REFUGIO ALTIPLANO

A Paradise of natural healing and inspiration located deep in the Amazon Basin

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A Genuine and Authentic Ayahuasca Healing Experience

Premiere Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru

For over 20 years we have been offering guests a personalized experience to meet their individual physical, emotional and Spiritual needs for plant medicine Healing

 We are an alternative healing retreat center specializing in Amazonian plant medicine and Shamanic wisdom. Since we began our mission in 1996, guests have been joining us from around the globe to experience our authentic and guided ayahuasca ceremonies, which are designed to help individuals achieve personal and spiritual growth and development. Refugio Altoplano is located on over 1200 acres of pristine rain forest located 1 hour by boat from Iquitios, Peru.

At Refugio Altiplano Healing Center, in addition to ayahuasca, we are able to provide you with herbal medicine and Shamanic diets customized to your healing needs and aspirations. Following a consultation with the Shaman, suitable herbs or plants will be sourced from our botanical garden. For more information on Plants & Diets please click here.

A Highly trained staff of Healers and facilitators

We give each guest the attention needed to process and assimilate their own experience at Refugio Altiplano.

A first class center offers private residences, house keeping and Laundry services .

Our talented kitchen crew can accommodate the dietary needs of Each guest during your stay.

WHAT WE DO...

In order to deliver our guests the highest quality of service, safety, and authentic healing experiences with ayahuasca shamanism, we have assembled a talented team who work at our Iquitos office, and at ‘the Refugio’ itself.

SHAMANISM

SHAMANISM

The origin and grass-roots beginning of religion in every culture
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AYAHUASCA

AYAHUASCA

Ayahuasca is the ‘Mother of all Medicines’ in the Amazon rainforest
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AYAHUASCA CEREMONY

AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES

Refugio Altiplano offers sacred healing rituals  deep in the forests of Peru
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PLANTS AND DIET

PLANTS AND DIET

We harvest and prepare herbal remedies when our herbalists recommend them for your specific healing needs and goals Learn More

GUIDED ACTIVITIES

GUIDED ACTIVITIES

Our support staff will coordinate one of the many interesting activities and excursions
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ACHIEVING HIGHER STATES OF BEING

The altered state of consciousness

As a shamanic healing center, we practice spiritual healing while in an altered state of consciousness. This state allows our Shaman to commune with their spirit allies, and to guide the experience of the guest so that they may achieve healthier states of being. For more information on Shamanism please click here.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

herbal medicine and Shamanic diets

At Refugio Altiplano Healing Center, in addition to ayahuasca, we are able to provide you with herbal medicine and Shamanic diets customized to your healing needs and aspirations. Following a consultation with the Shaman, suitable herbs or plants will be sourced from our botanical garden. For more information on Plants & Diets please click here.

USING AYAHUASCA

sacred plant medicine

In order to access these altered states of consciousness, we use the sacred plant medicine ‘Ayahuasca’. The brew is the result of the combining the ayahuasca vine and the leaves of the chacruna plant. The ingredients are sourced from our botanical garden, and we do not use any foreign admixtures. For more information on ayahuasca please click here.

The ayahuasca is considered a medicine and a powerful teacher. It is during a formal, structured ceremony that this sacrament is consumed by the Shaman and the participants. The ceremony lasts for several hours, directed by the Shaman and supervised by our support staff. For more information on how we use Ayahausca in ceremony please click here.

ACTIVITIES

amplify your introspection and relaxation

During the day we amplify your introspection and relaxation with a wide range of activities including; swimming, sauna, fishing, kayaking, botanical garden walk, jungle hike, village visit, floral bath etc. Activities are supervised and optional, giving you the comfort and freedom to enjoy the natural habitat as you wish. For more information on our Guided Activities please click here.

WHO WE ARE...

In order to deliver our guests the highest quality of service, safety, and authentic healing experiences with ayahuasca shamanism, we have assembled a talented team who work at our Iquitos office, and at ‘the Refugio’ itself.

Kelly Green, Chief of Operations

Kelly has been part of the Refugio Family for over 15 years and continues to help as we move forward into the future of creating a center based on an enthusiasm for healing and the teachings of plant medicine. Kelly has been a large instrument in the progression and change now occurring at Refugio Altiplano. “The happiness and safety of all our guests is the main objective , as we continue to offer one of the most enchanting and sacred places of healing and transformation in the amazon basin.”

