It´s hard for me to leave a review for Nihue Rao in a detached, objective way. And it is hard simply because I love this place so very much, I consider it almost as family, and I mean that quite literally.
The shamans, led by Ricardo Ammaringo, a true Master in the most authentic sense of the word, are fabulous. They are powerful, powerful healers, but they are also kind, and even irreverent at times, they love to laugh and smile. I think particurlarly of Miguel, a man who lives with what can only seem as a permanent grin on his face, with permanent joy.
The medicine at Nihue Rao is extremely strong. It is extremely powerful. I don´t particularly like to say something like ¨it is better than other places.¨ What I can say is simply that the medicine here is as powerful as you can find in the Upper Peruvian Amazon.
Nihue Rao is a place for healing, and it is a place for learning to be a shaman. It is nice, but if you are looking for a luxury ¨tourist¨ experience, this may not be the place for you. This is a place to do real work, real healing on trauma and the various slings and arrows life that life throws at us. And perhaps most imporantly, it is a place where you will meet some life long friends. The community here is amazing.
The staff is great, led by Benoit the director of the center, they will help you when you need it, and they will also push you to do your work so you can grow as a human being.
I honestly cannot reccomend Nihue Rao enough. All I can say is that it is a very special, magical place.