14 Day Machu Picchu to Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition Cusco, Peru (CUZ) to Iquitos, Peru (IQT)
- Duration: 14 Days (approx.)
- Location: Cusco
- Product code: 14 Day MPA
- 7 Ayahuasca Ceremonies with Shipibo Shamans
- 1 San Pedro Ceremony with Q’ero Shaman
- 1 Kambo (frog venom) Ceremony with local Matses Shaman
- 1 Nunu Ceremony with local Matses Shaman
- 1 Temazcal (Sweat Lodge)
- Trip to Machu Picchu with expert guide
- 3 Floral baths
- Vibrational soundbaths
- Breathwave Sessions
- Group integration sessions
- Local excursions to Pisac, Maras & Urco
- Guided outdoor activities in the Andes including hiking
- Local jungle excursions with professional jungle guide
- Yoga classes
- Access to 88 sq. meter fitness facility at jungle center including yoga mats, Onnit kettle bells, battle ropes, steel maces, Moving Zen suspension straps, punching bag, gloves, pads, jump ropes, spinning bike, elliptical, squat rack and free weights
- Night of Visionary Cinema
- All meals at our retreat centers (except during excursions to Machu Pichu and Pisac or in Iquitos)
- All accommodations
- One Way Flight from Cusco to Iquitos at the end of the first week of the retreat
- Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to Arkana Spiritual Center and membership to private community Facebook group (our Arkana tribe!)
Optional Activities (Fee Applies):
- Chakra rebalancing, Reiki energy work, by a trained Reiki master, Massage Therapy
Regarded by many of our guests as ‘the experience of a lifetime,’ this 14-day pilgrimage across Peru allows for intercultural exploration with an immersive journey to the Sacred Valley and the Amazon rainforest, experiencing the ancient traditions of both Incan and Shipibo cultures.
Experience the sacred healing power of plant medicines, awaken to your inner truth through witnessing and exploring the beautiful natural Andean landscape and the rich flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle, and cultivate a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for yourself as part of it all.
This excursion starts at our lodge in the Sacred Valley, a few miles outside of Cusco, then finishes at the Amazon Jungle Lodge.
Upon arrival to our Sacred Valley Center, which is nestled in the mountains on the expansive banks of the Urubamba river, you are greeted by our loving staff of facilitators and healers. This center is a community of loving healers.
Meet the other members of your tribe, enjoy a tour of your new home, and get all your questions answered during an introductory information session. Then, get a good night’s sleep and wake feeling refreshed and revitalized to begin your work with the plant medicines offered here.
The first week you will get a chance to start working with Ayahuasca, doing three ceremonies throughout the week. The week will be capped partaking San Pedro, or Huachuma, as it is called in Quechua, administered by our Q’ero Shaman. Huachuma is a gentle and loving medicine, filled with warmth and light.
This ceremony is done during the day, so you’ll have the chance to step outside and bask in the beautiful landscape, both within and without.
Those who work with this medicine describe the essence of the experience to be an opening of consciousness and connection to the oneness all around us, of which we are all part of. Through this opening and connection, you develop the ability to release and heal on all levels.
We are honored to provide this medicine for you in its native land, the Andean mountains, and help you integrate the experience in a loving and grounded way. Through the work of both Ayahuasca and San Pedro, in addition to our other therapies, our guests find a balanced and deeply effective healing experience.
One of the best parts of our Andean retreat center is the abundance of nature and the myriad of opportunities to reconnect to it. Throughout your stay with us, you’ll have the chance to experience the full bounty that Pachamama offers us in the beautiful Peruvian countryside.
We understand that working with the medicines isn’t always easy, as we are sometimes brought face-to-face with parts of ourselves we have avoided for so long. This is important work, and necessary for true healing, and so we find that balancing this effort with opportunities to decompress, play, and connect with others in our slice of paradise translates to a more effective and fulfilling healing journey. As we begin to more fully open ourselves up to love and our true selves, a clear truth is revealed: Put simply, life is about love and connection –to ourselves, to others, and to the Earth.
