Traditional significance of Ayahuasca : Ayahuasca is a beverage traditionally made by boiling stems of the ayahuasca vine Banisteriopsis caapi. Other plants are added to the brew, most frequently the leaves of the chacruna bush Psychotria viridis, which contain N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The word “ayahuasca” is a Quechua term often translated as “vine of the soul” or “vine of the dead.”
Ayahuasca’s deep-rooted, complex,and varied culture : Amazonian medicine traditions have evolved ever since humans first arrived in South America, roughly 10,000 years ago, and from this base ayahuasca cultures have emerged over the centuries. Archeological evidence of the earliest usage is widely disputed, although the use of B. caapi alone is likely to predate its combination with P. viridis (for more details see Taylor, 2013; Homan, 2011 and Highpine, 2012). Over the last few hundred years, ayahuasca has emerged as one of the most important Amazonian plant medicines. It is used by healers to heal physically and psychologically, to expel parasites, to learn (particularly about other medicinal plants), to locate and treat the source of medical and spiritual problems, and to help maintain balance in society. Ayahuasca is drunk by at least 72 different tribes throughout the Amazon, and goes by at least 42 other names, including hoasca, yagé and caapi (Corrêa, 2013). Hundreds or even thousands of lineages and traditions exist, including several churches that use ayahuasca as their sacrament
Opinions about ayahuasca :To some, ayahuasca is medicine capable of healing psychological issues or physical ailments. Others consider ayahuasca an integral part of traditional cultural practices. To others, ayahuasca is a drug whose consumers should be subject to criminal penalties. To most people outside the Amazon, ayahuasca is still something unknown.
TOUR DAY 1:
Cusco City – Ninamarka / Pilcopata Town .
We leave Cusco early in the morning to start our adventure! First, we are taken by private transport to a place called Ninamarca to observe pre-Incan “chullpas” (tombs) of the Lupaca culture. Then, we continue to Paucartambo, a colonial town with narrow streets and a beautiful church, where people still keep their old customs. Then, we ascend to the viewpoint Tres Cruces (3,900 masl) to observe one of the best sunrises in the world! From there, we start descending to Manu National Park, home of species such as the cock of the rock (the Peruvian national bird), hummingbirds, strikingly-coloured quetzals, trogons, spotted flycatchers, and woolly monkies. In terms of flora, we can view a variety of orchids, mosses, ferns, etc. Finally, we will arrive in Pilcopata (700 masl) where we will spend the night in Tikari Lodge after enjoying dinner and a shower.
TOUR DAY 2:
Pilcopata Town / Port Atalaya to Boca Manu
After breakfast, we get in our private vehicle to ride for one and a half hours to the main port of the Manu National Park – Atalaya (500 masl). There, we board a motorized boat to continue for about 7 hours navigating on the Madre de Dios River. Along the river, we have great opportunies to observe various species, such as herons, vultures, kingfishers, turtles, egrets, and some of 13 monkey species living in Manu! In the afternoon, we will reach our next lodge situated in Boca Manu where we will spend the night. Showers and toilets are available. After dinner we take a night walk in the Manu Amazon.
TOUR DAY 3:
Manu Tour to Boca Manu – Otorongo Lake .
Today we say goodbye to the Madre de Dios River and begin to navigate on the Manu River, offering us other amazing views of a great variety of species living in and around the river, such as groups of turtles, white caimans, capybaras, and even a jaguar (Panthera onca) resting on a log and watching its territory. We will arrive in the afternoon to our campsite in Otorongo. Later, our tour guide takes us to the Otorongo Oxbow Lake where an observation tower will allow us to watch giant otters that live there. Meanwhile, the guide will teach us functions and secrets of the jungle. After that, we return for the night to Safary Camping. Showers and toilets available. Night walk in Manu National Park
TOUR DAY 4:
Otorongo Lake – Salvador Lake / Manu Tour .
Today we will visit another oxbow lake called Salvador Lake in our silent row boat that allows us to observe a family of playful giant river otters, black caimans, as well as many rare bird species including a prehistoric bird called shansho. You can be sure that the animals here in the wild Manu Amazon have never suffered from hunting by people! In the afternoon, we return to our campsite in Otorongo. Night in Safary Camping . Showers and toilets available.
A night walk in the Manu National Park
TOUR DAY 5:
Manu National Park – Otorongo Lake & Boca Manu .
The call of the red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus ) will wake us up. We unfortunately need to start our return on the Manu River, and one will be able to understand why Manu is so famous for its wildlife. On the riverbanks you will be able to observe groups of turtles, white caimans (Caiman cocodrylus), capybaras (Hydrochaeris) and maybe a jaguar (Panthera Onca) resting on a log and observing its territory. We will pass the night in a lodge with showers and toilets available.
TOUR DAY 6:
Aahuasca Amazon Peru – Boca Manu & Rainforest Lodge .
After breakfast, we will continue navigating the Alto Madre de Dios river, where you can see more birds and plants on the beaches. In the afternoon we will arrive at Rainforest Lodge.
6: 00 pm you will have an orientation with our shaman from the jungle
7:00 p.m. we will start the yahuasca session approximately until 2:00 p.m.
TOUR DAY 7:
Rainforest Lodge & Atalaya Port to Cusco .
We wake up very early today and travel 10 minutes by boat to see a parrot clay-lick! After that, we get back to the lodge where we are served breakfast, giving us energy for our last trip. We will board a motorized boat and start navigating towards Port Atalaya. Our private vehicle awaits us there to take us back to Cusco. We will arrive in Cusco approximately between 6 and 6:30 pm.
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever and bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
Included in the Ayahuasca Amazon Peru 7 days / 6 nights.
- A professional naturalist tour guide;
- Motorboat transportation;
- Private vehicle land transportation;
- Entrance to the Reserved Zone of the Manu National Park;
- A professional cook,
- Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option available upon request at no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 6 nights in our lodges;
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for snake bites;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots .
Not included in the Ayhuasca Amazon Peru 7 days:
- Flights and airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you on the Manu Tour 7 days:
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- Small backpack,
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green-coloured),
- Long cotton trousers,
- Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
- Comfortable walking shoes,
- Sandals or light shoes,
- Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
- Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in the Andes and the cloud forest only),
- Binoculars (also available for rent),
- Camera and charger,
- Plastic bags to be used for clothes and camera,
- A hat as protection against the sun and/or rain,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Sun cream,
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
- Bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
- Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.
DESCRIPTION OF AYAHUASCA