- 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.
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!