It is our sincerest joy to offer you the opportunities that can guide you deeper into this truth for yourself, in whatever unique way that is for you. And so, with the mountains as our backdrop, explore and play in Mother Nature’s playground.
You will take a trip to the little town and cultural hub of Pisac, where you’ll find a vibrant market with all manner of gifts, colorful foods, and sometimes even cultural dance performances. Or, trek 45 minutes from our Center through fields, farms, and other country beauties to visit the impressive pre-Inca salt mine –Maras Salineras, which consists of 3,000 small pools; and visit Urco, an archeological zone. Throughout this cultural and architectural exploration, you’ll learn about the advanced knowledge of this ancient civilization with a local guide as you witness the clues left behind in this mysterious and energetically powerful place.
In the middle of the week, we will journey to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, one of the great Wonders of the World. Just two hours by scenic train ride, we’ll arrive in Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu village). During this excursion, you will be accompanied by your professional English-speaking guide with in-depth knowledge of the ancient Inca civilization, Machu Picchu and Peru’s history.
Many people find his knowledge to be of significant effect on the Machu Picchu experience.
It’s an adventurous and delightful scenic journey.
We balance out this exploration of both inner and outer worlds with wholesome nourishment for the body.
At Arkana, we believe cultivating a solid framework of health for the mind, body, and spirit leads to a sustainable and fulfilling life. All of our food is fresh, incorporating the superfoods of the region and with an inclination towards vegetarian, while including some lean animal proteins for those who require it. Most of our salads at the Scared Valley venue come from our own organic vegetable gardens.
Most importantly, we believe in the adage "lett food be thy medicine", and thus we create a community around our kitchen, putting our hearts into our dishes and cultivating a love for our bodies and our food. Our goal is to create a sustainable practice of conscious eating that you can take with you into your life back home.
Finally, we round out your experience by incorporating Eastern and modern healing practices such as Yoga or Sound Therapy with Tibetan singing bowls, breathwave sessions & guided meditations. We also offer the chance to further integrate your healing with add-on options including Chakra rebalancing, Reiki energy work, by a trained Reiki master, Massage Therapy.
After a week experiencing the beautiful Andes, you will fly from Cusco to Iquitos to begin the Amazon Ayahuasca portion of your retreat. The Amazon Ayahuasca Retreat portion of this 14-day journey takes place at our retreat center deep in the Amazon rainforest.
At the Amazon Arkana Spiritual Center, we work closely with both female and male Shipibo shamans and our staff of healers to bring you a comprehensive program deeply rooted in the traditional practices of indigenous medicine. We offer a safe, caring, and effective space to begin your journey of transformation, helping you every step of the way as you uncover the energetic roots of any trauma, negative thought patterns, unhealthy habits, or spiritual imbalance.
Our carefully constructed program optimizes your healing by incorporating Eastern and modern philosophies for long-term integration into a modern world.
Following your time with us at Arkana, you will return to life back home with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of yourself and your truth, and will be equipped with the skills and tools necessary to integrate your experience into your everyday life.
Our program for this retreat is structured around our sacred plant medicine ceremonies. We work with 3-4 different medicines for this retreat: Nunu, Kambo and Ayahuasca (& optional Sonoran Toad Medicine -click here to learn more about this and add it on if you wish).
The Nunu ceremony takes place the night you arrive, conducted by a shaman of the Matses tribe, where the medicine originates. Cleanse and open the nasal passages, heal the sinuses and awaken your sense of smell to the surrounding jungle. Energetically ground yourself to the world around you, clear the mind and open your third eye to begin your work with the medicines.
Kambo (frog venom) is a powerful medicine that cleanses the entire body to prepare you for your Ayahuasca experience in the jungle. Reset your immune system, help heal chronic pain and inflammation, and experience the benefits of over 100 different rich and complex compounds shown to treat a wide variety of ailments including pain, addiction, and depression. Our same Matses Shaman gives you individualized care during this ceremony to ensure a safe and fulfilling experience with this potent and powerful medicine.In addition, for an extra fee, you will have the opportunity to partake in a "Sapo Ceremony", the medicine of the Sonoran Desert Toad.
