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7 day Ayahuasca retreat, Machu Picchu, Inca meditation and volunteering with Human Actions ORG

Event Highlights

  • -Your retreat will be overseen by 2 to 4 shamans Andean Qeros and Amazonian Shipibo.
  • -There is a doctor available on site 24 hours a day for the duration of the retreat.
  • -Small groups of up to 12 people allow us to maximize the safety, comfort, and personalized attention of the retreats for our guests.
  • -A nurse experienced in emergency medical care will be present during the ayahuasca ceremony.
  • -A physical check conducted by a nurse to ensure guests are calm and stable after returning from their journeys before going to bed.
  • -A nurse monitors guests throughout the night to ensure their comfort and wellbeing.
  • -A psychologist helps guests to interpret their experiences on an individual basis together with the shaman. Consultations are available
  • before and after the ayahuasca ceremonies.
  • -The psychologist will make a follow up call to guest’s one/two weeks POST retreat.
  • -Physical and psychological health questionnaire to evaluate risk factors. A doctor, psychologist and a nurse are in charge of verifying the -medical records and detecting any medical contraindications a person may have with Ayahuasca before the booking stage.
  • -Purgative medicinal volcanic water (Physical and psychological preparation before taking ayahuasca)
  • -Coca leaves ceremony (unification of group energy)
  • -Cleansing and floral ceremony (Therapy of forgiveness)
  • -Three Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • -Offering of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth.
  • -Experienced assistant / translator to guide guests thought the retreat with processing and integrating the healing experiences.
  • -Individual consultations with the shaman and psychology to discuss your experiences and healing process
  • -Group meetings to share your experiences
  • -Basic medical check to ensure physical suitability a day before the start of the retreat
  • -Five different healings (Inca shamanic healing technique)
  • -Two social responsibility activity with Human Actions (give back to balance energy)
  • -A full body massages
  • -Group walks in the forest and surrounding hills
  • -All food and drinks is a delicious simple vegetarian diet suitable for working with medicinal plants/ Ayahuasca
  • -Translation from Quechua/Spanish to English
  • -All transport to and from the retreat center
  • -Accommodation – within our facilities you may find the basic life necessities such as shared bedrooms with a capacity of three people as -well as shared bathrooms.
  • -Train to and from Machupicchu
  • -Hotel in Machupicchu
  • -Guided tour of Machupicchu
  • -Entrance ticket to Machupicchu
  • -All transport to and from Cusco/Machupicchu and Machupicchu/Cusco
  • -Hotel in Cusco (on the night of the six day)
  • -All retreat facilitated in English
  • *It is good for you to know that different parties of people may overlap at the retreat, but they will never be more than 12 participants for any giving Ayahuasca ceremony.
  • You are required to arrive a day before your retreat so that you’re able to detoxify your system with medicinal volcanic spring water. We will look to meet at Etnikas water place at 10am one day before the start of the retreat. You are required to be nil by mouth for 3-4 hours before this process begins. The process takes approximately 3 hours. After the purge you are able to eat and reconvene your regular activities under the restrictions listed.
  • You most book a hotel by yourself for this night, if you like we can recommend you some places, and they arrange as well transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • The next day we will look to meet at the same place at 10:00am. From there we will travel by shuttle bus to the retreat center. You are required to fast and drink just water.
  • -Do not consume illicit drugs, alcohol, coffee or chocolate two weeks
  • prior to your Ayahuasca ceremony.
  • -Do not take any medical prescription drugs, antibiotics, injections,
  • pills, or others.
  • -Sex: It is recommended that you refrain from having sex or masturbating
  • for two weeks before the retreat as this can reduce physical energy levels
  • making it harder to cope with the effects of ayahuasca.
  • -Food: Eat well. Good organic food is recommended. In terms of meat if
  • you are not vegetarian you can consume chicken or fish. To strengthen the brain
  • we recommend eating ceviche (Peruvian food) and tiger's milk (non-spicy_ sin
  • aji ) this is a concentrate juice of the ceviche. Avoid canned food, red
  • meat and pork, cold cuts, spicy food and excessive salt and sugar.
  • During retreat restrictions:
  • -During your stay with Etnika’s we remind you that it is not permitted
  • to smoke, drink alcohol or to take any type of prescription or non-prescription
  • drugs without consulting us
  • -We indicate that the women who are menstruating or pregnant abstain
  • from participating. Period pain and discomfort may result in a negative experience while journeying with Ayahuasca. However, if you do not experience sever pain or discomfort then it is ok for you partake. We recommend waiting till the second or third day of a period to allow you to gauge the intensity of the pain.
  • - Sex is not permitted during the retreat.
  • Altitude sickness
  • Cusco is 3500m above sea level and people sometimes get sick from spending time at this altitude. There are several forms of medication that can be taking to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness but the interaction of some of this medication can have negative effects with Ayahuasca. For this reason, we recommend you look to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness by drinking coca leaf tea which is commonly available in guest houses and hotels. We suggest you that you drink coca leaf tea at the airport or on your flight to Cusco as this will help to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, you can also buy shot of oxygen at the airport. If symptoms become sever please let us know.


