Arkana Spiritual Center - Amazon

About us

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.

Check out a tour of our newly-renovated Center here!

And here are 10 more reasons why we could be the best option for you:

1) The Medicine.

Ayahuasca brew

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.

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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.

Administration of Nunu

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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, they say it all.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6) The Jungle Gym.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you have any questions or wish to inquire further please email or have a look at our website for dates and prices.

With so much love for our light warriors,

The Team.

Starve the Ego, Nourish the Soul


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  • Paul Green   February 23, 2017

      Amazing Pulse Experience

    This is 100% the best decision I have ever made in my life. The tradition of the Shamans and the Icaros is just simply unbeatable. The teamwork of the facilitators is unbeatable. The knowledge and experience of the plant medicines were always open discussion. The team always helped me to feel welcome and a part of the team. During the day while relaxing in between ceremonies If I wanted to be alone it was easy in such an amazing retreat centre with so much choice. I personally loved the punchbag and bikes in the gym. They always kept in touch with the individual needs of people while also focusing on the group which created a family atmosphere of togetherness and community. Nobody was ever left out and people were always given the choice to join in on the jungle experiences if they wanted to. The jungle guide Falcon did an amazing job sharing his knowledge and experience of the local wildlife, history and traditions of the local area... The ayahuasca ceremonies are all done in a very safe environment, pulse tours really have thought of everything from every angle in ways to maximise the safety and the ayahuasca experience. I always felt 100% safe, I always felt 100% supported and I am 100% satisfied with the investment I made in the process. I have set an intention to return perhaps at the same time next year and I know that until then its going to be an excellent year thanks to everyone at pulse tours.

  • Gavin Paul Carver   February 02, 2017

      Powerful and Life Changing

    I cannot speak highly enough of this experience. The team at Pulse Tours care deeply about every single person that participates in the Ayahuasca retreat. Their kindness, patience, openness, and dedication to helping you get the greatest tools for happiness you will ever receive guarantee an unforgettably sublime experience. The local Shamans are true to the tradition and understand exactly what needs to be addressed physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. The process and experience has been carefully designed to culminate in an experience that leaves you full of light and love and happiness and completely unburdened of your troubles and worries. The facilitators are incredibly professional and are always on hand, any time of the day and night to help their guests work through the process. Their knowledge of the medicines, Ayahuasca, traditions, and complementary ceremonies and processes give you the utmost confidence and peace of mind that you are in safe hands. Thank you thank you thank you Pulse Tours for changing my life. I was happy before and happy with my life. Now I'm so excited about the even greater life I have ahead of me.

  • Nico Tortorella   December 26, 2016

      Life Changed Forever

    If I could leave 100 stars I would. This place was exactly what I was looking for. Perfect mix of traditional Ceremonies and amenities, while feeling very safe and taken care of. Son much respect for all of the staff and other visitors. The shamans are the real deal. So so powerful. The most incredible fooooooood. Simple and delicious. Knowledge everywhere. Gym had everything I needed. Day trips off the property were wonderful. Everything everything everything was super easy. I can't wait to go back. The ceremonies!!!!!!! My life forever changed. Thank you pulse, I am forever part of your family. So much love

  • Chris Williams   December 09, 2016

      An incredible experience I won't ever forget. Don't hesitate to go with Pulse!

    I can't begin to say enough wonderful things about my recent experience at Pulse. I participated in the '14 Day Machu Picchu & Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition' experience in Nov/Dec '16, and had the time of my life - these guys do a wonderful job of balancing fun and seriously powerful medicine in one tidy little package. Everything was supremely well-organized, coordinated, facilitated, etc (Mel, you're a rock star). The entire staff - and I really do mean the entire staff - were wonderful, caring, kind folks who genuinely seemed to give a damn. The medicine was powerful, the shamans were awe-inspiring (Wiler especially is on that next level shit), and the facilitators were so helpful in providing spiritual guidance, words of wisdom, and open ears throughout my time at the center, which in and of itself was perfectly safe, comfortable, relaxing, and accommodating. This experience changed my life, and I'll never forget it. Everyone on the team was genuinely wonderful, but I'd be remiss id I didn't give a huge heartfelt shoutout to Melissa, Val, and Dolan in particular for going above and beyond and making this a truly magical experience for me - aside from just being a client, I'm proud and incredibly grateful to call these guys my friends now. Rafa, Falcon, Chandra, Craig, Tati - you guys all kick ass too, I love all you crazy people. If you're on the fence about Pulse, I implore you to go for it. I went in completely blind based on reviews here, and was admittedly a little skeptical of the overwhelming barrage of largely unchallenged positivity - but I'm glad to say it was all true and then some. You won't regret making the choice to drink with these folks.

