Five Day Ayahuasca Initiation
- Santuario Healing Amazonian Plant Medicine Center
- Huanuco, Peru
- Ongoing package (6 days / 5 nights)
- $225.00 - Deposit on Total Retreat Price of $575 (includes all medicines, ceremonies, food, and accommodations)
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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.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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.