At Pulse, we create the space for you to get in touch with your truth, opening your path for deeper meaning and greater fulfillment in your life. We work with plant medicines such as Ayahuasca, Nunu, and Kambo, using the traditional practices of the indigenous cultures of the Peruvian Amazon.
With great respect for the plants and the knowledge and healing that comes with them, our lineage of Shipibo shamans set the stage for truly deep and profound healing. Awaken your inner power through their sacred and powerful icaros (healing songs), and discover your connection to all things by exploring some of the 2.2 million hectare Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which is our backyard. Nourish your body and soul with fresh, clean, delicious meals that promote your Ayahuasca experience, and integrate healthy habits into your routine with our yoga classes and extensive selection of gym equipment for all levels. We believe the health of physical body sets the foundation for the health of the energetic body – Often ignored in this type of spiritual work, we find this to be an important part of the healing process, so you can begin implementing the healthy habits that will carry this work with you into your life back home. Finally, relax your mind and spirit with sound baths, meditations, pranayama breath work, and OM circles, or simply enjoy the tranquil views of both sunrise and sunset from our front porch on the banks of the Ucayali River, surrounded by lush biodiversity and the mesmerizing sounds of the jungle.
Arkana’s exceptional team of highly-trained Shipibo Master Shamans represent an unbroken lineage of plant medicine work. With a combined history of over 70 years of experience working closely with Ayahuasca and other master plant teachers of the jungle, our compassionate healers lovingly share their teachings, healing songs (icaros), capabilities, and knowledge with integrity and honor. We strive to maintain the traditional practices passed down through thousands of years of indigenous Amazonian culture, in order to continue to promote the true purpose and nature of plant medicine work.
Experiencing the medicines with us is a transformative personal journey, and so much more. We also work closely with our local community, the Amazonian village of Libertad, to ensure that our Center can benefit and give back to the people who have so generously let us into their homes and hearts. We create employment opportunities, teach free English classes, provide a space for the ladies to sell their handmade crafts, and assist in construction projects, among other things. Our latest endeavor is outfitting the entire village with free solar panels, so every house can have light and electricity. When you join us, you are helping the rainforest and the Amazon communities that live here.
Guests that come to our Center often say they feel like “part of the family” with us – that’s no coincidence, as we are one big family at Arkana! The people that are with you throughout your experience can simply facilitate your own healing journey or become an integral part of it. Our experienced, loving, and professional team of caregivers welcomes you to join our tribe, where we strive to make you feel at home and at ease, supported and cared for with all the love and compassion that is at the core of the plant medicines and people we work with.
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine that offers us the opportunity to understand our true nature, by shining a light onto our darkness, and holding a mirror up to our fears, negative thought patterns, and self-limiting beliefs. We provide the environment and expertise of a team of highly skilled, warm, compassionate Shamans and facilitators to guide you through the process of awakening, of choosing differently, healing, and expanding. It is a slow but steady path towards freedom – from fear, from illusion, from self-constructed boundaries – resulting in a lighter, brighter, more authentic self, and the full experience of love. It is our honor to help you on this most fulfilling of all journeys: the journey back home.
Feel free to check out our reviews from previous guests, on here (AyaAdvisors) as well as Retreat Guru. Or, visit our website for more information and to book a retreat with us: www.pulsetours.com. We look forward to having you with us!
Lots of Love,
I just got back from the 7 day jungle + 7 day Machu Pichu trip.
Verdict = pure awesome.
My background – i had attended 2 different ayahuasca retreats previous to Pulse and so had experience with other shamans and their medicine. What happened at Pukse blew my previous experiences away.
The jungle retreat facilities way exceeded my expectations. The location is stunning and there is plenty to do with excursions, yoga, a small library, a gymn, and lots of places to chill out.
The facilitators are absolute angels who go out of their way to make you comfortable, particularly during the ceremonies. I had one night were i went a bit bonkers and the patience and care they showed me was outstanding – Dolan and Craig, you guys are the best.
The Machu Pichu week was similarly superb, the only downside was that it left me wishing we had more time to explore.
I will be back again for sure, and after hearing about my adventures my wife will be joining me. I would 100% recommend this to anyone planning a trip to Peru.
Over a week in May of 2017, I had a very profound experience with Ayahuasca. I’m grateful to Pulse Tours to have had that experience with them.
In my opinion, they do everything right
– The website is extremely informative. Nevertheless, if you have a question, they get back to you very quickly.
– Once you’ve registered, their onboarding/orientation process (skype 1:1 meeting) provides additional layers of information and reassurance.
– The facilities are exceptional -you will never want to leave the Maloka is it is absolutely wonderful.
– The staff, facilitators and the shamans are some of the nicest and most helpful that people I’ve ever met.
If you’re considering an Ayahuasca retreat then I highly recommend Pulse Tours. I know that’ I will be back on day!
I spent a week with Pulse reconnecting back to me. It was a grounding and life changing experience.
The center is relaxing, clean, and minimalistic. I really appreciated the opportunity to do yoga and the sound baths were fantastic. And the food – basic but really frickin tasty. And the bananas, oh god, eat all the bananas you can get your hands on while in Peru. SO GOOD. Also, I love all of the hammocks – you can never have enough hammocks in your life.
The facilitators are lovely and diverse – I’m grateful for the different perspectives and approaches they all bring. They create a lot of space for you and are very open to talk about anything and everything. My time there was peaceful and my introvert was nourished.
The planned activities are just enough to keep you busy during the days but not so much that it takes all your energy. It’s well balanced.
The ceremonies are intense and powerfully held by the shamans and the facilitators. I always felt safe, even when I was having a rough experience.
So much goodness here. I’ll definitely be back. =*
My time with Pulse Tours was life changing – in fact, soul changing.
The team at Pulse make the tour exceptional through their always there, kind and immensely generous support they give you as you undertake the journey to finding Ayahuasca.
The team are immensely beautiful, and getting to work so closely with the Shamans as you explore new parts of yourself, is a tremendous gift. You feel completely supported as you learn to allow yourself to explore places never seen before.
The center itself is sparse, but very functional and more importantly – very comfortable. Most places are screened in which helps with warding off insects, and all the beds are very comfortable.
The food was simple but amazingly flavoursome, and you are never bored at the Center with lots of optional activities to undertake like jungle excursions, sunset boat rides, fishing, swimming, visiting the neighboring village, yoga, meditation or just resting in one of the many hammocks about the place.
You will love your time at Pulse – I myself plan to return as soon as I am able!
Michelle from Atlanta
I want to thank Willer the lead shaman he was great along with the rest of the staff, the overall care of the staff is amazing, the food overall is great and very healthy. The ceremonies are truly amazing you really go there to heal your body,spirit and soul.
This is an experience that everyone should encounter at least once in their life. Even though my journey of healing ended so far…. I will always remember and have in my hear amazing people I meet. Special thanks to Tatiana to help me and show me kind love during my Sand Pedro ceremony. Special thanks again to Willer very good hearted and honest man. Really have to recognize the amazing work of the staff, is not an easy job they do and they do it very well. 🙂 Will really miss you guys and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support and healing.
Brenda K Jurado
It was a life changing experience surrounded by compassionate people. To keep this short and sweet I will be recommending Pulse Tours to friends, family, loved ones and anyone who feels called to Ayahuasca. I can’t imagine a better experience, environment or people.
This is my first Ayahuasca experience and I have to say I absolutely loved it! It felt like home as soon as I arrived at this center. I can attest to all of the points they have stated in their overview and more. Pulse tours have thought of everything to ensure that your healing experience is as comfortable as possible considering you are in the middle of the jungle. It is super clean, food is tasty even though barely any salt is used, several comfortable spots to hang out in during the day, great day outings and the Shamans and facilitators were just awesome! In this Spiritual adventure, the Pulse team provides you with full support in every way possible to ensure that you get the most out of this incredible medicine. I could go on and on about how impressed I was on how Pulse has organized this retreat. In this particular tour, the travelers that came together really meshed well and were all there to heal parts of themselves. It was really special to meet and share this experience with such amazing people. We will be bonded forever – at the end we were all discussing when we could all get back together and experience this again with Pulse. I am looking forward to coming back to this amazing sacred place! This inner self work is incredible and I highly recommend to do it with Pulse.
Things I wished I would of known;
– Bring comfortable ceremony outfits, loose light clothing. My preference was a loose pair of drawstring shorts and tank top.
– You are in the middle of the jungle with no where to go – no need to bring fancy clothes – all about breathable comforts. You can wash your clothes by hand if need be.
– Show up one day in advance to settle in and leave 1 day after you come back to hang out with your new found family members. In my opinion, you only need these 2 extra days in Iquitos.
– For light packing, you only need 1 pair of flip flops – I did not wear shoes ever at the center.
– Bring some spending money, convert to Sol currency before going to retreat, you will want to tip the staff and support the neighboring families as they have beautiful jewelry and souvenirs.
This review is more than overdue…
I attended a 7 day retreat in November of 2015..
What can I say? I came to ayaadvisors simply playing with the idea. As the calling felt greater within me, I knew it was time to make it happen. I came very close to booking with another, cheaper, center… but landed on Pulse.
And I couldn’t be more grateful for that…
I had felt so stuck in my life… Working the same job for years, feeling as though I was squandering my life’s potential.. I went to Peru with the intention of unearthing my true path.
Arriving in Lima, my flight had gotten delayed and my luggage misplaced. I was alone in a new place with only the clothes on my back and my carry on bag.. And I’d forgot to get my phone activated for use in Peru (*facepalm*). I was sleep deprived, lonely, and scared I wouldn’t make it to Iquitos before the group departed to the center… I was able to somehow buy 10 minutes of internet use at the airport, and contacted Melissa. She was so compassionate and revitalized my hope.
After about 7 hours at the Lima airport, and a flight to Iquitos, I had arrived. I pulled up in a moto-taxi as fellow retreat members were boarding the vans for the center. I met a facilitator named Ian, who immediately helped me feel welcome and took me to buy a pair of shorts… Man, that was so kind… The perfect introduction to the amazing crew I’d be working with.
Arriving by boat at the center (after having some great conversation with the other guests), I knew this was where I needed to be. Communication by the staff was excellent, briefing us on all of the amenities and what we might expect in the days to come.
Speaking to the amenities and provisions: The food was wonderful. I don’t eat meat, wheat, or dairy, and I found all the meals to be fresh and nourishing. You have two beds you may choose to sleep in (one located in a cabin with an insect net, or your mat in the maloca). Showers you are free to use at your leisure, and flushing toilets… Not to mention the “Jungle Gym” for all your body maintenance needs.
As for the ceremonies….. Wow.
The shamans have a wisdom that is beyond anything I might portray in writing. I worked with Wiler and Angelina during my stay. Extraordinary experience with these wonderful humans.. Speaking to this point, the facilitators were all incredible… Each and every one brought their own energy to the ceremonies, energies that helped me through the difficult moments. Dan “the man” Cleland himself drank 2 of the nights with us, and I couldn’t be more grateful of that.. To experience the medicine with such professionals.. the perfect experience.
I’m not going to go into exactly what happened to me during the ceremonies for a couple of reasons. 1.) It’s going to be different for everyone… every time 2.) You can surely read plenty of other accounts of people’s specific experiences with the medicine.
What I garnered from Ayahausca… There is so much more to our existence than we know (especially what Western teaching tells us). A gratitude for things so vast and encompassing. A new lease on life, a renewed freshness and joy I haven’t felt in so long.
A year and a half later after my experience…
I’ve found a career path in manual therapy (Rolfing), that I would have never imagined myself going into before experiencing Ayahausca. The hardships of daily life (although they still do get me down at times) seem less tumultuous.. As though I’ve undergone a mental boot camp of sorts.
Ok ok, I’ll bring this review to a close.
I am so grateful for my experience at Pulse, to all that I’ve met, and those I will in future journeys. I wish you (the reader) a bold heart, and wisdom in the steps you take.
Much love, and thank you for reading this lofty review!!
Excellent!:) Thank you SO much for such an incredible experience! It has been my third time at the centre and this time I came back with my husband, Oleg. We both received exactly what we needed out of the medicine and so much more. My husband, especially, as a first timer, has had a life changing experience. Everyone was so helpful, they always are, the ceremonies were wonderful, full of light, full of love. The shamans and staff who work there are all very pure beings, and me and my husband are beyond grateful to them and to the facilities for such a beautiful and meaningful experience.
Both of us were on the Ayahuasca diet (where you actually open up a diet with it, not only do ceremonies, it’s a bit of a different level and I suggest you ask the staff down there if you can do the same!) and this had certainly made our connection with the medicine much deeper. Yet, the food which was provided for us, no salt, no oil, no sugar, stuff like that, was so delicious, even though it was so simple!
Great facility. I love it and will certainly be back again soon and next time I want to go back for a longer period of time, probably three weeks, because I want to start another diet maybe with a bark of a tree. You can learn so much from those diets, I highly, highly suggest for you to look into dieting with a plant! It’s a game changer!
All my Love,
Spent a week at the center end of March.
The process to get to Iquitos and then to the center is a “pilgrimage” and makes this journey sacred from the start.
Could not imagine these ceremonies anywhere but in the heart of the jungle which gives life to these plants.
Not easy to attach words to these experiences without sounding affected. I can attach words to the center, Dolan, Val, Craig, Tamara and staff that nurture, entertain us and lend wisdom and love to our ceremonies.
If you’re feeling scared you will feel safe and reassured.
The Shamen’s ( we had four ) were so connected to us and committed to our process.
There is no reason to look further, Pulse will meet all your needs and some you are unaware of.
My only recommendation would be to find alternate accommodations
(other than La Casona). This is my second trip and I will never stay at La Casona. The hotel is convenient, noisy, very uncomfortable beds and a hoard of unsavory and aggressive characters in front of the hotel. There are other choices within walking distance of La Casona.
Beautiful, well built and well taken care of.
