Listed in Ayahuasca
- Iquitos Peru
Authentic ayahuasca retreats with experienced indigenous shaman in his medicine lodge and family home. Dr. Sanango facilitate ayahuasca healing retreats and shamanic dietas at Chinchelejo Lodge, the family home of indigenous ayahuascero Don Eluco Navarro. Chinchelejo Lodge is located in the Amazonian village of Jenaro Herrera on the banks of the Ucayali River, deep in the jungle, about 200km from the city of Iquitos. Our retreats include medicinal plant collection, ayahuasca cooking, medicinal plant baths and ayahuasca ceremonies in our jungle maloca (ceremony house), a 20 minute walk in to the forest. Our visitors can explore the surrounding rainforest and village, getting a taste of jungle life. This is not a luxury retreat but an opportunity to experience real Amazonian healing and living with a highly experienced indigenous shamanic healer and his family.
Don Eluco Navarro is part of one of the most powerful and famous shamanic groups in Peru, who reside in Jenaro Herrera. He apprenticed with the late Don Julio Llerena, one of the most powerful Master Shamans in the Upper Amazon Basin. Eluco has many years experience of shamanic practice working at prestigious centres in the Iquitos area. He established Dr. Sanango with his English apprentice , retreat co-ordinator, and anthropologist, Emily, in 2015. Our vision is to be a centre of positive cultural exchange. We aim to preserve, share, and develop shamanic knowledge through our interaction with the international community, whilst working with and serving the local community in Jenaro Herrera.
I got in touch with Emily at Dr. Sanango through the referral of a mutual friend and after spending a couple of weeks at another centre in Iquitos I arranged to go and spend 8 days at dr. Sanango for a retreat that they were running. I had worked with Aya a fair few times before in both Europe and the jungle. There was quite a big group maybe around 13 of us. The energy of the group was fantastic and everyone really seemed to connect. I met some extremely beautiful souls whilst here which continue to exist in my life now as close friends. After an exciting over night journey up the Amazon we arrived in the early hours. There is the option of a fast boat but I would say the overnight journey there really adds to the excitement and maybe get the fast boat back. When we arrived I realised that the village I was in was the same one mentioned in Peter Gormans – ‘Ayahuasca in my blood’ and then it turned out Luco the head currandero at Dr. Sanango was direct lineage of Julio (a super powerful shaman who has now passed) the main healer from the book. The lodgings are basic and not fancy but do the trick. I know they are currently working on building projects further out in the jungle. On one of the first couple of days we were taken out to the deep jungle and as a group with the guidance of Luco and his son (also a currandero in training) we collected many medicinal plants to add to the medicine we were to drink. We all took part in the process of making the ayahuasca and added the extra plants we had collected. It was amazing to get to collect the plants and then prepare the medicine we were to drink. Just to put anyones minds at ease when I talk of extra plants there are not toe/datura or any other similar plants that are added for visions that could be potentially harmful. The healers of this area pride themselves on their knowledge of jungle medicinal trees/plants and it is mentioned in Chris Kalhams – ‘Ayahuasca test pilots handbook’ that the variety and amount of healing plants used in brews from this area are the most complex he has ever come across. These guys really know their stuff and use the plants to create a medicine yielding an even deeper healing synergy than a basic brew. Over 8 days we had 5 ceremonies. I had some really profound journeys, the medicine was stronger than other brews I have sampled in the jungle and I preferred the deeper experience. Luco and his sons energy in ceremony is strong yet light and they both have a natural playful energy outside of ceremony which I really admire and resonate to in this type of healing work. Emily is a wonderful soul from Manchester who facilitates the main running of the centre always with a friendly smile and joyful demeanour. She is amazing at looking after your needs and holding space during ceremony and is in training with Luco. Everyone on the retreat seemed to have very deep journeys and a lot of healing was done. We even had one of our ceremonies out on an island in the middle of the river which was very different from inside the molloca and I found amazing. After a few days out of the jungle myself and a friend that I had met on the retreat decided to go back and do a dieta with usho Sanango. This was 8 days long and a very strong experience I feel it would have been better suited to do my dieta deeper in the jungle but the way in which the dieta was held and supported was great. There is a river right by the retreat space and you can go for a swim anytime which was especially nice after ceremony. The locals are super friendly and I really felt safe here, I had had all of my stuff stolen at the previous centre I was at so I welcomed this calm energy of the area. Over all I really enjoyed my experience here and found the medicine to be powerful. The ceremonies felt more authentic and genuinely held by a true currandero than I had experienced elsewhere.
The first thing I’d like to say is how incredibly lucky I feel to have met Emily, Luco and family. I guess it was meant to be and the events leading up to our arrival in Jenaro Herrera and how well we got along with everyone proved that.
The centre is in a small community, it is available for the local population and there isn’t much separating the lodge accommodations from that of the local housing. We had a comfortable bed, mosquito net, running water, our meals were cooked over the fire and they were simple and delicious. We loved it, it felt genuine and not a big put on for the ‘gringos’.
We always felt safe and comfortable during our Ayahuasca ceremonies. Overall we all had extremely positive experiences. Luco leads the ceremonies so well, the Icaros are beautiful and he knows just when to lighten the mood. Emily is great to talk to before and after the ceremonies.
I can’t recommend Dr Sanango enough! I look forward to returning again one day.
I spent a week at chinchelejo lodge 28.6.15. and thoroughly enjoyed myself, Eluco and his family are lovely people,the ayahuasca is good .the people in the village are very friendly and welcoming , I found Emily very friendly and informative, full of information on the local area and Iquitos .well worth the journey for a taste of the true amazon and ayahuasca !!!.. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !! 😉 x