Arkana Spiritual Center - Amazon
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Arkana Spiritual Center – 2 sites in Peru: Amazon & Sacred Valley

420 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Huachuma), Kambo, Integration, Bufo, Spotlight

Room Features: Bug-Netting / Screens, Private Rooms, Wifi, Suites, Heating
Property Features: Float Tank(s), Massages, Yoga, Airport Shuttle Service
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Our Program
At Arkana, we create the space for you to get in touch with your truth, opening your path for deeper meaning and greater fulfillment in your life. We work with ancestral medicines such as Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Bufo Alvarius, Nunu/Rapé, and Kambo, using the traditional practices of the indigenous cultures of the Peruvian Amazon. We currently operate two centers, one in the Peruvian Amazon and a second one in the Sacred Valley (close to Machu Picchu), the choice is yours.

With great respect for the plants and the knowledge and healing that comes with them, our lineage of Shipibo shamans set the stage for truly deep and profound healing. Awaken your inner power through their sacred and powerful icaros (healing songs), and discover your connection to all things by exploring some of the 2.2 million hectare Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which is our backyard. Nourish your body and soul with fresh, clean, delicious meals that promote your Ayahuasca experience, and integrate healthy habits into your routine with our yoga classes and extensive selection of gym equipment for all levels. We believe the health of physical body sets the foundation for the health of the energetic body – Often ignored in this type of spiritual work, we find this to be an important part of the healing process, so you can begin implementing the healthy habits that will carry this work with you into your life back home. Finally, relax your mind and spirit with sound baths, meditations, breathwave sessions, and OM circles, or simply enjoy the tranquil views of both sunrise and sunset from our front porch on the banks of the Ucayali River, surrounded by lush biodiversity and the mesmerizing sounds of the jungle.

Arkana’s exceptional team of highly-trained Shipibo Master Shamans represent an unbroken lineage of plant medicine work. With a combined history of over 70 years of experience working closely with Ayahuasca and other master plant teachers of the jungle, our compassionate healers lovingly share their teachings, healing songs (icaros), capabilities, and knowledge with integrity and honor. We strive to maintain the traditional practices passed down through thousands of years of indigenous Amazonian culture, in order to continue to promote the true purpose and nature of plant medicine work.

Experiencing the medicines with us is a transformative personal journey, and so much more. We also work closely with our local community, the Amazonian village of Libertad, to ensure that our Center can benefit and give back to the people who have so generously let us into their homes and hearts. We create employment opportunities, teach free English classes, provide a space for the ladies to sell their handmade crafts, and assist in construction projects, among other things. Our latest endeavor is outfitting the entire village with free solar panels, so every house can have light and electricity. When you join us, you are helping the rainforest and the Amazon communities that live here.

Guests that come to our Center often say they feel like “part of the family” with us – that’s no coincidence, as we are one big family at Arkana! The people that are with you throughout your experience can simply facilitate your own healing journey or become an integral part of it. Our experienced, loving, and professional team of caregivers welcomes you to join our tribe, where we strive to make you feel at home and at ease, supported and cared for with all the love and compassion that is at the core of the plant medicines and people we work with.

Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine that offers us the opportunity to understand our true nature, by shining a light onto our darkness, and holding a mirror up to our fears, negative thought patterns, and self-limiting beliefs. We provide the environment and expertise of a team of highly skilled, warm, compassionate Shamans and facilitators to guide you through the process of awakening, of choosing differently, healing, and expanding. It is a slow but steady path towards freedom – from fear, from illusion, from self-constructed boundaries – resulting in a lighter, brighter, more authentic self, and the full experience of love. It is our honor to help you on this most fulfilling of all journeys: the journey back home.

Feel free to check out our reviews from previous guests, on here (AyaAdvisors) as well as our Facebook page ( Or, visit our website for more information and to book a retreat with us: We look forward to having you with us!

Lots of Love,
The Team


420 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

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  • Member Since: July 21, 2018

July 21, 2018

I went to a retreat recently at Arkana and I have to stay — beware. Although many note positive experiences, please be sure ON YOUR OWN that you are mentally stable and ready to partake in this experience.

The medical intake/interview process with Rafael Lopez is beyond absurd. After describing my state to him — how mentally unstable I was, on verge of breakdown, feeling on the verge of snapping etc., he reassured me I would be safe. While I take full responsibility for my decision to try and help myself out of a very poor state, the intake process is dangerously misguided — trust YOUR own judgment if you are ready to take part in this.

