I LOVED Nihue Rao. I was there for 2 weeks and logistically it felt very well organised and professional. I felt that my every need was taken care of and anytime I needed something, it was there for me. Yes, you sleep in very basic accommodations, but for what they are, they are clean. If you want a 5 star hotel, then don’t go stay in the friggin jungle. If you want to sleep surrounded by the booming sounds of the jungle but be safe from animals and bugs – then the accommodations are perfect. I came armed with the strongest insect repellent in the world – but never needed it – I got bitten just a couple of times, and I am usually attacked by bugs.
The professionalism and organisation of Nihue Rao do give it a slightly sterile feeling, but I think this this is a good thing – its a jungle aya hospital in a sense. They have helpers who feel like the go-to between us and Ricardo/The Shamans. This is nice as they are friendly and approachable. Not that Ricardo isn’t, I just don’t speak Spanish and can be weirdly shy sometimes.
I had some MAJOR things come up and the MENTALIST aya experiences I have ever had, but I always felt safe with everyone that was helping/leading. So much so, I no longer do aya with certain shamans, as I have seen and felt what true ayahuasca professionalism is.
Everyone that works there will always be in my heart. I have never forgotten anyone who helped me in some way at NR. I would go back every year – but I cannot return to the same experience until I have ticked many more countries off my list.
Ill be back at some point though.
I HIGHLY recommend NR.