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7-Day Ayahuasca Healing Retreat & Inca Trail

7-Day Ayahuasca Healing Retreat & Inca Trail

Region: Peru
Location: Cusco


Amazonian vine is a potent plant Remedy used by healers for centuries in the Amazonian jungle region. The thick tea known as amazonian vine is actually a combination of two plants; leaves from the chakruna bush are mixed and boiled with the amazonian vine vine to create a sacred Remedy brew. The psychotropic molecule from chakruna combines with an activator from amazonian vine to form an “entheogen,” a Remedy which puts you in touch with the divine. The amazonian vine experience makes you into your own doctor, shaman and psychotherapist, one who knows everything about you. It profoundly connects you to yourself, and participants willing to do the work can find relief from and even cure depression, anxiety, and addiction, plus gain deep personal and spiritual insights. amazonian vine may bring you sublime joy, self love, and universal connection; you may also see frightening things, including demons, zombies, and your worst fears and life experiences. Yet even this last is healing and therapeutic by allowing you to confront and overcome inner traumas. Drinking amazonian vine is about having the courage to change your life, both during and after the ceremony; the ceremony is just the first step. It is up to you to follow through with your personal revelations.

Our retreats focus on healing the body, mind, emotions and spirit. To accomplish this, the retreats have been developed with both Andean Q’ero and Amazonian Shipibo shamans. The Q´ero shaman is from the closest thing remaining to an Inca community in the high Andes. The second is a shaman from the Shipibo tribe in the Amazon who guides the ceremonies by singing the healing songs, called Icaros, passed down from his ancestors. We run our retreats in a traditional manner, extending from the way the plant remedy is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of the Q’ero and Shipibo cultures. amazonian vine is always drunk at night to limit external stimulation and to allow you to connect with yourself.

Amazonian vine places physical, emotional and spiritual demands on your body; what you see can be frightening, vomiting is often a side effect, and you can feel extremely cold. The traditional base of the retreat is matched with modern medical practices to ensure our guests’ safety and to allow them to assimilate their experiences in the best possible way. Nurses are always present at ceremonies, and we take a full medical questionnaire beforehand. We are one of only two amazonian vine providers in Peru with approval from and a working relationship with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Please contact us with any questions about amazonian vine. We are happy to answer and help you take this first step on your journey.


Day 1: Purgative Waters in Cusco

Welcome to Cusco! Our first meeting will be at 10am one day before the amazonian vine retreat. You will begin the cleansing therapy by drinking purgative water, a part of your physical preparation. Remember to fast beforehand in preparation for this. This part will be performed by our specially trained staff, who will supervise the purging that accompanies the medicinal water. We’ll start the 1-2 hour purging process at 11am so that you can have the afternoon free to rest and find something light to eat.

*We recommend arriving in Cusco or the Sacred Valley at least one day beforehand to acclimatize. Before you arrive in Cusco, we can organize pickup and accommodation for this acclimatization day.

Day 2: Cusco – Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley (Taray)

We’ll pick you up at your hotel at 10am and travel to our retreat house in the Sacred Valley an hour outside of Cusco. Once we have arrived, our Andean shaman will lead us in a coca leaf ceremony, of great importance to our Inca ancestors.

To receive the most benefit from the amazonian vine ceremony to come, it is best to come prepared with questions and topics to consider concerning your life, your family, your health and relationships, etc. The most productive amazonian vine sessions are those with participants who know why they are there. You’ll have some time to talk one-on-one to the psychologist and the doctor. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the ceremony start time, the rules within the retreat house, and other necessary items. Once finished, you’ll have an hour to rest and meditate, being sure to maintain a noble silence* (see bottom).

After this rest, the shaman will explain the Andean ceremonies. This is the time to ask any questions about the ceremony and explain any personal purpose you may have for being there. You will next begin the Cleansing and Growth ceremony, after which you will rest and contemplate for another few hours, again maintaining a noble silence*. This time should be used to focus on what you wish to accomplish during the night’s amazonian vine ceremony. We suggest that you use this time to meditate or, if you believe in the power of prayer, to pray. This is important to ensure that you have enough energy and clarity for the ceremony. Our amazonian vine shaman will begin the ceremony at 7 or 8pm, with a translator and nurses in attendance for your safety.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Retreat Center

We’ll prepare you an energizing breakfast to revitalize you after your night’s voyage. Afterwards, you’ll speak to the amazonian vine shaman, the psychologist and the doctor, where you will recount your experience and receive an interpretation of your visions. The rest of the day will be free for you to read, meditate, do yoga, or simply enjoy your beautiful surroundings with a walk through the countryside, not forgetting to save your energy for your second amazonian vine ceremony. We’ll begin again at the same time as the previous night.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Retreat Center – Ollantaytambo.