  • alli burton   November 20, 2016

      14 day tour

    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.

  • Michael Mondaca   October 29, 2016

      21-27 Oct 2016

    This place is amazing. Everything is taken care of from the beginning to the end. Travel to and from the retreat is straight forward and feels safe. The accommodations are very comfortable and the food is good. I'm super upset that we just missed the new chef! I'll catch the new food on a return trip though. Falcon was our tour guide for the daily activities and he was just an absolute joy to be around the whole way through. Always smiling and very knowledgeable on everything about the Jungle. All of the facilitators were very professional and compassionate. A lot of people come to this place to do some sort of healing and they make it a comfortable enough environment for people to really let their guard down and be open enough to let that healing happen. The Shaman are really incredible and professional as well. I have so much respect for what they do and they really made this place something special. Lastly the other guests on the trip with me were awesome. I only knew them for a week and I feel closer to all of them than many people I've known for years back home. They now feel like family and I'm truly grateful to have met them all. I cannot say enough good things. Pulse tours was truly a life changing experience. Best money I've ever spent and I will be returning for sure.

  • Tian Daphne   October 10, 2016

      Expectations Exceeded!

    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!

  • Peter Thompson   October 04, 2016

      Deep and meaningful Ayahuasca adventure

    I just returned from a 2 week tour with Pulse, the first week in the jungle with 4 ayahauasca ceremonies, and the second week in the Peruvian highlands including a trip to Machu Picchu. All in all it was an amazing experience. At 60, I am considerably older than most of the people that will take this trip, but age really doesn't matter. The people in the group were mostly intelligent, open minded, adventurous people, and we had great conversations throughout. The time in the jungle was relaxing, and the ceremonies were profound.The facilitators at the center were all dedicated to what they do, and committed to making this a great experience for each person. I can honestly say that this was a life changing experience, and I found a new sense of direction there. Now, back home, I am trying to implement this vision into my everyday life. The second half of our trip, Dan, the owner served as our guide. Dan doesn't usually lead tours, but I am thankful that he led ours. He is not only a great guy, but a focused leader with a real vision for where he wants to go, and how he wants to make an impact on the world. He really believes in what he does. I fell in love with the Highlands, and I know I will be back. This portion of the trip was much more active, and I can't imagine going to Peru and not making time for Machu Picchu, it was truly magical, and this whole week cemented my vision of where I need to be, and what I need to change in my life. If you are curious and considering ayahuasca, do yourself a favor and go with Pulse Tours.

  • Peter Thompson   September 17, 2016

      An amazing experience

    I just returned from a 2 week tour with Pulse, the first week in the jungle with 4 ayahauasca ceremonies, and the second week in the Peruvian highlands including a trip to Machu Picchu. All in all it was an amazing experience. At 60, I am considerably older than most of the people that will take this trip, but age really doesn't matter. The people in the group were mostly intelligent, open minded, adventurous people, and we had great conversations throughout. The time in the jungle was relaxing, and the ceremonies were profound.The facilitators at the center were all dedicated to what they do, and committed to making this a great experience for each person. I can honestly say that this was a life changing experience, and I found a new sense of direction there. Now, back home, I am trying to implement this vision into my everyday life. The second half of our trip, Dan, the owner served as our guide. Dan doesn't usually lead tours, but I am thankful that he led ours. He is not only a great guy, but a focused leader with a real vision for where he wants to go, and how he wants to make an impact on the world. He really believes in what he does. I fell in love with the Highlands, and I know I will be back. This portion of the trip was much more active, and I can't imagine going to Peru and not making time for Machu Picchu, it was truly magical, and this whole week cemented my vision of where I need to be, and what I need to change in my life. If you are curious and considering ayahuasca, do yourself a favor and go with Pulse Tours.

  • Bruce Mills   September 13, 2016

      Completely satisfied

    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.