Our Shaman

From the hundreds of native Shamans available we work with a select few who meet our requirements of extensive experience, talent, connection with the spirit world and professional integrity. In order to do this we frequently travel throughout the region, attending ceremonies and consulting with other Shamans, healers and friends, to be aware and acquainted with peers in the Peruvian Shamanic community.

Jose Huanaquiri

Jose Huanaquiri

A talented Mestizo Ayahuascero from a community nearby with over twenty years of experience with the Ayahuasca medicine. He is now considered a great Ayahuasquero as his singing facilitates powerful healing. Jose is a long standing employee of Refugio Altiplano Healing Center.

Jose enjoys playing musical instruments and sometimes incorporates them in to his ayahuasca ceremonies, producing incredible sound that reverberates around the ceremony house.
Rosendo Marin López

Rosendo Marin López

A talented healing man, Rosendo grew up in the Shipibo tradition and tribe near Pucallpa. He has been attending Ayahuasca ceremonies for over 30 years. His singing of icaros in Shipibo invites to relax and embrace the ceremony with a grace and connection that has to be experienced to believe.

More About Our Shaman

Each shaman has been practicing Ayahuasca ceremonies for over 20 years. This gracious sacrament empowers us to enjoy our lives and celebrate our birthright to health and abundance on our sacred planet, and we are grateful for the skill, dedication and commitment of our shaman.

With the help of our bi-lingual support staff, you will spend time with the Shaman who will help you understand and translate your ayahuasca experiences.
 
To read more about the role of the Shaman during ceremony, please click here.

MEET OUR STAFF

staffrefugioaltoplanoretreatMariela, and our bi-lingual secretary Rocio, are based primarily at the office in Iquitos. They meet new clients when they arrive in Iquitos and also work constantly to re-supply the Refugio with clean drinking water and fresh food from the Iquitos market and the surrounding communities.

There is another, larger, full-time group of employees at Refugio Altiplano, providing security, maintaining the buildings and grounds, cooking and serving meals to guests and workers, cleaning the houses, doing laundry, preparing the plant medicines, leading excursions and doing anything else possible to make your stay comfortable and memorable.

Our Facilities

Refugio Altiplano Healing Center is protected by more than 1,200 acres of wild, vibrant forests. The environment is serene, unique, private and peaceful. It is the ideal environment to practice ayahuasca shamanism and natural medicine healing.

Refugio Altiplano Healing Center is protected by more than 1,200 acres of wild, vibrant forests. The environment is serene, unique, private and peaceful. It is the ideal environment to practice ayahuasca shamanism and natural medicine healing.

El Centro Refugio

El Centro

“El Centro” is a large three story building that is the hub of our activities during the day.

El Centro Refugio Library

The Library

In a recent extension of ‘El Centro’, we have added a sitting area and a library, which contains useful books on Shamanism, Ayahuasca and Plant Medicine as well as Psychology, Anthropology and Literature.

Refugio AltoPlano Houses

Houses

We have spacious two and three story houses for our guests. They are screened and protected against mosquitoes, with balconies overlooking the rainforest and river.

El Centro Refugio

Ceremony House

The Ceremony House, also referred to as a ‘Maloca’ was the first permanent structure built at the center. It is a large spacious two-story structure, 50 feet in diameter with a 30 foot rise to the roof.

6 Day Retreat

6 days / 5 nights
$900/Person
  • Starts mid program (Fri) and ends on Wednesday
  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Experience several ceremonies even during a short stay

7 Day Retreat

7 days / 6 nights
$1080/Person
  • Starts 1st day of 12 day retreats (Sat) and ends on Friday
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Experience several ceremonies even during a short stay

Immersion Option

25 night minimum
$3000/Person
  • Starts 1 day of all 12 day retreats
  • US $120 p/night
  • 26 days and offers 15 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies

What is Included?

