Frequently Asked Questions
Amazon Healing Journey
What is covered by the trip cost?
Your trip cost includes:
1 night lodging at the first-class Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima Airport (first night of arrival)
4 nights at the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, in the Peruvian rainforest on the banks of the Amazon. Double and single occupancy options available.
3 evening Ayahuasca plant medicine ceremonies
Meals while in the jungle per itinerary.
In-country ground and river transportation.
Guided jungle walks and day trips
NOTE: International airfare to and from Lima, and in-country flights between Lima and Iquitos are NOT included.
What airport do I fly into?
You are responsible for booking your own international flights to Lima, Peru.
You should plan to make your flight reservations to arrive into Lima, Peru (airport code LIM) on April 1, 2020. Double-occupancy lodging that night at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel (Lima Airport) is included in your trip fees.
If you arrive prior to the starting date of the trip (April 1, 2020), you will be responsible for your own lodging and/or transportation to the group meeting location.
You are also responsible for booking your own domestic in-country flights to and from Lima and Iquitos.
We are requesting that everyone in the group travel on the same domestic flights from Lima to Iquitos and back, and will provide the recommended flights upon registration.
What is the weather like?
It’s hot and humid. April (which is Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere) is characterized by relatively constant daily temperatures (upper 80°s during the day and low 70°s in the evenings) and high humidity. It is the wet season for the Amazon jungle and it can rain and thunder without much notice.
What are the accommodations like? How rustic are they?
We stay at the beautiful Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, nestled on the banks of the Amazon River deep in the Peruvian Rainforest, about 80 km from the city of Iquitos.
The accommodations are simple, clean and comfortable.
Single and Double rooms feature queen size beds, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, electrical outlets, clean towels daily, tile floors, ceiling fans, screened-in windows and an exterior terrace with a hammock.
The Lodge has a full restaurant onsite that offers clean, fresh meals typical of the region, as well as meeting room where we hold our ceremonies, and a swimming pool.
You can learn more about the Lodge and see pictures on their website at: hwww.heliconialodge.com.pe
Is there electricity, wi-fi or cell phone coverage?
Electric supply in Peru is 220 volts AC, 60Hz. Twin flat blade (as used in the US) and twin round pin plugs (as used in Europe) are both standard here. HOWEVER: Electricity at the Lodge is produced by generator (220 watts) and hours are limited.
WiFi: There is no WiFI service at the Lodge. Periodic cellular service is available via the Movistar Peru network, but is limited to times that electricity is available.
Is it physically strenuous?
No. Not at all. All of our activities take place within or around the Lodge. There are optional daily jungle walks through mostly flat terrain, and a short boat trips to a neighboring village or sites. It is very hot and humid, however, which some people may find taxing.
What about bugs?
It’s the jungle, so bugs – particularly mosquitos – are part of the experience. The Lodge’s indoor spaces are protected by screens, and mosquito nets are available in sleeping rooms by request.
Light-weight long sleeve shirts and pants can help protect you in the outdoors, as will copious use of bug/mosquito repellent.
Is Ayahuasca safe? Are there side effects?
Ayahuasca has been used for centuries by traditional healers as a sacred plant medicine and in religious ceremonies.
While the decision to take any drug is a personal one and should be made thoughtfully,
working with Ayahuasca in a small group under the guidance of a skilled and experienced shaman using high quality plant medicine and held in the sacred can be a profound and transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
I have been working with our shaman, Don Guido, a respected Ayahuascaro of the Shipibo Tribe, for many years and trust him implicitly. His brew is gentle but powerful. Each evening ceremony begins with Don Guido checking the energy and taking your pulse, before determining the amount of plant medicine that's right for you.
Although physical effects such as nausea and vomiting, headaches and rapid heartbeat can occur in some individuals, these effects can be mitigated by properly preparing mentally and physically, and following a strict dietary protocol prior to and during the trip.
Some pharmaceutical drugs and medications (including over the counter drugs) and herbal supplements are contraindicated when taking Ayahuasca. We offer some guidelines here, but It is your responsibility to consult with your medical practitioner if you are taking certain medications, particularly several types of anti-depressants. (It is recommended that you stop taking all anti-depressant medication at least 6 weeks prior to the trip, but you should only do so in consultation with your physician.)
Does Ayahuasca require a special diet?
NO red/heavy meats (beef, pork, lamb, etc.) at least 1 week before
NO alcohol, beer, wine at least 1 week before
Limit your consumption of caffeine or eliminate it altogether at least 1 week before
NO spicy foods (chilis, peppers, etc.) 3 days before
NO fermented food (pickles, lox, herring, anchovies, Kombucha, miso, yogurt, sauerkraut, etc. – 3 days before
Limit your consumption of salt and sugars (including honey and sugar substitutes) – 3 days before
Avoid dairy and gluten if possible
No food after 3:00 pm (or least 5 hours prior the session).
NO caffeine – avoid coffee, black or green tea
Drink only water or your favorite herbal tea after lunch
If you are not sure what to eat, a universal recommendation for diet prior to any plant medicine ceremony is raw fruits and cooked vegetables. There will be an abundance of fresh, healthy compliant meals at the Lodge during your stay.
Can I get a private room?
Both Single and Double Occupancy rooms are available. There is a surcharge of $500 for a single room.
Do you offer payment plans?
We are happy to work with you on setting up a flexible payment plan. Please contact our travel manager Luz Moyer to discuss.
Can the Lodge accommodate special diets?
The meals at the Lodge are fresh and clean, and offer a wide variety of local options, including an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables.