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- Iquitos Peru
We are a healing center, operating as a lodge in the Amazon rainforest, 90 minutes outside of Iquitos, Peru near the small village of Llanchama along the Nanay River.
We charge an all-inclusive daily fee for our services, which includes transport from the Iquitos airport, private rooms, modern bathrooms and shower, meals, laundry, wifi internet and traditional medicine.
Traditional medicine services include traditional healing diets, plant medicine, and traditional Shipibo ayahuasca ceremony. If you are interested in visiting us, please email us to establish contact and verify availability at our center. From that point, we can plan your visit. As mentioned we will arrange for you to be picked up at the airport and transported to our center. Once you are here, your accomodations will be arranged and you will meet with our master healer Ricardo Amaringo. At that time you will describe your intention for your visit. Your treatment will then be tailored to your personal needs, often including further treatment with a master plant. Furthermore, in traditional style, you will then adhere to a strict healing diet developed to promote the healing work of the curanderos and our medicinal plants.
Once on the diet you will be invited to participate in ayahuasca ceremony for further ceremonial healing under the guidance of Ricardo and his assistants. In ceremony, you will be further treated by the curanderos through the mystical tradition of healing song, the icaros. We offer ayahuasca ceremony four nights per week. After ayahuasca ceremony, with the exception of Friday, there is a group discussion led by Ricardo to review experiences in the ceremony and to review the progress of all of our ?pasajeros,? that is to say our patients, our students, and our visitors.
In some cases, further treatment techniques are also indicated, including healing plant preparations for bathing and vapor treatment.
Traditional treatment requires time, visitors are encouraged to visit for one week or more. Group programs are often designed for 10 days or 2 weeks. More advanced treatment can take one or two months and sometimes longer.
For particular individuals, we also offer traditional diets for learning under the guidance of Ricardo. This level of training is best discussed in person with Ricardo himself.
The most important things to me when looking for a place to sit in ceremony with Ayahuasca were; the integrity of the Shaman, the integrity of the medicine, and the integrity the mission of the center.
Nihue Rao exceeds far and above the the integrity I was looking and hoping to find. The medicine is so important to everyone who runs and works at this center. They believe in it and understand it deeply which makes the medicine even stronger in my eyes.
The medicine, Ayahuasca and the master plants, are good and honest. It is all made right there in plain sight. You can sit and watch if you want to. It is made every day of ceremony.
If I had any concerns while I was there, someone was always available for me to talk to. There is constant support if you need it or you can stay completely quiet and lay in a hammock all day long. Whatever the process, it is accepted and honored conscientiously and compassionately.
I feel very fortunate to have found this place and even more so to have been able to spend two weeks there. I never truly believed that I would be able heal the things I needed to heal, but I have. With the guidance of an honest Shaman, Maestro Ricardo, and the impeccable, impressive care of his team, Phillip, Benoit, Camila, and Patrick, I navigated through things I could only imagine before coming here.
It is all about the plant medicine to attain the truth of things at Nihue Rao. I would definitely go back and recommend anyone to go there.
An excellent first time experience with Ayahausca. I would recommend Nihue Rao wholehartedly to anyone. Unlike reviews left on other retreats on this website, I was not cooerced or forced to leave a positive review.
I’m a doctor from Australia with no experience of Ayahausca, who spent a great deal of time researching different centres online – important aspects for me were safety, a comfortable atmosphere, and getting a traditional Ayahausca experience.
