Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
This is a superb Ayahuasca retreat center with exceptionally well planned schedule and effective medicine. We were in the Sacred Valley and everything was like a dream; beautiful mountains by a major river, super fresh cool air, nice & cozy facilities, and of course, all the loving and friendly staff. The room is very nice & clean with super comfy beds and soothing shower. They even have free laundry service on Wednesday. Oh, and the morning yoga classes are simply blissful, absolutely not to be missed.
At first, I thought 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies in a week would be too few but it turned out to be just perfect. The shaman’s Icaros are blissful and powerful. The facilitators are very professional and really care about you in a personal level. The closing with San Pedro and an amazing nature walk with loving new friends was to be remembered for a lifetime. It’s one of the best day in my life in a long time. They also have the optional Sapo (Bufo Alvarius medicine) between the second and third Ayahuasca ceremony, which I highly recommend. It was THE MOST powerful experience in my entire life and it seems to help my last Ayahuasca ceremony as well.
With all the positive things mentioned, be mindful that Ayahuasca ceremony is still a very difficult and challenging process by nature for many people, but as long as you fully trust in the process they provide, and completely surrender to all the feeling that the medicine would make you feel, it’s all going to be okay in the end and beneficial to your life long after you left the center.
If there is anything I have to comment about, it would be the food, which most people find it very good but since I am not used to vegetarian food, I found it a bit bland (although some meals are simply amazing). This is perfectly understandable due to the diet restrictions of the ceremony but, given the superb ingredients they use, I feel they could have incorporated a bit more umami containing veggies like mushrooms and winter radish (daikon) to add more dimensions to the food. Don’t get me wrong, all the ingredients they use is top notch, super fresh and fully organic. It’s just my personal preference that a little more could be done to boost the taste up a bit.
If you are looking for an Ayahuasca retreat in the Sacred Valley, I can’t think of a better place than Arkana; very professional, very secure, very well planned and organized. In fact, we are already thinking of going back there again! Highly recommended for both first timers and experienced ones.