Some of the most caring and beautiful people I have had the pleasure to meet:) Craig help me with many great word of wisdom & Dolan seemed like he was made for it:)
Show up and everything is taken care of.
Activities during the day 7/10
Could have had some more organized activities like one on one sharing with shamans.
Most importantly were the people I met on the trip. Ever retreat can’t be this good but some of the most open and beautiful people I’ve met. Strangers day one to best friends day 7:) love them all!
My suggestion would be to have more of a direct way of tipping the Peruvian staff. They were awesome and friendly but don’t think they get paid nearly enough considering how much the retreat brings in and how hard they work. Sharing is caring.
Having just returned from a three week stay with Pulse Tours Ayahuasca Adventure Center, I can truly say that, while it was completely different from what I had expected, those three weeks have given me something which I truly needed, as well as the much needed strength to continue down this spiritual path I have begun.
I knew that drinking Ayahuasca would not be easy. I had not expected that I would fight myself the whole way. If you had asked me how I felt after the first ceremony, I would have told you that it was beyond me why anyone would choose to put themselves through such an ordeal…and that with 11 more ceremonies to go! I now also understand why some say that it would be better to go into this process without any pre-conceptions or expectations. But that is also part of the process: Learning to let go of the feeling that you need to know how everything is going to turn out.
After 12 ceremonies, I can truly say a few things: 1) These were most certainly some of the most challenging 3 weeks of my life and 2) these three weeks brought me more than I could have ever imagined. Also 3) although I now know the amount of hard work involved in working with Ayahuasca, I have also received enough healing to know that my work with Ayahuasca is not finished and that there is still much more to learn about myself and the world we live in.
Pulse Tours and the center are run very professionally and with the utmost care, personal attention and love. It is a place to feel safe. The facilitators never seem to tire of the many questions, fears and doubts which are brought up. It is up to each individual to make their own very personal journey, and this can be a very daunting process for some, and at times you might feel very vulnerable. The team of facilitators is always there to help, direct and support you. They are like family for the time of your stay.
The facilities at the center are clean and comfortable. Most spaces are free of insects through the use of endless amounts of mosquito netting. The toilets and showers are always kept clean. The food is generally very good.
Just something to think about: When I talked to the shaman, I was advised to also do a ‘Dieta’ for the three weeks. The ‘Dieta’ will supposedly connect you deeper with the Ayahuasca and make your stay even more worthwhile spiritually, however, in order to hold the diet, you will have to deny yourself things such as fruit, juices, sweets, toothpaste, soap, insect repellant, skin creams, suntan lotion, even sitting in the sun! So, you need to consider how much you are willing to put up with when agreeing to also follow a ‘Dieta’. I personally am not aware how my diet specifically helped me along, but others really benefitted in specific ways from their ‘Dieta’. Again, everything about your experience with Ayahuasca will be very personal, and comparisons to anyone else will usually prove futile.
My three weeks in the Jungle of Peru, guided by the competent facilitators at Pulse Tours, has been an unforgettable experience and has allowed me to grow in ways which I am still not completely able to process. As was often said during my three weeks: “Ayahuasca is a process”. The process started in the middle of the jungle, but it will continue throughout the rest of your life. When you realise this, then you also realise what an amazing gift you have been given!
I first heard of Pulse from a friend who highly recommended it. I’ve been listening to Aubrey Marcus’ podcast and became very interested in Ayahuasca. Only once the experience was finished could I see the whole picture. You can listen until you’re blue in the face but can only understand once experienced. I am so grateful to Pulse (crying now… , happens often now). Pulse is run by people who made a conscious decision to support this life changing experience in the most loving way. Thinking about it is making my third eye go off. Not only are the ceremonies done with the utmost respect to ayahuasca, the shamans and the guests, but the rest of the trip is full of joy, love and peace. Also Cleanliness!! Soooo important!! Its always soooo clean!!! The importance of this fact only becomes apparent morning after ceremony. The food was delicious, every meal you learn to appreciate each bite more and more. And I guess the biggest thing I got from being at pulse, was learning how to stop, how to nap, how to rest, how to be gentle with myself, and to know that everyone deserves peace. Pulse showed me peace.
So, I just arrived back home in San Diego from my very first psychedelic experience of my life and I was lucky enough for it to be ayahuasca through Pulse. I had mixed feelings going in, since I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the center and from the medicine itself, but I was blown away by all of it! The staff is so loving and caring and very much a part of the experience, they all are some of the kindest and most accepting people I’ve had the privilege of meeting. The center is beautiful, the bugs weren’t too bad(make sure to pack lots of strong bug spray), you don’t need too many clothes or shoes..I definitely overpacked. I also heard a lot about other centers from other travelers and am convinced that Pulse is above rest, best decision I’ve made and I’m happy and excited about life again!
My time at Pulse Tours was the most incredible experience I could ever have hoped for. From the moment I was greeted by Tatyana and the crew at La Ca Sona to arriving within the tranquil landscape and breathtaking design that pulse has to offer within the majestical Amazon.
This was my second stay at Pulse with so many new things to explore and enjoy. A big mention goes out to Dolan, Val, Craig, Tamara and the unbelievable Shamans omfgggg! They not only connect to all the guests in every way possible, they go above and beyond while ensuring such strong intuition and love to make sure every aspect of my healing process was addressed and that’s just the beginning! They are incredible ambassadors to this unique experience and I am forever grateful to each and every one of them. I could talk for days about there greatness, you’ll see when you arrive!
Our group got super lucky with only 6 of us and got to witness over 6 shamans singing and healing at the same time which I believe was extremely rare and really created a whole new level of healing! On top of that there is so much down time and places to explore within the center and its always being upgraded even as we speak….there’s always something to do! The adventure trips are such a blast and the tour guys are so knowledgeable and so much fun, my favorite thing was the kamen hunting which was a night boating over thick Lillie pads with the sounds of owls, frogs and the trees would glisten and glow many colors from the fire flies!
Thanks once again to everyone! I will be returning as soon as I can without a doubt, won’t go anywhere else and will spread the love to all my friends and family. Love and light always!
Stevey from Australia. XXX
Don’t let the name put you off (my least favourite thing about the centre); this place is the real deal!
Three powerful Shipibo shaman at every ceremony with the chance to share and get feedback from them the next day following every ceremony, wonderful, wise and caring facilitators, a fantastic moloka with connecting toilets all mosquito netted, amazing jungle adventure tour guides, a welcoming village close by, good food, friendly cleaning and cooking staff, 24 hour security, comfortable rooms, you name it!
Will definitely be going back one day!
I got back home on the 11th of February after three weeks here. My time and experience here was by far the hardest and most beneficial thing i have ever done for my own personal growth and progression. I learnt in three weeks a life times worth of knowledge and wisdom. Living in such high vibration was the most incredible thing i have ever experienced, especially coming a background of constantly reading about the nature of reality and how all is one etc etc but to feel the presence of god, source, higher intelligence how ever you understand it, is beyond words. I can honestly say i have sat in the presence of god and been dragged through the depths of hell and both were equally as beautiful.
This place gave me EVERYTHING i came here for! Every answer in some way shape or form. EVERYONE that works here is truly amazing, from the shamans to the cleaning ladies and everyone in between. I would recommend Pulse at the drop of a hat to anyone thinking of going to try ayahuasca, as I KNOW for a fact everyone here has your best interests in mind.
Part of why it took me so long to write this review was coming back to the “real world” and still being so energetically open i could ‘feel’ ALL the energy around me and it literally felt like id walked into a room of smoke and was choking/drowning. After being exposed to such love and purity, transitioning back is literally where the real work began. Ayahuasca will not change your life, but she will show you how.
This place gave me the tools to change and better my life in every way and for that i am so deeply grateful. This is an experience i will never forget. Every time i think of my experience here i smile and remember all the amazing people i met, all the laughs we shared, all the vomiting that was done. It felt like home…
With all my heart and soul,
I attended two retreats – one after the other and both for a week. Pulse was about 1.5x the cost, but upon arrival it was very clear where that money went.
The centre itself makes you instantly feel safe – not something I experienced from the first centre, which – whilst great – was a little lackluster on the more practical sides of safety.
They had a very obvious set of structures and boundaries – so you feel prepared, and there are so many staff there – available at all times that it feels a lot like a community looking after you.
Everyone there had their own way to contribute to your experience – sound baths, jungle tours, general camaraderie etc. They went out of their way to let their availabilities known to you, and it’s really only my own politeness that would keep me away from asking for more attention – which I ultimately did anyway.
I had a particularly rough time in my week here – and I found so much support from Val and Craig in that time – and additional support from one of the shamans – and a lot of guidance from Dolan. The guide that ran the jungle / river tours was also exceptional. Visiting the local village was really eye-opening too.
To be honest – I think centres like this – and the other like it around Peru – deal with people in their roughest possible states. They’re dealing with genuine fear, distrust, abuse, torment etc – the kind of emotions that you need to go into the jungle in Peru to deal with. So its not surprising that the reviews can be so varied (yet largely positive). They’re dealing with crises of the psyche (whether you knew that going in or not) and I think it’s a truly valiant effort from everyone at the centre (and the one I attended before).
It’s a scary thing to do, in a scary place (not so scary when you’re there) – and these guys do a stellar job of being a safe place amidst it. You’re looked after from the moment you’re picked up and there are no hidden costs or additional things to buy for the stay. There are options to buy art work or things from the local community – but there’s no pressure – and to be honest I appreciated the opportunity and I suggest taking $200US to do so – there might be something that moves you.
I’ll be back again in 6 months / a year for a fortnight.
Paul (33yo / Sydney)
The Ayahuasca Adventure Centre is AMAZING. The entire package is just so well done. Everyone is so professional and so talented at what they do. The Shamans are amazing and filled with wisdom. Tatiana and Tamara run the operation impeccably. Dolan and the entire team of facilitators brought the competency of an entire medical team to the centre. I went there very skeptical and left so grateful for the amazing experience. If you are thinking about doing Ayahuasca for the first time or looking for a new centre to explore your journey with the medicine, THIS IS THE PLACE! I will go back, I will send friends and family and will maintain a connection with this place. I have no desire to try other Ayahuasca centres because I feel so comfortable with this one.
Thanks again to the whole team for the Jishten (awakening)!!! What a wonderful experience!!
I had an amazing experience with the crew at Pulse. The center was well built and safe. The people that worked at the center (everyone including kitchen staff, tour guides, facilitators, shamans) were kind, approachable, supportive, and created an a comfortable environment for self exploration. Pulse also seemed to have attracted a great mix of people from around the world looking for ayahuasca experiences (novices to people returning to Pulse for more exploration). In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies were floral baths, sound baths, group share, all of which helped me get in the right mindset for the ceremonies. I learned a lot about myself and my relationships to family, friends, the world and the universe. I highly recommend this center, and I am interested in returning. Unforgetable experience.
I just got back from the 21 Day Total Human Transformation trip at Pulse Tours. It was amazing! This review will not be able to do it justice. The center is far away from Iquitos, which allows for a healing process undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of a city. The facilitators are all wonderful and kind people. There for us 24/7 which borders on sainthood considering the amount of trauma and pain that is healed during each ceremony. The shamans are three of the most powerful people I’ve ever met. To sing for hours on end four times a week for no other reason than to heal us is astounding. The ayahuasca. Pure magic. It works differently for everyone and the way it works for me is that it’s mainly emotional. I saw the trippy, psychedelic colors in the first week, but then they stopped, and that’s where the real work began. The feeling of being unburdened and cleaned afterwards is impossible to describe. It can only be experienced. As for the more… terrestrial aspects of Pulse. The place is cleaned everyday. The food is really good.The jungle activities are fun and the tour guide and boat driver are really nice people. And there are plenty of bathrooms.
I went there last summer for the Machu Picchu trip and after that experience it didn’t ever occur to try another center. Pulse is a loving and most importantly, safe environment for what is a very intense experience.
I found out about Pulse Tours Ayahuasca Adventure Center from a friend in Michigan, USA. When I went to see them the first time in 2016, I was so happy and grateful for their guidance and expertise in the handling my issues for being there that I signed up for another seven day week of healing and spiritual growth his year. I just returned from my second visit and it was very profound, if not better than the first. They are open and knowledgeable in the teaching of ayahuasca. Their guidance is driven on compassion and a genuine concern for all attendees. In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies that are lead by an amazing trio of shamans, they offer jungle tours, boat rides, yoga, sound baths, om shanti, meditations, and a staff that is there for every need. The center itself is beautifully designed between the jungle and the river. I highly recommend Pulse and hope to return with in the year for more knowledge and healing. Thank you my friends in the jungle!
1. Accommodations: Spotless, rugged, primitive, picturesque, riverside, embedded in the jungle, effective bug screening, good security, All mattresses are covered in plastic for sanitary purposes.
2. Meals: simple, low GI tract impact (not especially savory….nor should it be) , great selection of fruit juices, and generous portions, and again…..kitchen, service items, etc. were impeccably clean.
3. Sanitary facilities: Showers and toilet facilities were ABSOLUTELY spotless, even given the level of use during ceremonies. This is roughing it….so no hot water….just river water at ambient temperature.
4. Service staff: ALWAYS courteous, quite, ….occasionally seen but not heard.
5. Ceremonial Staff: Magical, astounding, well informed, a tightly knit team, compassionate, professional, very knowledgeable and capable, gifted….and yes—- higher life forms for sure.
6. Transport to and from: flawless, seamless connections between river boats, motocabs, luncheon arrangements, and passenger van transport. Multiple head counts, luggage checks, etc. assured no one was left behind.
