Santuario Healing Center

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Coming Home to Santuario…

Santuario saturates the senses. Whether due to the heavy oxygenated air of the rainforest, the natural surround sound of birds and insect life that constantly reverberate the air– or the otherworldly beauty of the panoply of exotic trees and flowers, the ambience of Santuario Huistin is one of deep tranquility. In fact, one doesn’t simply visit Santuario Huistin, one becomes immersed and transformed by it.  The jungle and ancient boiling river trigger memories in the human psyche of a primordial life on earth.  The family are warm, caring and treat you like they have known you all their lives. When you visit Santuario, there is a common experience of familiarity, as if you had been there before—and are finally coming home again.

Here at Santuario, the ancient visionary practices of Upper Amazonian "vegetalismo" (plant spirit shamanism) are carried on by Maestro healer Santiago Enrrique Melendez, his wife, Ayme and extended family. Whether you are interested in a personalized shamanic retreat of flexible length or heeding the call to mystery in a shamanic apprenticeship, Santuario is an ideal setting for a longer term immersion with the plant teachers. With over thirty years experience, Maestro Santiago has developed a profound wisdom of not only working with Ayahuasca but of the potential of the thousands of plant medicines in the rainforest to heal disease.

Some brief excerpts of our testimonials on Trip Advisor!

"WOW! Such a powerful shaman ! The Maestro and his family are so caring and loving people. They make you feel like at home. This place is magic and so beautiful!  Attilo, D.

"Santuario Healing provides a unique experience like no other! It is an otherworldly life changing experience set deep within the jungle near a boiling volcanic river."  Melanie, M.

“Amazing place! True healing can happen here!”  Rasa, C.

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Come and experience the magic!

Tags: amazon rainforest angela ohara ayahuasca ayahuasca cermony boiling river dieta peru plant medicines pucallpa retreat santuario huistin shaman shipibo vegetalismo

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  • Kristin olds   January 09, 2018

      Santuario Healing Retreat

    I had the most incredibly beautiful experience at Santuario healing centre. Enrique and his family have created such a beautiful retreat that made me feel so warm and safe and protected. The location is incredibly magical on the boiling river and all facilities were great. The ceremonies were really special and at all times I felt so looked after by these beautiful people. Could not be more grateful for this beautiful experience!

  • Helga Bårdsdatter   November 20, 2017

      Genuin and real

    The stay at Santuario was magical. I didn't speak a y spanning but I was lucky that Simon was there. A shaman apprentice from Canada. I got everything I came for and more. The housing is simple and that for me was part of such a good experience. The nature around a d the boiling river was such a diamond. Both Simon and the maestro took us several plant and tree walks. I'm a biologist and benefited so much from those trips. To learn how they apply the use of the different plants etc. I'm coming back and highly recommend to choose santuario. How to get there. I also booked my ride with Mauro and Juan out to the santuario. At first I thought it to be very expensive. But they bring g you all the way in. I changed my date og exit several times (because I wanted to stay longer) and that was no problem for them. When they picked us up we git to see the art the make (they are fantastic painters, and they can really get out your experience with ayahuasca) several times Mauro showed us around pucallpa the next days. You would not get that from just a driver. The booking I found it strange that the person booking was not nearby santuario. A lot of the information given on what to bring etc was wrong. I think that happens since Angela is to far away and don't know exactly how things are done at the senter. Don't bring: -A filter bottle, the river is boiling its safe to drink - A towel, you'll get one there ***************Response from the center***************** "Thank you so much for your wonderful and informative feedback, Helga! We are so glad you had a special time at Santuario. Santuario is truly a unique and beautiful place and we are all working hard to ensure the conservation of this area. Regarding your comments: While it is true that I can not be on site all the time (I would not be able to offer the online support to visitors if this were the case), I have traveled for many years to the center and know all too well how things are done there. My guides (who you met) keep me apprised daily of things that happen there and we all work together to improve services. My upmost concern is making sure that guests are prepared for their trips in the safest possible way. For this reason, I always recommend guests bring a water bottle with a filter. The community at Santuario has been drinking the water from the boiling river for years but it is far from safe to drink. As a biologist, I am sure you can appreciate how vulnerable rivers in the Peruvian Amazon are to contamination by petroleum, chemicals, and waste as this is one of the most widely known and devastating problems communities have to deal with. I myself have seen petroleum leaking into the water close to the lodge (not a surprise as the river flows through one of Peru's oldest oilfields) and know from tests performed by visiting scientists at that very site that the river has been contaminated also by waste water from up river and contains harmful microbes. As the water only reaches boiling point in some areas and is not close to boiling point in the wet season, the heat of the river doesn't purify it from contamination. As a facilitator and researcher who knows the region well, it would be irresponsible for me not to recommend some form of water purification to guests and I will continue to do so in their best interest. If visitors decide not to bring a filter, they will do so in the full known knowledge of the risks they are taking. All that saying, your comments have alerted me that I need to include this information on the website so that guest can understand better the choice they are making and why it is important to take extra precautions. Believe me, I know from experience the consequences that can occur if simple precautions are not taken with regards to food, drinking water and sanitation in Peru. Many thanks and warm regards

  • Verde Tierra   November 01, 2015

      Sacred Oasis in the Amazon Jungle

    I just came back from an amazing experience at Santuario! It was my first experience with the medicine and it was POWERFUL. I did incredibly deep work there and learned so much in ceremony. Also the beauty of the place is just without parallel. The steamy river, the jungle, the plants...and everyone was so kind. The maestro and his family were so sweet and down to earth. I felt very safe and protected there. I will definitely be going back as soon as I can afford it to spend more time working with the medicine and the family at Santuario.

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