We are an ayahuasca retreat healing center, operating as a lodge in the Amazon rainforest. We are located 90 minutes outside of Iquitos, Peru near the small village of Llanchama along the Nanay River.
We provide traditional Shipibo medicine services wich includes: healing and learning diets, master plant medicine, and traditional Shipibo ayahuasca ceremonies.
Once you are here, you will meet with our shaman master healer Ricardo Amaringo, and with the asistance of a profesional translator, you can explain him your intention for the healing procces.
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 ceremonies four times a week, for further ceremonial healing under the guidance of Ricardo and his assistants shamans. In ceremony, you will be further treated by the curanderos through the traditional healing song, called icaros.
The day after every ayahuasca ceremony, with the exception of Fridays, there is a group discussion led by Ricardo to review experiences in the ceremony and the progress of all of our participants, apprentices and visitors.
In some cases, further treatment techniques are also indicated, including healing plant preparations for bathing and vapor treatment, or cataplasm.
Traditional treatment requires time, so visitors are encouraged to visit us for one week or more. Group programs are often designed for 10 days or 2 weeks and more advanced treatment can take one/two months or 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.
We charge an all-inclusive daily fee for our services, which covers transport from the Iquitos airport, private room, modern bathrooms and showers, diet meals, laundry service, electricity, wifi internet, traditional medicine and experienced international facilitator staff support.
If you are interested in visiting, please email us to establish contact and verify availability at our center. From that point, we can plan your visit!
It was my first aya retreat and it was absolutely fantastic in almost all categories. The staff treated me very well, the place is beautiful, and the shamans are incredibly powerful and their healing energies are second to none. The only reason that stops be giving it 5 stars is that Ricardo (the master shaman and owner) decided to postpone the final ceremony by one day because he wanted to have a party for his wife for her birthday instead. This meant that I did not get to have my 4 ceremonies as planned in one week. Although I was refunded the day rate, it meant I wasnt able to go as deep as I wanted to into the experience and this left me with a feeling of missing out. Overall, i learned so much while at the center, loved meeting all the people especially Martina and Cvita who are shining lights of this community, and this is just my first step in a long journey with plant medicine, so I am immensely grateful. I am sure this incident was a one-off, and i would otherwise recommend this center to anyone. It is very safe for women and men alike, and you will be very well taken care of. Thank you to everyone who made it special.
My experiences at Nihue Rao were my first and so far only Ayahuasca experiences. I stayed for 10 days/6ceremonies.
It was a new and strange world for me and at first I wasn’t quite sure, if it was a good idea to be there. But the staff and Nihue Rao is very friendly and gives you the feeling that you are very welcome and they all want you to feel better about yourself. And after I processed all the profound impressions I got during my stay at this center I started to feel better and better about myself, thank you very much! 🙂
One thing that might be improvable is the accomodation and the contact with the shamans themselves. During my stay some of us had bedbugs in their rooms, which isn’t quite helping when you are in such a sensible situation and want to concentrate on yourself. Additionally the shamans seemd quite distant from us visitors, even though I felt very safe and well guarded during the ceremonies, at the rest of the time the shamans didn’t seem to show sympathy for our progress.