  • Transport between Iquitos, Peru & the retreat facilities
  • Accommodation
  • Healthy meals
  • House cleaning and laundry service
  • Traditional Ayahuasca ceremonies (5 times per week)
  • Plant medicine (as prescribed)
  • Consultations with the Shaman
  • Guided activities
  • Sauna (available on non-ceremony night)

A Typical Day

11:00 am on Day 1 of retreat meet group in Iquitos and travel to Refugio Altiplano

7:30am Fruit & Tea delivered to your house
10:00am Group breakfast in El Centro
11:00 Group meeting with Shamans
12:00 – 2:00 Private consultation with Shamans optional or free time .
2:00pm

Group lunch in El Centro

5:00pm – 7:00pm Free time or sauna
7:30pm Dinner in El Centro or pick up for ceremony
8:00pm Ceremony starts or free time

Frequently Asked Questions

Ayahuasca

Is Ayahuasca legal?

The ayahuasca brew contains the molecule N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) which is a scheduled drug in most Western countries. Ironically, it is a chemical closely related to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, and the pineal hormone melatonin. It is a powerful hallucinogen that occurs in many plants and animals, including humans. It is legal in Peru. It plays a central role in the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Amazon, and in 2008 was constitutionally recognised by the Peruvian government as a National Treasure.

Why do people take ayahuasca?

People choose to drink ayahuasca for a variety of reasons. Some discover the medicine while searching for a cure for physical disease, debilitating mental illness or to help process emotional trauma. Others are interested in exploring their spirituality, and the expansion of consciousness. It is commonly referred to as a holistic medicine that works on the mind, body and spirit.

Do you use any additives in your ayahuasca brew?

No. We use the traditional recipe of Chacruna leaves with the Ayahuasca vine only.

How is ayahuasca made?

For a detailed answer, please read here.

What are the purgative effects of ayahuasca?

Following ingestion of ayahuasca, it is possible for you to experience a ‘purge’ in the form of vomiting and/or diarrhea. More broadly, the purge refers to the release of energy from the body in any form, which may include sweating, laughing, shivering or crying.

What is Ayahuasca Shamanism?

Ayahuasca Shamanism refers to the use of ayahuasca as a tool to achieve a modified state of consciousness in which healing can occur while the Shaman is in commune with the spirit world. For more information on Shamanism, click here.

What does medical research say about ayahuasca?

The ayahuasca brew contains the molecule N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) which is a scheduled drug in most Western countries. Ironically, it is a chemical closely related to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, and the pineal hormone melatonin. It is a powerful hallucinogen that occurs in many plants and animals, including humans. It is legal in Peru. It plays a central role in the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Amazon, and in 2008 was constitutionally recognised by the Peruvian government as a National Treasure.

Our Center

Where is your center located?

We are located in the Loreto Region, 40km outside of Iquitos in Peru. The center is accessible only by boat, which takes 1-2 hours to travel (depending on the boat and river conditions).

Is there phone and / or internet at the center?

No. If your cellular phone is on roaming you may periodically pick up a signal, but you should plan to be out of contact while on retreat. We are happy to arrange an email to your family to confirm your safe arrival, and every few days we will go to a local village where you can use the internet cafe.

Is there electricity?

We use a generator to power El Centro and our guest houses for several hours each night from dusk. This will provide you with lighting and give you an opportunity to charge your devices.

Is the water safe to drink?

Yes. The drinking water in your house and the water used in cooking is purified and sourced from Iquitos.

Are there mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a reality in the Amazon jungle. They are not particularly bad at the Refugio, but there population is dependent on season and water levels. The dining area and guest houses are screened for mosquitoes, and there is a mosquito net over your bed. As a precaution we recommend long pants and long sleeve shirts at night time.

Will I be served the ‘ayahuasca diet’

The ‘ayahuasca diet’ means different things to different people. We serve balanced healthy meals made with fresh produce sourced locally. The diet does not include red meat or pork, and limited use of oil and salt in cooking. We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets, and others with notice and instruction.

In preparation for your retreat, we recommend you maintain a full balanced diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid red meat, pork and alcohol.
 
The ‘cleaner’ your body is on arrival, the easier it will be for the medicine to assimilate with your system, and you may experience less discomfort during purging.
 
It is also required for you to eliminate medications from your system well in advance of arrival. This should be done safely, with the help and advice of a medical professional. Please review the Medical Advice section for details relating to medication.
What is the accommodation like?

The houses are of a very high standard. They are large, private and protected. They include an en suite Western style bathroom, with electricity for several hours each night. For more information, please read Our Facilities or check the Gallery for photos.

