- Iquitos, Peru
La Luna is run by Maestro Don Guido Rimachi. The center was first opened in 1987 as the local village clinic by the Rimachi brothers, and used to serve mainly local patients. As time went on the word was spread, and patients from all over Peru and the rest of the world started to show up. Throughout the last 30 years people have traveled to Santa Maria de Ojeal for healing.
2015 Don Guido decided to expand the village clinic into a full-service Ayahuasca healing center with private bungalows for visitors traveling abroad, wishing to stay many nights and focus on personal healing.
In 2016 the new facilities were opened with a different name, but the sacred Amazonian healing techniques remain. Our shamans work the traditional way with Ayahuasca, passed down through many generations.
Today, La Luna del Amazonas is both one of the oldest and the newest centers around. The center is traditional yet modern, perfect for those who want access to ancient healing in a comfortable environment.
I had a indelibly incredible experience at this place. There is truly something magical being built here, and if you are seeking an authentic experience in the embrace of Mother Ayahuasca, I can’t imagine a better destination. This is clean and safe medicine practiced by those with a deep understanding of its purpose. Not a casual resort with every unnatural frill.. Real work being done here to better the lives of those who visit, with a great group of facilitators and shamans. Ceremonies are accented with a fluid schedule of activities that don’t overwhelm the intended focus of the retreat. An absolutely beautiful location in both spirit and environment.
I booked a two week retreat at La Luna Del Amazonas. I won’t go into depth about my ayahuasca experience as this is subjective for everyone but I will explain a bit about the experience I had with the retreat itself. I made my choice for a retreat by looking at reviews and couldn’t be more satisfied with the choice I made. I recommend this place highly.
The overall vibe at the retreat is that there’s no real time or schedule you have to follow, but at the same time everything is well organized in the background. You get picked up in Iquitos, get a warm welcome and head to your bungalow. The bungalows are built with mosquito nets around it, which really gives you the feeling that you are one with the jungle. Enrique (the owner) and his brother (Andreas) both speak English and Spanish. Wherever translation is needed they will help you out. Both of them and the staff really make sure you feel at home and comfortable. Lita (a cook with 25 years of experience) makes the diet you’ll follow amazing, she has some real cooking skills, you’ll understand when you get there. The shamans (Guido, Jack and Leonardo) are really knowledgeable. This was really important for me, as they will guide you through your spiritual journey.
You don’t have to do anything but there are plenty of activities and things you can do during your stay, a trip to monkey island where you can play with wooly monkeys (+ swimming in the Amazon river), a plant medicine tour, a lecture about the work of the shamans, yoga classes (depends if there’s a yoga teacher atm), reading in the library, chilling in the hammocks, fishing with a homemade rod (that’s what I did), basically enough to keep you busy if you wish so.
I think everyone can benefit from doing a few ayahuasca ceremonies. I went in positive and without many things I felt I had to work on. For some kind of reason I just felt the calling to come to the Amazon in Peru for some ayahuasca ceremonies, you’ll know when you’ll know, and got my value out of it. I think in the end everybody has something they want to work on or improve and Ayahuasca is a great way to become more aware of that thing and start doing some major work instantly, you have no choice as mother ayahuasca knows it.
La Luna del Amazonas retreat center is one of the most special places that I have been in my life; I can’t wait to return. I spent an incredible, life-changing week there with Enrique and the rest of his staff. Everyone who works at La Luna attends to the guests with the most caring and thoughtful attention. The center is in the middle of the jungle, allowing you to free yourself from the distractions of the modern world and fully live the retreat experience. The schedule is loose, flexible, and utterly relaxing – I never felt stressed out about the timing or needing to be somewhere. The week included the perfect balance of activities and down time, with relaxation and time to integrate the experiences being the main focus. The food was fresh and delicious and the chef, Lita, was always smiling. Meal time with the other guests felt like a family affair. As for the ceremonies, the shamans here are true masters at what they do. This being my first experience with ayahuasca, I could not have asked for more. I felt completely cared for and safe in every moment of the ceremonies, and would recommend La Luna to anyone who feels the calling. Overall, my time here was magical and I can’t wait to come back for years to come.
Words can’t describe the 2 weeks I spend there. The healing and wisdoms I received from mother Ayahuasca can’t be valued with materialistic good/money. She gave my a new self, took away my fear, gave me priceless knowledges and took away the old, bitter, miserable, resentful me. I am forever grateful for Shaman Don Guido, Leonardo, Jack and mother Ayahuasca’s love.
La Luna was the highlight of my month of backpacking throughout Peru. I felt very safe and secluded from distractions of the outside world. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The ceremonies were excellent and their was certainly many positive things learn and reflect on from this experience.
I spent the first week of 2020 at La Luna del Amazonas and it was one of the best weeks of my life!
First off let me assure you that the center is run very professionally with amazing facilitators and shamans. I felt completely safe around the grounds and during the ceremonies. Very good guidance, sharing sessions, integration sessions with the shamans and translation service.
The actual ayahuasca experience can be very different from person to person so I won’t go into detail about that, but I got so much out of it and the dosing was very responsibly handled for each individual.
The schedule outside of the ceremonies is very relaxed. There’s a tour to Monkey Island and a swim in the amazon and some workshops that are optional. Other than that you’re pretty much free to do whatever you like and even get food served at almost any time that suits you.
The amenities are simple but great. Everyone have their own bungalow in secluded spots around the jungle, so you are actually IN nature at night. There’s plenty of communal spaces with amazing hammocks where you can socialize with the others. There is running water but it’s cold water in the showers. There are mattresses in the temple and bungalow but they are not very comfy. Be aware that there’s plenty of mosquitoes and ants in the jungle.
