If you’re reading this, look no further. La Luna is your place. It’s located in a beautiful and friendly village far enough from Iquitos to feel completely away from the city’s influence, but close enough to be convenient (approximately a 45 minute boat ride down the Amazon). Enrique is the exact right type of crazy to navigate you through the lively and unpredictable jungle, and into the depths of your own consciousness and/or the spirit world. The shaman, Guido, is the best whistler I’ve ever heard; his icaros are beautiful and his presence is incredibly calming. Furthermore, he spent quality time before and after every ceremony discussing our experiences, sharing insights and personal anecdotes, and preparing us for the next session. The authenticity of the entire experience shines through in every facet of this place.
In terms of amenities, La Luna has everything you need, and not a whole lot that you don’t. Simple bungalows with mosquito nets, a shower, good food with fresh fruits and vegetables, hammocks and a nice hangout space, a beautiful temple, and a smattering of incredibly genuine and interesting people–both those who live there and those just passing through. Their ayahuasca brews will get you into whatever mental state you are looking to achieve, and you will be supported throughout the experience by knowledgeable and empathetic people.
In my brief time there (4 days was not long enough) I made a spiritual connection with a jaguar from another dimension, made brief contact with an otherworldly being of some kind, and gained insights both about myself and about the nature of reality. It was beautiful, confusing, intense, peaceful, and everything else. I can still feel the effects of the medicine working on me as I write this 10 days later. There truly is magic in this world, and for you open-minded individuals browsing this page, La Luna is a great place for you to encounter it 🙂