We are an ayahuasca retreat healing center, operating as a lodge in the Amazon rainforest. We are located 90 minutes outside of Iquitos, Peru near the small village of Llanchama along the Nanay River.
We provide traditional Shipibo medicine services wich includes: healing and learning diets, master plant medicine, and traditional Shipibo ayahuasca ceremonies.
Once you are here, you will meet with our shaman master healer Ricardo Amaringo, and with the asistance of a profesional translator, you can explain him your intention for the healing procces.
Your treatment will then be tailored to your personal needs, often including further treatment with a master plant. Furthermore, in traditional style, you will then adhere to a strict healing diet developed to promote the healing work of the curanderos and our medicinal plants.
Once on the diet, you will be invited to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies four times a week, for further ceremonial healing under the guidance of Ricardo and his assistants shamans. In ceremony, you will be further treated by the curanderos through the traditional healing song, called icaros.
The day after every ayahuasca ceremony, with the exception of Fridays, there is a group discussion led by Ricardo to review experiences in the ceremony and the progress of all of our participants, apprentices and visitors.
In some cases, further treatment techniques are also indicated, including healing plant preparations for bathing and vapor treatment, or cataplasm.
Traditional treatment requires time, so visitors are encouraged to visit us for one week or more. Group programs are often designed for 10 days or 2 weeks and more advanced treatment can take one/two months or longer.
For particular individuals, we also offer traditional diets for learning under the guidance of Ricardo. This level of training is best discussed in person with Ricardo himself.
We charge an all-inclusive daily fee for our services, which covers transport from the Iquitos airport, private room, modern bathrooms and showers, diet meals, laundry service, electricity, wifi internet, traditional medicine and experienced international facilitator staff support.
If you are interested in visiting, please email us to establish contact and verify availability at our center. From that point, we can plan your visit!
Nihue Rao is a precious gem deep in the Peruvian jungle. It's a beautiful and authentic environment to heal and change your life. The experience is profound and transformative. The medicine brewed on site is powerful and pure, a mix of only Ayahuasca and Chacruna. The food cooked on an open fire is prepared according to the strict dieta to facilitate maximum healing. Master shaman Ricardo Amaringo a powerful healer, artist and teacher. He and his team are experienced and care deeply about the work and the patients and students they work with. His icaros are mesmerizing and extremely powerful and together with his apprentices and curanderos the most remarkable healing icaros are delivered in ceremony four times a week. I've done two retreats at Nihue Rao and seen many people leave healed and transformed. If you want to change your life and are prepared to do the work, I can't imagine a better place in the world than Nihue Rao. Rory
Venue HighlightsWHY US?
- We are a 100% traditional Shipibo plant medicine knowledge center
- We work under the Maestro Shaman Ricardo Amaringo (from a lineage of a respected Shipibo family of shamans) who has 40 years of experience and trained shamans from other centers
- Ceremonies are run by 4 high skilled Shipibo shamans who are part of Ricardo’s close-knit friends and family circle
- Limited up to 24 guests for a maximum care
- All shamanic training operates under Maestro Ricardo´s close guidance
- We work with 2 dedicated facilitators ethically trained and experienced for assisting you during your ceremony
- We count with 4 facilitators to support you during your retreat
- A professional translator Spanish/English is available to assist you 24-h
- 24-h security guards and video surveillance onsite
- Our shuttle cabs are trusty and efficient
- We are open 365/365
- Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual has been open for 7 years
- Nihue Rao has provided 4,000 ceremonies – and counting Nihue Rao has served more than 3,000 guests (from more than 70 different countries in the world) on their ayahuasca journeys
- Maestro Ricardo has conducted thousands of ayahuasca ceremonies.