The service is just amazing! Enrique and the rest of the team go out of their way to make everyone feel safe and relaxed so you can focus on your inner journey. Awesome food is served every day, luggage is carried, individual talks with the shamans can be arranged and you just feel free to ask any question possible.
The town of Iquitos, on the other hand, is honestly a shit hole of chaos and hustlers. Make sure to spend as little time as possible there before and after your retreat to get a relaxed experience.
I cannot recommend La Luna del Amazonas highly enough! I will surely be back some day.
A truly amazing place, and the best week of my life. Clean, safe medicine, experienced shamans who want the best for you, a fantastic environment away from everything else, and the friendliest staff you could imagine, right down to Jose the cook. It has been 15 months since my time here, and I still believe ayahuasca was the best thing to happen to me. My life is more fulfilling, meaningful and full of wonder. I can’t recommend La Luna enough, and I look forward to returning in a few years.
Words cannot describe the full extent of my experience at La Luna del Amazonas but I will try nonetheless as others need to know what happens at this wonderful center. A serene one-hour boat ride from Iquitos, the largest town in the Peruvian Amazon, brought us to the nearest coast from our destination. The half hour walk from here allows you to soak in the remoteness of the location and take in the first sights and sounds of the tremendous jungle that would be our home for the following two weeks. The first sighting of the center itself features the dining area and it is just one of many public spaces open to its new residents. Our journey thus far involved brief interactions with the founder Enrique and a senior facilitator Guillermo, and right off the bat you could tell that these people had the warmest of hearts and the brightest of spirits. Further interactions only seconded that feeling, and it becomes highly evident that they are in this experience with you – one hundred percent, and they are highly keen in helping you maximize your time there. Even my fellow travellers (that included people from all over the world) could sense the positivity radiating from this center through our first contact itself, and we knew that we had to strap ourselves in for the ride of our lives. After a quick tour and a delicious lunch, we were taken to the Maloka – a beautiful temple that would house our ayahuasca ceremonies – the very heart and soul of our time at La Luna. It is a beautiful space with the amazon jungle creating an intense canopy and offering an accessible bridge between us and the inhabitants of the rainforest. Here we were oriented about our time at La Luna and were offered valuable advice about maximizing our mental energies in order to best prepare our minds for the medicine. After a brief sharing circle where we got to better understand the background of our fellow residents, we were taken to our private bungalows and allowed to rest before the welcome ceremony that evening. The bungalows are brilliantly positioned along the center, allowing each member to have their personal space but remain in reach with the rest of the troops in case of any emergencies. We took our time to take in our first stint at the amazon before making our way to meet our shamans for the first time that evening. One can mentally prepare for meeting a real shaman all they want, but the real experience seldom compares to our wildest imagation. Seeing Don Guido and Leonardo and interacting with them privately before the first ceremony was one of the most powerful interactions in my life and it is safe to say that they possessed all the knowledge that is expected from a shamanic lineage dating millenias at this point. After exchanging my intent and receiving some wise words in return, we were set to encounter mother Aya for the first time. The brew prepared at La Luna is highly authentic as it is made from Chakruna that has been grown at the center itself. The love and effort taken by the facilitators clearly transfers into the medicine as we could instantly tell that we were partaking in something other worldly. We had 8 ceremonies in total and the Ayahuascaros (shamans who exclusively deal with ayahuasca as the master plant) believe that one must work their way up into powerful experiences by gradually incrementing the doses. This allows the body to warm up to the medicine while the mind gently evolves into a higher state during the process. The wisdom of this method was not lost on me and my fellow residents as we gradually began to understand the reasoning behind this method through our personal experiences. As the ceremonies went by and we allowed our minds to quieten and our souls to open up to the vine, we began to encounter exponentially rising ceremonies, both in terms of intensity and sheer physicality. My experience at La Luna peaked during the 6th ceremony where I received the kind of visions one can only dream about, the kind that possessed the power to transform my mind and spirit and allow me to propel myself into the best possible future version of myself. Mother Aya was kind, tough but fair, compassionate, and all-knowing, and the shamans beautifully helped us integrate our visions in order to help us best navigate our path forward in our individual journeys. They were patient and keen in sharing our experiences with us after every ceremony and helped us interpret visions and memories that were sometimes hard to decipher. The center also has additional activities such as Yoga and Tai Chi sessions in order to focus the full intent of our mind and body before ceremonies. La Luna is undoubtedly that rare space that managed to find the perfect balance between having an authentic shaman, a potent brew, educated and loving facilators, and a space nestled in the bosom of mother nature herself. I walked away after two weeks with the highest level of gratitude for the center and the work being done at this unforgettable location. I have made friends for life (including the facilitators Guillermo and Korina) here and the moments we shared were the rarest and most overwhelming ones, something to cherish and learn from for the rest of my life. Thank you Enrique for making the effort to establish a beautiful center and allowing Don Guido and Leonardo to do what they do best – heal our souls and guide our spirits. I know I will return here in a year or two with my closest of friends and family as I genuinely believe that everyone needs to participate in this most ancient of ceremonies at least once in their life. If you are reading this review and are considering making the journey to La Luna, my advise to you is to take that leap of faith. You will be rewarded, just as I was, with an experience that you can be proud of, one that will enrich every atom of your being and firmly connect you to mother nature for the rest of your lives