This powerful and potent medicine has been a vital part of many shamanic ceremonies. Its active ingredient (5-MeO-DMT) is also known as the God or Spirit molecule. This short and profound ceremony offers an intense, concentrated, and deeply mystical experience comparable to Hindu experiences of Moksha and Samadhi, or Buddhist experiences of Nirvana.
We are lucky to work with this potent and beautiful medicine, and will gladly discuss the benefits and therapeutic potential further for those interested.
Prior to the Ayahuasca ceremonies, we offer floral baths, which help to cleanse your energetic fields and connect you with the plants we work with.
We’ll also discuss your intentions and your ideal outcomes from your experience. Our Shipibo shamans will guide you as you begin your healing journey and integrate your intentions into the personalized icaros (songs of the master plants) that they sing directly to you during the ceremony.
All this is done in the native Shipibo language, passed down through our lineage of Shamans from generation to generation. This time-honored tradition has a far-reaching ancestral legacy of plant spirit shamanism, in which the knowledge and healing energies of the plants are transmitted through the icaros sung in ceremony in order to heal a wide range of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical ailments. With their rich cultural history and expansive knowledge of medicinal plants of the Amazon, our loving tribe of “light workers” cleanse and purify the space and set the stage for truly profound and deeply healing work.
The morning after each ceremony provides an opportunity to share your experience with the Shamans and the group, which can help you gain clarity, integrate your lessons, and set your intention for the next ceremony. While all activities are completely optional, we find that sharing your experience and learning from others’ ceremonies can be a vital and extremely profound part of the healing process. Many guests claim that the new perspectives gained during group shares were as powerful as the ceremonies themselves.
Private consultations with Shamans and facilitators are possible for more sensitive healing or issues that feel too personal to
share with the group.
We support holistic healing of the mind, body, and spirit, and thus provide the environment and itinerary for you to get the most out of your stay with us.
With daily guided jungle expeditions from our expert local jungle guide, you can experience the breath-taking flora and fauna of our lush jungle paradise, located on the edge of the 2 million hectare Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
This connection with nature allows for a deeper understanding and context for the medicines we work with, and can help facilitate a more profound experience during your ceremonies.
For the jungle expeditions you can expect to do activities including:
· Daytime jungle trekking
· Journey to Monkey Island
· Holding and learning about sloths
· Cayman (small alligator) catch and release
· Tracking and spotting animals (boas, anacondas, alligators, frogs, tarantulas, scorpions, iguanas, hawks and other birds, unique insects, monkeys, capybaras)
· Swimming and spotting freshwater pink dolphins
· Learning about wild medicinal plants from the jungle
· Fishing for piranhas and catfish (keep what you catch!)
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 provideaccess to a fully-stocked gym and offer yoga classes during your stay with us at the jungle center, so you can begin implementing the healthy habits that will carry this work with you into your life back home.
Our retreats and the plant medicines we work with offer 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, loving, compassionate Shamans and facilitators to guide you through the process of awakening, 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.
Taxi/ Pick-Up Info for the Sacred Valley:
Pick up to the Center is free at the Cusco airport at 11am and there will be a taxi driver arriving around 10:30 who will be holding a sign which says "Arkana Spiritual Center".
If you miss your pick-up time, you will have to contact us to call you a taxi, which you will have to pay for (cost will be about $35, or 100 Soles.) You will have to pay in Soles - exchange money at the airport.
Taxi/ Pick-Up Info for the Amazon (Second Sunday during Retreat):
On Sunday at 9 am, we meet at the courtyard of La Casona Hotel to meet each other and intro ourselves. You may wish to go nearby for a light breakfast; we will have an early lunch.
We have an intro talk and leave around 10 am on vans to Nauta, the port town. (We stop mid-way for lunch). At the port, we take the boat for 1.5 - 2 hours to the Arkana Amazon Spiritual Center.
If passengers get delayed, a van is scheduled for them, under their coverage, same with a boat.