- Our manager facilitator has about 1,000 ayahuasca ceremonies and 10 years of experience
- Dr. Joe Tafur (Book: The Fellowship of the River)
- Kris Killam – Fox News, Medicine Hunter recommended ayahuasca retreats: http://www.medicinehunter.com/recommended-ayahuasca-retreats/ & Book: Ayahuasca Test Pilot)
- We are in the top 5 best center of Mishaalimira (mishaalmira.com/top-5-best-ayahuasca-retreats-for-2018/)
- We are in top 5 most highly rated center in www.ayaadvisors.org (Ayahuasca retreat reviews website)
- Our Shaman Maestro Ricardo Amaringo has been personally recommended by Terence McKenna
- We are mindful on our price range offered
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWe do propose:
- ayahuasca diet
- Medicinal plant diet
- Master plant diet
- standard diet on request (passengers with no diet plant or not drinking ayahuasca for ikaros healing purpose only)
AccommodationsWe do offer the individual bedroom for ayahuasca and medicinal plant and individual isolated bungalows for training dieters
DirectionsWe provide our cab trusted float.
Pick up directly at Iquitos airport
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Sangeeta IntheJungle January 10, 2019
I recently completed a 3 week dieta at Nihue Rao. It's hard for me to put into words how deeply profound and powerful of an experience it was. This was not my first time drinking the Medicine in Peru, it was however the most powerful, focused and deeply healing journey I have ever had in the 10 years that I have been working with the Medicine. Much of this, is due to the high integrity and attention to detail of the shamans and the center's management crew. I went to Nihue Rao to seek help from the Medicine with chronic illness that I had been struggling with for 5 years. I was frustrated, disappointed and misguided by western doctors and therapists in California who could not comprehend the root of my problems or the big picture of the issues that I was grappling with, I soon realized that no one but the Medicine could help for certain. I was NOT disappointed! If you are looking to heal from serious psycho-physiological and emotional traumas and illness, this is the place to go to. The center is run like a hospital, there is a detailed intake of the aliments and issues that you want to heal at the start of your stay. The support staff keeps detailed notes of what you conveyed, and you receive very specific targeted icaros (medicine songs) during ceremony based on these notes. In addition to the Medicine, you are also prescribed plants that will target the specific issues you want to heal. You are put on a very restricted food diet, which can be a challenge for some. However, know that this restriction is an essential part of the healing process. Do yourself the favor and honor the diet as it will drive the medicine deeper without additional interference from other foods. In the end it’s a small price to pay for your well-being. Many centers offer Ayahuasca with a fancy buffet, this may be OK if you are just looking for an experience with the medicine, but if you want to heal serious chronic illness, the diet must be respected. The center is very well maintained, the bathrooms and showers are cleaned everyday, sometimes twice a day when heavy rains make them muddy. The grounds are also well maintained there are fewer mosquitos than most other places I have been to. It's also a very safe place to be. It so happened, that I ended up being the only woman at the center for part of my 3 week stay, I was also travelling alone and I felt secure and cared for my the staff and the shamans. I know that Peru is wrought with horror stories about women being violated but this is not the case at all at Nihue Rao. If you seeking to truly be well, honor yourself and go to Nihue Rao. You will be supported to heal as deeply as you wish to go.
Vanja Patrón November 12, 2018
I stayed 2 weeks at Nihue Rao and my experience was AMAZING. You can read my full review here: https://aya.vanja.ws
Mario November 10, 2018
I just completed a 10-day stay at Nihue Rao. My only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago. It has been an incredible healing and learning experience. I was completely unaware of the anger and fear and guilt that I was carrying. I just knew that I didn’t feel right and I had trouble sleeping. Ten days later, I am in awe of how much I have learned about my past, my family history, relationships, human nature, and the larger mysteries of the universe. My personal journey is difficult to put into words. Let’s just say that I am transformed and reborn and healed. I am forever grateful to Ricardo and the other shamans for their guidance, teaching, and healing. I chose Nihue Rao on the recommendation of several friends who have attended over the past two years, so I didn’t have any concerns about safety or logistics. The center itself is rustic, with many dogs, cats, chickens, and other animals roaming free. It has comfortable showers and toilets. The food is basic as it should be according to the diet. But the most important thing is the community: the staff, the local people working at the center, and the other passengers from many parts of the world create an incredibly welcoming environment. The groups are just the right size, about 10 people, so you can benefit from individual attention, and still have fellow passengers to bond with and share the experience and help each other along the way. Ten days was the minimum recommended by the center in order to do a plant diet. I had no idea what that meant. On arrival, during the meeting with Ricardo, he assigned to me a master plant based on my problems and intentions. Mine was Ajo Sacha. After a couple of days I learned to recognize and trust her and I appreciated her guidance during the ceremonies. I participated in 6 ceremonies, and each was different and powerful. I learned so much and got a glimpse of how much more there is to learn in the other realms. It is a long personal journey and I totally understand now why people return again and again to Nihue Rao. During the ceremonies, there are always staff to assist if someone needs help. I was very thankful for their help during two particularly intense experiences. The maloka where the ceremonies take place is a beautiful space that is safe and comfortable. The whole place is very well run and organized. On off days when there are no ceremonies there are tours available in the jungle, or the river and the many animal refuge centers near Iquitos. I can’t wait to come back and bring some of my family members. I can’t recommend Nihue Rao highly enough. If everyone came here once in their life, the world would be such a beautiful place.
