amazonian vine is a potent plant Remedy used by healers for centuries in the Amazonian jungle region. The thick tea known as amazonian vine is actually a combination of two plants; leaves from the chakruna bush are mixed and boiled with the amazonian vine vine to create a sacred Remedy brew. The psychotropic molecule from chakruna combines with an activator from amazonian vine to form an “entheogen,” a Remedy which puts you in touch with the divine. The amazonian vine experience makes you into your own doctor, shaman and psychotherapist, one who knows everything about you. It profoundly connects you to yourself, and participants willing to do the work can find relief from and even cure depression, anxiety, and addiction, plus gain deep personal and spiritual insights. amazonian vine may bring you sublime joy, self love, and universal connection; you may also see frightening things, including demons, zombies, and your worst fears and life experiences. Yet even this last is healing and therapeutic by allowing you to confront and overcome inner traumas. Drinking amazonian vine is about having the courage to change your life, both during and after the ceremony; the ceremony is just the first step. It is up to you to follow through with your personal revelations.
Our retreats focus on healing the body, mind, emotions and spirit. To accomplish this, the retreats have been developed with both Andean Q’ero and Amazonian Shipibo shamans. The Q´ero shaman is from the closest thing remaining to an Inca community in the high Andes. The second is a shaman from the Shipibo tribe in the Amazon who guides the ceremonies by singing the healing songs, called Icaros, passed down from his ancestors. We run our retreats in a traditional manner, extending from the way the plant remedy is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of the Q’ero and Shipibo cultures. amazonian vine is always drunk at night to limit external stimulation and to allow you to connect with yourself.
Amazonian vine places physical, emotional and spiritual demands on your body; what you see can be frightening, vomiting is often a side effect, and you can feel extremely cold. The traditional base of the retreat is matched with modern medical practices to ensure our guests’ safety and to allow them to assimilate their experiences in the best possible way. Nurses are always present at ceremonies, and we take a full medical questionnaire beforehand. We are one of only two amazonian vine providers in Peru with approval from and a working relationship with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Please contact us with any questions about amazonian vine. We are happy to answer and help you take this first step on your journey.
Pisac and Ollantaytambo Tourist Ticket
If you wish to visit the ruins of Pisac or Ollantaytambo on Day 4, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 or S/70 for students (up to 25 years old with a valid ISIC card). The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the majority of tourist attractions in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the South Valley. An alternative option for this tour is to buy a partial tourist ticket, which costs S/70, includes Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and is valid for 2 days. Purchasing the full ticket is the better option if you also plan to visit other sites in the Sacred Valley, the South Valley, or the ruins right outside Cusco.
Tickets for Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains.
Those trekkers who wish to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain after they have finished the trek must let us know well in advance as permits are limited. For high season (May to October), 2-4 months in advance. Low season (November to April) 1-2 months in advance. There is an additional $15 USD per person charge so we can purchase your ticket for the 2nd time slot at 10:00 am (students with ISIC card: $8 USD per person). Machu Picchu Mountain (additional cost $15 USD) is far less busy and doesn’t need to be booked as far in advance but must also be reserved ($15 USD) at the time of booking so that we can purchase your ticket.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CEREMONIES
Coca leaf ceremony – 40 to 60 minutes
Cleansing and growth ceremony – 1 hour
Amazonian vinea healing ceremony – 4 to 6 hours
Offering to the Earth Mother – 1.5 hours
Strict Guidelines for the Retreat: Do not consume drugs, alcohol, coffee or chocolate for three days before the amazonian vine ceremony. Also avoid canned food, red meat, pork, sausages, and excess salt and sugar. We recommend that you refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking any kind of medication during your retreat. You must not consume prescription medications (antibiotics, injections, pills, etc.) during or just before the ceremony. Please abstain from sexual activity, including masturbation, for at least one day before the ceremony. We ask that pregnant women and those on their period not participate in the ceremony.
Recommendations for Your Preparation: To spiritually and mentally prepare yourself for the retreat, we recommend meditating, praying, doing yoga, or whatever discipline prescribed by your religion or faith. The retreat is genuine, ancestral shamanism and the ceremonies, especially amazonian vine, can be intense. As such, we recommend that you follow all of the guidelines. Your hard work will be compensated with spiritual growth and a successful and productive retreat.