My trip to the Ayahuasca Adventure Center was the trip of a life time for me. My brother and I decided to “go for it” and really do a brother sister adventure. We were not disappointed! The food is incredible and lovingly prepared by caring women of the neighboring village, Libertad. Given that this center is in the jungle, the accommodations are sufficient for a 72 year old woman to feel comfortable and safe. EVERONE, from the staff to the facilitators to the resident Shaman,do their best to make sure that all have a spiritually deepening experience. The drinking of the Ayahuasca medicine was reviewed in detail prior to each ceremony and great care was taken to assist in this journey. I would have no hesitation to recommend this adventure to anyone interested in the spiritual pilgrimage.
Very good facilities/activities and nice food. Only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars is how distant the facilitators are at times. Great experience overall.
This was my second time visiting pulse
It far exceeded my expectations and memories of the first great visit I had.
Every aspect of this place ( location, food, facilitators and most importantly the shamans) is superb and deserves lengthy descriptions and accolades
For a medicine that taught me about timelessness, my visit passed far too quickly and I found myself headed back to the real world.
The love, understanding and inner growth experienced there cannot be described and instead, must be felt.
If you wish to experience ayahuasca to the fullest, i cannot think of a better Center to attend
Ayahuasca is a very powerful medicine and should be treated with respect and care. This is what Pulse Tours does exceptionally well. They provide a safe, kind and caring atmosphere to experience and understand the power of the medicine as well as enough activities to experience the jungle i.e. walks, boat rides, fishing, swimming and visit to local village.
I cannot say enough about the Shamans, facilitators and staff. They are knowledgeable, kind and assist in every way possible to make your experience safe, caring, and powerful. The yoga classes, singing bowls and Ohm meditation were wonderful in helping prepare for the evening ceremonies. The morning after share groups with the Shamans allowed you to ask questions, voice concerns but most importantly understand the experience. They have thought of every way possible to make the entire experience memorable and meaningful.
Everything runs flawlessly from the point of arrival in Iquitos to departure. The facility is modest but clean, comfortable and well maintained. The food was nutritious as well as tasty. Being on the river the scenery, especially at sunset, is breath taking.
My experience with Pulse Tours was truly a life changing experience that I will remember forever.
I am very happy with my decision to experience Ayahuasca with Pulse Tours. The absolute top reason I would give is because of the shamans. Wiler, and the other shamans are pure-hearted, powerful, and I trust them completely. I was fortunate enough to attend during a week when there were four shamans. The fourth was a visiting shaman who loved being at the center as much as the guests. There is truly a peaceful, sacred feeling to the location. The center is very protected, physically and energetically. The maloca where the ceremonies took place is still one of the safest spaces I can imagine.
I made this journey with my partner and we had a shared sleeping space, which was very nice. When discussing whether or not to have adjacent mats in the maloca, we were given good information from the staff, but they were careful to attach no judgement to what choice we would make. We ultimately decided to choose mats that had several people between us. I am so pleased with this decision as it gave us both the opportunity to make this journey independently, but support each other outside of ceremony.
My only feedback for improvement would be that I had a difficult time finding a place to meditate during my free time. There are a lot of amazing spaces, but many become quite social or become a place where there is traffic. There was a small “tree fort” for meditation but it was not netted and there were not cushions nearby. I would have appreciated a more convenient space. With effort, this was no real problem.
I left feeling so incredibly wealthy in a way that has nothing to do with money. The healing power of ayahuasca and the safe space Pulse provides for that healing is exactly what I needed. The people that are drawn there were incredible and I feel blessed to have been able to connect with them. The food, especially the fruit was fresh and simple- there was always more than I could eat. The opportunity to explore the jungle and nature rounded out the experience so that guests could connect with the land and river surrounding the center. Without this aspect, it would be easy to get stuck in the bubble of your growth and ceremonies.
I found the staff to be knowledgeable and approachable. I even pulled a staff member aside for one-on-one support when I had uncovered a troubling memory during ceremony. I admire the intuition and hard work it takes to support a group in ceremony then sit with us the next day for group share. I am so appreciative of all the support I received.
Myself and two brothers spent a week at the center and had an incredible time. Everyone there was awesome. The staff are amazing, welcoming and compassionate. there are also super competent. Having a medical professional on staff and also the Sharman with their knowledge of ancient cures meant we were able to relax knowing we were in good hands. The experience is also extremely authentic, down to earth and an honest experience. I love the fact that the center has such a good relationship with the local village and they are making a positive contribution to the local economy. I could go on forever but suffice to say that every aspect of our stay exceeded our expectations and contributed to us having the trip of a life time. I just want to express my gratitude to Pulse for allowing us to stay at the center, for treating us so well and facilitating our participate in the life changing Ayahausca ceremonies. We witnessed profound healing stories from our fellow travelers and were blown away by how much the medicine was helping make peoples lives better. The side trips we took during the day were themselves worth the trip. To the Pulse Team: Please don’t change anything you guys are awesome and I hope to see you all again one day. A big sincere thanks to you all.
Advice to anyone considering coming to the center, if you are like me and cant believe there are so many rave reviews then hit up their facebook page and Im sure that any of the hundreds of past guests will be able to give you some insights. Dont scour the internet for the one bad review. For me that was not helpful and provided some unnecessary trepidation prior to my visit.
Overall impression and experience
I really enjoyed staying at the center and my ayahuasca and cambo experience were very valuable.
The center has a very good infrastructure. The rooms are simple, but every bed has a robust mosquito net. The rooms are made up and cleaned every day. The cleaning staff works very good. Laundry service is available for free.
The food is simple, very healthy, and served according to the schedule. I particularly enjoyed a lot of fresh and delicious fruits (mango, apple, banana, watermelone, papaya, apple, tangerine). Kitchen works like a clock. At your request you can also get a menu according to your restrictions and allergies.
The center has a well equipped gym, mini library with interesting books and numerous chillouts with hammocks and rockers.
The malloca – the building, where all the ceremonies and group sharing take place, is very big and spacious.
All the logistics, like meeting at airport, transportation to the center etc., is just flawless.
The staff and management are very attentive, friendly, careful. I always felt their support, love and care.
I feel so much respect and gratitude to the shamans that it’s hard for me to put it in words. They listen your feelings and reflections very carefully and help you understand the process and the outcomes.
I liked how the ceremonies of ayahuasca were organised and conducted. The staff were attentive and helpful. The Icaro songs of shamans were gorgeous, they were like guiding light in the universe that you plunged in to discover.
Hey, if you think about trying Ayahusca for the first time, don’t think – go. Grab your backpack and go. Don’t think. It will not help. Follow your intuition.
I am a businessman, a family man, and I came to Peru to try Ayahuasca merely for some fun, some new psychedelic experience, but not expecting much out of it.
I must admit I was really lucky to get to Pulse Tours Ayahuasca Center.
Because I discovered and you should understand this – Ayahuasca is not just some “new experience”. It can be a life changing experience and it is very important to try it for the first time with the right shamans and right people who are managing the whole process.
So I can recommend Pulse Tours team and shamans of this Center with all my heart.
Ayahuasca is extremely powerful healing practice and medicine for you soul, mind and body. And as for anything that is extremely powerful, the people that use it must be responsible, decent, careful and professional. They must have good intentions. Pulse Tours team has all of this. They are great! Guys, thank you. Thank you Tatyana, Val, Greg, Tamara, Dolan, Ksenia, Willer, Anjelita, Gilberto, Alban, Hose – you are the best! 🙂
What is also very important is that there are 4 shamans at the Center. And the whole team that leads every ceremony is around 10 people. You will feel their support and get advice. You will get the right introduction and very valuable advice. They explain everything before and after.
Everyone in this Center is very much dedicated to the medicine, to this healing practice. They are professional, though modest.
The leading shaman at the center, Willer, has a very strong and sincere intention to help people, to open the world of Ayahuasca to everyone who is looking for healing or growth or wisdom or anything else we are all looking for.
The interpretations (follow-ups) after each ceremony are made by the head shaman. It is also important. With a great Spanish-English translation carefully carried out by by Tamara these conversations are very helpful, because the head shaman explains very much about your personal experience, answers your questions and explains almost everything. He shares his knowledge generously and explains a lot about each personal experience.
If you need translation and communication in other language, the team is multilingual.
Besides Ayahuasca we had meditations, yoga, jungle walks, boat trips, hunting, fishing and a great amount of laughing, and sharing our emotions with each other. This was great.
I spent two weeks with Pulse last month and also two weeks in February 2016. I honestly can’t imagine drinking Ayahuasca anywhere else. Going back into the maloca this year felt like going home and the facilitators all remembered me and were just as amazing as always. I guess when choosing a centre you theres a few things you want to be sure of. Will you feel safe? Are the staff approachable and friendly? Are the shaman’s legit? Is the medicine powerful? Its a yes on all counts.
The center itself is perfect. Secluded but also near a small village and with a guard tower to watch over you. No worries about snakes or tarantulas or jaguars or any of the other terrifying things in the jungle. The maloca is a beautiful building where all the magic happens and you can feel the energy in there. I can’t put into words how much I love that room.
The staff are all awesome in their own way. Tatiana, Tamara, Melissa, Val, Craig and Dolan all bring different skills and attributes and I consider them all family.
The medicine and the shamans come as one in my eyes. If you are drinking Ayahuasca, then you want it made by Shipibo shamans and this is what you get. The power of Wiler, Angelita, Gilberto and Ernesto is amazing and their icaros elevate the potency of the medicine to insane levels. The icaros are still swimming around in my head and I have memories of incredible visions that will stay with me all my life.
If I do go back to Peru I will be going with Pulse Tours. No doubt. I guess there’s no bigger complement than that.
We went to this center in a group of 5 people from Russia and did not even expect what a wonderful journey it will be. The shamans are doing a great job and we are really grateful for it, the moderators are truly helpful and are very-very good people and the whole atmosphere helps to get a deep transformation and come to know your real self! Thank you!!
I recently got back from the 14 day Machu Picchu/ Ayahuasca trip. I could not have imagined a better experience!
I started my trip in Cusco, where they had transportation waiting for me. The accommodations were good and the meals were also good. The meals that weren’t provided we ate at great local restaurants all close to the Hotel.
Our trip to Machu Picchu was incredible. The guide Roberto is great, very knowledgeable and friendly. It’s also nice to have the afternoon to explore on your own. Again all the transportation and accommodations were well organized and nice.
The second half of the trip was at their center near Iquitos. The facility itself is beautiful. It’s located right on the river, giving great views anytime of day. There are ample places to get to know the members of your group or hang out and relax on your own. They also have a gym providing all the equipment you’d need for a full workout. The rooms are basic as far as creature comforts but provideo all you need. You can get photos and a video tour at their website.
The best asset pulse has is their staff. Every member of their team is great. They’re very professional and fill their rolls perfectly. From the guides and kitchen staff to the Shamans and facilitators they all made me feel so welcome and confident that I was in a safe environment. No matter what situation arose there handled it in a professional and caring manner. I have the utmost respect for all of them.
I will be returning to pulse at some point in the next few years. As I said, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Really great and welcoming staff. Nice and cozy interiors. Shamans are great. Thank you pulse tours for the great work you’ve done!
I have so much gratitude and love for Pulse tours and the amazing staff, who are more like family to me than anything. I got everything and more than what I was expecting. As a 21 year old solo traveler, I was met with a ton of resistance leading up to Peru, but I am SO glad I went through with it and gained an immense amount of knowledge and self-confidence coming out of the trip. From the daily excursions to the food and environment I was in, that week, I couldn’t have been happier and more in the moment. Looking back on my time here, I cannot help but shed tears of happiness and LOVE for everyone and everything that took place. It was an intense ride for me personally, but I came out the other end, each ceremony with a crazy amount of insights and growth to be done! A part of my soul will forever be in Peru and I cannot wait to be back this summer to continue my journey. Lastly, I have met some of the most BEAUTIFUL people here at this retreat. You guys and the entire staff will forever be in my heart. Much love and see you soon
Pulse Tours is really at the complete package, it offered everything I was looking for and more. The centre is big enough to chill out alone for times when you want to collect your thoughts from experiences and also offers many different activities, jungle tours, group activities and more. The gym was personal favorite with a growing range of exercise bikes, weights, and puchbag. The jungle tours are ran with a local guide that have a vast amount of knowledge and experience that all adds to full immersion into the local area of the retreat centre… The ceremonies were always in a 100% safe environment, I was always 100% supported and feel 100% happy with the investment I made in myself via Pulse Tours. If the opportunity arises in the future for another ayahuasca workout the only choice is Pulse Tours, it’s really as simple as that, they are the best.
I had an outstanding experience with Pulse. At no point did I feel unsafe or out of control. The facilitators and guides were very caring and approachable. I never felt that I was pressured into going anywhere or having an experience I was uncomfortable with. When I attended the Ayahuasca center there were four Shaman present and I now would trust each one of them with my life.
I attended four Ayahuasca ceremonies in the small jungle center a few hours from Iquitos. These were well-structured ceremonies all taking place in the same sacred space, a maloca in the middle of the Pulse center. Accommodations at the center were simple, and fulfilling. The beds were soft, and surrounded by mosquito nets (as were many of the rooms). The food served was all fresh and designed to work well with Ayahuasca. There were showers (one temperature), toilets, safe drinking water, an exercise gym, a small library and an area for doing laundry. Everyone had the opportunity to go out on hour or two excursions such as jungle walks, boat rides to visit monkeys and sloths or go swimming or visit the neighboring village of Libertad. None of these were mandatory if anyone felt the need for some extra rest. The center also offered assorted practices such as yoga, reiki, sound baths and Om circles.
Afterwards, myself and my partner opted for the guided trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The days were not rushed, but were full. Two weeks felt like a month. The guides at every location we visited were knowledgeable, punctual and engaged with the group. There were no scheduling, or logistical hiccups on the part of Pulse Tours.
Before my arrival in Peru I was contacted by a member of Pulse to give me an idea of what to expect, how to prepare and to answer any questions I had. Part of Pulse’s process is also to contact everyone three months after their experience to support re-integration, as it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.