For me, Ayahuasca comes to you when you’re ready. For many years I’ve known about the medicine but I haven’t known if it was the right time nor the right medicine for me. I mean I’m adventurous sometimes but going out to find it in the jungle always seemed like a far fetched task. I’ve suffered from depression and have been constantly lost from my so-called path in life pretty much most of my adult life so far. Like a yo-yo either really up or really down I’ve always struggled to find that middle content space. I’ve tried some other means of finding happiness I experimented with psychedelics before mushrooms and sometimes LSD and had some positive results but not so long-lasting. They felt like little boosts or top-ups. Maybe it was the setting, doing them in my home town at my parents’ house in my comfort zone that wasn’t getting me very far. I started doing my research on DMT and naturally came across Ayahuasca, something very foreign and distant from my experience at the time. Time went on and I was very intrigued but as there are just so many places offering the medicine I didn’t know where to start, I’ve never been to Peru or South America, my Spanish was and is basic. The only jungle I’ve experienced has been on the TV on documentaries. Funnily enough, that’s what made me come. I was watching a show on the Discovery channel called Expedition Unknown, it was an episode about the afterlife and Ayahuasca featured in the episode, I couldn’t believe it, my heart started beating fast and I had a gut feeling, I felt that was the sign, something familiar to me basically recommending me a place! About two months later I arrived at La Luna. Far enough from the busy moto taxi’s to feel at peace in the jungle. I came for a week retreat and my first impressions were of a friendly nature. Greg and Enrique welcomed me and showed us around before we had an integration meeting with the rest of the guests where we all spoke about our intentions and really opened up to the reasons we were there. I felt this was good to get to know the people I was going to be vomiting next to over this roller coaster week. The excitement and fear were building up before my first ceremony and having a 1 on 1 with Don Guido and Leonardo really made it all feel real, I’m here! I’m going to do it! I was happy that the first ceremony was calm and it helped to ease me into the weeks healing process. The time around the ceremonies was spent ready and mostly chilling in the hammocks, which was important to focus on myself and my different intentions. As the week went on I’m not going to lie and say it was all fun and games these were some of the toughest experiences I’ve probably faced. I can safely say that difficult is not negative, at the time some of the things ayahuasca brought up about my past and about my own character, certain relationships, my upbringing all these themes were difficult to face, to say the least. But it was necessary to re live them in order to move on. As the week went on I really was feeling a transformation taking place and these old attitudes I felt I was stuck in began to open up and make way for new trails of thoughts I had never experienced before. I’m so very thankful for the wisdom of the Shamans and everything they did for me it was a life-changing week for me and I feel like I”m still processing the experience but I’ve embarked on a new way of thinking and this is making way for a new way of living! THANK YOU to everyone at La Luna for your help and support, the facilitators and translators made it so I felt comfortable sat with the shamans and didn’t feel like I missed out on any of the knowledge in the integrations sessions after the ceremonies. Thank you to the other passengers who were there accompanying me and being there for each other, I know I wasn’t the only one transforming! And thank you to the ancient medicine that we can still access in this modern age we live in I hope more people can experience and use psychedelics for healing.
Finding the right place to engage with ayahuasca was a huge task. I engaged in a significant amount of research and there were a few factors that were really important to me. I wanted somewhere in the amazon, the jungle, I wanted somewhere with experienced, authentic healers, I wanted somewhere where I didn’t have to stress out about catching malaria. Furthermore I wanted to be somewhere where I didn’t feel like the intention was to make money, but rather to help others on their individual journey through life. My experience at La Luna has been a memorable one, and looking back, ticked all of the boxes that I had hoped it would. The curanderos have a high level of empathy and congruence which extends throughout the rest of the team. If anyone wants to ask any questions feel free to contact me.
I arrived at Los Luna with very little knowledge of what to expect. The staff and fellow residents were all extremely welcoming and made me feel comfortable despite the challenging conditions. The facilities were very good considering the location, with more comforts then necessarily and plenty of protection from the elements.
I completed 4 ceremonies over a week- and although I had a relatively short stay the lessons and attitudes I gained will be with me forever.
Regardless of your background or past, I highly recommend Los Lunas del Amazon if your are seeking to connect with your body/mind and understand a more holistic picture of health.
My sincere gratitude toward the team! The facilitators took care of me very well, and exceptional shamans! I will never forget this amazing experience with mother ayahuasca!
I just got back from a 7 day stay at La Luna Del Amazonas. I can honestly say it was the best week of my life. The location of the retreat is perfect – deep enough in the jungle that you feel completely surrounded my nature, but no so far that you feel like you have no way out. The food was fantastic, there wasn’t one meal I had that I didn’t enjoy. You have consistent meetings with the shaman to help you have a better understanding of your experience. The icaros sang by Don Guido were absolutely beautiful and helped guide my experience greatly. Enrique Is an amazing human being with tons of experience with the medicine, he helped me out a lot by letting me ask any questions I had about the entire experience – and his experience. He is the best bridge between western civilization and the spiritual life of the amazon that you can find! I honestly have nothing bad to say about this retreat and can’t stress enough that if you are thinking about doing ayahuasca you cannot go wrong with this retreat!!
I spent 1 week at La Luna back in May 18′. Positive experience is an understatement. Everyone there contributed in making my week special. Firstly the volunteers Sati, Gia, and Greg were wonderful – really cool and down to earth people who are spiritually aware, I learned so much from them! Enrique was awesome, he made everyone feel comfortable and at home and has a really positive happy vibe about him. He made sure everything ran smoothly, you can tell he takes his work very seriously at La Luna and is a genuine guy. Guido was incredible. He provides the medicine in a very respectful and methodical way, you cannot go wrong with Guido. The location of La Luna is very serene. I could not choose a more peaceful place than here to have this deep personal experience. If you are looking for a place to try the traditional medicines of the amazon you have found it.
My time in La Luna was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!