All these factors were met:
-Nihue Rao is fully transparent with the preparation of their Ayahausca – only Ayahausca & Chacruna are mixed in the brew; it is possible to watch it being prepared
-No dangerous procedures are required such as a nicotine cleanse or consumption of Toe that have been associated with fatalities at other Ayahausca centres
-All the staff are excellent – particularly the 4 support members (Benoit, Camilla, Phillip & Patrick); who are available 24/7 & offer so much support during ceremonies to ensure safety & comfort
-The facilities are great – immersed in the Amazon, on a massive property, surrounded by nature with gorgeous ambient sounds, access to wifi that is usually very reliable, living in a hut that has electricity, food is what you would expect when no red meat/ salt/ sugar is permitted
-While I almost considered attending the highest rated Ayahausca centre on this website for its reviews & promotion of physical wellbeing – there is no way that during the downtime between Ayahausca ceremonies I would have had the energy or motivation to participate in high intensity exercise/ ‘adrenaline’ activities; a good book is all you want & Nihue Rao has an excellent library
-Very traditional experience – Riccardo & the other shamans generate an otherworldly atmosphere in the Maluka during Ayahausca ceremonies; it is profound & unforgettable; really I can’t describe how overwhelming it is – to be sat in front of a shaman while deep into a DMT trip, while they sing beautiful music at you amongst a symphony of vomiting
-Although I have a strong scientific mind & high degree of skepticism with alternative medicine – Nihue Rao really can be the catalyst many people need to make positive change in their lives & reframe past traumas – I was able to draw life changing conclusions from my experiences, the debrief meetings after ceremonies are honest & very productive
My recommendation to anyone considering Ayahausca is to formulate a clear intention before attending a retreat. Come with the knowledge that you will need to put in hard work. Nihue Rao offers the perfect setting to experience Ayahausca for first time users & those with prior experience (based on conversations I had with other attendees). You won’t regret coming here
I stayed for 6 nights and 4 ceremonies in February 2017 and I am hoping to go back there again for a longer stay one day! I have so much good to say about Nihue Rao. Firstly the shaman Ricardo is very good (very important as there are many frauds now as ayahuasca is getting increasingly popular, especially in Iquitos) and the rest of the staff amazing, during the ceremonies I felt very safe and secure and had a lot of help and support through difficult periods. Being my first experience with ayahuasca I was very glad to come to such a good place! Also traveling alone as a young women I was happy to find a safe place to go to to. The facilities are good and everything is kept very clean and the food is good. Last but not least the ikaros were absolutely beautiful and powerful, get ready for some deep healing in the ceremonies!
Nihue Rao is a collection of all the things you need / require if you’re beginning to work with the medicine or if you’re a seasoned veteran. There is a large & varied knowledge base to assist your every need. You’re living amongst an actual Shipibo community, there are no watered down, americanized, dial-a-shaman here. There is however the amazing energetic presence, Ricardo Amaringo, a master healer, a sonic force with the Icaro and of course a seasoned Ayahuasquero, google him if you require further proof. The 10 days I spent at Nihue Rao were the most profound 10 days I’ve experienced on earth. Words don’t do it justice, but if you’re uncertain on where to invest your money, soul & energy, I would heartily push you in the direction of Nihue Rao. Tener confianza en la medicina!!! ONWARD INWARD
I been there recently for a ten days retreat.
The staff was very caring and the shamans was amazing. There were always someone arround in case of necessity.
The group conversations with the shamans during the mornings was really interesting.
The rooms are simples but the facilities as showers and toilets are perfects. The Maloca where the ceremonies are held is really beautifull.
It was such an interesting time that I am coming back there soon. Would definitely recommend that place.
I came to Nihue Rao for one week.
I was experienced with Aya and other plant medicine.
I got a very dusty bunk, with holes in the bed sheet, and dozens of dead bugs. That didn’t feel very welcoming. It took over 24 hours to get the room cleaned up.
One of the shamans touched my buttocks during a ceremony.
I informed Ricardo (the head shaman) in the morning. He didn’t bother to respond.
I heard that shaman was sexually violating more women, and was fired at some point. Too bad it took them so long to acknowledge the harmful behavior.
To me, they kept on saying it didn’t happen, that it’s all in my imagination.
On the whole, the energy there felt terrible, very dark, full of ego.
I recommend to go elsewhere, to a place with strong ethics and integrity.
When you are in a ceremony, you are extremely vulnerable. Make sure you go to a safe place – physically, emotionally, sexually, spiritually.
Nihue Rao was none of those.
Nihue Rao is a beautiful, safe place, with welcoming, supportive staff. As this was my first time experiencing Ayuasca ceremonies, travelling alone, I was immediately made to feel welcome upon my arrival. The centre is filled with like-minded people which made my stay all the more enjoyable. My only regret was that i was unable to stay for very long and feel i only just scratch the surface in terms of my personal healing and interaction with the sacred brew.
I highly recommend Nihue Rao to anyone interested in the Ayuasca experience.
My experience at Nihue Rao was very positive and even though it was a short stay, I felt – and still feel a lot of ongoing- shifts.
I’m deeply grateful to the Shamans Ricardo and Miguel, their singing affected me deeply and pulled so much negativity out of me, it was like energetic surgery. They truly know their craft plus they have humor. 😉 The facilitators are very attentive to your needs, you can approach them about anything and they will be open and non-judgmental. I felt very safe and well taken care of at this center and the Shipibo massage I’ve gotten as additional treatment was fantastic! Nihue Rao definitely had a good and very calm vibe, perfect for introspection and healing.
I will be back!
In the past 8 years, I’ve sat in more than 120 ayahuasca ceremonies with at least a dozen different shamans. I recently returned from a 10 day retreat at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, and I have to say: they’re the real deal. I will be returning, soon.