In the end, this experience felt less like the product of a company and more like the aid of friends and family. The healing I did at this center in 5 days I could not have accomplished in a year. I am very grateful, and will be taking the lessons I learned from the Ayahuasca medicine far into my future.
It’s been a week now since returning home from the Ayahuasca Intensive retreat with Pulse Adventure Tours and I am still finding it difficult to put into words.
I went to experience a rite of passage that just doesn’t exist in our western culture. I went to hit the “reset” button on my life. But most importantly, after a 5 plus year “calling” from Mother Ayahuasca after hearing about an experience on a podcast; I went with a heart, body, soul and mind full of intentions that I believed would be near impossible to find fulfilled…but it was my boldest and bravest and last ditch effort of hope.
Explaining what took place over the course of my 14 day stay and my 8 Ayahuasca Ceremonies to someone can be described as what Dolan (Facilitator, Medic and awesome human being who works for Pulse) said “You’re trying to get someone to imagine what they haven’t imagined, so they can re-imagine what they can’t imagine”.
So with that in mind, I will say this; it was by far the hardest thing and most rewarding experiences of my life and it is still unfolding for me every day as I continue the work while integrating what I learned in the jungle into my life back home.
If you have a void within yourself, something that is incomplete, something as far back as you can remember, anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD and/or just the desire to expand and grow as a human being; I can’t recommend the retreat with Pulse strongly enough.
It is not always an easy journey, but if you go with a heart-full of intentions and NO expectations (including that you will see visions), prepare with the dieta well in advance and prepare to do work; I have no doubt that you will be rewarded.
I already miss the friends I made and can’t wait to reach out to them and share this journey with them for the rest of our lives.
To every single facilitator, staff member, guide and shaman who I met at Pulse; I can’t thank you enough. You all played such a major part in my transformation that I will never be able to find the words to express what deep love and gratitude I have for each and everyone of you, except “Thank you” from every fiber of my being.
I hope to find my way back to Pulse in the future and for those of you reading this review; I hope you take the first step in your path to true recovery and self discovery and rebirth by following your own calling and attending a retreat with Pulse Tours. It has forever changed my life, will continue to do so and I have no doubt it will change yours. Much love, Much gratitude and so many blessings. Sincerely, your friend – Austin
How can you put a price on being reborn…. For that is exactly what my time with Pulse was. I arrived sceptical about how much this medicine could really change someone with the problems i had. That scepticism however quickly passed as i lived what was to be physically the most demanding week of my life and yet never have i been so humbled. Humbled by the power of the medicine, the selflessness with which the Sharmans gave them selves to us and finally the facilitators and the other members who had come for healing. We each had a different story, a different past and yet there in the center we were all one. I left inspired and full of a deep respect and love for everyone i met there. This was the greatest investment of my life and one day i hope to return and not be recognised, for that is truly how profoundly life changing this experience was for me. Much love to you all.
I just returned from my first go round with Pulse and it was an amazing experience! I dont just mean the eye opening aspects of the Ayahuasca, but the part that makes Pulse truly stand out is all the staff and added experiences of going with them.
Everyone there is so kind, open hearted and seem to truly care for all the people who decide to take this incredible life changing experience with them. It was amazing to watch how the were able to cater to the different needs of different people seamlessly.
As for the center, the food is Aya diet so its never going to be the best food of your life, but Pulse provides a great kitchen staff and the food was satisfying. Not too mention the fruit that is always in stock and on hand and absolutely delicious!
The beds, bathrooms and maloka were all kept super clean, and the cleaning staff were always working to make sure it stayed that way.
Overall I am so happy with my experience, and if I ever feel the call to return to Ayahuasca for more work, it wouldn’t be with anyone but Pulse!
I spent seven days with Pulse and wish I could have stayed longer. The entire experience was amazing, so amazing I will be coming back one day.
The staff is incredibly open and honest, and does an excellent job of answering any questions you may have, as well as making you feel at ease. These guys are professionals.
If you can make it happen, I recommend staying at least two weeks.
If you begin your potential life changing journey with an open heart and open mind and faith in the circle of people that you will be bonding with, you will indeed come away with a great experience yearning for more. I had the pleasure of having my oldest son with me for our adventure and we both grew both together and as individuals. The whole staff became our friends in a very short time, happy all the time
and guiding us with our long list of questions. Our group of eleven people from all over the world became very honest and open and good friends in a matter of a couple of days. Thank You all so very much!!! Mike M.
The Pulse Tour crew is an incredible group of people. It didn’t take long to feel a real connection to the experience that Pulse Tours staff had to offer. I could go on and tell you so many things about the experience, but I all I really want to say is that you have to go there and experience it for yourself. If you’re looking for answers or feel stuck I highly recommend this retreat for a life-changing and newly energized outlook. Pulse Tours staff is highly professional and I trusted them to take me through the journey of a lifetime. Pulse Tours is the real deal.
Being at the center was a really moving, transformative experience. It’s an environment of trust and security in which each person is supported and encouraged to grow in the direction that aligns with their authentic self. We all come in with blockages that have built up and prevent us from loving others and ourselves. These shamanic practices help heal us and connect us to others and ourselves. Very beautiful, healing work that I’m very grateful to have discovered. It can be dark, some of these experiences and challenging, but the tools are in place at this center to address even these more arduous experiences. Shamans and facilitators are full of light and love, as are all the staff that support the clients here. Recommended.
Having recently returned from Pulse Tour’s 7 Day Ayahuasca Adventure retreat, and having found Pulse through positive reviews like the many you will read here, I hope this brief account of my own experience helps make a decision on where to go. This was my second Ayahuasca retreat, and after having visited Pulse, I honestly cannot imagine how it could get any better than this. From the very beginning, Pulse’s Operations Manager, Melissa, presented a welcoming and professional face of Pulse that would characterize the rest of my experience. Upon arriving, I received the warmest welcome to the Pulse family and felt at home from day one. The entire Pulse team was so warm and loving, expressed genuine concern for each individual, looked you in the eyes when listening to you, and were overall extremely approachable, accessible, and yes, hug-able! Before the day ends you quickly realize how much thought and love has gone in creating the best experience for their visitors, from fresh flowers in your bedroom to an incredible daily agenda. The nunu, kambo, floral baths, and ayahuasca ceremonies were lovingly planed, and beautifully carried out by a very experienced and professional team of shaman and facilitators whose first priority is your safety and comfort. Although you are part of a group (who you WILL become extremely close to and make friends for LIFE), the Pulse team is very much focused on your individual needs and reasons for coming to the center. As they say, you may not get exactly what you want, but you will get exactly what you NEED, and this is so true from my recent visit. While difficult and hard work at times, my ceremonies revealed a life-changing lesson on the power of fear and the tools I can use day by day, minute by minute, to live a courageous life aligned with my purpose – love and understanding. I watched as every single person in my group (18 total) underwent similar transformations – it was so incredible that I cannot describe it anything short of miraculous. A big thank you to Tamara, Tatiana, Val, Dolan, Craig, Hilberto, Wiler, and Angelita for their love, support, and giving me the space I needed to work on myself. In deciding where to go to experience the healing power of Mother Ayahuasca, trust yourself. But also know that Pulse comes with my highest recommendation. I cannot wait to return and continue the work one day soon myself.
I cannot speak highly enough of this experience. The team at Pulse Tours care deeply about every single person that participates in the Ayahuasca retreat. Their kindness, patience, openness, and dedication to helping you get the greatest tools for happiness you will ever receive guarantee an unforgettably sublime experience.
The local Shamans are true to the tradition and understand exactly what needs to be addressed physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
The process and experience has been carefully designed to culminate in an experience that leaves you full of light and love and happiness and completely unburdened of your troubles and worries.
The facilitators are incredibly professional and are always on hand, any time of the day and night to help their guests work through the process. Their knowledge of the medicines, Ayahuasca, traditions, and complementary ceremonies and processes give you the utmost confidence and peace of mind that you are in safe hands.
Thank you thank you thank you Pulse Tours for changing my life. I was happy before and happy with my life. Now I’m so excited about the even greater life I have ahead of me.
First off, I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Pulse Tours. The itinerary is well designed, and the staff is very professional. They are very accommodating and are more than willing to assist individual needs and preferences. The ceremonies are powerful, which makes Pulse Tours the ideal location for a transformative experience. Overall, I highly recommend Pulse Tours to anybody seeking an incredible journey.
Pulse tours is the best retreat in all of Peru. this is now my second time there and I wont go anywhere else. Truly professional and safe place to enjoy your spiritual journey.
I’ve traveled to over 15 countries… my week at the ayahuasca adventure was the most unbelievable, profound experience of my entire life. All of the staff are full of love and light who love connecting with all of their guests. I was very impressed with the operations from the time I arrived to the time I left – felt safe the entire time as well. Ayahuasca is the most incredible, intelligent medicine I have ever come into contact with, the ability it has to cure you on a physical, mental, emotion, and spiritual is something you cannot fathom until you experience it. I cannot imagine going to a different retreat, I’ll hopefully be returning in March.
Pulse Tours, and their Ayahuasca Adventure Center are absolutely top teir, and undoubtedly changed my life for the better. I attended the New Year’s Eve retreat from December 2016, to January 2017 and will never forget it.
Where to begin… For a short period, you may explore Iquitos with the whole group, buying supplies, sampling a few great ayahuasca friendly restaurants, and bonding as a group. I thought this was an excellent format, as it can be a little intimidating drinking the medicine for the first time with complete strangers. Then it’s off to the retreat center. The amenities are just fine. Sleep in your bungalo, or more likely, lounge in the maloca with your new friends, or watch the stars until you fall asleep. The food was good. Even surprisingly so, and they accommodate any diet you wish to follow. The center also has a gym(!), library, meditation tree and more for your daily activities. Unlike many other centers, Pulse also provides some very unique activities, such as Jungle expeditions, Caiman hunting, and piranha fishing. The local guide, Falcon was knowledgeable on everything from geography, to wildlife, and the plant medicines themselves (I recommend anyone interested in the medicines, ceremonies, and dietas to attend the jungle hike).
The Staff, I can’t say enough good about. They are well trained, knowledgable, wonderful people that will guide your journey, pick you up when you need it most, and chill with you all day. I truly feel like I made some great friends in the staff as well. The Shaman here are some incredibly wise badasses too. I was unfamiliar with the format of an ayahuasca ceremony, and was blown away by the beautifully orchestrated guidance of Wiler, Ernesto, and Angela.
If you are on a more isolated and deeply personal journey, Pulse will happily work with you there too, but I found this to be a social trip full of amazing, diverse new friends by the end of the week. Perfect for me, going in with the intent of working on being more outgoing.
My review may be all over the place, but there’s so much more to the Ayahuasca Adventure Center that I could go on for pages. I’ll leave it at this: I was nervous about taking on such an adventure. I’m sure most first timers are. But Pulse made me feel at home. I can’t imagine having picked any other retreat center, as I wouldn’t trade the memories and friends I made for anything!
I did the 7 day ayahuasca retreat which was great because I it involved 4 ceremonies which was a good number to get used to the medicine and take you through the journey. And it is a journey. What I would say is as they all say trust the experience, accept it, and give thanks through each ceremony as it’s all part of the process.
The food was brilliant – although it gets bland at the end, you are being fed the best food you can have that will fit in with the ayahuasca diet so it’s great to be cooked for and know It’s what you need as a basis for the medicine.
We got to do excursions in the days which was a wonderful combination. I didn’t want to be bored in the jungle and we didn’t..
Doing 2 days ayahuasca then a night off for reflection then the next two definitely worked best for me. If there was a thing they could improve would be to put some activities together. Different activities were split out so that you were never stuck for time but in some ways worked against you because you couldn’t get enough time for an afternoon nap for example
The retreat started with a Kambo ceremony which was a perfect start because it’s cleanses your body ready for the ceremonies ahead.
The meditation before the third ceremony was amazing. I felt it run through every chakra which was crazy.
The accommodation was much more basic than imagined – no lights, so torchlight only for example and the wifi was virtually non existent. I think it could be quite easy to have a few more guiding lamps around. And I appreciate limited /slow internet is quite probable in the jungle! But think it could have been said on the guide. Also I know its good to keep away from outside world to reflect but just a little more workable time would have been good.
But that aside, that’s side issues. The main thing is the ayahuasca experience and I being done in the best environment with the best people possible and I felt this was so. It was great to relax into the experience and feel 100% safe with the shamans and facilitators to have the best experience I came for.
The whole pulse team are all lovely – the facilitators / team / guides / boatsman / shamans – thank you to all of you! They care about your experience and want it to be good and help you.
It was helpful to get feedback from them of experiences too. Although everyone is different in what happens it’s just really reassuring to discuss over lunch or wherever.
Overall I had a brilliant experience. Many thanks!
Pulse Tours does it right!
I’ve been down to the center twice and I can say that hands down they know what they’re doing. From start to finish you feel in good hands and comfortable. The coordinators make transportation, from the moment you step off the plane, clear and concise and before you know it you’re at the hotel situated in your room. Next is the fun part of meeting all the fresh faces who have flown in from around the world to partake in the very experience you’re seeking. Meeting everyone down in the main hall before setting off for lunch was a nice touch. Nothing quite like refueling after a long flight and having some good introductory laughs with new friends.
Like I stated earlier, Transportation is easy peasy and before you know it, you’re off to the next small town where you board the same familiar boat(In my case) and you’re off for a cruise down the amazon to the center itself. Enjoying the fresh air, taking in the scenery, listening to your favorite music, conversing with others or catching up on some sleep is the way to go here. Before you know it, you’re at the beautiful center. Step off the boat, grab your bag/supplies and hike to the front entrance. Here you’ll meet the majority of the main staff who you’ll be in contact with for the rest of your time being. All amazing and friendly people :).
Once you’re situated in your room, you’re off to the races. The next week or two are jam packed with fun and exciting things to do from jungle hikes to piranha fishing, visiting the neighboring village to swimming in the amazon(If you so wish to). And if you’re not up to any of the exercises and would just like to chill out, jump into one of many comfy seats, recliners, hammocks etc. situated at various locations around the center. Grab your headphones or favorite book and enjoy!