Being in the middle of the jungle was absolutely magical, the medicine was incredible and the shamans leading the ceremonies were extremely powerful and kindhearted.
There was so much love, caring and healing going into each and every ceremony, and the main shaman Guido also spent a generous amount of time talking with each guest, helping them to share their experience and resolve anything which might not be clear.
I was extremely lucky to work here for a few months, and witness so much healing and so many breakthroughs taking place.
The intentions of all those who are involved in running this retreat are of pure love, happiness and healing.
Needless to say ayahuasca is potentially one of the most powerful and life changing experiences you can have in your life, the wisdom, clarity, insights and healing for me are from a higher place, and for me La Luna was the perfect place to experience this medicine.
This place will always have a piece of my heart and as many of the other guests have done I hope to return soon!!
I came to La Luna Del Amazonas through a good friend’s recommendation. She stayed there a month or so ago, and knew this is where I needed to be. I would have to say this was the one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. And I had so much gratitude for her recommendation.
Experiencing ayahuasca in the middle of the Amazon jungle was awe inspiring. Feeling the energy emanating from the jungle through sight and sound made me feel comforted and full of life.
The staff are deeply invested in providing a safe and supportive environment for all comers. Rule number one for them is “zero tolerance for negativity.”
Each guest is going through something. I came at a crossroads in my life. I needed answers to difficult questions that I did not have the strength to answer on my own, and a path forward based on the answers I received. Mother ayahuasca showed me the way.
Ceremonies adhere to century’s old rituals and tradition. Don Benigno and Don Guido, the highly experienced shaman, protect and guide you through the experience. Allowing the medicine to do its work, while giving the participants room to explore the questions and healing they seek from her in comfort. The songs they sing are like energetic lullabies. Keeping you in a dream-like state, but ensuring your control over the experience. They work so incredibly hard during the ceremonies to keep you safe. Come with positivity and purpose.
It is very important to prepare your body for your journey. Adhering to the strict ayahuasca diet is more than important, it is necessary to ensure a comfortable experience. The medicine is a combination of a spirit guide, a power cleanse, and a smart healing agent. If you cheat the diet, it could wreck your whole stay. While there, Chef Jose prepares the most delicious ayahuasca meals. Simple ingredients that bring out flavors without the typical additives. The freshest food I have ever eaten anywhere.
Getting to La Luna was a journey in and of itself, and is an integral part of the experience. Coming from Washington, DC, I had a 25 hour series of flights and layovers that ended in Iquitos for the night. Checked in to El Couchero. I ate an ayahuasca dinner at Karma Cafe, which was recommended by the hotel staff. The next morning Greg, a La Luna staff member, met me at 11 AM. We went to exchange my dollars into Soles. Then went to a port to board a water taxi for a magical hour and a half long Amazon boat ride to Santa Maria. Once there, some of the boys from the town helped us carry some of our bags for the 25 minute hike into the jungle for some soles. Trust them. Your stuff will get there fully intact, and it makes the track much easier. The love and care was palpable as soon as I arrived at the final destination.
The accommodations are very simple bungalow structures. Door that locks on both sides. Elevated to protect you from the rare heavy rains and unwanted visits from jungle critters. There is a bed, a writing table, and a bookshelf. The bungalow is open nearly 360 deg. to the jungle, but protected with mosquito screens that surround the structure. Your get all of the sights and sounds without a lot of mosquitoes. There is a mosquito net over the bed for added protection. Hard to describe the dynamism offered by the jungle, but know it is also an integral part of the experience.
La Luna Del Amazonas is a place of healing and fine tuning your spiritual awakening. Everyone’s experience will be different. It’s deeply personal to each guest’s goals, but guided in much the same way. I left understanding the power of nature had to offer, and alignment to a new spiritual understanding. It is the only place I will experience ayahuasca, and I will certainly come again.
If you are like me and are at a crossroad in your life, in need of self improvement, dealing with depression or have an ailment and seek a cure from mother ayahuasca, you should book your stay here. Everyone will make sure you are well taken care of. Don’t hesitate, and look no further. Book it.
This is very important, if you booked a stay elsewhere and do not get a sense they really care. Stop! Do not go there. Reach out to Enrique at La Luna. He will understand, truly care, and set you up. Even if it’s the last minute. I witnessed this first hand, and was more than impressed at the lengths they will go to get you where you need to be.
I had the pleasure to stay at La Luna for a whole month last year, this is when It was all starting up and the first patients were coming through. I write this review so people can feel safe with their decision and don’t feel scared to take the leap – you are in great hands.
First of all arriving in Iquitos one could be overwhelmed by the noise and intensity of the Moto taxis of the busy city, navigating down to the Nanay river and catching the boat to Santa Marta where La luna is located is when the tranquility starts. The huge river brings peace and mystery at the same time. Distancing yourself further away from the sounds of the city puts you in an incredible setting arriving in the village is when I thought – Now I’m in the jungle – walking for about 30 minutes more through a clear path in the middle of the forest, crossing bridges this is when you begin to hear the beautiful jungle sounds which will accompany you the whole time (especially at night) ! So its safe to say the location is beautiful with a lake and surrounded by nature, tranquility is found here.
The facilities are great – the cabins are excellent they are netted on the walls so you can sit in your bed (safe from mosquitos) and enjoy the raw jungle which lays before your eyes. This was possibly my favourite thing about the month was how cool it was to be sleeping literally in the middle of the forest (but at the same time having the comfort of not being eaten alive by the bugs!) The communal spaces where we ate and had the ceremonies were beautiful traditional structures with palm leaf roofs to keep the heat out and giving the place a real authentic feel (The food was great too, we stuck to the dieta but very creative and varied in order to keeps things interesting!) You must follow the dieta correctly to get the best experience from the plant medicines.