Secondly, I was encouraged to take part in the Sapo ceremony — the guide instructed me that this experience would be straightforward and safe, more straightforward than ayahuasca and get to the root of the issue. She explained that I would simply lean back, fall asleep, and have a quick vision. Yet again, I was misinformed as the complete opposite happened — my body lost control and contorted, I screamed, thrashed around violently and had to be held down. At one moment, it felt like I lost complete sanity. While this may happen, I am upset I wasn’t informed this would be a possibility, especially after describing over and over my mental state at that time.

Following my experience, I was hospitalized and am still not ok. Suicidal ideation is an every day occurrence and I only hope to get better.

I don’t mean to make this a post of victim blaming, as again I take responsibility for wanting to try something and get better. However, the medical intake process and guides at Arkana completely misinform you and don’t prepare you for the experiences whatsoever. Do your OWN research (as I have, with the exception of Sapo — I later learned this is 10x more intense than ayahuasca).


May 6, 2018

I left a review on this place after my trip in December and while talking about some things I didn’t like.. I ultimately left it 5 stars because the Shaman was unbelievable and I didn’t have it in me to knock the business of some truly great people there.

As someone who spent a boat load of money to go do Ayahuasca for my first time.. I feel like I along with other reviewers and participants have a major responsibility to those researching about making the same leap that I did. Not picking the right retreat is truly a disaster. Some won’t have the opportunity to do it a next time.

Taking the time to re write this review is not being done out of spite. It’s being done out of that responsibility. I don’t want to mislead someone into the wrong retreat for them based on a 5 star review that I don’t believe in. I also see just an overwhelming amount of 5 star reviews on here and I feel its very misleading. It’s what got me to commit to this retreat. It’s not easy to come back and leave a mediocre review unless you truly had a horrific experience. I believe if you polled every single person thats been through here this is far from a 5 star retreat.. and that needs to be talked about here.

The Shaman that I worked with is no longer there. He is the result of many of the rave reviews on here. The new one could be amazing too.. That I don’t know. I do know without Diego there.. that in itself would completely change my review of this place.

When traveling to South America the most important thing is safety. This place is extremely safe. Meals are good.. you’ll be comfortable. The average person that wants to go drink Ayahuasca and expand their consciousness could be fine here.

For someone that has issues to work out I believe you can do much better. I have terrible anxiety. I wanted to be listened to. I wanted opportunities to talk to the Shaman one on one. I wanted to feel like a priority and have the opportunity to really work through that stuff. I didn’t get that. It was advertised as a smaller group retreat and it was overbooked. This retreat to me felt like a business. I was nothing but a number. Questions were answered in BS robotic scripted responses. The first night there someone that had been to a previous Aya retreat asked about getting time with the Shaman and honestly the response he got was extremely rude IMO. When you hear “dont do a retreat” I believe this type of place is exactly what they are talking about. You are going to get quality Ayahuasca in a safe environment but you are nothing but another number before the next group comes in.

In saying that.. I’m changing my review to 3 stars. You could do much worse. If you have the means to travel around and do this as much as you want.. by all means.. you might enjoy this place. If you don’t have the money to make a mistake and are struggling with anxiety or some kind of a traumatic past.. you are the people I am leaving this review for. Anxiety is a nightmare that ruins so many lives. Ayahuasca is DEFINITELY something you should look into. Don’t put your hopes into this place if it’s the only chance you’ve got. Research, research, and research some more and find the perfect place that will make you feel like you matter and that will get you through what you are searching for.

Edit: I posted this review earlier today. Copying my review word for word.. my review was still 3 stars.. which I would rate as average. Nothing wrong at all with someone wanting to leave an honest 3 star average review for their experience. I was immediately bombarded on Facebook messenger by Chandra.. the woman mostly in charge of things.. with 15 messages full of drama. In this above review.. I held back. I did not want to be blunt.

