Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I just attended a 7 day retreat in the Amazon, and had an amazing time. Most of the reviews focus on the medicine, but I’d like to bring attention to the rest of the trip since it was so impressive.
I got to Iquitos a day early and walked a few blocks from the town center, where the hotel is, and was approached by one of several tour guides with green shirts. They seem to have a similar tour, where you get in a boat on the Amazon and stop at 5 locations. I went to a zoo where you can hold an anaconda and a baby sloth, danced with a couple native people at a few stops, went to a butterfly farm. It was a pretty cool way to spend the day. You can get a lot of great pics to justify your Peru excursion to the squares back at your office. I was a little resistant to just go at first. It’s a pretty poor country and can be a little intimidating at first because it is so foreign, but the people are all really friendly. I can speak high school Spanish and my guide could speak less than that amount of English, and we still managed to understand each other (at least I think) and had a great time.
I met the group of people going on the second morning and everyone who attended were really cool, friendly people. We all got along great and everyone had a great time. The people who work there were also friendly and really helpful, especially when shit got real!
The facilities blew me away and the pics on the website don’t do it justice. It is a small village on stilts on the shores of the Amazon. It’s would be a great trip even without the medicine. They have a ton of activities and a ton of time off to relax. You’d have breakfast, group share, yoga, lunch, an excursion, a floral bath, then the ceremony. It was the perfect mix of things to do and time off. You can skip whatever you want. You also had a lot of time between things to either sleep or do something else. The excursions included going to a nearby village, going into the jungle, going to see and feed monkeys, fishing, swimming in the Amazon, etc. The food was also great.
All of the people that worked there, in addition to the shamans, were incredibly nice, helpful, and cool to hang out with. I highly recommend the Amazon trip. I loved it!
I don’t think I need to sell you on the other stuff….