Now down to the reason why you’re here. The medicine. You’re in for a unique genuine jungle experience. You’re working with the ancient medicines. The tools used for centuries and centuries. Some of the tactics may seem primitive but this is how it is and by the time you’re done, you wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Kambo is a powerful purgative medicine cleansing the body of any unnecessary waste that may be in the body before your first ceremony. This is very beneficial.
The Ayahuasca Ceremonies are pure magic… Conducted at night under the roof of the giant Maloka. You will experience magic from out of your deepest imagination… Everyone’s trips are different, filled with both comfort and discomfort. The medicine works with you in all the ways it needs to. 4-5hours may feel like an eternity and then poof, the ceremony is closed by the master shaman and the candles are lit and a light fruit snack is served to feed any appetite you may have.
The Shamans at Pulse are…. Magicians.. I can’t even begin to explain how they shape and mold your experience through their Icaro’s(Shipibo Songs). You really have to experience it yourself and you’ll find yourself here writing a review unable to explain it yourself. It’s pure magic.
Theres a reason that I’ve been down here twice with Pulse and will continue to do so. They’re family now and you’ll know what I’m talking about by the time you leave. I love these guys and I can feel their genuine exchange of love back. It’s a beautiful spot. I find myself smiling and almost tearing up as I write this. I’m so thankful to have joined the Pulse family. The Pulse of the jungle…
If you’ve saved up your hard earned money and are wondering where to go… I can’t recommend Pulse Tours and the Ayahuasca Adventure Center enough. You don’t know who I am but Trust me… Everyone at the center will welcome you with open arms and will work with you to get you the best experience possible.
Pulse Tours changed my life…. Will they change yours?
I recently returned to pulse for the second time, first being their New Years 10 day trip but I’ll get back to that. I returned to them for one main reason, the people, let’s face it you’re going to be in the jungle not a five star hotel. There’s bugs and heat and for the most part it’s not super pleasant. But at pulse there was never a point where I felt unsafe or neglected in anyway, there is always someone there willing to stop what they are doing to talk or show you where something is or help you in anyway they can. Sometimes during ceremony things can get hectic for you and again they are there to help whether it’s words of encouragement or to carry you to the bathroom. In my two trips with pulse I’ve had the opportunity to meet everyone who works there and they are some of the nicest people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, I consider all of them my friends. Another reason is the food, while the ata diet is pretty bland the cooks there work very well to make dishes all approved as aya friendly by weiler , the shaman, and they’re awesome I repeat awesome the food is surprisingly good. Side note: they have the best mangos ever don’t miss out. The gym is pretty well set up, but truth be told in the 3 weeks I was there I maybe used it 4 times because, well it’s hot and I’m on vacation, stop judging.So if you’re looking for a cushy air conditioned resort you probably shouldn’t go to the jungle, but if you do definitely give them a good look the setting is gorgeous, the food is great, the staff is amazing and your safety will be the last thing on your mind because you’ll feel like at home with your jungle family. Ps if you give Rafa “the jungle dog” apples you’ll have a friend for life.
Life Changed Forever
If I could leave 100 stars I would. This place was exactly what I was looking for. Perfect mix of traditional Ceremonies and amenities, while feeling very safe and taken care of. So much respect for all of the staff and other visitors. The shamans are the real deal. So so powerful. The most incredible fooooooood. Simple and delicious. Knowledge everywhere. Gym had everything I needed. Day trips off the property were wonderful. Everything everything everything was super easy. I can’t wait to go back. The ceremonies!!!!!!! My life forever changed. Thank you pulse, I am forever part of your family. So much love
I’ve stayed one week in the jungle with Pulse Tours. It was a wonderful experience! Met so many nice people there: The shamans, the facilitators and of course the other guests! The ceremonies are carefully carried out. The Ayahuasca is well prepared in its pure form, containing only the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine and Psychotria Viridis leaves. The shamans lead the ceremonies with Icaros chanting and the facilitators do great job in taking care of the participants.
Throughout the day you can join different activities like jungle tours, meditation, yoga or hitting the gym.
It was the first time for me doing Ayahuasca and I’m definately considering coming back to this magical place!
I stayed with pulse tours for the 2 week intensive Ayahuasca retreat, which included 8 Ayahuasca cermonies, 2 nunu cermonies and 2 kamboda frog cermonies + floral bath and a place to stay and food with all the jungle trips exc.
Before I went on this adventure I had some knowledge on what I was about to bring myself into.
I heard alot about it, listen to Terrance McKenna’s 10 hour long talk about psychedelics, podcasts and more.
As a 20 year old that never had flown alone to a foreign country before, this was quite an experience. A wonderful one, seeing the first sight of Iquitos in realtime after I arrived to the airport I already thought that the trip had made itself worth. The city felt very unique in itself to me. Most of my insight with which people would consider phycadelics like mushrooms and LSD came through my brother. I myself had never tried or experienced any of those before. Even before the Ayauasca cermonies.
Ayauasca was first psychedelic experience.
Pulse tours picked us up at the hotel la casona as planned, and they are very friendly, this time our group was picked up by Melissa, Val and Dolan, and we all presented our selfs to eachother and after that Dolan brought us to a nice breakfast place called Dawn of the Amazon cafe. If you guys are going there I Recommend “The Acai Bowl” which taste really good and maybe even the Acai smoothie recommended by the chef in the menu aswell!
After the breakfast we went back and picked up our baggage and brought it to the drivers outside the hotel, then finally started our journey towards the center, we stopped 1 time on the way for a tiny break since some of us needed a snack or something to drink, about 25 mins after the break we stopped at a dinner and we got served some lunch at a cozy place besides the road where they apparently had some really nice grilled chicken which were one of the options to eat during the stay, the other one was a whole grilled fish which was good but I probably would have went with the chicken the next time around. Their juices they served there were so refreshing and tasty. At the lunch place one of the other facilitor members of the center arrived, which was Rafael, he is a really cool and knowledgeable guy. After that we arrived at a gas stop where we needed to continue on motortaxis (tuk tuks) towards the boats. 10 – 15 mins later we arrived att the dock where our boats were at and we put our big baggage in one of them which arrived abit later at the center. When we arrived att the dock we picked up some other members of the center, which had probably stayed a while in the village, one of them was Chandra and she is really lovely. During the boat ride, Falcon one of the guides for the jungle tours showed us a glimpse of the Amazon River which we passed by towards our boat ride to the center. When we arrived finally, they showed us around the center and we finally settled down for abit, and later that evening we gathered in the malocka (the big hut where the ceremonies take place) where we got introduced to the shamans for the nunu and the kamboda frog venom. And later at dawn we started the nunu ceremony, and early in the morning the second day we did the kamboda frog venom ceremony. After that we had a Ayauasca talk and we got introduced to 2 of the ayauasca shamans Ernesto and Angela. And later at dawn we started the first #1 Ayauasca cermony. The 3 day of the retreat, Wiler the third shaman for ayauasca arrived, and that dawn was followed with the second #2 Ayauasca cermony, where all 3 shamans of the ayauasca cermony sang together, which continued to happen following cermonies. Before most of the cermonies we did floral baths which feels very nice and refreshing.
I think that they handle everything very good, they got your back if you need help throughout the cermony, and after the cermony incase you need anything in particular. During some of the dark trips I had which was one of the best ones, they really had my back when I needed it. I also had very good ones which made me have a hard time not laughing. Its a very nice place to stay there is alot of mosquito nets and I didn’t have to wear any mosquito repellent at the center at all, and there were no mosquitos during the day at center just some that never got to you at night when you walked through to the next hut. I would bring for the jungle tours though, there could be alot in there sometimes. Also if you ever go out with Falcon on the jungle expedition exc, bring your camera, sometimes you meet the unexpected, and a monkey 🙂 Also for the sloth visit ofcourse.
I love the facilitators at center. And you will see that, as the more cermonies you do with the people in the group you are with at the center, you’ll grow a stronger connection with them. And that connection is really something worth feeling ones in your lifetime atleast ,I would say. If I ever decide to do ayauasca in the South America again I would definitely choose pulse tours again.
All my thanks go out to the shamans, the facilitators, the tribe and people I didn’t mention in this review about some of my experience during the visit with Pulse Tours. I love you all. And I hope I will see you again soon.
Thank you with all regards Johan Westerberg
I did the 14 Machu Picchu tour. We started in Cusco and did the San Pedro ceremony which was awesome. They do ceremonies every Monday Wednesday Friday from Casa de la Gringa I recommend finishing your trip with another one. The tour at machu picchu was great very knowledgeable tour guide. The week in the jungle was intense. Don’t expect it to be like an all inclusive resort the accommodations are rugged and the food is nothing special but you have everything you need. This week will not be vacation like be prepared to do the work required in the ceremonies. That being said there is yoga, meditation and jungle tours each day to keep you busy. All in all a life changing trip. I will be back
I went on the 14 day Matchu Pitchu to Jungle trip from Cuzco to Iquitos Nov24-Dec7. Met a really fantastic bunch of people who were finishing off in Cuzco after beginning their journey in the Jungle, over the first 5 days of the trip they were able to give us a heads up as to what to expect without spoiling anything, this was very useful.
The San Pedro ceremony in Cuzco was a really cool and gentle intro into the experience and the conversations around the fire that night were. Matchu Pitchu was also as expected, nothing was rushed and everything ran smoothly.
The Aya part of the trip was incredible. I think this is probably the most important thing I will ever do in my life because I feel it has truly connected me with a higher spirit/being (that’s something I never thought I’d say). I’m a pretty normal, balanced person with no big traumas or difficult things I’m trying to resolve/heal (yet!), my primary aim was to explore consciousness and clean anything that needed to be cleaned.
The actual ceremonies are different for everyone. They were very visual for me with only a little purging but I agree with the view that it felt like I was in a Spiritual hospital and that people were being healed. At the end I felt like I had been cleaned and given a lot of seriously valuable knowledge. I have been through a sacred initiation of sorts and am now connected to the force that guides me in my life.
Something I didn’t expect was just how much I would learn from the group shares. What people share about their experience is fascinating and humbling and the way Rafael facilitated was outstanding, he is a truly compassionate, engaging and enlightened person. The interaction between the group, Rafael and the Shamans was spot on. I will be forever grateful that I was able hear what others in the group were experiencing and see the progress we all made as the journey progressed.
A big thank you to:
Melissa: For such a great energy and definitely the best laugh I’ve heard in ages! Made everything seem so easy. You were such a key part of the trip, I really wish you well on your path.
Donal, Rafael, Val, Chandre, Tatiana: For all the facilitation, guidance, amazing knowledge, yoga, meditation and warmth.
The Shamans: Wiler, Ernesto and Angelita for your protection during the ceremonies, feedback during the group shares and for the opportunity to experience the incredible connection you have with this amazing spirit world/dimension. I won’t meet many people like this in my life, it’s been a real privilege.
Wilbur & Peche: For the jungle tours, swimming, fishing etc. You guys are a great team and the info you have about the locals and old ways really adds to the experience.
Cleaning ladies and staff who prepped the food: Everything we needed was done in such a non-intrusive and friendly way.
The only complaint I have is that the crazy dog needs a buddy!
Not sure when, but I’ll be back and will only recommend this place with the highest praise.
I can’t begin to say enough wonderful things about my recent experience at Pulse. I participated in the ’14 Day Machu Picchu & Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition’ experience in Nov/Dec ’16, and had the time of my life – these guys do a wonderful job of balancing fun and seriously powerful medicine in one tidy little package.
Everything was supremely well-organized, coordinated, facilitated, etc (Mel, you’re a rock star). The entire staff – and I really do mean the entire staff – were wonderful, caring, kind folks who genuinely seemed to give a damn. The medicine was powerful, the shamans were awe-inspiring (Wiler especially is on that next level shit), and the facilitators were so helpful in providing spiritual guidance, words of wisdom, and open ears throughout my time at the center, which in and of itself was perfectly safe, comfortable, relaxing, and accommodating. This experience changed my life, and I’ll never forget it.
Everyone on the team was genuinely wonderful, but I’d be remiss id I didn’t give a huge heartfelt shoutout to Melissa, Val, and Dolan in particular for going above and beyond and making this a truly magical experience for me – aside from just being a client, I’m proud and incredibly grateful to call these guys my friends now. Rafa, Falcon, Chandra, Craig, Tati – you guys all kick ass too, I love all you crazy people.
If you’re on the fence about Pulse, I implore you to go for it. I went in completely blind based on reviews here, and was admittedly a little skeptical of the overwhelming barrage of largely unchallenged positivity – but I’m glad to say it was all true and then some. You won’t regret making the choice to drink with these folks.
I spent 4 weeks in total with Pulse, doing the 14 day Intensive and then the Machu Pichu retreat. I came with serious Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, ADD and probably a few other things too. This is the real deal. If you want to be healed you need to go here… I was in a very dark place and the team at Pulse really went above and beyond to help me get the healing I have been wanting for so long. Thank you guys, I will be forever grateful for what you have done for me. Keep doing what you’re doing and this world will be a better place because of it…
I recently went to Pulse with my boyfriend. It was his second time back and my first. We had a wonderful time there. The staff was amazing- so caretaking and genuine. They really created a community of safety and openness. The shamans were wonderful as well, of course. The accommodations were also nice- clean, plenty of bathrooms, water stations and showers. My favorite daytime hangout place was the second maloka that had a number of hammocks. I definitely left he experience understanding the power of ayahuasca and feeling a weight lifted that was previously anxiety and pressure. I highly recommend Pulse!!
I spent two weeks with the Pulse team and can easily say I had the best vacation of my entire life. I spent one week at the center in Libertad and another week in Cuzco/Machu Picchu. I recommend scheduling your tour with the same itinerary – spend a week in the jungle and then unwind and decompress for an additional week in Cuzco.