Ricardo Amaringo, the owner, is a tremendously skilled and dedicated curandero. It shows in his medicine, and in the support and attention to detail that his apprentices and helpers offer the people under their care. I’ve never experienced such careful and on-going attention to my process during a retreat before. They check in with you regularly, either in sharing circles the morning after ceremony, or individually (or both!), to see what you’re working on and what challenges you’re having. That translates into tremendous growth and healing, because they’re always right there, working with you and the plants to get you where you’re going.
Nihue Rao practices in a Shipibo tradition, which means every pasajero gets individual work every night. All six ceremonies I sat during my stay, I was sung to at least twice, and more often three times, by different shamans. The result of that kind of attention to you and your journey is unlike anything I’ve seen before, in all the time I’ve worked with the medicine.
I would also like to return some day for some long-term dieting. This is absolutely a place I’d be comfortable taking that step on my journey with the medicine. I know I’d be supported as much as I needed, and yet allowed the space to forge my own relationship with my plants. Because ultimately, that’s what so much of this work is about: your relationship with the plants, which mirrors your relationship with yourself.
Suffice it to say, I cannot recommend this center highly enough.
Take away all the hype about swinging dumbells in the middle of the jungle and traveling to Machu Picchu, and Ricardo Amarigno is the shaman you want to work with. He’s the shaman recommended by Dennis McKenna, so what else can you possibly want? Also if fight-or-flight is what you’re trying to treat, I don’t know if engaging in exercises that put your sympathetic system in the state of overdrive and take a shot at your adrenal glands is really what you want to be doing.
There’s a reason why most reputable Ayahuasca retreat centers have traditionally chosen the Shipibo path of grounding. Ayahuasca ceremonies wipe you out. So if you’re really committed to the process and to the plant-based diet, you’re not going to have any energy within you to do American swings in the middle of the rainforest (to those of you who are still caught up in the battle of egos and want to test the validity of this statement, I’ll leave you with this bit of information: I’m a crossfit girl, I’ve competed in crossfit competitions, and this comes from a place of genuine concern for others’ wellbeing as opposed to being a marketing strategy). If you actually commit to emotional healing the 1-2 weeks you spend in Peru, your physical fitness and performance at the gym will soar when you’re back. Part of the healing experience involves showing love, patience, and kindness to your physical body. During my days off from Ayahuasca, I just wanted to curl up somewhere with a good book or good people. And all of the people I was surrounded by were such beautiful, caring, kind, and supportive souls! I owe a lot of my healing progress to the love and compassion they’ve shown me.
Nihue Rao is a great center! The diet was perfect and went really well with the plant medicine – the results that followed my Ayahuasca ceremonies were mind-blowing!! I kept having one breakthrough after another. What I loved the most though was the fact that there was so much more to my retreat at Nihue Rao than the Ayahuasca ceremonies!! We were taught by beautiful Cvita and Markus how to paint, heal ourselves, and how to integrate our Aya-wisdom into our lives back home. Plus, Ricardo Amaringo comes up with a specific master-plant diet for every single one of the passangers :)! So in addition to having Aya in my system, I was on Pinon Blanco :). I brought back a leaf with me and keep it on my night stand.
This final message is specifically for Dan Cleland. While I thoroughly enjoyed reading Pulse Tours, I did not appreciate that as someone who’s worked with “Ricardo Amaringo, the Canadian artist, and a U.S. MD” before, in your book you didn’t even once bother to specify the last name of the shaman you had beef with and had to “throw out of your property.” You can’t just slam someone publicly without even specifying their last name! Mentioning your shaman’s last name would have been the right thing to do instead of making many gringos who have little clue about what they’re getting themselves into, question the integrity of a very famous, professional, talented, honest, and hard-working shaman like Ricardo Amaringo.
To everyone else who’s read Pulse Tours and is concerned, please know that Dan’s Ricardo isn’t Ricardo Amaringo. In fact, Ricardo Amaringo owns Nihue Rao and Dan Cleland actually used to work for him in the past (not the other way around). Nihue Rao IS one of the safest healing centers!! In fact, when I was having a really rough time during the ceremonies & struggling from a lot of physical pain, Ricardo chose to work with me one on one out of the goodness of his heart: he cleared all the darkness I’ve been carrying around and he healed me!! And I’ve never felt the safest in my life!
Thank you so much to everyone at Nihue Rao!!
I’ll be going back, and I’ll go back only to Nihue Rao :).
This place, these people, and Ayahuasca completely changed my life. The 10-day trip and plant “dieta” I completed at Nihue Rao was one of the most significant events of my life and truly changed everything for me. I feel like a new person. Everything in my life works better.
