My time at Nihue Rao was the most profound and impactful experience of my life. I can’t speak highly enough about the staff and the way the place is run. With so many options for centers it can be hard to choose. All the centers and shamans are definitely not equal. The staff at Nihue Rao genuinely cares about you and helping you in your healing and growth. I had high expectations for my time and they were blown out of the water. It was a life changing experience. I am trying to plan and figure out when I can get back down there to do a longer term diet.
One aspect of the place that I really appreciated was the fact that it’s owned by a Native Peruvian, Ricardo, the head shaman. That is a very difficult thing to find now. With the countless Ayahuasca centers opening up there has been a huge amount of foreigners (mostly North American and European) coming in and buying land to open up centers. This is problematic with the boom in popularity of ayahuasca tourism because it’s opening up the region to exploitation of of the land, resources, and people.
I highly suggest this center to anyone looking. Ayahuasca is not something to be taken lightly. It is an extremely powerful medicine and you want to be in the hands of someone who is highly experienced and who cares about you. It is the same way you would want to approach trusting a Western doctor who is going to treat you. I hope anyone reading this will make it down to this amazing place and have the opportunity to experience the deep healing that Nihue Rao can provide!