Paolo Sabella November 07, 2018
My stay at Nihue Rao was transformational. I strongly recommend the center with it’s supportive staff, pleasant accommodations and deep and powerful ceremonies. They provided a diet (dieta) that is plain but palatable in accordance with the Shipibo vegetalismo tradition. Four times a week I sat in ceremony attended by a staff of three and led by five Shipibo shamans who sang healing ícaros to each attendee individually as well as to the group as a whole. It took me a few days to get used to the food and the routine. However in my 16 day stay I got the healing I came for: getting my life back by letting go of addictive behaviors and reconnecting to spirit.
Christopher Richardson November 07, 2018
This was my first trip to an ayahuasca retreat. This place was so much more than I'd expected. First, the place is safe. I have never been as vulnerable in my life and the staff and shaman there were the perfect place to open up like that. I'd also say that I would feel 100% comfortable recommending this to women. One of the core principals that Nihue Rao functions under is that ALL pasajeros are treated with the respect and care that you would expect from a spiritual center. The facilities are clean and well tended. The maloka is absolutely beautiful. The facilitators are genuine and completely invested in helping you to have a healthy and productive experience. During the ceremonies I kept getting the big picture of the level of service they were providing to humanity. I went in expecting a shaman in the ceremonies. We had a minimum of 6. I didn't really understand how powerful the icaros are. When these people start working on you, you know it. I can't tell you how or why, but these folks are the real deal. I guess the best testimony I heard was from several people who had gone to other centers. In their own way, they all said that they had experienced powerful things before but that this place was in a league of it's own.
Rory Bain May 02, 2018
Nihue Rao is a precious gem in the Peruvian jungle. It's a beautiful and authentic environment to heal and change your life. The experience is profound and transformative. Master shaman Ricardo Amaringo a powerful healer, artist and teacher. He and his team are experienced and care deeply about the patients and students they work with. His icaros are extremely powerful and together with his apprentices and curanderos the most remarkable ceremonies are performed four times a week. I've done two retreats at Nihue Rao and seen many people leave healed and transformed. If you want to change your life, feel the call and are prepared to do the work, I can't imagine a better place in the world than Nihue Rao.
Harry Fisher April 07, 2018
This is a very professional healing center. From my first contact with this center I felt that this organization was here for me. I came to the center with medical issues and had fear and anxiety about going to Amazon rainforest to address these issues. They focused on my medical history and I didn't feel they were there to take my money. They were gentle yet firm about my treatment. They helped me see how my healing was in my hands. It wasn't about just taking ayahuasca it was about working with the whole body. Emotionally, Spiritually, and physically. The shamans and people running the center have a deep respect for the spirit of ayahuasca and take their jobs very serious. I would never tell a person which doctor to go to nor would I tell you which shaman to go to. I would encourage you to put this center on one of your top three places to explore. If you want to know more about the center I would encourage you to to contact them. If you want to hear one person's perspective feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings on your research. Harry
Allbee January 26, 2018
I have been coming to Peru for 10 years. Trying different centers with many different shamans. I end up at Ricardo's center. So much healing happened to me there! The plants have found the roots of my traumas and make me change in such positive and healthy way. I have seen so many people healed and changed at this place! Ricardo Amaringo is a true shaman healer trained regarding the strict Shipibo knowledge. He is not very accessible, anyway, he is dedicated to heal each one of his passengers. The day after the ceremony, with the help of a translator, he asks in a collective integration meeting about our visions and gives his feedback in a medicinal way, sharing his useful knowledge, and regarding this, he prepares a completely new personal icaros (healing song) regarding your deepest intentions for the next ceremony. He knows the traumas who westerners bear such as depression, addictions, realtives abandonment trauma... The support facilitator team of Nihue Rao is dedicated and knows what they are doing. Some of them have been trained by Ricardo himself in the strict Shipibo knowledge isolated for a year in the forest to learn from the master plant. They bring their support kindly to each one in his own personal work with respect and are present during the ceremony too. Sometimes they can also sing icaros too! Proof that Ricardo says that everybody can learn with him. He also proposes training diet! I really recommend coming for a retreat with a master plant diet which improves a lot the journey as such in the healing process than in the spiritual awareness visions. Definitely recommend Nihue Rao, the best thing to do in life if you are ready to dig in your deepest you.
