10 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Peru 2021 (Updated)

April 12, 2021
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Are you thinking of going on a spiritual journey with Ayahuasca in Peru?

Before you do, we HIGHLY recommend doing your research and coming well prepared.

Ayahuasca is not a party drug. It is an incredibly strong psychedelic substance that will send you on an all-night journey into the depths of your psyche.

Dropping in on a retreat during your trip to Peru would be similar to passing by Mount Everest and deciding to give it a go with a pair of running shoes and a vague idea of experiencing something fun and adventurous.

Ayahuasca, containing naturally occurring DMT (also known as the one of the spirit molecules), was first formulated by indigenous South Americans of the Amazon basin, and is now used in many parts of the world along with other psychedelics such as San Pedro and Peyote. It is legally used in Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Brazil, where ayahuasca shamanism finds its roots.

Cusco is a town in the Sacred Valley of Andes Mountains, and is a popular destination for tourists seeking a more spiritual travel experience in Peru. Here you will find many people selling ayahuasca ceremonies. But buyer beware! As ayahuasca has gained much popularity in the West, there are many people taking advantage of this business opportunity without your safety and well-being in mind, claiming to be an 'ayahuasca shaman' with no proper experience.

In fact, the indigenous populations of Cusco differ from those in the Amazon and are masters of different plant medicines. Ayahuasca, coming from the Amazon, falls under the tradition of the Shipibo people.

If you google “best ayahuasca retreat peru” you will have hundreds of amazon jungle ayahuasca retreats to choose from.

So how do you make your decision? Check out our list of some of the best Ayahuasca retreats in Peru, and don't be afraid to ask for references before attending a retreat.

1. Behold Retreats Ayahuasca Retreat Peru 

Behold Retreats will facilitate a bespoke healing ayahuasca journey for you, tailoring to your personal needs and preferences. Whether you want to travel to the Sacred Valley, be near a city such as Cusco, or wake up on an Andes Mountain completely immersed in Mother Nature, Behold will ensure your Peru retreat is exactly what you are looking for. 

Their expert staff will help you determine if you would like to have traditional ayahuasca ceremonies  led by an indigenous shaman or shipibo maestro, or if you would rather experience a modern,  Western approach. Additionally, you will be able to request various healing modalities, such as yoga, breathwork, energy work, and body work, as well as a special plant diet based on your needs. 

With a core group of high-quality healers and facilitators, all of whom have been leading ayahuasca ceremonies for decades, and world-class medical protocols and screening processes adopted from expert advisors and research institutions, you are sure to be in good hands.

What makes Behold Retreats stand out further is their one-of-a-kind, 7-week Ayahuasca retreat program designed to elevate your consciousness. The program entails 3 weeks of remote coaching before your ceremony and 3 weeks post-retreat for integration, and will help you to release lower-level emotions and energy blockages, unlock your limiting beliefs, enhance your meta-cognition, and embody your future self. 

2.  Private Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

If you’re looking to have the ultimate spiritual healing journey, you might want to consider attending a private ayahuasca retreat. The deepest and most profound healing can be achieved working one on one with a healer, where you can focus on your inner world and the plant spirit. 

Endless possibilities await you during your ayahuasca trip, as you can choose your location and itinerary. Perhaps you’d like to spend a couple of days exploring the Inca culture by visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Or maybe you would like to immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest in Peru for your spiritual retreat. 

You can find an ayahuasca shaman or facilitators who are experts in not only ayahuasca medicine, but also the master plant dieta to enrich your experience further, or even combine it with a yoga retreat. 

Sourcing a private healers or for example a Shipibo shaman or other Andean shaman, is typically more difficult than finding a retreat center.  We recommend enlisting guidance from a company such as Behold Retreats for your ayahuasca session, who curates private retreats with top-quality facilitators, healers, coaches and therapists. 

3.  Gaia Tree Center Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

Gaia Tree Center is a trusted Ayahuasca center located near the city of Iquitos in Peru, offering traditional shamanic healing with plant medicine during immersive retreats with native shaman. At the same time they are supported by Western therapeutics and Eastern psycho-spiritual modalities with a focus on integration.  

Their retreats include either a 7 or 10 day journey with special meditations, an optional Kambo ceremony, and guided jungle excursions. For your benefits, they keep their ceremonies limited to a maximum of 12 people.  Their healing retreats are led by several indigenous Shipibo Shaman / Shipibo healer , with a reputation as masters of Ayahuasca among the Amazonian basin. 

If you’re up for an adventure, they have a 3-week journey that will take you deep into the jungles and to the heights of the Andes mountains in Peru. Get ready for a spiritual awakening and deep healing with this sacred plant medicine, as this ayahuasca retreat program will help you experience a deeper connection with the native land and shamanic traditions of Peru. 

4.  Kawsay Ayahuasca Retreat Peru  

This spiritual healing retreat works with both Ayahuasca and San Pedro, guided by authentic shamans with over 100 years of extensive shamanic healing knowledge. You will receive personal shamanic treatments during  your ayahuasca ceremony as well as two healing plant baths to remove heavy energies and a Pulsario treatment. 

Their ayahuasca brew is unique as they include the heart-opening medical plant Bobinsana. Their program is a 15 day journey, one you only find at intensive ayahuasca healing retreats, and is designed for you to go into deep healing. 

Your room will overlook the jungle, and you will have the opportunity to visit the Belen Market, Monkey Island, the village of the Yagua Indians, the Lupuna tree, take a boat trip to the Amazon river, and visit local Peruvian jungle villages. 

5. Pachamama Temple Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

At this Traditional Ayahuasca Healing Center, located in Pucallpa, Peru,  you will be lead by an experienced team of Shipibo shaman working with the traditional plants of the Amazon Rainforest to bring healing and happiness, in either a 7 to 12 day ayahuasca retreat. 