This was my first experience with Ayahuasca. Though I’d been interested in la medicina for a long time, I knew it could be dangerous in the wrong context or with the wrong shaman. I didn’t take the leap until I got multiple rave reviews from dear friends and friends of friends who all went to one particular center in Peru: Nihue Rao.
I’ve continued to spread the word through my network, to whom I recommend Ayahuasca… but only under the condition that its consumed at Nihue Rao, with the dieta, ceremony, guidance and safety offered here.
The shaman I worked with at Nihue Rao were the epitome of non-judgmental, loving, and warm. They were there to help me heal, and they did that in collaboration with the medicine in a way that I didn’t know was possible. I’m struggling with words here, but suffice it to say, this was truly the best thing I’ve ever done.
If you’re looking for a place to consume Ayahuasca, and if you were my mom or my sister or my husband or my best friend, I would only let you go here. This is the place. Nihue Rao is full of heart, warmth, and the power to really, truly heal.
I just returned from a week long retreat at Nihue Rao and all I can say is take me back, I’m already dreaming about my next opportunity to visit. After researching several centers before my trip, and as a woman traveling to the Amazon, I really wanted to feel safe at whichever center I chose. It was my first time taking Ayahuasca and I can’t imagine picking a better place to do it. I received a warm welcome from two staff members and some soon-to-be friends upon arrival, some of whom return to Nihue Rao time after time, like parts of a big extended family. Everyone was so nice and this was consistent throughout my stay. In just a week I made some life-long friends.
Dr. Joe Tafur, part-owner of Nihue Rao, is such a genuinely nice person. He plays a key role in helping people understand the processes they are going through, and his thoughtfulness truly shows. He and the lead shaman, Ricardo Amaringo, fully engage with us all in sharing each morning after ceremonies. I found this extremely important in better understanding the previous night’s ceremony, along with getting some advice on techniques that may help in navigating future ceremonies. The staff are all there to help in any way they can, and it’s easy to see that your healing is very important to them.
It was also great to have healthy food prepared for us each day, all you need to do is relax and focus on what you’re there for. So let’s get to that: The ayahuasca is made fresh at the center and it’s a powerful brew, the way it needs to be in order to get the work done. The maloca is such a sacred, safe place, and I knew that my needs would be taken care of should anything come up. It’s so safe and comfortable that you’re able to focus on the medicine and just letting go. In the ceremonies we were blessed with the most amazing icaros from 3 different shamans. The icaros of the shamans are so beautiful and moving, and you can’t help feeling so grateful to be having this experience in the Peruvian Amazon, surrounded by nature and caring, loving people. This experience I hold dear in my heart and I don’t feel any hesitation telling others that may be wanting to explore the possibilities of ayahuasca that Nihue Rao is a safe, nurturing, and fun place to do this.
This center is excellent and Ricardo is a fantastic shaman. His icaros are among the most amazing you are ever likely to hear – very powerful too.
This center is also very comfortable with great accommodations that are basic and dont detract from the setting, but help you stay comfortable. Really excellent food as well.
Only possible critique I can make is that sometimes Ricardo seems a little busy or distant, but this doesnt detract from the effectiveness of his healing. Maybe he is just a quiet guy. When he does laugh and open up a bit, the whole room lights up though – he has a very infectious laugh!
I had some of my deepest ever ceremonies here and Ricardo healed my wifes chronic back pain – really good medicine.
I recently completed a 28 day stay at the Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual ayahuasca retreat. It was my first time at such a place and I rate it an outstanding experience. The staff at Nihue Rao is excellent: Dr. Joe Tafur is a California based MD and part owner of the retreat. He and Cvita Mamic, another co-owner and counselor along with Martina and Emilie, made me feel welcome and provided all the guests with daily interaction and expertly facilitated the ayahuasca ceremonies. Ricardo Amaringo is the head shaman at Nihue Rao and sings Icaros that range from the powerfully profound to the energetic and enlightening. This is the real deal, folks. The retreat is safe, secure and waiting to welcome you.
I should have written this review some time ago for Nihue Rao, but my silly American life got in the way. Anyhow, I just returned from my second trip to Nihue Rao, this time I brought my girlfriend with me. This is by far the safest, most cost effective, clean, and caring center in Iquitos. It?s clear some of the others have a profit motive (Blue Morpho) and just don?t care about the people that pass through. Nihue Rao is way different. First and foremost, you have an actual American Dr., Dr. Joe there to help. He helps comfort your fears from a medical perspective and also spiritually. It is clear that if you are reading this review you are searching for the proper center to experience ayahuasca. It is a very powerful medicine that requires due diligence because there are many centers in Iquitos springing up all the time. I highly recommend Nihue Rao because they actually care! Life affirming and altering, this experience will change your life and each day you let pass by pre-ayahuasca is something you?ll regret later. Sack up, book the trip! Thank you for everything Nihue Rao!