Alexander Dimitrov January 26, 2018
Been there twice. Both times got connected and had great healings and experiences. Shamans are amazing. The helpers are super cool. The energy is all positive. Can’t wait to go back.
Jorge Fernando Valdés Iga November 20, 2017
Nihue Rao felt like the safest place on the planet. My ayahuasca experience couldn't have been better. I was able to heal a lot of myself. Physically, emotionally, psychologically, energetically / spiritually. I had to face some darkness in me, and this medicine is no joke, but now I feel realigned, centered, and at peace. Nihue Rao provides a safe place for you to go through your process. I was very blocked and depressed after a breakup. But I realized that my blocks stemmed from deeper issues that go back to my childhood. One ceremony felt like a year in every-day-therapy. And the talks that are held the day after at Nihue Rao were a very important part of the healing. I felt contained and taken care off. I could easily get advice anytime I needed. The facilitators there were open and kind. There is no judgment. Everyone there wants to help you heal. It was amazing. Thank you Nihue Rao. I'll be back soon.
Deyan Ivanov November 11, 2017
I wanted to thank everyone at Nihue Rao for helping me with my addiction to cigarettes, alcohol and a very popular treacherous over-the-counter nose decongestant (OXYMETAZOLINE CHIDROCHLORIDE). OXIMETAZOLINE CHIDROCHLORIDE is a highly addictive substance accessible in every convenience store or drug store across the USA. There are more than 7.5 million people who are suffering from addiction to it in the continental US alone. I got hooked up soon after I noticed a minor congestion that I wanted to eliminate. Afrin is one of the most popular brands. It helped me a lot but I was never able to stop using it. I sought the help of various doctors but no one was able to help me, or to prescribe a treatment. Most of them said that I needed to quit “cold turkey” or stop using it in one nostril until it heals, and then stop using it in the other. I was addicted to Afrin for more than 5 years spraying it in my nose 4-6 times a day. I had Afrin bottles in my car, in my house and in my office. I was suffering. Ayahuaska. I have been truly fascinated by Ayahuasca since the first time I came across information about it. This was around 2007 when I read an article about the Upper Amazon and the Peruvian Jungle and its people. I have researched it and I always felt drawn to it. When my friend George mentioned that he would be going down to the Amazon to a retreat I became really intrigued, although I didn’t share much with him. George came back quite transformed. He was off drugs and seemed somewhat focused, centered and easy to communicate with. He shared his experience with some close friends and I instantly knew that I’d soon follow his steps. In the late Summer of 2017 George, I and another close friend (Kosta) booked a 10 days retreat in Nihue Rao, starting around the end of Oct. My experience. The minute I entered Nihue rao I felt safe and calm. The Ayahuasca diet seemed to be a challenge to some people coming from the Western World, but it was quite natural and easy to handle for me and my friends. I was scared. I had heard stories of people who had seen demons and had terrible trips on Ayahuasca. I think that along whit those stories, I had disregarded the ones telling how intelligent, rich and beautiful the world of Ayahuasca is. I had also done some “Youtube research” on my own. Now I realize that all of these videos in night vision showing people twitching, crying or purging are in fact, rather detrimental to the true aspect of the healing power of Ayahuasca. And so, I had 6 ceremonies while dieting on Pinon Blanco (it does indeed sound like a bottle of white wine). Ayahuasca was very gentle with me. I purged a lot but I was not shown any demons or any terrible things whatsoever. She showed me the beauty of her world with its amazing colors and flow of energies. After the 4th ceremony I felt no need to use Afrin and I did not feel the urge to light a cigarette. It’s been almost 3 weeks now, and I have not smoked or used that spray or drank any alcohol. I felt that I wanted to share this with you since you. I believe that more than 7.5 million people can find a solution to their addiction through this medical plant. I realize that this acquaintance with the Spirit of La Madre has had a profound effect on my mind and my soul. Nihue Rao accepted me and became home for me and my friends. Maestro Ricardo Amaringo, Jan, Benoit, Alexandra, Martina and everyone there is family now. I am grateful and thankful for their support and understanding. I will be back to Nihue Rao very soon. Warm Regards,
