Miguel is not a Shaman, nor does he claim to be. Just a local with some basic knowledge of the medicine trying to organize ceremonies based on his experience.
What you need to be aware of is that there is no guarantee for Ayahuasca to have any effects on you. You may end up paying over $450 for two nights of diarrhea and sickness. So if you are looking for an authentic Ayahuasca experience with some real Shaman with spiritual supervision and guidance and certain outcome, Chakapita may not be for you. Real ones usually don’t have a profile on the internet!
The construct of Chakapita is beautiful, however a bit far from everywhere. There are retreats with the same price and better facilities that are closer to the town. For a one-week or 10-day retreat it is fine, however, if you are planning to stay there longer or use it as a hostel this might be problematic.
The facilities are basics, so don’t expect nets on windows, hot shower or fast internet.
Based on my own experience, if you are lucky and the group you are doing the retreat is right, you will have a great experience. We were lucky to have a fun and caring volunteers, so we could ignore the fact that some of us didn’t feel the Ayahuasca at all and the lack of real spiritual supervision.
For San Pedro, you will be fine to do it with your friends, since the medicine is easy to make and does the job on its own. 😉
Admin’s note: AyaAdvisors does not condone taking San Pedro without an experienced sitter. It is a powerful medicine that can take even the most experienced person by surprise (ask me how I know).