I have drunk Ayahuasca previously in other parts of Peru for some extended periods and have encountered a few different Shamans and I must say the Curanderos (healers) at La Luna especially Don Guido (Who i had the most ceremonies with) has a heart of gold, truly a person who dedicates their life to helping other its a pleasure to see such pure people at work. This goes for the staff at la luna too, genuine, honest and most of all caring. Its a great feeling being around people who actually care about your well being over anything else. This is a humble centre Ive seen some others in Iquitos with huge facilities and extended walking platforms pretty much you don’t even touch the ground while your there. If you want to really connect with nature you have to be ready to live with it – Yes there are bugs, yes there are animals but its part of the magical experience, hearing the frogs the monkeys, embracing mosquito bites its all part of it, and you will thank yourself later for just accepting your in the jungle.
Studying the way they brew the ayahuasca there at La Luna they follow ancestral methods and choose their ingredients very well. While I was there we drank an ayahuasca called ‘la chuchupa’ and it was with vines which were 15 years old (really really thick) and the Chakruna was brought from Pucallpa. Ayahuasca showed me a lot of things about myself giving me a very in depth look into my own errors and flaws in my life (and good things i do), and the plant helped me to appreciate the people around me more and have more love for every creature that we live with. The plant also helped me to blow some dust off my path in life (or more direction in life) and gave me confidence and strength to pursue these ideas. I really would recommend this plant to everyone its life changing.
Coming from a party drug taking background I have never taken something Psychoactive in a ceremonial setting. This changed my whole perspective of how to approach these kinds of experiences and made me realise how backwards we have it in the west. Ayahuasca in my opinion is NOT a drug, a drug in the sense of the substances I’m familiar with, Ayahuasca feels like it comes from outside in not inside out – it feels like there is someone with you there showing you teaching you, and above all guiding you.
Much love to you all
I’m going back to the jungle to spend another few months and continue my self development journey really soon – I’m going to be visiting la luna for sure.
I hope if anyone reads this that they can leave the fear of the unknown at home and embark on this beautiful experience – everyone who passed through la luna left with a smile from cheek to cheek really happy and a lot of them came with serious depression or cases of trauma and left happy ! Ayahuasca is amazing and we should all experience it
I am a skeptical person by nature and a professional auditor in the healthcare industry. Initially, finding my way to Peru, to Iquitos and to La Luna seemed to be a combination of luck and timing. However, after my second ceremony with Maestro’s Benigno and Guido, the center’s shaman, it became clear that there was nothing lucky about it, I was supposed to be at La Luna and had been called home. Having just left, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the past week … it was profound, to say the least, in addition to being the most important thing I have ever done for myself. Moreover, because of what I experienced, this “review” has been incredibly difficult to write, as my words seem to insufficiently convey how I’m feeling and what transpired. This is my first feeble attempt, however I will need more time before I can better articulate just what happened.
To begin with, it is important to understand that everyone’s experience is going to be different. As with anything, you will get out of it what you bring into it. Having undergone decades of personal therapy, taken antidepressants and antianxiety medication for years and even after seeing a hypnotherapist, I still know what it’s like to get stuck on the path to personal growth. With that in mind, I prepared myself for at least a month in advance by thinking about and writing down my goals and intentions. What did I want to address and why. What questions did I need answered for myself and what would resolution look and feel like. In my introductory communication with Enrique, co-owner of La Luna, I briefly explained my situation and what I was looking to resolve. His response was supportive, encouraging and welcoming. It sounds almost crazy, but it was as if I could feel the love in his message. He is someone who cares and it was abundantly clear this was where I needed to go.
Getting to the La Luna is an adventure in and of itself. Traveling to Peru, to Iquitos, then taking a boat up the Amazon River, and finally making your way through the jungle… you realize how important the journey is. How it begins to prepare you for what you are going to experience. Without effort, there is no reward. The staff at La Luna are incredibly good communicators and I was met in Iquitos and personally accompanied to and welcomed at La Luna with open arms. Again, preparation for success is essential. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Bring bug spray and After Bite (ammonia based anti-itch product), shower sandals, and your own soap, shampoo and conditioner. If you require any special food or have allergies, tell them ahead of time or try to bring it yourself. For most electrical equipment, you should probably have a spare battery and your own little solar powered charger would be ideal. La Luna has a solar panel but the reality is that no electricity means you need to be self-sufficient. Take it to heart and prepare.
The huts are nice, clean, and furnished with a desk, bookcases, and bedding. The doors have little locks and you never feel unsafe. The food is also nice and clean. The meals are communal, nutritious and flavorful. Jose, the chef, has over 25 years of experience working in the kitchen and will surprise you with what he can do with a few simple ingredients. It feels important to note here that the diet is integral to the endeavor and cannot be underestimated. Cutting out alcohol, pork and caffeine for days or weeks in advance will help you acclimate that much easier. Red meat, and fried or fatty foods also tend to linger in the gut and you will feel unwell in the heat of the jungle if your intestines are literally full of …. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you will get caffeine withdrawal headaches at the same time you are trying to tune into nature and experience the interconnectedness of it all. It is distracting and not worth it. Prepare.
Although I was pressed for time, I was able to participate in four ayahuasca ceremonies (not enough but all I could squeeze in) and San Pedro once. You must experience these things for yourself and I will let others attempt to describe or explain the benefits and effects of each. What I could not prepare for, and failed to even understand before this journey, was how important the songs are. Songs so powerful you will probably cry. I certainly did, and while sober. Between the singing, the whistling, and the rhythms and rustling of the percussion instruments, the enchantment is nothing short of divine. The magic of laying there listening to the Shaman cast their spell and weave beautiful music while watching the moon play with shadows over the rainforest as birds continue to sing and call was simply transformative. Add ayahuasca and now the real journey begins.