In the Pachamama Temple, they run their ayahuasca ceremonies in a slightly unconventional way, as the maestros have the freedom to conduct the ceremonies and adjust their Icaros according to the needs of the group or individual. In addition to the Shaman, there are facilitators trained in psychotherapy to help guide you during your healing ceremony and during integration circles. 

Their ayahuasca brew is purely made from only Ayahuasca vine and Chacruna plant, keeping to the traditional experience. While the attraction of the deep jungle nature is not fully present at this retreat center, you will have the opportunity to explore Pucallpa and surrounding villages and learn about the Shipibo culture through classes on arts, crafts, language, and history. 

6. Flower of Life Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

Located in the Amazon Rainforest, in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you will find this ayahuasca retreat center right on the river. Their ceremonies are led by Shipibo Maestros with over 30 years of experience, and include a San Pedro ceremony.  They also work with a Kokáma curandero (native healer) and tabaquero who will provide plant remedies as needed and do work helping clear people with the Master plant Tobacco. 

You will spend 8 days in their Ecolodge in either a cottage with a private bathroom or shared dormitory style accommodation. Your retreat will include 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, daily floral baths, 1 steam bath with medicinal plants, and boat ride and swim with pink dolphins. 

They are also very focused on homeopathic healing with healing food such as green juices and superfoods, catering to vegan and vegetarian diets. A portion of your earnings will help support native communities of Peru including the Shipibo and Kokama communities, and projects in the Amazon Jungle. 

7. Nimea Kaya Ayahuasca Retreat Peru 

This retreat center is located on 25 acres of land in the lowland jungles of the Amazon, about an hour flight away from the city of Lima, Peru, offering 8-9 day ayahuasca retreats guided by Shipibo Healers, known as Curanderos. 

Their ayahuasca tea is made on-site with no admixtures, just the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and chacruna leaves, and guest even have the opportunity to to assist in the preparation brewing process and drink the medicine they helped to brew at the end of their retreat. 

Their ceremony space is situated in the midst of beautiful native plants and trees to help you connect with Mother Earth, with an intimate setting of maximum 16 retreat participants. With your safety in mind, they always have a minimum of five staff members in addition to the Shipibo healers during ceremonies. 

After every ceremony you will have a chance to share your experience with other guests during their integration circles as well as one on one support from staff members. Accommodations range from shared tambos, to private suites with balconies or patio decks for those looking for more intimate spaces. 

8. Ayahuasca Foundation Ayahuasca Retreat Peru 

 If you’re looking for a more luxury ayahuasca retreat experience, this place is for you. Located in the heart of 120,000 acres of pristine rainforest in the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, on the bank of the Nanay river, you will find this ayahuasca retreat center and research center.  Accommodations include comfortable private rooms with full electricity and ensuite bathrooms, personal fans, river-view balcony and hammock deck, as well as a massage room, yoga studio, and activity rooms. 

Programs are either 8 days, 2, 3, or 4 weeks long, and are facilitated by bi-lingual apprentices who can offer complimentary treatments such as yoga, mediation, breathwork, massage, and counseling. The ceremonies are intimate, with a maximum of 12 participants, and lead by Shipibo Curanderos who are also experts in the master plant dietas. 

Additional healing treatments include plant baths, vapor baths, smoke baths, inhalants, purgatives, the plant dieta, and internal or topical medicinal plant treatments with sacred medicine such as the coca leaf . There are also many recreational options for explorers, such as hiking, swimming, fishing, and ethno-botanical walks. 

9. Caya Shobo Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

Caya Shoco offers intensive ayahuasca healing retreats in accordance with the traditional Shipibo healing method at their beautiful Amazon rainforest sanctuary near Iquitos, Peru. 

This special ayahuasca diet retreat is hosted by the founders Miguel and Becky, and attended by Shipibo maestros as well as other experienced facilitators from the Caya Shobo community. In addition to the 8 ayahuasca ceremonies you will attend on this retreat, you will also have a personally prescribed plant dieta treatment. 

The Shipibo Tribal Council has officially endorsed this retreat center for the authenticity and expertise of their master Onayna healers (maestra Onanya,  maestro Onanya) and for the quality of their in-house ayahuasca brew. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands, not only by the maestros but by their team of western facilitators who carry extensive knowledge of the Amazonian shamanic plant medicine, especially the Master plant dieta healing. 

Retreats are limited to a maximum of 20 participants and accommodations include personal tamobos or shared double rooms. Integration support is available during as well as after the retreat to help you harness the continuous healing benefits of the sacred plants. 

Unique to this retreat center, they offer a sacred plant medicine for women healing retreat, guided by Shipiba Maestras and female facilitators, creating a space for powerful transformation by women supporting women. 

10. Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

The Blue Morpho Jungle Lodge is located near the Itaya River in the Peruvian Amazon, surrounded by lush, vibrant rainforest on 180 acres of private reserve. Their staff have been guiding plant medicine and healing ceremonies for over 45 years with Mother ayahuasca.. 

This private and personalized experience is guided by one of the most powerful healers in the Ucayali River region. As a Master shaman, Alberto has led over 5000 scared plant ceremonies, and is specialized in ayahuasca, sanango, and amazonian trees. 

The modern lodge has a massive network of hiking trails, isolated meditation bungalows, beautiful gardens, a large deck and swimming pool, private lake and lake house, ceremonial house, library, private guest bungalows and villas. 

Common areas with wifi give space recreation, discussions, art, yoga, and relaxation, and you will be treated by specially trained chefs. You will also have the chance to experience san pedro, sanango, and the ayahuasca plant dieta. 

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