- Iquitos, Peru
La Luna is run by two curanderos; Maestro Don Guido Rimachi and Don Benigno Dahua. 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 and Don Benigno 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 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!