Tom Stephens aka Charlie
Los Angeles, CA
I am still in transit home from my time at Nihue Rao but feel I need to give my love for this amazing retreat.
I arrived on a Sunday with my older sister and was greated straight away with a lot of warmth from the people running retreat and the people who were there for healing. The retreat is very well organised, from retreat tours, talks, food preparation and one on one assisitance from leaders such as Joe Tafur, who made me feel very protected.
The Shamens have a great power and this is felt during ceremonys and one on one Iceros. This combined with how the retreat is run has given me an experience that I will never forget. I have learnt many lessons, made life long friends and feel I now have a lot of clarity to confront blockages in my life.
Myself and my sister Maria will love to return and feel again what we felt those 6 days. To anyone who wants to feel a deep connection and learn life lesson, Nihue Rao is the place to experience it.
To everyone at Nihue Rao thank you with all my heart.
Chris & Maria
My husband and I just recently came back from a trip to Peru through Pulse Adventure Tours and had the opportunity to stay at Nihue Rao for 6 days for healing. The centre is the perfect place to experience a sincere and deep healing. The area is so quiet, calm, and relaxing. After an intense ayahuasca session one of my favourite things to do was lay around in one of their many hammocks and just rest.
Joe, Cvita, and Ricardo truly do care about each person that comes to the center and treat them more like family than anything else. They are so personable, kind, and attentive. While there we were able to spend time and get help from Joe’s cousin, Francisco as well – another truly amazing person.
There really is nothing to worry about when staying there – meals are prepared for you, there is laundry service available, showers, and wi-fi for a few hours a day. We were so at ease and comfortable there that we didn’t want to leave.
The healing was remarkable. I wasn’t sure what to anticipate for my first ayahuasca experience and now I can hardly put it into words. If you’re looking for some answers and intense healing, Nihue Rao is the place to go. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else and I will return sometime next year for sure.
You will not be disappointed! If you feel the medicine calling you, call Nihue Rao.
I stayed at Nihue Rao for a 7 day retreat….The people there were very attentive, helpful, and serious when it comes to healing. The medicine is strong and does not take much to feel its effects. I went in with severe depression and anxiety and left healed! The administrators who run the facility are not in it for the money (Civita, Joe and Ricardo the shaman) I have yet to see a single promotion for this center, and that’s because they are not your typical Ayahuasca tourist center…The center is kept very clean…Armed guards are on constant watch every night. I felt safe. The meals consisted of the Ayahuasca diet which is great for optimal healing. They have a laundry service that is all inclusive with your stay along with WIFI for 3 hours a day, morning, noon, and night. I have nothing but respect for this center..everyone is ready to listen and offer advice, I hope I can visit again in the near future. A special thanks to Civita and Ana.
We (Pulse Tours) have organized a number of group adventures wherein we’ve worked with Nihue Rao to provide our guests with a legitimate, comfortable and authentic ayahuasca experience. 90%+ of the clients we’ve brought to Nihue Rao have experienced life changing cleansing, personal insights and visions. As one of our most recent clients said to me – “They’re certainly not pretending to be an ayahuasca center.”
If you’d like to see some video testimonials from some of the people who have traveled there with us, you may encounter several videos on our YouTube channel (see: Pulse Adventure Tours).
We highly recommend this center.
Founder, Pulse Adventure Tours
As an organizer and leader of adventure group tours down to South America, I’ve worked with a few different spiritual centres that offer medicinal plants including Ayahuasca. Nihue Rao is our favourite one. We love it and trust it fully to take the best care of our passengers.
The medicine is brewed on site, using only 2 primary ingredients – Chacruna and Ayahuasca vine. It is very potent.
The site itself is spacious, very clean, with lots of friendly and helpful workers as well as security guards to assure peace and full safety. Food is Ayahuasca friendly and there is a good variety of things to choose from.
During the ceremonies, there are usually at least 2 and sometimes even 3 shamans working on keeping the energies of the maloka clean and help with the healing process of guests. They are doing an incredible work, and I personally had a tremendous transformation, thanks to them, their icaros and the medicine. I felt taken care of. All of our passengers also had amazing experiences and some, have returned back to the centre for further work with the plant(s).
– Tatyana (Leader from Pulse Adventure Tours)