Day 1

10:00 Meeting at Etnikas water place from there shuttle bus to the retreat center

10:30 Departure to the retreat center

11:30 Meeting with the staff and orientation of the center

12:30 Group meeting – introduction to the shaman and medical staff discussion about ayahuasca and ceremonies intentions.

12:40 Coca leaves ceremony and prayer for the unification of energies

13:45 Individual consultation with psychology

13:45 Individual consultation with doctor

18:30 Cleansing and floral ceremony

19:00 First Ayahuasa ceremony

Day 2

07:30 Breakfast

08:15 Social responsibility activity with Human Actions

14:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony.

15:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology

15:30 Individual consultation with doctor

16:30 Time for relaxation and instrospection

18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in the main Hall.

19:00 Second Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 3

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony.

10:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology

10:30 Individual consultation with doctor

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Group walk to the Sanctuary of Lord of Huanca

17:30 Relaxation Yoga

18:30 Dinner

Day 4

07:30 Breakfast

08:15 Social responsibility activity with Human Actions

14:00 Massages

18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in main Hall.

19:00 Third Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 5 – Retreat Centre / Aguas Calientes

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony.

11:00 Offering of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth

11:40 Talking about Human Actions projects and opportunity to donate. Fill the service report and explanation of dietary restriction post-retreat

12:30 Opportunity to buy cultural hand craft from the shipibo and Andean shamans - Photos with shaman and farewell

12:30 Transport to Ollantaytambo where you can take the train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

When you arrive to Ollantaytambo you may like to visit the sacred archeological temples and get lunch. Make sure you are at the train station half an hour before your trains scheduled departure.

At your arrival at Aguas Calientes a tour guide will be waiting for you and will take you to your hotel and explain the itinerary for your Machupicchu tour.

Day 6 – Machu Picchu / Cusco

Your tour guide will pick you up to take you for the Machupicchu tour, which will take two hours. At the end of your tour you can have lunch and visit some of the museums in the town. The train back to Cusco will leave at the time indicated on your ticket.

When you arrive at the train station in Cusco, Etnikas staff members will be there to transport you to your accommodation.

Day 7 – Depart Cusco

Transport to the airport from your accommodation to connect you with your departing flight.

About This Event

Our 7 day ayahuasca retreats have been developed with both Qero Andes priest and Amazonian Shipibo healer Shaman. They come from families with traditions of shamanism, using centuries-old traditions and techniques. The retreat is run in a traditional manner extending from the way the plant medicine is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of the Shipibo and Qero cultures.The traditional base of the retreat is tempered with modern medical practices to ensure our guest safety and allow them to assimilate the experience in the best way possible. This retreat include three ayahuasca ceremonies and also provides the opportunity to visit Machuppichu, one of the wonder of the world.

Etnikas has a multi-disciplinary health team consisting of a Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, General Practitioner, Emergency nurse who complement the highly experienced native Andean and Amazonian shaman.A Doctor is on site 24 hours a day during retreats with access to a full range of state of the art emergency medical equipment.We have been operating for over 30 years (much longer than other retreat centers) and safety has always been our top priority.We have a vast amount with over 7200 satisfied guests coming to our center.Located in the Sacred Valley, two hours drive from Machupicchu

MANDATORY: Please you must send by email (scan) and bring to Cusco a letter/note from your doctor outlining your good health or general health status. This document is mandatory for you to be able to participate in the retreat. If you cannot bring the note, you will have to make a check up in Cusco with a doctor specialist on the day of the water. This check up will be for an extra cost of $55 US.

If you have any physical or psycological medical conditions or are under any medication treatment, please let us know before you book your retreat.People over 50 years old require a stress test to be preformed. This can be done in your country of origin or in Cusco for a charge of $55 US.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY with Human Actions ONG:  During your retreat you will perform social responsibility activities. It is through our families shared experiences that we have learned the first steps to opening the healing doors of ones mind, body and spirit is through the act of GIVING. Doing kind acts with love and sincerity make us more healthy.

I wouldn’t describe myself as spiritual or religious. Afterwards I felt light and truly happy…and still 2 months on I still feel exactly the same. - Mark

Venue Highlights

Located in the Sacred Valley, two hours drive from Machupicchu, your trip here will be filled with stunning views from within the Andes mountain range. Our center is in Taray, a quiet rural community, perfect for meditation, yoga or simply relaxing.


Our accomodations are shared rooms for three with the same gender. Each room has its own toilet and hot shower.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


All food and drinks is a delicious simple vegetarian diet suitable for working with medicinal plants/ Ayahuasca


All international flight arrives to Lima (Jorge Chávez international airport), from Lima you have to flight one hour to Cusco (Alejandro Velasco Astete Aiport), Cusco and Lima have only one airport. These are some airlines that flight from Lima to Cusco. LAN, PERUVIANAIRLINES, STARPERU, TACA.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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