What I valued most from the Pulse team was the immediate sense of safety and care the entire team provided. I sincerely trusted every single person and they offered so much more than simple medical advice/suggestions. They took the time to understand our history, our intent and purpose for visiting, they clearly explained what we could expect and they took care of every single person like we were family.
The group of people whom I met on this tour were extraordinary. We were all so different but we bonded more closely in two weeks than bonds I’ve experienced knowing people back home for years. It just goes to show we all have more in common than we think.
Aside from the ayahuasca and san pedro ceremonies (which were enlightening, safe, and some of the most remarkable experiences of my life), we also had plenty of excursions via river boat trips down the river, cayman catch and release, a visit to Libertad, multiple lunches and dinners at various types of restaurants, day and night jungle hikes, the experience of staying in a few awesome hostels, and more. We explored multiple cities and markets, explored the jungle and explored ancient sites around Peru. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I wish I could give more than five stars, I highly recommend vacationing with Pulse Tours, it’s something I will definitely do again within the next couple of years. Enjoy your trip!
I love this place! I have made three trips to Peru and won’t even consider going anywhere other than to Pulse tours Ayahuasca Adventure Center. The shamans and staff are incredible. Wiler the head shaman is incredible, and Angelita has become unbelievably powerful in her own right. The ceremony facilitators are some of the kindest, most caring and loving people I have ever had the good fortune of meeting. They are always right there when you need them. Working with the medicine can be very difficult at times and I can’t imagine drinking it without the love and support given by the staff at Pulse.These people know what they are doing and always seem to know just the right things to say and do to help make the experience as smooth as possible. I will be returning to the jungle to continue my work with the medicine, and when I do go back, I will only go with Pulse tours.
Most amazing experience of my life! This center & it’s amazing staff & owners showed me so much love & compassion & kindness! It completely changed my life & touched my heart! I will definitely be back & I have so many friends & family that I want to share this place with!
If you are even thinking about coming to Peru & booking a retreat, don’t hesitate & pick pulse tours because you won’t be sorry. Choosing them was the best decision of my life! Light & love to you!
I was in Pulse Tours for 12 ceremonies, 21 days in November 2016. Mother Ayahuasca has done everything possible, so that I came to this center – the events and people capabilities – it all came together in one single chain of events, not giving the opportunity to turn aside. I am grateful for this opportunity. I myself hardly dared to this desperate step 🙂 I met these people, who have given me the opportunity to apply for a job where I could easily go for a month, almost without notifying the authorities – and no one blamed me. Only paid regular salary at the beginning of next month. I had enough money to buy a tour in the Pulse Tours and pay for round-trip tickets. And finally – I was mentally prepared for this trip, too, for what many thanks to Mother Ayahuasca.
Center greeted me with friendly staff and interesting people from all over the world. With them, I was learning not only the inner world of medicine and the world of Ayahuasca, but the real world with all its confusion and complexity. My knowledge of the real world were not as extensive as I thought. These people were clever and open-minded – what I lacked in recent years. I learned from them English. I learned from them life. The center has everything necessary for living and ceremonies. All you need to take with you – a couple of sets of clothing and a small bottle of mosquito repellent. And balm from the bites, because It seems these creatures bite mainly when you sleep. Clothes do not need much, because most time I was almost naked. Problems with the toilet and shower were not – in the center there are 6 toilets and 6 showers. On the third day shaman has appointed me personal diet, and I ate in accordance with the requirements of the diet. Diet greatly assisted in the ceremonies, feel the support of the power plant, with whatI started a diet. Up to 6 all Ceremony was held in a positive manner, until I decided on a double dose 🙂 Mom showed me everything! All next ceremonies, I was fighting with my fears, and universal sadness. But here it ended 12th ceremony and struck love and happiness to me, what has never happened before in my life. Thanks Mom Ayahuasca! Thanks Pulse Tours, thanks shamans Willer and Angelita, thanks Dolan, Tamara, Valentina, Melissa. Thank you to all the employees who have helped all these days – clean, wash, cook, carried on excursions. It was very interesting and fun. I’ll come again! 🙂
I recently returned from a 7 day retreat with Pulse Tours at their Ayahuasca Adventure Center and I’m already looking to book a trip back next year. It was apparent to me within the first interactions with the shamans and facilitators that they all are genuinely kind souls, full of love and light, and absolutely have your best interests in their hearts. This became even more evident during and after our first ceremony as they helped to guide me through the process while making me feel safe, respected, and loved. These feelings continued to persist throughout my entire time at the Center. The Center itself is beautiful and peaceful and about 3 hours from Iquitos (by bus and boat), so I felt I could completely release all outside worries and give myself fully to the experience. It was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life and I would recommend to anyone who is ready to break open and explore the potential within themselves.
I recently returned from a 7 day trip at the Ayahuasca Adventure Center. Prior to booking my trip with Pulse Tours, I was planning on going to another place near Cusco and then randomly stumbled across AAC while researching online. I’m glad I made the switch because I had a great experience. All the other ancillary activities (jungle excursions, hanging out with monkeys/ sloths, the gym were a big selling point for me as I wanted to do some ecotourism while out in Peru as well.
I have read that some people feel that these activities commercializes the ayahuasca experience and I would have to disagree. First off, the activities are optional and a couple people did opt to stay at the center. Secondly, they are a great way to further immerse yourself in nature and I felt were a great compliment to the plant medicine.
My only ‘complaint’ and this may not be specific to Ayahuasca Adventure Center is that I felt the medicine wasn’t that strong. Now, I am more than willing to admit that I could be a victim of my own expectations or due to a variety of personal reasons. Of the first 3 ceremonies, they were mainly visual and not as spiritual as I would’ve liked. The 4th ceremony I did break through to some degree and felt like I had made some progress on what I had set out to do.
Overall, I would recommend this center. The location is fantastic. The center is a spectacle in and of itself — an elevated labyrinth of connecting tree huts. And lastly the staff. They were wonderful and I’m very appreciative of everything they did, with special thanks to Dolan and Tamara.
I came for a week in October with my partner and a close friend for my first experience with Mama Ayahuasca here – and it was perfect in every way! Having done some homework beforehand, I will admit that I was nervous about about the intense experiences and unethical centres and shamans I’d read about.
However, it quickly became clear that everyone at the Ayahuasca Adventure Center knew what they were doing and were passionate about it. We were very well taken care of from start to finish and assured that we would be with experienced shipibo shamans who make their own brews to ensure quality control. I can’t even begin to put into words my experience of the ceremonies. Insightful and transcendental, I felt like my entire being had been turned inside out and cleansed by the shamans’ heartfelt icaros. I looked long and hard into the mirror to reconnect with my Self, and saw all the experiences that have shaped me for what they are. Now I understand why some people say that it is 10 years of psychotherapy in a session.
I have the utmost respect, love and gratitude for Wiler, Anjalita and Ernesto who allowed us to have a taste of their world and the power of the plant medicine. Special thanks to our facilitators Dolan and Tamara, who just always *knew* whenever anyone was having a hard time, and was immediately our their sides supporting, guiding and helping.
The Center itself is a tropical paradise, quaint wooden malokas and huts with thatched roofs connected by gangways. I found it to be well-equipped and designed to cater to my every need (There’s a gym, dining hall where meals are prepared for us, sufficient shared bathrooms and shower facilities). Built on raised stilts by the river in the middle of dense jungle undergrowth, you are as close to nature as you get. But it was always clean, and we were well protected from the mosquitoes by the series of nets set up everywhere. On a clear night, the milky way is visible. Even when it isn’t, we had an abundance of fireflies to enjoy. While it does get hot and humid in the day, the nights are cool and fresh, with the sounds of crickets, frogs and other critters to sing you to sleep.
I also love that the Center also supports the nearby village of Libertad, which is only a short walk away. We were able to interact with the locals and catch a glimpse into their lives, arts, and culture. Our local guides Falcon and Pecho took us on numerous excursions over the week, sharing their knowledge of the land, plants and animals with us. Pecho can spot a baby sloth high up in the trees while driving the boat!
All in all, I highly recommend Pulse Tours’ Ayahuasca Adventure Center. Based on my own observation, it was safe, respectiful and ethical. My gratitude to Melissa, Tatyana, Dan and all the other souls I crossed paths with at the Center for making my first experience such a magical, life-changing, soul-nourishing one. I’m going to bring my family here next time!
We had an incredible and life-changing week with Dan, Tatyana and their amazing crew.
The shamans worked pure magic with their icaros, and the brew was transformation in a cup, and the amazing facilitators will be friends for life. The retreat centre is beautiful, the jungle is tranquil, and the nearby village of Libertad is filled with kind-hearted souls.
If you’re going to put yourself in the hands of Mother Ayahuasca, I recommend putting yourself in the hands of these guys.
I just returned from a 2 week tour with Pulse, the first week in the jungle
with 4 ayahauasca ceremonies, and the second week in the Peruvian highlands
including a trip to Machu Picchu. All in all it was an amazing experience. At
60, I am considerably older than most of the people that will take this trip,
but age really doesn’t matter. The people in the group were mostly
intelligent, open minded, adventurous people, and we had great conversations
throughout. The time in the jungle was relaxing, and the ceremonies were
profound.The facilitators at the center were all dedicated to what they do,
and committed to making this a great experience for each person. I can
honestly say that this was a life changing experience, and I found a new sense
of direction there. Now, back home, I am trying to implement this vision into
my everyday life.
The second half of our trip, Dan, the owner served as our guide. Dan doesn’t
usually lead tours, but I am thankful that he led ours. He is not only a great
guy, but a focused leader with a real vision for where he wants to go, and how
he wants to make an impact on the world. He really believes in what he does. I
fell in love with the Highlands, and I know I will be back. This portion of
the trip was much more active, and I can’t imagine going to Peru and not
making time for Machu Picchu, it was truly magical, and this whole week
cemented my vision of where I need to be, and what I need to change in my
life. If you are curious and considering ayahuasca, do yourself a favor and go
with Pulse Tours.
I have just returned from a 7 Day Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru outside of Iquitos run by Pulse Adventure Tours. This was my 10th time in Peru and my first time drinking the medicine with Pulse who use authentic Shipibo brew consisting of only the Ayahuasca Vine and the Chacruna bush with no dangerous admixture plants (Toe’ Mapacho etc..) The y have 3 Shamans with one of them being a woman to help maximize the female energy of the plant for the guests benefit. All 3 singing together were really something special. It helped the Icaros become more powerful to help us guests get most out of our ceremonies. It was truly magical in every way.
The people at Pulse looked after me and helped me reach my full potential with the medicine to actually cure my lifelong depression as opposed to another place in Iquitos that is “Accredited By The Peruvian Government” where I was given a band aid type of dose and also wasn’t given the Shamans true interpretation of what I needed to do in my work. This is of vital importance while doing this work. People who use this medicine strictly to make money aren’t being true to their guests and there are A LOT OF THEM IN IQUITOS. Pulse was honest with me about what the Shaman said about my visionary process and what I needed to do to get the most out of my retreat. I know only a few words in spanish but I know for a fact I was being told the truth when my interpreter was relaying the Shamans message to me. This my friends, is WHY WE SEEK THIS MEDICINE. This is also why I will never go ANYWHERE ELSE. Honesty is the only policy with this work.
The people from Pulse are also open to other medicines that help gain consciousness like the sacred Mushroom as they are all important for human transformation. The Shaman at Pulse told me it was a very good thing that I work with the mushroom at home and to take my time at the retreat to unite the 2 medicines together to really ascend with this work. The guy from Spiritquest lied to me and other people about this several times in the past to try to control his guests so that they had to come back to most expense place in Peru if they needed healing. Pulse actually offers this medicine (Mushrooms) on their New Years Retreat and are positive about folks like me who do ceremony work with it at home. They in fact may be offering more of this in the future on Aya rest days during retreats as they recognize the benefits of this as well.
I was able to take part in a Kambo ceremony with a Kambo Shaman which has taken my chronic back pain and put it into remission for the 1st time in many years! Having Kambo has now helped me focus on my continued path of enlightenment not my back pain. I give Pulse Tours and their retreat 5 Stars all the way. They kept me busy with jungle walks, swimming, Piranha fishing, Caymen Hunting, and even took us to a locals home where we got to hold a sloth and take pictures for free.There is an adjacent local village with a NO PRESSURE craft market unlike the 2 tribes that Spirituest takes you to who are relentless to get you to overpay for crafts that are very low quality. The Shipibo market inside the Pulse Center has some high quality dynamite tapestries as well as Paintings by real artists of the highest quality. The center has all locals from the neighboring village working there so your money is also benefiting the locals not just a greedy gringo who has no family working at his center though he’s married to a peruvian who has 10 brothers and sisters.
The food was very good (at least as good as an Ayahuasca diet will allow), none of us were ever hungry and a real nice touch was a big fruit platter brought into the ceremonial Moloka immediately after ceremonies to help us guests put electrolytes back into our body afer “LaPurga” but only if we wanted to, again no pressure.
In closing I will definitely be back and bringing as many friends and family as possible to the work as Pulse will never let their guests hang out to dry like with what Spiritquest did when I took my 17 year old daughter who BEGGED for help and didn’t as so much get a conversation the next morning much less help during the ceremony (We were right next to the owner and the Shaman) which left her wounded. She is still battling from this and hopefully someday will come back to the medicine now that I have found a place that cares about their guests from start to finish, ensuring that quality healing takes place within each individual that goes there. Viva la Pulse Tours! Bravo for having a higher consciousness and integrity working with the medicine. The Pachamama needs you 🙂
The Star Dancer
I found Pulse thru this site and I am extremely thankful that I did. I have been on a personal journey of self-discovery and improvement for many years. Haphazardly disappearing into the jungle of a foreign country by myself to meet strangers from around the world to do “drugs” on a whim is far from normal behavior for me……….though it is essentially what I did here, haha. However, I can now say with confidence that “medicine” is a far more appropriate description for Aya than “drug”. As someone wisely told me, you don’t find Aya, she finds you.