This is more than I intended to write however, I want to be honest about how this last week changed my life. I know that I am better than before I went. I shed a lot of anxiety and self-doubt. While I’m not ready to announce victory, I am going to announce that I have confidence in my path forward. I have found the love in my heart for who I am, as I am. Strangely, I felt like I had simply forgotten to remember. And I realized there is more to this existence than what we can perceive with our eyes. I’m not sure I would believe it if I heard someone else saying the things that have been coming out my mouth as I try to describe it to others. While I’m not sure if it was spiritual … I can honestly say I have experienced an awakening. The concepts and practices of honesty, respect, humility, fearlessness, humor, compassion and most importantly, self-love, truly comprise the path to enlightenment. La Luna helped me re-discover all of these things and more during the past week. To write a simple review does not quite seem to do the center, the Shaman, or Chris and Enrique justice, but this is the best I can do right now. You should go where your heart leads you. I am going back to La Luna.
This place and its surroundings is absolutely amazing, I the middle of the jungle but for me the most important thing before was that I felt safe and comfortable. I first met Enrique in Lima and I felt that he is really doing this cause he believes in the power of the medicine and he want to help people with their own healing. He told me his story and how the medicine helped him and I didn’t really understand how this could be possible at the moment but after my experience I completely understand, thou it changed my life in so many ways. Im forever grateful for my time at la luna!
Powerful. Indescribable. Expansive. Strange. Beautiful. Incomparable. Transformative. Profound. Blissful. Peaceful. Difficult. Limitless. Heart opening. Life changing.
That is what I found at La Luna Del Amazonas during my ayahuasca journey. I came by myself (I am an American female in my 30s) and I felt completely safe. I participated in six ayahuasca ceremonies over the course of ten days. The sixth ceremony I did not drink, but still received a blessing from the shaman. Accommodations were quaint, sufficient, and private. There is a shared bathroom a short distance from the individual bungalows. Food was plentiful. Lots of juicy, flavorful fruits. The atmosphere is warm, family-like, casual, and welcoming. It felt authentic and unpretentious. After a few days, you start to feel like you are part of the family. The shamans are humble and kind. And there is no pressure to participate in a ceremony if you are not feeling up to it. During the day, there were opportunities for fun excursions, like visiting Monkey Island, swimming in the Amazon river with dolphins nearby, and relaxing at a secluded beach. One day we went on a jungle walk with one of the shamans and an English-speaking guide to learn about medicinal plants. There was also an opportunity to see how the ayahuasca is brewed and to learn more about the process. For me, La Luna was the perfect place for deep introspection and self reflection. Especially with the sights and sounds of the jungle as a constant, magical backdrop. I am filled with gratitude for this experience, and I am so grateful to everyone at La Luna for providing this sanctuary to other spiritual seekers. The work they do here is incredible. La Luna will always have a special place in my heart.
Excerpts from my journal –
“It does feel as if the medicine is healing me and changing me. Healing me from what I don’t know. And changing me in ways I have yet to understand.”
“I feel like I have more purpose now, a clearer vision of what I want my life to look like. What’s important and what’s not. Colors are richer. Sounds are richer. I feel like I shed a lot of unnecessary anxiety and fear. It has been such a gift to be here.”
La Luna del Amazonas. This means family atmosphere, wonderful surroundings and a bis spiritual experience!
When I came here I instantly felt the love and happiness which is floating through the whole area. The centre is placed in the jungle, there is just nature which gives La Luna its full and beautiful spirit. So you can hear and see monkeys, birds and insects all the time.
The owners, Enrico and Karina, are wonderful people you feel really welfare in their company.
The food is just amazing and also the private accommodations are fantastic so you can feel connected to nature all the time.
In the ceremonies I always felt very safe and the temple is a perfect place to recover and heal yourself. The shamans are doing great, professional and magical work.
I wish I could stay longer, it is really a place to stay forever.
Well, I defenitly will come back, not just once!
Thank you guys so much!
Love and light, Lena
After an hour by boat on the Amazon and a twenty minute walk through the jungle. I discovered the center “La Luna de Amazonas”. A magical place built away from civilization.
It was here that I had planned to spend my two retreat prayers. Quickly, I fell in love with the peace and beauty that reigns in this place.
Between monkeys, birds, frogs and insects. The jungle offered me every night a wonderful concert.
I dreaded the diet a little because of past experience. I met here an exceptional chef who with his expertise made me discover a multitude of possibilities of dishes and delicious flavors. Thank you José!
Under the benevolent attention of the two shamans and their apprentices. I participated in the maximum of four ceremonies per week that La Luna offers. It is inside the splendid temple of the center that I spent many night in connection with Ayahuasca. At the rhythm of the powerful icaros I traveled in me and in the universe. There are no words strong enough to describe the benefits and wisdom of medicine. Go ahead and experiment for yourself!
I finally stayed a month in this little paradise. I feel like I have learned as much as I did for many lives.
It is with the heart that I recommend La Luna del Amazonas. For anyone who wants to do a long caring process or just come a few days to discover Ayahuasca.
My sincere gratitude to the whole La Luna team! Thank you for your presence and support during this adventure.
I had an amazing stay at La Luna in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. All of the staff are really understanding and super kind, and together with all the guests looking for healing they create an amazing atmosphere of loving acceptance. I’ve never before experienced anything like it, and it has helped me be aware of and spread the love that I am. My view of life was altered significantly for the better during my stay, and I’m forever grateful for everything. Peace and love!
