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.
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...
ACHIEVING HIGHER STATES OF BEING
The altered state of consciousness
USING AYAHUASCAsacred 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.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEherbal medicine and Shamanic diets
amplify your introspection and relaxation
WHO WE ARE...
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.”
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.
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.
Rosendo Marin LópezA 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.
MEET OUR STAFF
Mariela, 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.
El Centro“El Centro” is a large three story building that is the hub of our activities during the day.
The LibraryIn 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.
HousesWe have spacious two and three story houses for our guests. They are screened and protected against mosquitoes, with balconies overlooking the rainforest and river.
Ceremony HouseThe 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.
Retreat Stay Options | Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreat Iquitos
6 Day Retreat6 days / 5 nights
- Starts mid program (Fri) and ends on Wednesday
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Experience several ceremonies even during a short stay
7 Day Retreat7 days / 6 nights
- Starts 1st day of 12 day retreats (Sat) and ends on Friday
- 7 days / 6 nights
- Experience several ceremonies even during a short stay
12 Day Retreat12 days / 11 nights
- As per calendar schedule
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Most effective retreat experience
- Best value
- 7 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies
- Personal communication with the shaman
- Individualized shamanic work
Immersion Option25 night minimum
- 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
- 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 .|
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
Is Ayahuasca legal?
Why do people take ayahuasca?
Do you use any additives in your ayahuasca brew?
How is ayahuasca made?
What are the purgative effects of ayahuasca?
What is Ayahuasca Shamanism?
What does medical research say about ayahuasca?
Where is your center located?
Is there phone and / or internet at the center?
Is there electricity?
Is the water safe to drink?
Are there mosquitoes?
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.
What is the accommodation like?
Are there communal bathroom and shower facilities?
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 AltiplanoOur 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 retreatSo 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.
Should I take malaria pills?
Can I take ayahuasca if I am menstruating?
Should I stop taking the contraceptive pill when drinking ayahuasca?
Can I attend your ayahuasca retreat if I am taking medication?
What is a 'psychedelic intervention'?
Can I arrive in Iquitos the day the retreat starts?
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.
Garden house Hotel from Explorama, offers our guests a special discount rate:
Economy room: US$35.00 per night. Simple or double room.
Standard room: US$50.00 King size bed. Simple or double room
Superior room: US$70.00 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.
Please email them at :
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)