Frequently asked questions
How to prepare prior to my retreat?
We recommend that you consider your diet up to one week before your retreat, but it's not mandatory nor necessary. However, at least 48 hours before your retreat avoid: Alcohol, drugs, tyramine rich food, meat (fish and chicken is ok), spicy food, cheese, oil, refined sugar, processed foods, dairy products, cold drinks and sexual activity.
What to bring to la Luna?
Torch/Headlamp. We recommend a good headlamp! Boots, it can get wet and muddy on the tours and trails as well on our retreat center. We also recommend swimming clothes when we go visit the pink dolphins!
Airport pick up, leaving day, stay in Iquitos?
Yes, we can arrange airport pick up for an extra fee, please send us an email for more information.
On your last day you will be back in Iquitos around 11.30am, but we are only 1ish hour away from Iquitos and can be flexible to fit your flight schedule.
Do you offer translations?
We always have English–Spanish translators available. Other languages offered at the moment is: Swedish, and English–Chinese
What about vaccinations?
Talk to your vaccination doctor. Generally it's not recommended with yellow fever vaccine or anti-malaria pills. But if you continue your travels deeper into the Amazon always check with your MD.
I want to trip balls, is La Luna the right place for me?
This is a great intention for getting disappointed. La luna del amazonas is a healing center, and our shamans use the medicine for healing. While its true that ayahuasca sometimes produce visions, it's certainly not a guarantee, nor is it needed for the healing to take place. Many times the medicine work in very subtle ways balancing your auric field and your chakras. Once your energy field is restored, you can open your third eye and receive visions. This is a very individual process, for some participants it happens the first time, and for others it might take 20 ceremonies to get there. The healing from the medicine is in any case always received.
What are the accommodations like (ie bed, bathroom, etc)
Private screened bungalow, with additional mosquito net over your bed. Shared bathrooms.
Do I need to bring sleeping bags, buckets, etc?
No, our retreats include everything you need, apart from your personal items. We do recommend a flashlight/headlamp and rubber boots.
What days are the ayahuasca ceremonies?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
What happens at the end of the ceremony?
We remain in silence until next day, and there will always be at least 1 facilitator staying in the temple for aftercare.
Does the ceremony end at a certain time or when the journey is complete?
The ceremonies usually last 3-5 hours.
How many guests are you expecting for this duration?
We will have maximum 12 participants in the ceremonies.
How many shamans/care-takers in proportion?
1-3 shamans and 1-2 facilitators (not drinking).
How many bathrooms are there in the ceremony room?
Is there any aftercare or integration help?
Yes, there will always be at least 1 facilitator staying in the temple for aftercare, and shamans stay when needed. There is a sharing circle the day after the ceremony as well as opportunities for 1-on .1 meetings with shaman.
Is there a diet to follow after the ceremony?
Fasting is required until breakfast the next day. All meals are ayahuasca diet. At the end of your retreat you will get an individual diet to keep for some time after.
What other plant medicines do you offer, aside from Ayahuasca?
Kambo, the frog medicine. San Pedro (Huachuma). And many other medicinal plants from the jungle.