  • Craig Richardson   September 03, 2016

      Amazing experience in the Amazon jungle

    The 7 day Aya retreat will rank amongst the most amazing experiences of my life to date. The facilitators, Val, Tamara and for part of the retreat Ian, were genuine, caring and insightful. The Sharmans were authentic and pastoral care from them when dealing with challenging personal issues the medicine brought up for attendees was perfect. The experience was both different than I expected and better than I expected. It was safe, supportive and "out of this world" in the very best way. This week in Peru has been a return to self and a realignment of life principles for home. Thanks guys.

  • Adam Prepejchal   August 21, 2016

      Happiness is possible

    I was nervous with making my decision on which Ayahuasca center to choose. In February I reserved my spot for the April 2016 14 day Machu Picchu Adventure. Prior to going I had lived the last 15 years of my life believing I was just going to be one of those persons who would be never be happy. I really believed happiness was this unachievable thing. Upon arriving and meeting with the group the 1st day the healing began. The 2 facilitators Silvia and Melissa seemed honestly really grounded and in touch with why they were there which made me feel really good. Our journey thru Cusco experiencing San Pedro and Machu Picchu was in itself a life changing experience. I can't thank them enough for the positive energy they put out. The time spent in the jungle was really were the healing took place for me. The shaman Wiler really touched me, I felt his heart was truly in it. Ayahuasca is not a one stop miracle cure. It is a powerful medicine that can help us all though. It changed my life. I can honestly say I can see the light peaking through the cracks. Prior to this journey again happiness seemed unattainable, after the final ceremony and still to this day nearly 6 months later I know true happiness is possible. It is does not come easy and requires work but it is possible! I highly recommend Pulse Tours because the people seemed to have their hearts in the right place. Thanks so much to them and hope to see you all again one day, Wiler, Ernesto, Angelita, Tamara, Melissa, Silvia, Ian, Wilver, all the other great staff the would smile everyday and made me feel good about being there. Wish you all the best and may happiness, peace and prosperity continue to find you all. Also I never met Dan and Tatiana but thanks for getting this group of fine people together.

  • Hussky Kuzucu   August 19, 2016

      Greatest Experience of my life

    Unbelievable experience at Pulse, if you want to change your life then Pulse is the place to be!!!!

  • Odonna Mosiurchak Linton   August 14, 2016

      Ayahuasaca-Cusco trip

    The Ayahuasca ceremonies were more helpful than I could have imagined and being out in the jungle away from the brick-and-mortar jungle of so-called life was a spiritual awakening in and of itself. The stars are amazing and the friendships made will be lifelong. Wished we had better accommodations in Machu Picchu area. The hostel had bread and bananas for breakfast and barely any hot water for a shower and noisy. Also would have been nice to have someone on the car ride to and back explaining what villages we were going through and some of the history of the area. Food was amazing at retreat and may delicious restaurants to be found otherwise.

  • Wendy Bednarz   August 13, 2016

      Life changing!

    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

      A Wonderful Experience

    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.

  • Billa Singh Malhi   August 08, 2016

      7 Day Amazon Ayahuasca Adventure

    I've been home a week now and the sounds of the beautiful Icaro's still echo in my mind. This was a place of serenity, and peacefulness such that I have not experienced before. You share your journey with so many different people from all over the globe but you all have one thing you share even at the very beginning, the need for spiritual growth. By the end of your journey you become a family, having shared your visions and resulting self-realisations, it is a truly wonderful experience. This experience is made all the better by knowing you are in good hands, protected, and cared for at your most vulnerable. The Shamans are excellent providing a secure environment and expert advice before and after your ceremonies. The facilitators, wow, what can you say about these selfless critters ;-). Without these guys and gals the ceremonies would be quite the chore, their kind words and gentle guidance will help you through even the darkest of times. In and out of the meloca they are available to help, share stories and provide support. They are a credit to the retreat. Mel, Ian, Tamara, Heather, Tatyana you all rock and I hope to see you again next year. The retreat itself has everything you need, all basic mod cons and flushing toilets. A gym too which was a bonus for me, although training in the heat and humidity takes some getting used to. The food was great and I lost a few poounds of stubborn fat too so that was a bonus. The opportunity to go out and fish and go see some wildlife was just a bonus to me, the rest of the experience is well worth the money alone. I also had the honour of meeting Dan the owner of the retreat and we spoke about his plans to help the neighbouring village with upgrading their electrical power infrastructure amongst other things and it made me even happier to know that some of the profits made from the retreat go into projects that positively impact the local populous rather than exploit them as some places do behind the scenes. I knew this was already the case and it was one of the main reasons I chose this retreat and it is a choice I would repeatedly make. I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone and everyone that wants an authentic experience with experienced Shamans and a support team to die for.