For me, there were a lot of nerves involved upon departure from Iquitos, however the center, the setting and the facilitators quickly put you at ease upon arrival. Pulse takes guest safety and the healing process very seriously. After spending a few days at the center you start to get a true appreciation for just how thought thru and planned all aspects of the experience are. The medicine is in no way all “joy ride” all the time. Sometimes the medicine has to kick your ass to bring about the healing you need. However, that part of the experience does pass and is so very rewarding afterwards. The facilitators at Pulse go out of their way to help you thru any challenging experience you may encounter during ceremony. The amazing thing about the Aya experience for me is the love for and beauty you see in people who you just met and can seemingly have very little in common with. Regardless of your other personal healing, I think everyone takes that home with them.
By the end of your week(s) at Pulse, if you are sincere and transparent in the process I am confident you will have a powerful and positive life experience. As for Pulse, based on my personal experience, I can attest the overwhelming positive reviews on this site appear to be very accurate. Good luck with your journey, I hope you find whatever it is you are looking for!
Honestly a week of my life I know I’ll never forget, I don’t know where to begin.
The retreat itself is something out of fiction; the maloka, bedrooms, hammock rooms, gym, and dinner room have a sense of comfort and power to them. All areas of the retreat are completely safe, the location is magical, and I can’t recall once ever being in some sort of discomfort being within the Amazon Jungle there.
The Staff and Shamans are by far experienced within their field ensuring that safety and proper ceremonies are held, all ceremonies are authentic and keep the roots of Shamanism alive. They catered to my needs and are there to talk to whenever needed.
The excursions are insane!! definitely things that are done once in a lifetime and are by far worth the cost itself excluding the ceremonies included.
The Ayahuasca is by far powerful, it would be an understatement to say anything less.
On top of all this, you meet friends for the rest of your life, definitely people I would never forget and would love a reunion with down the road.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone, friend, family, or stranger. This place is run by the most spiritual and sophisticated group of people you can find within this field and their ready to give you a life changing experience.
Thank you Pulse and to all the Shamans and Facilitators that are involved. My heart goes out to all of you.
With love, Jonathan.
I returned from a 7-day experience about a month ago (it was actually 5 days because my initial flight was cancelled). Melissa came and met me at the airport and took me into the jungle. Although my trip was shortened, I still got to participate in 3 of the 4 ceremonies and it was still completely worth the trip. The experience met or exceeded all of my expectations and “reverberated” in my mind long after I came back (it’s still reverberating!). If you’re reading this, you know that Ayahuasca is definitely not for everyone, and even if you think you’re prepared, she will likely give you more than you bargained for in many ways. Regarding Pulse Tours specifically, I was extremely pleased with how everything was handled and arranged. Their description on their website is 100% accurate. I would highly recommend them if you’re considering an Ayahuasca experience.
So much to do and see, in the heart of the jungle undergoing not only an adventure of a lifetime but of course… much needed psychological surgery and a splash of spiritual enlightenment as well.
I will say although I’ve still got some stuff to work through in life, like everyone does, my mental toolbox has been pimped up a bit so now I can do what I have to do. I know myself more and things that used to bother me more now bother me less or not at all.
The staff, facilitators and shamans know EXACTLY what they’re doing and I felt like I was honestly in the best possible hands. I stayed with Pulse Tours for three weeks. During that time, when me and the other guests weren’t puking our guts up under the influence of the medicine, we’d spend our hours joking and laughing, doing activities like jungle walks or helping one another through tough spots.
Ayahuasca is by no means a cakewalk. In fact, you spend a lot of time in some form of discomfort but the fun you have and the payoff makes it all worth it. It’s not all about being sick and crapping one’s self either. You’ll have some memorable experiences to say the least. Some will be hard work while others will be beautiful and fascinating.
Pulse Tours is who I’d recommend if you’re still deciding whether ayahuasca is something you’re interested in.
Do it, do it DO IT!!
The greatest experience of my life, I have been to other top rated retreats but medicine at this retreat was much stronger and better. The people are just beautiful and it felt like a second home. It is worth every cent and I am already planning my next trip to pulse
I want to just reveal that this place just put so much pressure on guests to post a positive review that I can just give one star.
This place is kind of commercial but not that bad. If you really want a genuine spiritual place choose an other center. If you want to trip and explore jungle this is the right place.
This is a very legit center. They take safety, inner healing, and having fun seriously. Life-changing experience for me, and I guarantee that this will change your life as well if you decide to do a retreat here. For me it opened up my third eye and taught me how to begin to access the higher realms, and it also helped me remember who I AM (the me before I was born on earth). This is a Great place for some deep spiritual discovery! Xoxo
You are looking to answer a call from Mother Ayahuasca or you wouldn’t be reading this. I struggled with deep depression and anxiety for years. I went through many times where I was minutes away from ending my life because the pain I carried was more than I wanted to bare any longer. I thought it was either go to the jungle and deal with the things inside me or end it; if this didn’t work then what is the difference anyway. I started my search for a place to go and found Pulse Adventure Tours. I am so glad I was lead here for the healing I needed. The center is top notch and the crew guiding me was even better. I can’t say it was life changing because I don’t know the person I was before. I am a new man! When I think of the things that went through my head before my trip. It seems like those thoughts couldn’t have been mine. I can’t fathom the thought of hurting myself anymore. I will be making my second trip in December. Mother Aya isn’t done with me yet. We still have some things to talk about!! I could go on for hours….. Don’t waste anymore time!! Book with Pulse and never look back again!! Love you, Jeffrey!!!!
I’ve been home a week now and the sounds of the beautiful Icaro’s still echo in my mind. This was a place of serenity, and peacefulness such that I have not experienced before. You share your journey with so many different people from all over the globe but you all have one thing you share even at the very beginning, the need for spiritual growth. By the end of your journey you become a family, having shared your visions and resulting self-realisations, it is a truly wonderful experience.
This experience is made all the better by knowing you are in good hands, protected, and cared for at your most vulnerable. The Shamans are excellent providing a secure environment and expert advice before and after your ceremonies.
The facilitators, wow, what can you say about these selfless critters ;-). Without these guys and gals, the ceremonies would be quite the chore, their kind words and gentle guidance will help you through even the darkest of times. In and out of the meloca they are available to help, share stories and provide support. They are a credit to the retreat. Mel, Ian, Tamara, Heather, Tatyana you all rock and I hope to see you again next year.
The retreat itself has everything you need, all basic mod cons and flushing toilets. A gym too which was a bonus for me, although training in the heat and humidity takes some getting used to. The food was great and I lost a few pounds of stubborn fat too so that was a bonus. The opportunity to go out and fish and go see some wildlife was just a bonus to me, the rest of the experience is well worth the money alone.
I also had the honour of meeting Dan the owner of the retreat and we spoke about his plans to help the neighbouring village with upgrading their electrical power infrastructure amongst other things and it made me even happier to know that some of the profits made from the retreat go into projects that positively impact the local populous rather than exploit them as some places do behind the scenes. I knew this was already the case and it was one of the main reasons I chose this retreat and it is a choice I would repeatedly make.
I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone and everyone that wants an authentic experience with experienced Shamans and a support team to die for.
There is no many good things i can say about this place and not a single negative, everyone here is an amazing human being that has your best interests in mind. They are extremely helpful all the time no matter what you need help with.
Everything about this place is amazing, the staff, the medicine and the location, they really help you connect with your goals and assist you every step of the way.
I connected with people here like never before and you leave with life long friends.
Definitely will be coming back and wont go anywhere but here
Absolutely no regrets about coming to Pulse Tours. Great facility with an amazing staff create an unforgettable, spiritual experience. I will absolutely recommend this center to anyone and can not wait to be back again!
I have struggled with mental health issues for a good part of my life. I have partial hearing loss and spent a good portion of my life learning to zone out rather than face my problem. That put me very behind in life in terms of education and socialization skills. I struggled with addiction as a release mechanism. My alcohol abuse screwed up my digestive system. It was just one thing after another leading down to my personal destruction. Once I hit my breaking point, I finally tried everything to turn my life around in a positive light but had setbacks such as an abusive relationship and a toxic family member. It has literally been one thing after another. I had been making a huge difference in my life but struggled dramatically with PTSD, anxiety and depression. I literally tried everything from prescription drugs to vitamins to AA/NA meetings to getting into fulfilling work…the list could go on. When I heard about Ayahuasca, I was so intrigued and had to do more research on it. I have literally spent the last 5 years dreaming of coming to the rainforest for healing. I just knew that it is exactly what I have been needing.
My boyfriend and I did a LOT of research… and literally I mean A LOT before we made our decision. Neither of us had ever been to Peru and while our main focus was healing, we also wanted to see the culture, have some adventure and visit Machu Picchu. We thought about working with the medicine in the Cusco area but read that the real authentic ceremonies happen in the rainforest and decided we wanted that experience and I am so glad that we did. Pulse had everything that we wanted! It was definitely a little more spendy than we originally wanted, but we were so grateful that everything was planned out for us once we were there!
I was in the rainforest for 7 days and did 4 ceremonies. I literally saw the Earth become sucked dry of its resources, faced my own death, transformed into a spider, saw the devil and felt God. My mind was so clear by the 2nd ceremony that I was able to just go down the line on a list of hundreds of issues and the spirits were cleaning each part of it. I had a LOT of toxins and chemicals in my body I had to flush out. It was disgusting when it was happening but nice to have them out. The first ceremony was the most intense for me as I had lots of visuals and extreme darkness facing I needed to do, the 2nd ceremony was focused on healing, the 3rd was focused on facing my death and addiction and the 4th was a smaller dose and I was able to just fully appreciate the ceremony and the Shaman’s singing. My heart was shot at a lot but I had a shield covering it but I could just feel how much I have been through and it almost felt like I was in warrior training.
The facilitators were always there for me in ceremony. My first ceremony, I was somewhat out of control but the facilitators were very supportive and understanding of everything that I was going through. I didn’t sleep much and spent a lot of my down time reflecting or trying to catch up on rest, but it was nice to have the jungle excursions added on as well. If you do the 14 day Machu Picchu tour, the mountain house San Pedro ceremony is just absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful setting and so much love from the facilitators there. I learned how to breathe properly on that day!
Since I have been back, I have noticed many positive impacts on my mental health. My heart used to race just to race and it doesn’t do that at all anymore! My anxiety has improved dramatically. I have been sleeping better and haven’t had to take sleeping medicine at all since I’ve been back (& I used to HAVE to take sleeping medicine every night). My digestive system has improved in terms where I can eat certain foods that won’t affect my stomach in the negative way it did before. My overall mood is better and my mind is more clear. It’s crazy, I have actually visualized in some of my dreams lately and I have never been able to visualize anything. I think my 3rd eye was so blocked that I just completely lost that capability. I have definitely grown and improved a lot just from 4 ceremonies. I obviously still have more room that I could grow and would definitely go back for more healing in a heartbeat but it’s nice to feel content with where I am now as well.
I had an amazing experience with this tour. It was my first time trying aya and Im so happy thay I picked this team to do it with. The food was fresh and healthy, program was well organized and the facilitators were extremely loving, supportive and kind. Thank you Pulse Tours for an awesome, unforgetable experience!
14 Day Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure. Cusco to Iquitos.
After booking the trip, I had lingering doubts as to whether it was really for me and whether or not I had made a mistake. I had never travelled to a foreign country on my own before and I had limited experience with psychedelics. However I knew I needed some form of retribution from modern western life and a break from any kind of routine. Instantly when I arrived in Cusco, I was warmly welcomed by an incredibly friendly facilitator and it was great to be around such like-minded people in the tour group. I’m glad I chose to start my trip in Cusco because on the first full day we went to a beautiful mountain house and garden to take the San Pedro medicine. This was a pleasant and gentle settling in to the philosophies of the plant medicines and was a much needed day of peace and relaxation which quashed the last strains of anxiety I was harbouring. From that point on, everything was superbly organised, making transport and expeditions effortless for the traveller, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the tour and the stunning surroundings. Furthermore, everything was done with a smile. For the second part of the journey, I travelled to the Ayahuasca Adventure Centre in the Amazon rainforest. Over the course of my time there, not only did it fully rejuvenate my mind, my body and my spirit, but I embraced the culture and traditions of the Shamans and the medicine with open arms. They are very professional at what they do and I felt as safe as I’ve felt anywhere with the facilitators and Shamans watching over me at the ceremonies. I had some unforgettable and life-changing experiences with Ayahuasca, made all the more special by the Shamans, facilitators and people around me on the trip. Pulse Tours have guided me back to my spiritual path and I feel like I have found my spiritual home. I hope with all my heart that I will go back there one day. Take plenty of spending money though because there are so many opportunities to purchase souvenirs and there’s so much gorgeous craftsmanship and artwork on offer. Overall, ten out of ten! The only downside was having to readjust to office life, which proved difficult. You are so much more aware of the fallacies in the western world. Sat here daydreaming and wondering how I’m going to better this travel experience!
