Five Day Ayahuasca Initiation
- It only takes five days to open a door to new perceptions, profound Insights, and deep transformational healing that will last a lifetime. Under the wise and experienced guidance of Maestro Santiago Enrrique Melendez, his partner, Ayme Varela, and brother Maestro Hegner Paredes Melendez and family, you will discover incredible emotional healing, new awarenesses and a fresh perspective into your life and future in our New Five Day Ayahuasca Initiation. Visitors experience three powerful ceremonies in the tradition of Amazonian vegetalismo in a safe and protected environment. Our medicine is pure, composed of only chacruna and the ayahuasca vine.
ScheduleSantuario is an authentic Amazonian healing center that emphasizes tranquility and solitude in nature as an integral part of the healing and learning process. Withdrawal into nature is an essential part of the traditional shamanic apprenticeship. When not in ceremony, visitors spend their time in quiet reflection and relaxation, reading and taking walks in the rainforest around the boiling river. There are many areas to do yoga, write, and draw. It is also a wonderful place to bird watch, and appreciate the incredible wildlife of the area.
About This Event
Register and Reserve Your Five Day Ayahuasca Initiation
At Santuario, you will experience a retreat unlike any other in the world. Set on a unique boiling river, the steaming “Shanay-timpiska,” Santuario shimmers with the energy of the Amazon rainforest. Here you will experience the medicine pure and strong under the wise and kind care of Maestro Santiago Enrrique Melendez and Ayme Vargas and family. Our new Five Day Initations are a perfect introduction to a medicine path that is as powerful as it is subtle.
Travel and Pick up at Pucallpa Airport:
Santuario is an authentic traditional Amazonian plant medicine center situated off road in a highly unique geological site (a boiling river) in rainforest than requires a journey of 3-4 hours departing from Pucallpa. The journey there is an adventure by itself, involving a scenic drive in an all-terrain vehicle down country roads, a half hour boat ride on the tranquil Pachitea river, and a 45 minute trek through the rainforest. We work with an independent guide team that can escort you in comfort and security. Please refer to the pages below for information how to plan for your retreat and the travel and guide costs.
Please refer to your travel information package for more important information related to your trip planning!
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Maestro Santiago Enrrique Melendez with wife and curandera, Ayme, and their girls Harmony and Paulina.
The healing mineral vapours of the boiling river, a source of incredible energy at Santuario.
Relaxing in the common area
The steaming boiling river, Shanay-timpiska, a wonder of the world.
An ayahuasca cook-out
The maestro preparing the powerful plant medicine, ajo sacha.
Beautiful energies: Maestro Santiago Enrrique and Ayme at the beginning of ceremony in the maloca.
Proceeds are donated to Arkana Arts, our New NGO and Conservation Project!
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"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.
Venue HighlightsSet on a highly unique geological phenomenon, a boiling river, Santuario resonates with incredible energy. Known locally as "Shanay-timpishka" or “heated by the sun,” the river stretches up to seven kilometres through the rainforest, enshrouding the area in a vapour of mystery. Possessing great spiritual significance to the communities that surround it, the river is reputedly the home of "Yakumama," the world serpent that breathes life and death into the Amazon. Interestingly, the river has remained a secret in Peru for thousands of years until now, only known to the local communities.
The whole region and surrounding rainforest is fascinating. There are many ancient and rare species of plants and animals, gigantic medicine trees, and an amazing variety of birds, monkeys, and insects. The area was once long ago home to the Cashibo people, famed for their fierceness and refusal to be converted by missionaries.
Santuario is the destination for those who are looking for an authentic experience working with Amazonian plant medicine for healing and knowledge in the tradition of vegetalismo. Many return year after year to deepen their work in this beautiful and mysterious place which is truly a hidden jewel in Peru.
AccommodationsAccommodations at Santuario are simple and ecological, constructed in the traditional palm thatch buildings. Every visitor has their own room, comfortable bed, bedding, towel and mosquito net. The rooms are airy and open to the sounds and ambiance of the rainforest but protected with screened windows.