Martina Drassl October 22, 2017
I came the first time to the center almost 7 years ago. I visited for a one month master plant diet and had a deep and profound healing experience. As a women I felt safe, protected and respected by the shamans. Since then I visited every year the center and met more women who arrived alone at the center. All of them had the experience that they have been treated well and respected. The staff at Nihue Rao always gave me good advices how to work in ceremony with Ayahuasca and the masterplant. The meetings with the shamans after the ceremonies were crucial and very important for my healing. They always knew where I was at. They were aware of what needed to be cleaned and healed. If I needed more help I could ask for it and I received more then one Ikaro (healing song) in one night. During ceremony I always felt taken care of, there are 2 experienced facilitators present in every ceremony, they help to the bathrooms and also when I have been having some struggles. I felt very supported during my healing experiences. The masterplants and Ayahuasca changed my life and I am very grateful for that.
George Arnaudov October 22, 2017
Nihue Rao, the shamans Ricardo and Miguel, and the helpers and the rest of the workers there saved my life! A friend of mine recommended this place. I was going trough a divorce and at the time I had a girlfriend and the relationship was not doing good. That as well was bringing a lot of anger, depression and anxiety out of me. My life was a mess. 17 years ago I was as well for one year in a drug rehab. I do have an addictive personality. I started drinking and still training martial arts every day in the morning. It was very hard on my body. My mind was racing with negative thoughts. I have two kids and knew that I need to do something. Work was bad as well (I am self employed) and I owed money to all my friends, to the IRS and had no more credit cards and the banks where calling me all the time. The first time I went to Nihue Rao was in July 2016 for 10 days. Those 10 days changed my life. I came back a different person. Actually the same guy but without all the dark, negative baggage and all the problems did not look unsolvable. My approach to life changed. Not only work is better and I stopped drinking, but I stared rebuilding my relationships with all the people around me. The healing went much deeper than I expected. I saw and understood where all my problems started, where all my traumas came from. Now I have a much better relationship with my kids, parents, friends, even with my ex wife we put the arguments aside and living separate we still take good care of our kids. I forgave myself and all the people in my life. I feel free! Don’t need anymore anything like alcohol or any other drugs. Still going to the gym. My energy levels are much higher then they used to be ever before. My smile is real. I feel in peace. I was blessed that from the first time I went right to Nihue Rao. I have seen there many people that have been to other places and then they actually needed even more help to get out of the mess other “centers” got them into. It is not a joke. You have to be very careful where you go and with who you do Ayauasca. Make sure it is light shamans, shamans that are willing to help and do good. That have good intentions. Shamans that have dieted the right way the master plants and that have done many diets without any shortcuts. I was blessed that I went to Nihue Rao because Ricardo and the rest of the shamans there have good souls and are experts in working with Ayauasca. As well as Joe [last name removed by request] was saying once – Ricardo understands the type of problems that we have in the “developed” world. After I came back in 2016 all my friends saw the changes and I went within 1 year 4 more times bringing back people and witnessing miracles. I can not describe the joy I get from seeing the change in my friends and in me. We all are brothers and sisters and there is nothing better than to reach out and help the people that want to change for good. Thank you so much Nihuea Rao. Thank you Ricardo. Thank you Miguel, Thank you Benoit. Thank you Glennis. Thank you Joe. Thank you Cvita, Thank you Martina, Thank you Markus. Thank you to all the wonderful loving staff at the center. Thank you Mama Ayauasca and thank you Master Plants! Thank God! Love you all!