I blame Maestro Benigno Maestro Guido and especially GrandMasterMaestro Enrique for the immense good fortunes I have experienced since communing with La Mamita under these Gentlemen’s watchful warm embraces..I am dating a hothothot Arab Physician, got formally invited into the Masonic Brotherhood, won a gnarley weed dispensary raffle for like $500. These may seem like small paltry things but I have only been home three days.
I have not one even slightly negative thing to say…
Viva La Luna
The rave reviews for La Luna have not been exaggerated. If you are looking for an affordable ayahuasca retreat with dedicated staff, powerful shamans, and a strong brew, look no further. Everyone here works extremely hard and is totally committed to the betterment of your health, and will go the extra mile for your healing process. Enrique is honest, upstanding, professional, and extremely kind. Don Guido and Don Marcial are trustworthy, hardworking, generous with their time, and 100% dedicated to their ceremonies and your holistic healing (and extremely kind as well ☺). While I had a decent time integrating my ceremony experiences while I was there, some of my compatriots did have difficult experiences. The staff and the shamans were very understanding, patient, and loving in hearing out these experiences, assisting participants in integrating their more taxing visions, and always willing to fully and attentively engage both in and outside of the vision sharing meetings that take place each day after a ceremony. Due to this dedication and small group sizes, La Luna fosters a powerful atmosphere of appropriately intimate mutual care, concern, and love. Everyone was always looking out for one another.
Suffice to say I arrived at La Luna filled with anxiety, constantly combating suicidal ideation, and doubled over on a cane from a terrible and mysterious pain in my leg and sciatic nerve that made any locomotion whatsoever an excruciating trial. Getting out to the jungle was difficult, but I had a ton of support from the staff the whole way, and by the time I had finished with my two-week stay, I could walk without my cane. If that wasn’t enough, I felt consistently emotionally better and better every single day after taking the ayahuasca, – revivified, grateful and glad to be alive. This feeling has not diminished upon my return to the western world. In fact I feel as though my mental and physical well-being has only continued to improve.
Trust and faith are tantamount for the success of this process and the staff and shamans of La Luna are worthy of your trust. The brew is powerful, the center is beautiful, and these people are absolutely the real deal.
I came to La Luna after weeks of researching and trying to find a healing centre that best suited my needs. I had participated in numerous ceremonies previously and it was a little challenging to know of the most appropriate place for ayahuasca in the Amazon and a place that I felt was truly authentic and suitable for myself and my needs. Then I stumbled across La Luna. La Luna is a place that is very near and dear to me. I spent 1-month volunteering at this incredible healing centre and the experience is quite hard to put into words. This centre is the real deal, it is a truly authentic place to be and the surroundings are serene. When I came to La Luna I felt like I had entered another world, I felt safe, I felt at peace and I felt at home. During my one month stay I helped teach English to the children in the village, these kids are beautiful and so, so keen to learn.
The people in Santa Maria are so welcoming and friendly, living the simple life, watching the way they interact and live is a very valuable learning and lesson in itself, very inspiring.
As for the centre, the owners Enrique and Chris welcomed me with open arms, you will instantly fall in love with the team here, the vibe is relaxed and chilled in all the right ways. I felt very connected to the shamans, I felt very safe and well taken care of during the ceremonies and the chats the next day were great and very insightful. The shamans have so much knowledge, take advantage of it.
The bungalows are simple and super cosy, the sounds of the jungle at night are unbelievable. The food, whilst sticking to the ayahuasca diet was simple yet so delicious and tasty, so many fresh vegetables and fruits. We went on some great day trips, monkey island was a highlight and swimming in the Amazon river. Aaaaa what else can I say; what a truly intense but deeply rewarding experience.
I will be back to La Luna as soon as I can. Such a magical, mystical, marvellous place that is very special and close to me. Much love to everyone there.
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 🙂
When I was invited to stsy at La Luna before they opened to the public I had zero expectations. A week in the Amazon sounded like a great retreat from my current party trip through Peru. What i found there was a family and a new home. A week turned into a month before I knew it. This will always be a destination on future S America trips for me!! Thhe Shamans were amazing and the people of the city were lovely to get to know.
This was my first Ayahuasca experience and it was sinply life changing. My brain has been lit woth energy and the goals I have accomplished since life changing! Sitting here in Hawaii planning my next adventure and hoping to return in august for some more ceremonies…
Enrique the host is very knowledgeable and will guide everyone into their perfect experience thats a promise
Enrique and all other team members at La Luna Del Amazonas were all such lovely humans! I am so thankful that the universe lead me to such a beautiful place feeling so safe and comfortable.The bungalow was cute and the sounds of the rainforest were out of this world! Many times I found myself wondering what animals made those sounds. I highly recommend the ayahuasa diet prior to the ceremony. I believe it not only is a healthy decision, but a way to help break free from some of the toxic habits we deal with on a regular basis. I’ve been in this constant zone of reflection since my healing ceremony, mainly because it has left a profound mark on my soul. During my ayahuasca vision, I saw my ego die…myself completely shattered and destroyed. I was terrified because I was experiencing the death of myself, wanting to scream at moments, but feeling complete paralysis of my voice and tongue. My body was unzipping, my DNA unraveling and being destroyed. I had no choice but to give into ayahuasca and let her be my teacher. This 9 hour vision seemed like a lifetime and at times I thought it would never end. I experienced so many things during this time, and it can be saved for another time, place, and conversation. Every worry about what others thought of me, or what I thought of them no longer mattered because ultimately we are all forms of life, existing, vibrating souls. Anytime during the ceremony that I put myself down, Ayahuasca showed me how beautiful my spirit truly was and I could see myself through eyes that were NOT my own. The love, oooohh the love…. how beautiful…how beautiful life is… I feel full of life and joyous for the existence of plant medicines. I would recommend this healing center to anyone seeking healing from PTSD or life trauma. Ayahuasca is a true medicine and not to be taken for recreational purposes.