We’ll have another nourishing breakfast to restore us from last night’s work, and the amazonian vine shamans will again help us process our visions and experiences. To conclude our time at the center, an Andean Qero shaman will lead us through the most important ceremony, the Despacho, or offering to the Earth Mother. This will allow you to show your gratitude to her while basking in the warm, post-amazonian vine glow of internal and external harmony. On this happy note, we will end our retreat.

A visit to the Sacred Valley now awaits us; we will see the Inca ruins of Pisac (extra ticket – see below) in order to appreciate and understand both the local religious customs and impressive ancient architecture. Later, we will head to Ollantaytambo to see the ruins there as well (extra ticket – see below). We will spend the night in Ollantaytambo.

Day 5: Ollantaytambo - Km. 104 - Chachabamba - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00am to catch the train to the trailhead at Km.104 of the Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu railroad. On arrival, we will visit the nearby ruins of Chachabamba and then begin the four-hour, 8km ascent to join the classic Inca Trail at the impressive Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft) archaeological complex. This consists of an agricultural sector with numerous terraces, plus religious and urban centers. On the way up, we’ll take in magnificent views of the Urubamba River Valley, the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex on the opposite side of the river, and a beautiful waterfall minutes away from Wiñaywayna. Leaving Wiñaywayna, an hour’s trek along a trail of flat stones on the edges of the highland jungle cliffs brings us to the ‘Intipunku’ (Sun Gate), the ceremonial gateway into Machu Picchu. We will get our first glimpse of the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu from here. We will next descend to Machu Picchu and travel by bus to Aguas Calientes and our chosen hotel.

* Food: Boxed lunch
* Hike Difficulty: moderate
* Total distance: 13 km (8.08 miles).
* Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours.
* Altitude at starting point: Chachabamba 2,150m (7052 ft).
* Maximum altitude: 2,650m (8,692 ft).

Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will get up early to catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu and in time to watch the sunrise over the mountains. After enjoying the views, we will have a two-hour tour of the Inca citadel, visiting the principle sites. After the tour we recommend the following activities:

* Climbing Wayna Picchu and visiting the Temple of the Moon (requires an additional pass and must be reserved at time of booking – see below).

* Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain (requires an additional pass and must be reserved at time of booking – see below).

* Hiking to the Sun Gate, where the first rays of sunshine on the winter solstice.

* Visiting the Inca Bridge, where you can marvel at the incredible engineering skills and ingenuity of the Incas.

* Sitting on the terraces below the Temple of the Condor and taking in the energy of the site.

* Walking through the site again, ducking into hidden corners and little-visited rooms to refine your own theory about Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes around 4:00pm to catch the train to return to Cusco, arriving 4 hours later.

* All times are approximate and may vary due to external circumstances

Day 7: Cusco - Departure

Our transport will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport to catch your connecting flight. Happy travels!


Pickup from your hotel and transport to the Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley
4 different therapies during the retreat
Translation and personal assistance during the retreat
2 nights of accommodation in the Retreat Center and 4 nights of accommodation in a hotel.
Sacred Valley Tour on the fourth day
Return train tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Inca Trail permit and entrance to Machu Picchu
Return bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Transportation: Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Transporte Ollanta – Cusco.


Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Water for your journey to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Comfortable walking shoes
Headlamp if you have one or a flashlight
Original passport
Small suitcase or backpack with enough clothing for the 7 days.


Pisac and Ollantaytambo Tourist Ticket

If you wish to visit the ruins of Pisac or Ollantaytambo on Day 4, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 or S/70 for students (up to 25 years old with a valid ISIC card). The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the majority of tourist attractions in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the South Valley. An alternative option for this tour is to buy a partial tourist ticket, which costs S/70, includes Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and is valid for 2 days. Purchasing the full ticket is the better option if you also plan to visit other sites in the Sacred Valley, the South Valley, or the ruins right outside Cusco.

Tickets for Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains.

Those trekkers who wish to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain after they have finished the trek must let us know well in advance as permits are limited. For high season (May to October), 2-4 months in advance. Low season (November to April) 1-2 months in advance. There is an additional $15 USD per person charge so we can purchase your ticket for the 2nd time slot at 10:00 am (students with ISIC card: $8 USD per person). Machu Picchu Mountain (additional cost $15 USD) is far less busy and doesn’t need to be booked as far in advance but must also be reserved ($15 USD) at the time of booking so that we can purchase your ticket.

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