Nihue Rao is the real deal. If you want an authentic Ayahuasca retreat with no funny business then go to this sacred Shipibo run center. Ricardo is a master shaman who will guide you expertly in your healing process along with his team of professional shamans and truly caring and nurturing staff. I am forever grateful to all those at Nihue Rao for making me feel like part of the family in both of my stays here. I just recently returned from a 10 day retreat which was absolutely life changing. I was here previously 2 years ago with my wife- who will be returning on her own this spring. Niue Rao is absolutely safe for women to attend on their own, many of the pasajeros are solo women. Ricardo and his staff have a great respect for female pasajeros and take extra care to make them feel comfortable and safe. I really can’t recommend this center enough- the accommodations are very comfortable, the food is humble and nutritious in respect to the variety of master plant diets available, the staff is always very helpful and will make you feel at home. This is a center of total healing, incorporating various Shipibo methods in addition to Ayahuasca. I had several massages which were incredible and well priced. There are always various artists and artisans stopping by sharing their work, and an art center where you can express yourself in any medium. The land itself is very well maintained with numerous flowering trees and plants of all kinds. Parrots, monkeys, rabbits and a great number of other animals are around to help you in your journey. If you need to get to town or need anything from town it is easy to get there or have someone get something for you. All in all, you are in the best hands at Nihue Rao, everyone is looking out for your well-being. I’ve never felt so taken care of, there is the utmost focus on your healing- and quite successfully I would add. Benoit runs the center and he is really a Saint. If you have any reservations about visiting Nihue Rao throw them out the window. It is a sanctuary of health. I am forever grateful for their services and hope to return in the near future. My heart is in the maloka. Gracias and irake!