Are there communal bathroom and shower facilities?

No. Each house has its own private Western style bathroom. They are tiled, and include running water and flushing toilet.

Will you transport me to and from your center?
• It is required  You arrive one day early in Iquitos to accommodate any flight delays and ensure You will be on time for our departurate to Refugio Altiplano  
 
Our Groups meets at 11 am on the first day of Each retreat in Iquitos (Saturday)
 
• We provide transportation to our center located 1.5 hours from Iquitos by Boat 
 
• The hotel offers airport pick up included with your accommodation 
• We do not offer airport pick up , we will arrange transportation to the airport at the end of each retreat . 
• We will return by 2 pm the last day of retreat 
So make sure your flight is for late afternoon or evening if you choose to fly out that day . 
 
* Our group will meet at 11:00 am on Saturday mornings 11am the first day of each Retreat in the lobby of the Garden house hotel, located at Calle Pevas 133, 2 blocks away from the Main Plaza de Armas in Iquitos (next door to our office at 113c Callé Pevas)

Health & Medical

Should I get vaccinations?

Please consult your physician. If you do choose to have vaccinations, please get them well in advance of your arrival. Most of our guests choose not to have vaccinations unless they intend to travel for extended periods of time.

Your country of origin may have a requirement for you to demonstrate you have been vaccinated for Yellow Fever or other diseases upon re-entry, to avoid inconvenience please check.
Should I take malaria pills?

There isn’t considered to be any significant risk of combining malaria pills with ayahuasca, however the pills themselves can cause unpleasant side effects. The center is situated on high land, and historically malaria has not been a problem for staff or guests at the Refugio. The best way to avoid contracting malaria is to prevent mosquito bites. Long sleeves, insect repellent and mosquito nets can all help. Consuming Vitamin B12 will give you natural defense against malaria.

Can I take ayahuasca if I am menstruating?

Yes.

Should I stop taking the contraceptive pill when drinking ayahuasca?

There is no need to do so.

Can I attend your ayahuasca retreat if I am taking medication?

This depends on the medication, but the standard answer is no. Please read our Medical Advice section to familiarize yourself with the dangers associated with mixing ayahuasca with some Western medicines and herbal remedies.

What is a 'psychedelic intervention'?

A ‘psychedelic intervention’ refers to the use of a psychedelic substance (such as ayahuasca) to ‘intervene’ on an individuals medical condition, such as addiction or a behavioral problem. Ayahuasca is known to be extremely effective in the intervention of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and PTSD.

Retreat

Can I arrive in Iquitos the day the retreat starts?

No, please arrive the day before the retreat.

Arriving in Iquitos

Please arrive 1 day prior to your retreat! Our Boat leaves Saturday@ 11:00 am the day of retreat from our office at 113-c jr Pevas Iquitos Peru.

http://www.explorama.com/garden-house.html 

Garden house Hotel from Explorama, offers our guests a special discount rate:

Economy room: US$45.00* per night. Simple or double room.

Standard room: US$70.00* King size bed. Simple or double room

Superior room: US$90.00* King size bed. Simple or double room. This can be a triple room.

Breakfast and pick up service from and to the airport is included. 

*Prices subject to change

Please email them at :

gardenhouse@explorama.com 

Also, you can call them at  +51-065-231679

Mention that you are with Refugio Altiplano.

Our group will meet at 11:00 am on Saturday mornings 11am the first day of each Retreat in the lobby of the Garden house hotel, located at Calle Pevas 133, 2 blocks away from the Main Plaza de Armas in Iquitos (next door to our office at 113c Callé Pevas)

Peru & Iquitos

What are the VISA requirements for travel to Peru?

You do not need to pre-arrange a VISA for entry in to Peru. On arrival you will be given a 90 day VISA. This VISA can be extended at the local Consulate in Iquitos.

Can I change money in Peru?

Yes. You can change US dollars and Euros only. You can change money at the airport, or we can arrange it for you at our office. It is preferable that you arrive in Iquitos with some local currency (Sol) for small purchases, tips and incidental expenses.

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Contact Us
Refugio Altiplano
Call Kelly: +51 931.055.959
Call Mariela: +51 950.510.266
Email: refugioreservations@gmail.com
Address: Calle Pevas, 113 - C, Iquitos, Peru | South America