- Tour Assistance
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineMeals are tailored to comply with the dietary restrictions of a traditional shamanic dieta and are simple, bland, easy to digest foods that do not inhibit the working of the medicine or create unwanted side effects. They include boiled rice (without oil or salt), boiled or roasted plantains, boiled potatoes or manioc (yucca/cassava), cleansing vegetable soups, fresh salads, and at times some (toothless) fish (particularly boquichito). Also served occasionally are eggs. Fruits (mangoes, guava, bananas, etc) may be offered but are not recommended due to their high sugar content. For some dietas, you may require a stricter diet of only plantains and rice.
The meals can be adjusted to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, dairy, and gluten free restrictions.
DirectionsFirst your will need to fly into Lima's Jorge Chavez airport and take a connecting one hour flight to Pucallpa. Our English speaking guide can bring you to the center directly from the airport or collect you from a hotel. The journey to Santuario is an exciting ecotour by itself! You will travel in an all terrain truck along country roads to the small port village of Honoria and take a motorized canoe along the tranquil Pachitea river. From their your will embark on a 45 minute hike trough beautiful hilly rainforest until your arrive at the steamy boiling river, the amazing geological phenomenon that provides the setting of Santuario. Please ensure that you are in good physical health for the journey. Altogether, it takes approximately five hours depending on roads. Rubber boots are needed in case it is muddy.
To arrive in time for an evening ceremony at 8pm, please arrive in Pucallpa by the morning and book your returning flight in the late afternoon evening from Pucallpa. Your guide will meet you at Santuario in plenty of time to bring you to the airport.
The guide service costs 120 USD and includes both journeys.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Peter September 29, 2019
To live directly in the rainforest itself is very healing. If you are a person pondering the though that you might go to Santuario then you might aswell already be thankful that the universe has lead to this place! As many others have already stated, it is impossible to forsee how your stay at Santuario will play out, but one think is for sure. It will be good for you and the "rest of the universe". I know that might not help much people to decide if the should go so therefore I will write a couply of things that I experienced: - very nice & open hearted people from all around the world with which we built a bound for life - deep healing on all possible levls (physical, mental, higher spritual consciousness) - deep indivual insights/learnings how the universe works on the most fundamental level TL;DR: If u can manage -> go :) Presonally I would say 1 week is the minimum you should consider. 3 Month would be ideal. 1 Month is very good also as one can manage 3 weeks of dieta and 1 week of ayahuasca
Jan-Willem Vosmeer January 21, 2019
It's hard to find words to describe this experience. The knowledge, wisdom and peacefulness found in the Santuario will stay with me for a long time. You can't get closer to nature than this. And it will change the way you look at things in your own life, and the world around you. It was a real privilege to be welcomed by Maestro Enrique, his family and the team.
Rhonda November 07, 2018
Words cannot describe how transformative this retreat was! The place itself is so peaceful and the people were so welcoming. It felt like home immediately. The tambo’s are well kept. It was nice to have our own bathroom with toilette, sink and shower. It feels very safe, which allows you to easily open up and do the work that needs to be done for yourself! You can truly feel the love. Each of the 3 ceremonies were completely different for me, but the Icaros and personal healings were magical. Even in the short amount of time that I was there, I learned how they live off the land and plants. It was difficult to leave this place. I will definately be back!
Mikaella Ashley September 05, 2018
This was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life. I was at Santuario for about a week. Maestro Enrique and the staff at Santuario are so warm and welcoming. His family is so kind! His wife has the voice of an angel. They really made us feel safe and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the accommodations were. The rooms were spacious and I loved how tucked away in the jungle the retreat was. The boiling river really enhances the entire experience. After only one ceremony there I began to feel the healing. I feel a very strong shift in life and feel that the retreat really help me put my mind back on the right path. Thank you to Maestro Enrique and the healing he has dedicated his life to, very grateful to have shared these ceremonies with him and the staff. You must go and experience it yourself! I was quite speechless.
Martin Pelletier April 26, 2018
What a fantastic retreat!! The shamans were excellent, the location is superb and quiet and the effects are phenomenal! I feel much more peaceful now and my business is taking flight! It made a great improvement on my motivation level and on the money coming in! I definitely recommend Santuario!!
Kristin olds January 09, 2018
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
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
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.