For over a year I had planned on coming to Peru to experience Ayahuasca. I can’t recall when the spirit first called to me and how I first learned about Ayahuasca, it just kind of happened and evolved. Leading up to my travels, the more research I did on retreats and healing centres. The more confused and somewhat uncomfortable and unsure I became. Wondering if I would find the right safe space. I’m a fairly open minded individual, but traveling alone as a single female and putting myself in a very vulnerable position. Safety was of course a must. It seemed that many centres I found we’re very westernized and commercialized. I was very much seeking an authentic experience with Mother Earth and the Creator. It took me awhile and many conversations before I stumbled across La Luna.
I knew from the first conversation I had with Enrique that my soul had found the right path. La Luna is about as authentic as you can get. Nestled in the village of Santa Maria, where the residents welcome you with their smiles and gratitude for your service to them
(get involved as much as possible and give back to the village). The centre is quiet, remote and beautiful. You can’t help but embrace and soak in the jungle. It’s both beautiful and humbling. A reminder that we are all truly one. It’s rustic, clean with all you need but nothing of what you don’t need . This place is perfect to slow down and be at one with your thoughts and heart.
The staff at the centre immediately became friends and people who I openly shared my life with. Safety was no longer a concern. The Shamans are incredibly skilled. I felt so honoured to be part of their lessons and to witness and embrace the lifestyle.
The ceremonies experiences are intense, awakening and take you to a place in yourself that you likely have never visited before.
It all seems so cliché . It’s hard to put into words what you will likely are to experience. It truly is life changing a karmic cleansing.
I had an truly amazing experience at La Luna Del Amozonas. It was my first time taking medicine and I was a bit nervous at first. The community there helped me to feel so welcome and comfortable. Being able to connect so closely with nature and the process of cooking ayahuasca was really special. Every ceremony was healing and deeply awakening for me. I even got to plant an ayahuasca tree in the jungle with my name next to it! This is the place for people to get in touch with who they really are. I loved my experience here, the cureanderos were so loving and healing. The facilitators are so supportive and available to help you with every need. I can definitely recommend this place and plan to return many times in the future.
Es una de las mejores experiencias que pasado en mi vida , nunca me sentí tan conectado con la naturaleza, es impresionante la paz que logras con esta medicina, a mi me ayudó a encontrar muchas respuestas , me ayudó mucho con la enfermedad que tengo y me dió la esperanza que hacía tiempo había perdido, toda la gente detrás de esto es genial buena vibra a pesar de que yo había venido reacio a cualquier ayuda , me sentí muy bien como en casa , muchas gracias por su apoyo chicos , pronto los volveré a visitar… Saludos a todos
Atte Carlos Soto
An amazing place with a great atmosphere. Small group sizes, a lovely owner with lots of experience and and a first-hand healing hostory himself that acts as a bridge and helps make the most out of the day; during the day the house and the temple are a space for flowing energy and creativity (we have been creating a lot, making bracelets to writing to making dreamcatchers); great converstions for processing your ecperience the other days. Three shamans with a slightly differing approach, which ensures you find that one of them is the perfect fit in helping you achieve your intentions. I miss La Luna so much already. Coming back!
I stayed at La Luna while it was still under construction last November. I can honestly say it was a one of a kind experience. Enrique was so friendly and knowledgable on the medicine. The people and atmosphere at the center was perfect. We played around with our creativity during the day, shared some stories at dusk, and went on epic ayahuasca journeys at night. The quiet, remote, wilderness of the Amazon is very much alive at this center. One of the best weeks of my life. Truly felt more at home there then where I actually grew up. Hoping to return one day and chat it up with Enrique and the shamans.
Estuve con unos amigos en La Luna del Amazonas, donde nos recibieron Enrique y Elina, con mucho cariño.
Hicimos la ceremonia de Ayahuasca, y fue una experiencia muy linda, ya que se hace con mucho respeto y amor y los chamanes son unas personas increíbles, que contienen en caso de ser necesario, y logran transmitir claramente todos sus conocimientos sobre esta medicina.
Así que si están interesados en experimentarlos, les recomiendo este hermoso lugar!
Muchas gracias por todo Enrique! siempre te recordare con mucho cariño!
I cannot speak highly enough about this retreat center! I was there for a little less than a week in March of 2017 and it was a truly incredible experience. Located in the heart of the jungle, this center provides everything a participant could look for: multiple shamans with knowledge and good energy, an incredible owner who is always ready to help you out, healthy food cooked every day, and a natural setting that adds so much energy to your ayahuasca experience. I highly recommend them and urge you to reach out to the owner, Enrique, if you have any follow up questions!
Wonderful experience who change for sure my life. Marcial did a good job I can only recomend him ! The place is perfect to be relax, zen, so make a better work on yourself and its really confortable.
Thank you so much!
I was in Luna while it was still under construction, together with other travellers and enthusiasts. I had most amazing time. Enrique, the one who started the project, was wonderful host, explaining us his experiences with ayahuasca and how it inspired him to build this retreat and help others. I didn’t know much about ayahuasca and the whole process and he taught me a lot. This was very important to me, because it became sort of business in Iquitos, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon La Luna and have true experiences with honest people and REAL Shamans who dedicated their whole life to ayahuasca and healing people. I’m sure I will be their guest once more, at least.
Highly recommend the place!