Jan Willem van der Poll October 21, 2017
In 2014 I was in deep trouble and figured I needed to spend a longer time at some centre to focus on healing myself. I had heard about centres in Peru, so I went online to do some research. Thats when I found this presentation from Dr. Joe Tafur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukzVNsAKHAs&t=6s He was at that time part owner of the centre together with Canadian artist Cvita Mamic and Ricardo Amaringo a Shipibo Shaman. The centre is now fully owned by Ricardo. The two weeks did me really good. The centre runs like a charm and the energies are so amazing. You can see everyday that people arrive and just within hours feel totally at home and ready to share their stories. Thats the real strength of this centre. There are 4 ceremonies per week 52 weeks of the year, with Ricardo the head shaman being there every single night. He is absolutely the hardest working man I have ever seen. He sings all night long, since he is so dedicated, diligent and committed to healing his passajeros. He does not miss a beat. This centre recommends you to stay for 10 days, as this has proven to be the most effective in getting your work done. On top of this, your will receive a plant dieta, which means the shaman will connect you with a master plant that will help you with your healing. The plant diets are so effective and beautiful in the sense you can really connect to them and commune with them. Ask them, and you will receive. After a year at home I got burned out at work, I quit and went back to Nihue Rao for two months. This really got the job done and did me so good, I added another month. Then, I got so excited that I wanted to learn the path of the medicine and learn the singing of Icaros to help others, that I decided to complete the 3 months with 9 more to make it a year. These were to most tough but rewarding months of my life. Ricardo really cleaned me out and so did the diet. My verdict is, that if you want to do serious healing or learning work I can highly recommend to come to Nihue Rao since this is really the focus here.
Enya April 18, 2017
I came to Nihue Rao for one week. I was experienced with Aya and other plant medicine. I got a very dusty bunk, with holes in the bed sheet, and dozens of dead bugs. That didn't feel very welcoming. It took over 24 hours to get the room cleaned up. On the whole, the energy there felt terrible, very dark, full of ego. I recommend to go elsewhere, to a place with strong ethics and integrity. When you are in a ceremony, you are extremely vulnerable. Make sure you go to a safe place - physically, emotionally, spiritually. Nihue Rao was none of those.
Nikolay Derkach May 12, 2016
The center is part owned by a shipibo shaman, another owner is Joe, an American MD. The place is no frills, so if you are looking for something besides plant medicines (like an extensive tour program), look elsewhere. The brew was very strong, very potent and is done right there on the premises. They had 4 male shamans during the ceremony but sometimes other folks join in to sing Icarus, it was like a whole orchestra. The center doesn't have scheduled retreats, people come and go as they wish. Some people do plant diets (I did one as well). Some folks stay a few months, and sometimes up to a year. I had a very productive time working with the medicine. We had about 2-3 facilitators who did an incredible job (especially Joe). This retreat is one of the oldest and they really care about the helming process. If I ever need to work with ayahuasca again, I'll come right back there. Highly recommended.
I had social anxiety, self hatred, and was extremely depressed. I thank God I chose Nihue Rao. The people who own the center come from their own unfortunate circumstances and so they know what if it feels like to be in your shoes. I was at the end of my rope and I didn't want to use anti-depressants or anti anxiety pills because I heard of too many negative stories from them. Plus these pills only bandaid the problem whereas these psychedelic medicines go straight to the root of the problem and help you heal from within. Its been 6 months since I went last December and I feel incredible. It was night and day from how I felt before to now. I can't recommend this place enough.
Before gong to Nihue Rao, I'd been struggling with depression all summer long, was dealing with childhood abuse issues that had resurfaced including anger toward both my parents, and basically felt stuck in life. After coming home the depression was completely gone, my anger at my parents gone as well, and I was finally able to get my life coaching practice going and plan for my future. I started running almost every day, something I hadn't been able to do consistently in years, and had repaired two relationships with people I'd fallen out with. It's been 3 weeks and so far so good. Maybe I could have gotten the same healing at another center, but now that I know Joe and the Shamans and what to expect, I don't want to go anywhere else.