This is a long overdue review that I am so happy to be able to leave for these incredible people and this amazing place. I went on the two week Machu Picchu / Ayahuasca adventure trip with Pulse in October 2015 I can honestly say that this was the single most transformative and evolutionary trip of my life, a truth which has become increasingly more apparent as the months have gone by. I can write a thousand words on the beauty of the Ayahuasca Adventure Center and its remarkable setting – the spectacular rivers, jungle, wildlife and night sky allow for a spiritual experience in and of themselves, I could also go on about the superb quality of the service and the food and the accommodations, as well the excursions and extra surprise experiences these guys so thoughtfully organize, but I won’t. Because as important as all that is, what makes this place what it truly is are the people behind and the love they generously give to all attendees. From the minute you arrive at the retreat center, you are welcomed with such positivity, care, love and a sense of familiarity that instantly puts you at ease. This pulse of love and family only grows and becomes more powerful and contagious as the ceremonies progress. The way these guys facilitated our ceremonies for us – from shamans to staff members alike – was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Drinking the medicine can bring out certain long locked-away monsters that are not easy to deal with to say the least and this can manifest in a variety of different experiences and visions, some of which, like my own experience on my last day of the retreat, are tremendously challenging. The manner with which these people helped me and guided through that experience and stayed with me all night long until I had resolved those life-long demons was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. It is not only the care that is worth mentioning, but the professionalism with which they do what they do. They really helped me through my issues and not out of them so that I was able to really heal at the core. If any of you are looking for a place where you can go down that rabbit hole and try to heal from whatever burdens you, or even if you just wish to experience the what the wonders of Ayahuasca can do for those who are already unburdened, I can wholeheartedly tell you that pulse is the place for you. God bless all of you for all the great work you do. It was a sincere pleasure getting to know you all and I hope to see you all one day soon. A special shout-out to Mel, Ian, Tatyana, Rafa, Wiler, Angelita and Adriano, You guys rock!
An absolutely beautiful place filled with amazing people that recognize the uniqueness of every individual who attends their retreat. The shamans were powerful and their facilitators were caring. Together they ease you into the power of the medicine with an understanding that not everyone accepts the treatment at the same pace. It was easy to become comfortable at the center with a staff who takes care of you—making it MUCH easier to trust the medicine and open yourself up to its potential to help you. You’ll make friends and experience life in the jungle like you’ve never imagined.
Much love!! -Emily
Easily one of the most inspiring, enlightening and amazing experiences in my life. The facilitators and shaman really care about and do there best to make your Experiance a great one. Highly recommend pulse tours.
Are you 20 years old? Are you worried, scared, nervous about trecking into the jungle to take a strange drink which will show you other worlds? Well you should be, but part of this experience is to face your fears head on and say “fuck you, im not scared anymore”.
I’m 20 years old and by far the youngest on the 7 day tour I went on, but not once did I feel judged or looked down on for being here.
Your obviously cynical and wondering why has this place got so many 5 star ratings. The simple answer is because its the only place I would reccomend to anyone for their first time taking aya.
The staff, the food, the location, the monkey (yes they have a pet monkey who likes to steal hats). All of this adds up to make one fucking awesome week of adventure and laughs.
If like me youre young, you can be sure Pulse tours will look after you.
Your still reading? Just bloody book it already. You will not regret it.
Only good things to say of pulse tours. The location, environment, people, organisation, flexibility, medicine, services were great. The whole 2 weeks was a peak experience. Much love.
I felt forced to write a 5 star review right after we finished the retreat. I felt like I wasn’t honest about my experience. I wanted to take some time to reflect and write once I got back home and settled in. They’re also giving people free t-shirts if they write the review right away. Overall Pulse is a decent place but the pressure to review left a bad taste in my mouth. This would be a 5 star review if they hadn’t done that.
As well as the ayahuasca medicine being powerful, insightful, effective and inspirational, we’d have group sessions, where we’d share the different experiences we’d undergo.
These sessions in themselves were like a form of purging; we’d talk about all that we saw, felt and experienced during our intense ceremonies, to help each other in our transformative journeys.
Our facilitators were like angels, gentle, considerate and intuitive in their approach, touching hearts and confiding in all the obstacles and challenges we sought to overcome. After each ceremony, they’d come around to each of us, listening to our stories, we’d laugh, form amazing bonds and life long friendships, under crazy luminous stars that’d blanket around the jungle we were immersed in.
Both Shamans, Wiler and Angela carried a beautiful synergy of masculine and feminine energies, which I deem vital in help heal and strengthen our own spiritual well being. You could feel the musical waves of their Icaros caress, bless and resonate into the inner depths of your body, it was a phenomena that has touched me deeply.
We’d also be given the choice to go on a diet if we’d wish to, alongside Ayahuasca. With an array of plant diets to choose from, our Shaman, Wiler would recommend what would suit us best. This would allow us to progress deeper into the world of plant medicines and can help us engage better with Ayahuasca if we wish to.
Being active mentally, physically and spiritually meant that the jungle excursions with the vibrant Andriano, the gym facilities and yoga sessions with Valentina all coincided to provide a holistic approach in assisting us become better individuals. These people were at the core of our amazing blessed experiences, thank you.
We’d also sometimes have insightful meditation sessions with Tatyana, before our ceremonies. Around a candle light, as a group we’d be guided through breathing techniques, shown ways on how to centre ourselves, open our chakras, calm our anxieties and fleeting thoughts that seek to cloud and distract us being truly in touch with ourselves. These sessions were very effective and harmonised beautifully with ayahuasca, allowing us to go deeper into our own selves and unconscious.
I don’t know how to thank you Pulse Tours! Your ethics, your creativity, sprightly and youthful energies are truly what people need in this day and age.
Pulse adventure center wasa great experience and that’s due to the people there. They are professional, friendly and kind. They will make sure you are ok and have the best experience you can have.
I could go off on a million long winded tangents about how amazing Pulse is, but the bottom line is this place changes lives. I learned more about myself in one week than I had in the previous 25 years. The staff is extremely experienced and the entire center is overflowing with love, compassion, and empathy. I cannot wait to start applying the life lessons I learned here back home!
I chose to come to the one week retreat as I felt the need to find some clarity and direction in my life. I found it difficult to feel motivated and carry on with my studies and questioned whether I was doing the right course and chose the right career path. This was one of many questions that I came here carrying. After my final ceremony I now feel content, full of energy and completely happy in myself. Feeling the love and energy from the rest of the group who before this week were complete strangers, they now feel like another family to me. It will be hard to say bye to everyone as we go on our separate paths. Working and talking through everything and helping each other was a key part to this process of transformation. I want to extend my eternal gratitude to all the wonderful staff around who were so supportive and pivotal too. The powerful and pure Shamans. And finally to all those in my group who I shared this transformation process with. Peace and much love!!
This place is so special I came back twice! The staff are so caring, knowledgable and helpful. The shaman is amazing and so is his medicine! This center offers a powerful experience!!
Where do I begin? I came to Pulse Tours because I had read so many positive reviews here on Ayaadvisor. I wanted to experience Ayahuasca somewhere that was safe, clean and authentic to the meicine. What I found in Peru can not be overstated, the experience was the most life-changing thing I have ever done. Over just a few days I experienced so mch personal growth and removal of excess baggage. I am a new man. I have watched the personal growth of all those around me and touched by the support oif the travelers and staff. Everyone at Pulse Tours is there to help and the surrounding villagers are the sweetest and kindest people I have ever met. The guide Adriano is a kind a knowledgable person, showing us the wonders of the jungle and the surrounding area. Cant say enough good things about this place.
The Pulse team are fantastic- the people that work there are the backbone to this company. Tatyana is a great spiritual leader and a very special person. Great accommodations and a great view. Wiler, the head shaman and Angela have the best set of pipes to echo through the Malocha. Adriano is the man in charge of the epeditions- ask him a lot of questions about the jungle-he knows everything!!
The one negative thing that stood was the sounds from the village next to us. The sounds of dance music was coming through the jungle while i was tripping on Ayahuasca. Didn’t care for that!
I had experienced ayahuasca a number of times prior to visiting Pulse, but this was my first time sitting with the medicine in the Amazon jungle. I feel fortunate to have found this particular facility.
The medicine they use here is indeed quite strong! More importantly, the staff and facilitators are friendly and compassionate. The facilitators held group sharing sessions the day after each ceremony. I’m not sure whether other centers do this as well, but I found it extremely helpful. It was quite moving to hear about everybody’s experiences, and it was great to have the opportunity to ask questions of the facilitators and of Wiler, the head shaman.
I returned home about a week ago, and I am continuing to notice changes in myself. If I decide to come back to Peru to experience the medicine again, I would certainly consider returning here.
I will say that the facilities are pretty rustic, and the food got repetitive. All the same, I think the accommodations are pretty good, considering that the center is in an isolated area of the jungle.
Wow, where to even begin.
I came to Pulse originally because my parents thought it looked like the least-sketchy facility with the layout of their website and pictures. I am an 18 year old-female and wanted to give my parents peace of mind while I traveled 14 hours to Peru to embark on a journey of seeking the ultimate truth. I was scared and a bit nervous, but I knew this was something that I had to do. And now I see why it had to be with pulse and no one else.
Yes, it’s pricy, but you REALLY get what you pay for. Once you’re done with the retreat, you won’t even think about the money anymore. I got my money’s worth the first ceremony. Speaking of the ceremonies, wow. The shamans are wonderful and their singing moves the whole moloka at times. I personally often needed help during my ceremonies; whether it was a hug, a walk to the bathroom, a walk INTO the bathroom, or just some kind words reassuring me, the staff was always there to help. And the staff REALLY cares about you, your story, and your experience. With retreats like this that run nearly every week I thought that maybe some authenticity would be lost by the people holding it, but that was NOT the case with the people working at pulse. You aren’t just another guest, you are you.
The facility was really clean and everyone was accomidating to your needs. I personally follow a fruitarian diet and found everyone so supportive, non-questioning, and helpful in getting good fruit to eat. I never went hungry and was rather happy throughout the entire experience.
Pulse and ayahuasca changed my life. I am free. I cannot wait to return.
So many people have already written amazing words about their time with Pulse at the Ayahuasca Adventure Center. So i will try to keep my review short and to the point. Book with Pulse, i promise you will not regret it. There is a reason they are number one, and i plan on booking with them again. The shaman are amazing, and i consider Wiler and Angelita to be a true prophets, channeling the words of God. I use the term God because that is my religious belief, but other cultures have different names, Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, the great spirit, etc. Even if you don’t believe in such things, i would challenge you to go to Peru and put your beliefs to the test. During my time there i even witnessed on man who considered himself an atheist confess that he no longer was.
If you are not interested in the spirituality aspect, the healing that Aya gives is outstanding. I watched so many people overcome their issues. She is the best psychologist ever. She makes you face your issues, even if you thought they were hidden deep. She will pull them out and make you face them. As for the staff, they are the best parts of humanity, and it really was a blessing to watch them work. There are times i have thought that humanity was full of darkness, but watching them and talking to them showed me there were still true warriors of light. The facilities were wonderful, and the cleaning crew seemed to be working all the time during the day. They have an amazing work ethic. The food was tasty and i wish i could have eaten there for the rest of my life. If you get a chance to have the pineapple, do it. It was by far the most delicious pineapple i have ever eaten.
With that i will end my review, pleading with you one last time. Please go with Pulse, the people you meet will become like family, and you will remember your time there for the rest of your life with much fondness, Thank you for taking the time to read my review, and God bless.
With all sincerity,
I just returned from a two week retreat with Pulse Adventure Tours. I am a middle aged woman, and I went only to accompany my daughter and ended up finding the entire experience very interesting and useful. I had experienced a lot of turmoil in my life in the past two years with much grief and loss. The ceremonies and ayahuasca seem to facilitate a way of healing that is so different than standard talk-therapy. The center is well-run, and the facilitators very helpful when needed during a difficult ceremony. I definitely recommended Pulse Tours and would return there if I decide to continue working with the medicine.
First, I want to preface this by saying I don?t buy into any of this new age hippy bullshit. (Or at least I didn?t). I have a medical background and I?m cynical, skeptical, and stubborn. The 8 months that preceded my journey to the Amazon I had completely withdrawn from society and was in a pretty dark place. I had heard about ayahuasca from Joe Rogan?s podcast, started doing some research and booked a trip to Peru for my upcoming summer break. Pulse Tours was the most appealing because it was Western friendly and they didn?t push the spiritual shaman angel too hard. I believe in the power of the psychedelics but to me all the other stuff seemed like one big horse and pony show. So I don?t tell anyone where I?m going and I fly into Peru landing hours before we are scheduled to meet at the Amazon bistro. I spend my first day pretty out of it from lack of sleep and I choose to not take part in some plant medicine they were offering where they blew some kind of power up your nose. The first night I ended up passing out in the maloca in the middle of this ceremony, but a strange thing happened, the first time in months I slept through the entire night and I woke up feeling great. Day 2 went well and I took in the environment and they started early offering everyone on the retreat kampo the frog poison that they administer via burning the skin and placing the medicine into the wound. I was the only person in my group who chose not to take the Kampo. I didn?t take the Kampo because I don?t necessarily believe in the effectiveness of most plant medicine, I came to the jungle for ayahuasca and I just had no interest the detox promised from the frog venom. There was no peer pressure and I felt completely comfortable witnessing the ceremony and it was honestly pretty fascinating to witness. After the frog venom ceremony everyone chilled out until it was time for an excursion. The group went out to ?Monkey Island?, fed a variety of monkey?s fruit and snapped pictures. Night 2 we had our first ayahuasca ceremony and I had no anxiety going into it at all just excitement. When I took the cup into my hands I asked her to be kind to me. I describe my first encounter with ayahuasca as a nice hello to the medicine. Ayahusaca brought me to a very familiar place of connectedness which I knew from my time taking mushrooms and I was very comfortable in this space. It was a very mild yet pleasant trip and the only visual I had on my first ceremony was a giant ancient tribal face the size of a movie screen. We had a couple people on my retreat who had never taken any kind of psychedelics before and they absolutely had a hard time with it. Two people the first ceremony completely lost themselves and it took them both into dark emotional places and forced them to deal with issues that they had no intention of addressing. I mention this because they were very vocal and troubled but I couldn?t help but have empathy for them and their struggle (not something natural for me), at the same time it didn?t matter what outside stimulus was being thrown around because I was ?in it? and beaming with positivity and love. I slept in the maloca again and had another amazing uninterrupted night of sleep. I woke up early, completely full of energy and in such a positive mood. I was eager to go back to the space and dive deeper. I knew this medicine could take me pla