Now I will be. I am changing my review from 3 stars to 1. Why is this place rated so high? Because people with negative opinions are uncomfortable saying something.. and pressured to rate so highly. Chandra was my number 1 complaint with this place. She did not listen to myself, or others concerns while there. She bombarded me with messages about an instance that had nothing to do with my review.. and was actually something I agreed with her on (someone leaving the temple during ceremony). My review above about her being rude to someone was actually someone who handled himself very well and was very low maintenance. Small things matter.. and she was rude to him over a question I felt similar about. Take a look in the mirror Chandra and listen to people and their intentions more. You are in a place to where you can make a massive difference in peoples lives. The fact that I was bombarded over a 3 star review is ridiculous. Earn your 5 stars and I will respond in such. Harass people about 3 star reviews and that is exactly what is wrong with this system. Misleading great reviews that lead people to waste their money. If someone else feels you don’t deserve 5 stars don’t harass them. Leave them alone and be better. I did not have it in me to poorly review this place but now I do. This is my only experience with Ayahuasca but I whole heartedly believe you can do much better and I will look to do so next time.

Response from Arkana Spiritual Center – 2 sites in Peru: Amazon & Sacred Valley on May 22, 2018

We highly appreciate every review we receive.

Every review is an opportunity for us to understand the way we serve our mission, according to the way that is perceived by the ones we serve.

Not only does every guest have the right to offer his or her feedback, every guest is encouraged to do so in a sincere way. Through it we can better behold what we do and how we fulfill our purpose as a healing Center.

Feedback, by definition, is something that is supposed to nourish by giving back. Like medicine, it is supposed to do well, regardless of the way it tastes at first. True feedback will uplift and heal even when it might not have a pleasant taste.

Feedback uses facts, and it also reflects the subjective perception of the one who offers it.
Each individual´s own perception speaks not only about that which is being referred to, but also, if not more than anything else, the degree of committed effort to discern any affair clearly, or on the contrary, the lack of truthfulness contained in one´s own perception, when clouded by deluded understanding.

Both, delusion and clarity pertain to a human being´s understanding, and that does come across inevitably.

We can make a conscious effort to come from a place of truthfulness if we are to serve as an agent of true transformation in our world, if we are willing to leave behind that which does not truly serve ourselves, or others.

Many a times lack of commitment to admit our own shortcomings come across and lead the way we react and behave in an attempt to excuse our own inability to admit, confront and work out what is being asked from us at any given moment.

We are and will remain open to all reviews, for we have faith that all people benefit from the opportunity to exercise truthful speech, to offer uplifting feedback filled with truthfulness, including nice and tough observations springing from an inner place of truth.

We have hope and confidence this space will serve that highest purpose, welcoming all that uplifts us helping us to serve our mission in the best way possible, refining it again and again.

Thank you all.

  • Member Since: August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

I want to just reveal that this place just put so much pressure on guests to post a positive review that I can just give one star.

This place is kind of commercial but not that bad. If you really want a genuine spiritual place choose an other center. If you want to trip and explore jungle this is the right place.

Response from Arkana Spiritual Center – 2 sites in Peru: Amazon & Sacred Valley on August 21, 2016

Our model is based on accountability and transparency, and our organization is built on the backs of guest reviews. At the end of each retreat, we pass out thank you cards with a written request to leave us a review and we also offer a free company T shirt (otherwise sold for $25) for those who wish to commit to leaving us a review when they return home.

Our spiritual programs are directly translated from our three full-time indigenous Shipibo shamans, unadulterated apart from some terminology we change to soften up the religious language they use, for those more universally spiritual, non-spiritual or even atheist guests that we welcome. However, rest assured that the medicine is work is 100% authentic Shipibo medicine, and the shamans do their healing work in a deeply spiritual realm that few understand. Apart from the medicine work, we offer jungle adventures, fitness and a usually fun social bonding experience between the group. We do believe that deep spiritual healing can coexist with fun, adventure and a social bonding experience.


February 6, 2015

These guys showed up for 3 days at a center I was spending two weeks at…. Not people I would ever associate personally – they brought down the entire center with their presence and the group was completely disrespectful regarding the medicine and other peoples healing.

The tour leader also started making out with a girl in his group mid Aya ceremony, and then bragged about it to everyone else the next morning while people were trying to tell the shaman about their ceremony night before…. Seemed very unethical to me.

No one in his group was there for healing, knew Aya could heal, or thought this was an important ceremony for other participants – they just talked and laughed half the ceremony, started ohming, and acted like it was a hippy party in the maloka. The staff at the Aya center kept trying to calm them down and asked them to be respectful, but they just didnt get it at all.

When they left the center, they rode off on mototaxis still altered from the Ayahuasca because they ended ceremony early to leave – sounds so irresponsible and dangerous to drive 2 hours through muddy roads at night while altered from Ayahuasca still.

In my opinion, this guy and the people he brings are exactly what is wrong with the spiritual tourism industry.

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