  • Amy Washington   August 02, 2016

      This is the place to start your journey!

    I can't say enough good things about these guys! Odd as it is, seeing so many high reviews actually made me skeptical of them when I was first looking for a center--but after going twice now it only makes sense. If you're in doubt, I can say whole heartedly that this is the place to start your journey. The staff here is what makes difference, they are some of the most genuine, open, loving, and protecting souls I've ever met. Even in my darkest moments during ceremony I could hold to that and know I was safe. The shamans here are POWERFUL, but yet so gentle and soft-spoken! They invite in laughter and love making painful releases less so. The setting is beautiful, the daily excursions are a fun way to balance ceremonies, and the local staff always have the place so clean! Pulse is a down to earth place with a sense of humor alongside the divine--healing doesn't always mean suffering all over again! But when you do struggle, it's a rejuvenating place to do so. Bring less than you think you need, trust the process (you'll hear that again!), and allow yourself some damn good healing. Going here was the best gift I've ever given myself. I've spent 35 crazy, amazing days with you and still can't wait to go back for more! Love you guys!

  • Frank White   July 30, 2016

      Fantastic Retreat

    Facility has everything you need and want. The food is very fresh and delicious. The facilitators are very knowledgable and nice. Basically, this place is a total package for an ayahuasca retreat. I will absolutely recommend this retreat, and will be coming back next year. Cant Wait! Ivan

  • Chris Russell Cardy   July 25, 2016

      1 week retreat with pulse

    I just finished the one week retreat with pulse tours and had an absolute blast. There were fourteen in our group and we all bonded right as we met in Iquitos prior to our departure to the retreat centre. I now consider them part of my "soul family" The retreat is safe and clean, and the facilitators (specifically ian, Tamara, Melissa, and Tatiana) are all incredible. I trusted them and felt as if I was in good hands. I would recommend pulse to anyone who is looking for personal growth / spiritual development but is also looking to have fun while doing so. Chris

  • n/a   July 24, 2016

      Major Regret

    I wonder if this center is asking people to write reviews right after their experience (and bribing them with free t-shirts) just like how they used to do with all of their positive reviews on Aya Advisor. Pulse is a questionable center to choose. They only care about guests who fully align with their program. If you ask questions, raise doubt, or try to address nonsense, you will be ostracized. This isn't an individual journey here - this is about the group. It's a very shady organization, hence why their employees even robbed them a few months back. If you go, please ask them about the black magic that plagued their space and a guy named Daniel M. who used to work there. Ask them why guests were forced to keep silent about the black magic and not allowed to process it. Ask them why Tamara, the translator/facilitator, is sleeping with the Shaman. He's married, has kids. Why is that energy being brought into the sacred space? Ayahuasca will heal, but it's best to find a place that will respect your journey and your self. Many people have had good experiences at Pulse, but there are also many that did not. When it comes to something as serious as this journey, it should be flawless. And that only happens at centers with experience and the proper people on staff, not young Westerners with Pysch degrees who decided to dip out from society and hide out in the jungle. They're clever people, they know how to make money and limit their liability. It's "your demons," not theirs...Be prepared for that being the main response you'll get during group shares when you're trying to figure out what your experience means. On the plus side, the support staff is really nice, the monkey is great, the food is good, and the facility is nice.

  • Kay-Kay Kalika Renee   July 19, 2016

      Exactly what I needed! Thank you Pulse Tours!

    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

      New Perspective, Exactly What I Needed

    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.

  • Ben Knudson   July 12, 2016

      My new favorite place on earth

    Never before has so much experience been packed into a single week of my life. The facilitators took excellent care of us, we were well fed with clean, diverse, organic food, and the cleaning staff was like a team of invisible fairies who kept the whole place in top shape at all times. Of course this was all in addition to incredible experiences with ayahuasca medicina led by not just one but THREE incredible shamans who shared their amazing icaros with us for 4-5 hours during each ceremony. As participants we bonded and along with the shamans and facilitators, we became a little jungle family. The quality and genuineness of Pulse staff is real, and I know I speak for everyone in our group of 15 when I say that we were truly cared for and encouraged to make the most of our experience. One conversation with Tatyana, Tamara, or Sylvia and you will know you are in good hands! Because I trust Pulse I will be returning to Pulse within the year and hopefully bringing more friends along!

