to say that those folks really do it right. All of the workers were extremely devoted to their roles, and there was a genuine aura of caring and well-being 24/7. Dan was especially giving and accomodating in that he literally offered me the clothes off his back as I forgot to pack pants suitable for the jungle excursions, as well as his only extra beer on a flight when he found out that it was my birthday. That went a long way with me. The whole team lead by Dan and Tatyana were incredible, and it was obvious how much love and planning went into the newly built and beautiful center. The ayahuasca ceremonies were AMAZINGLY authentic and life changing due in large part to the collective vibe of the organization and especially potent brew. You simply can't go wrong choosing the Ayahuasca Adventure Center!
trav February 06, 2015
These guys showed up for 3 days at a center I was spending two weeks at.... Not people I would ever associate personally - they brought down the entire center with their presence and the group was completely disrespectful regarding the medicine and other peoples healing. The tour leader also started making out with a girl in his group mid Aya ceremony, and then bragged about it to everyone else the next morning while people were trying to tell the shaman about their ceremony night before.... Seemed very unethical to me. No one in his group was there for healing, knew Aya could heal, or thought this was an important ceremony for other participants - they just talked and laughed half the ceremony, started ohming, and acted like it was a hippy party in the maloka. The staff at the Aya center kept trying to calm them down and asked them to be respectful, but they just didnt get it at all. When they left the center, they rode off on mototaxis still altered from the Ayahuasca because they ended ceremony early to leave - sounds so irresponsible and dangerous to drive 2 hours through muddy roads at night while altered from Ayahuasca still. Not to mention: everyone who came with him payed twice as much for the same ceremony all the rest of us were sitting in. Why pay this dude when you could contact the center directly? In my opinion, this guy and the people he brings are exactly what is wrong with the spiritual tourism industry.
“I align to truth. I know myself in the vibration of truth. And I permit the vibration of truth to heal me of all lies.” Paul Selig- Author of "I Am The Word"