  • Karl W   July 12, 2016

      A magical place

    If you have a calling to do Ayahuasca, then look no further than pulse tours! The facilitators were the kindest, most supportive people that you could imagine. They created a wonderful and safe environment for some serous healing. The shamans are excellent, the combination of both male and female shamans created some very powerful icaros. The jungle excursions that pulse tours runs are a great way to experience the mighty Amazon jungle in the downtime between ceremonies. Overall, a well run retreat that I highly recommend.

  • Tara Zamani   July 07, 2016

      Aya retreat.

    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

  • Andrew Renouf   July 05, 2016

      14 Day Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure Tour

    14 Day Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure. Cusco to Iquitos. After booking the trip, I had lingering doubts as to whether it was really for me and whether or not I had made a mistake. I had never travelled to a foreign country on my own before and I had limited experience with psychedelics. However I knew I needed some form of retribution from modern western life and a break from any kind of routine. Instantly when I arrived in Cusco, I was warmly welcomed by an incredibly friendly facilitator and it was great to be around such like-minded people in the tour group. I’m glad I chose to start my trip in Cusco because on the first full day we went to a beautiful mountain house and garden to take the San Pedro medicine. This was a pleasant and gentle settling in to the philosophies of the plant medicines and was a much needed day of peace and relaxation which quashed the last strains of anxiety I was harbouring. From that point on, everything was superbly organised, making transport and expeditions effortless for the traveller, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the tour and the stunning surroundings. Furthermore, everything was done with a smile. For the second part of the journey, I travelled to the Ayahuasca Adventure Centre in the Amazon rainforest. Over the course of my time there, not only did it fully rejuvenate my mind, my body and my spirit, but I embraced the culture and traditions of the Shamans and the medicine with open arms. They are very professional at what they do and I felt as safe as I’ve felt anywhere with the facilitators and Shamans watching over me at the ceremonies. I had some unforgettable and life-changing experiences with Ayahuasca, made all the more special by the Shamans, facilitators and people around me on the trip. Pulse Tours have guided me back to my spiritual path and I feel like I have found my spiritual home. I hope with all my heart that I will go back there one day. Take plenty of spending money though because there are so many opportunities to purchase souvenirs and there’s so much gorgeous craftsmanship and artwork on offer. Overall, ten out of ten! The only downside was having to readjust to office life, which proved difficult. You are so much more aware of the fallacies in the western world. Sat here daydreaming and wondering how I’m going to better this travel experience!

  • Annabel   June 29, 2016

      Great food, clean lodgings, excellent Shamans

    When you arrive you get a delicious dinner and the food stays consistently yummy, lots of omelets. The ceremonies start in the evening, the stars are striking, and go on for some time. The experiences people have are varied, but there is adequate staff to help. The setting is great with clean, grass-roofed huts. There are are opportunities to go visit wildlife, or you can stay in and be lazy. I thought it was a great value and if you plan to take ayahuasca this would be a safe and legitimate site. Do recommend.

  • 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

      Fantasy Island / Mystical Landing (Build it & they will come) Plus Machu Pichu Soul Healing

    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 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

      thank you!

     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!

  • Herb M Sneed   June 20, 2016

      Already planning my next trip

    I want to start this off by saying thanks to Dan and Tatyana for creating such an amazing nourishing place for individuals to come for healing. Everything about my experience at Pulse Tours was A+. The shamans, facilitators and other masters of ceremony were knowledgeable, professional and supportive. It's been a little over a month since I've returned from Peru and I'm still trying to wrap my head around all that happened. What a profound experience! Not only did we have the Ayahausca, Kambo and Nuni ceremonies, went swimming and fishing in the Amazon River, trekked in the jungle, went Cayman hunting, saw all types a Peruvian wild life and much more. It was truly an adventure. I've been recommending Pulse to everyone who has asked my about Ayahuasca. If Mother Ayahausca is calling you, contact the good folks at Pulse Tours and be ready to have a one of the most profound life changing experiences of you life.

  • Mark Van Proyen   June 19, 2016

      21 day Pulse Tours Ayahuasca retreat

    Pulse was recommended to me by a friend who was rightly concerned about my health. My diabetes had been getting progressively worse because of the stress associated with the end of the academic year and vexing pollen allergies. I booked a three week stay with Pulse and did 12 ceremonies. The last week was exhausting, and my 62 year old body began rebelling. During the ceremonies, I had many visions, including a horrific one about my own death. The facilitators and the Shamen helped my through a very hard first week as I went cold turkey on a life-long sugar addiction, and soon thereafter, I began to learn how to use the Ayahuasca and Abuta plant medicines to transform my pancreatic and cell metabolism functions. I stopped using insulin and metformin, and upon return home my fasting blood sugar is in the high140s--still high, but considering that I have been off of medication for three weeks, not scary high. I also lost 22 pounds during the 20 day stay. So all in all, Mission accomplished! One thing that can say is that Pulse does a great job of balancing accessibility with the authenticity and integrity of the Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies, and that was important to me. I feel like I have added a decade to my life and I will return.

  • Bryce Goertzen   June 18, 2016

      Best experience of my life

    I came to Pulse alone like so many people and having never done ayahuasca, did not know what to expect. After a 2 week intensive retreat, I feel like a new person who has gained a degree of wisdom and humility that I never knew existed. The experience itself evolved my understanding of reality and the role I have to play in the physical dimension. Having a genuine awakening is something you cannot put a price on and I was so glad to be in the company of Pulse while this was happening. I could go on and on about the experiences I had during ceremonies which would forever change my life for the better, but chances are if you're reading this, you want to know about how the facility caters to your needs. First off, the centre itself is well built. The walkways between buildings are covered so you do not have to get wet when you want to go somewhere. But let's face it, sometimes standing in a warm Amazonian rainstorm makes you feel alive. Second, I personally enjoy physical fitness and wanted to be able to exercise while I was down there if I wanted to. The gym on site is equipped with a heavy bag and mits/shinguards/target mitts and kettle bells, battle ropes, clubs and maces for unconventional training, which I thoroughly enjoyed. There was also the occasional yoga class which aided in preparing mentally for a ceremony or just to relax the mind. Thirdly, the staff are the friendliest, most down to earth people I have ever met in my entire life. I had no idea that individuals like this could exist and I am very proud to say that we have crossed paths in life. In a weird way, they feel closer than family to me. The shamans are very experienced. Having been quite skeptical about the authentic nature of shamanic practice, I was blown away by how well they do their job. Finally, this was not just a vacation. I learned more from spending 2 weeks in the amazon drinking ayahuasca than I have in my entire academic career. Sure I brought back some souvenirs for family and friends, but the most important thing was all of the lessons that the spirit of ayahuasca had taught me and continues to teach me. If you go in with intention and respect, I believe your helper spirits will have a direct channel to you and will help you if you allow them. I should also mention that journaling daily is key to processing the wisdom you gain from your plant teacher. Good luck in selecting a destination to take the red pill!

  • Shawna Lane   June 17, 2016

      I'm going back! Amazing amazing experience!!

    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

      My life is transformed

    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

      Just amazing

    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

      Mind opening! - 12th May 2016 7 Day Trip

    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

      Pulse Review

    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

      Amazing, life changing trip!

    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

      14 Day Machu Picchu and Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition

    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

      Best Trip ever

    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

      Transforming yourself and the world through the power of love

    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

      Ah the Serenity

    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

      Just Winning!

    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

      Astonishing and amazing

    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

      Fabulous Peru!

    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

      Life changing experience

    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

      Top Notch!

    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

      Life-changing! Caring, sincere people make it great.

    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

      So grateful to have had this experience!

    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

      Absolutely Incredible Experience

    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

      a wonderful experience

    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

      Best decision I've ever made!!!!!!

    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

      Perfect First Time Experience

    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 will go back

    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

      An experience like no other!

    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

      To eternity and back, baby.

    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

      Wonderful Ayahuasca experience

    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

      Amazing place, amazing people, life changing experience!

    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

      An Experience of a Lifetime

    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

      7-days was not enough!

    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

      Remarkable place

    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

      14 Day Machu Picchu and Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition

    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

      In Two Words: Life Changing

    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 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

      Amazing place

    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

      Best experience of my life.

    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

      An Ayahuasca Journey of a Lifetime

    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

      Unethical and Disrespectful

    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.

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