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Denna episod är från Josh Gates Expedition Unknown och hans första ayahuascaupplevelse på La Luna Del Amazonas.
Powerful. Indescribable. Expansive. Strange. Beautiful. Incomparable. Transformative. Profound. Blissful. Peaceful. Difficult. Limitless. Heart opening. Life changing.
That is what I found at La Luna Del Amazonas during my ayahuasca journey. I came by myself (I am an American female in my 30s) and I felt completely safe. I participated in six ayahuasca ceremonies over the course of ten days. The sixth ceremony I did not drink, but still received a blessing from the shaman. Accommodations were quaint, sufficient, and private. There is a shared bathroom a short distance from the individual bungalows. Food was plentiful. Lots of juicy, flavorful fruits. The atmosphere is warm, family-like, casual, and welcoming. It felt authentic and unpretentious. After a few days, you start to feel like you are part of the family. The shamans are humble and kind. And there is no pressure to participate in a ceremony if you are not feeling up to it. During the day, there were opportunities for fun excursions, like visiting Monkey Island, swimming in the Amazon river with dolphins nearby, and relaxing at a secluded beach. One day we went on a jungle walk with one of the shamans and an English-speaking guide to learn about medicinal plants. There was also an opportunity to see how the ayahuasca is brewed and to learn more about the process. For me, La Luna was the perfect place for deep introspection and self reflection. Especially with the sights and sounds of the jungle as a constant, magical backdrop. I am filled with gratitude for this experience, and I am so grateful to everyone at La Luna for providing this sanctuary to other spiritual seekers. The work they do here is incredible. La Luna will always have a special place in my heart.
Excerpts from my journal –
“It does feel as if the medicine is healing me and changing me. Healing me from what I don’t know. And changing me in ways I have yet to understand.”
“I feel like I have more purpose now, a clearer vision of what I want my life to look like. What’s important and what’s not. Colors are richer. Sounds are richer. I feel like I shed a lot of unnecessary anxiety and fear. It has been such a gift to be here.”
If you’re reading this, look no further. La Luna is your place. It’s located in a beautiful and friendly village far enough from Iquitos to feel completely away from the city’s influence, but close enough to be convenient (approximately a 45 minute boat ride down the Amazon). Enrique is the exact right type of crazy to navigate you through the lively and unpredictable jungle, and into the depths of your own consciousness and/or the spirit world. The shaman, Guido, is the best whistler I’ve ever heard; his icaros are beautiful and his presence is incredibly calming. Furthermore, he spent quality time before and after every ceremony discussing our experiences, sharing insights and personal anecdotes, and preparing us for the next session. The authenticity of the entire experience shines through in every facet of this place.
In terms of amenities, La Luna has everything you need, and not a whole lot that you don’t. Simple bungalows with mosquito nets, a shower, good food with fresh fruits and vegetables, hammocks and a nice hangout space, a beautiful temple, and a smattering of incredibly genuine and interesting people–both those who live there and those just passing through. Their ayahuasca brews will get you into whatever mental state you are looking to achieve, and you will be supported throughout the experience by knowledgeable and empathetic people.
In my brief time there (4 days was not long enough) I made a spiritual connection with a jaguar from another dimension, made brief contact with an otherworldly being of some kind, and gained insights both about myself and about the nature of reality. It was beautiful, confusing, intense, peaceful, and everything else. I can still feel the effects of the medicine working on me as I write this 10 days later. There truly is magic in this world, and for you open-minded individuals browsing this page, La Luna is a great place for you to encounter it .
I came to La Luna Del Amazonas through a good friend’s recommendation. She stayed there a month or so ago, and knew this is where I needed to be. I would have to say this was the one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. And I had so much gratitude for her recommendation.
Experiencing ayahuasca in the middle of the Amazon jungle was awe inspiring. Feeling the energy emanating from the jungle through sight and sound made me feel comforted and full of life.
The staff are deeply invested in providing a safe and supportive environment for all comers. Rule number one for them is “zero tolerance for negativity.”
Each guest is going through something. I came at a crossroads in my life. I needed answers to difficult questions that I did not have the strength to answer on my own, and a path forward based on the answers I received. Mother ayahuasca showed me the way.
Ceremonies adhere to century’s old rituals and tradition. Don Benigno and Don Guido, the highly experienced shaman, protect and guide you through the experience. Allowing the medicine to do its work, while giving the participants room to explore the questions and healing they seek from her in comfort. The songs they sing are like energetic lullabies. Keeping you in a dream-like state, but ensuring your control over the experience. They work so incredibly hard during the ceremonies to keep you safe. Come with positivity and purpose.
It is very important to prepare your body for your journey. Adhering to the strict ayahuasca diet is more than important, it is necessary to ensure a comfortable experience. The medicine is a combination of a spirit guide, a power cleanse, and a smart healing agent. If you cheat the diet, it could wreck your whole stay. While there, Chef Jose prepares the most delicious ayahuasca meals. Simple ingredients that bring out flavors without the typical additives. The freshest food I have ever eaten anywhere.
Getting to La Luna was a journey in and of itself, and is an integral part of the experience. Coming from Washington, DC, I had a 25 hour series of flights and layovers that ended in Iquitos for the night. Checked in to El Couchero. I ate an ayahuasca dinner at Karma Cafe, which was recommended by the hotel staff. The next morning Greg, a La Luna staff member, met me at 11 AM. We went to exchange my dollars into Soles. Then went to a port to board a water taxi for a magical hour and a half long Amazon boat ride to Santa Maria. Once there, some of the boys from the town helped us carry some of our bags for the 25 minute hike into the jungle for some soles. Trust them. Your stuff will get there fully intact, and it makes the track much easier. The love and care was palpable as soon as I arrived at the final destination.
The accommodations are very simple bungalow structures. Door that locks on both sides. Elevated to protect you from the rare heavy rains and unwanted visits from jungle critters. There is a bed, a writing table, and a bookshelf. The bungalow is open nearly 360 deg. to the jungle, but protected with mosquito screens that surround the structure. Your get all of the sights and sounds without a lot of mosquitoes. There is a mosquito net over the bed for added protection. Hard to describe the dynamism offered by the jungle, but know it is also an integral part of the experience.
La Luna Del Amazonas is a place of healing and fine tuning your spiritual awakening. Everyone’s experience will be different. It’s deeply personal to each guest’s goals, but guided in much the same way. I left understanding the power of nature had to offer, and alignment to a new spiritual understanding. It is the only place I will experience ayahuasca, and I will certainly come again.
If you are like me and are at a crossroad in your life, in need of self improvement, dealing with depression or have an ailment and seek a cure from mother ayahuasca, you should book your stay here. Everyone will make sure you are well taken care of. Don’t hesitate, and look no further. Book it.
This is very important, if you booked a stay elsewhere and do not get a sense they really care. Stop! Do not go there. Reach out to Enrique at La Luna. He will understand, truly care, and set you up. Even if it’s the last minute. I witnessed this first hand, and was more than impressed at the lengths they will go to get you where you need to be.
La Luna del Amazonas has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The place itself its magical. There is something so special about being surrounded by jungle,it's deep greens, diverse life force, and orchestral sounds. I will always remember the panoramic view of nature's most magical forests from the temple, which moved me so much during and after the ceremonies. There was so much beauty surrounding us, which made a very sacred experience feel all the more exceptional. The ceremonies were as beautiful as the surroundings. The warm and heart felt ikaros from the shaman made them feel very authentic . I had some very strong and powerful visions during my time there and I will always remember them such powerful and poignant experiences, that I'm sure will stay with me forever.
I had an truly amazing experience at La Luna Del Amozonas. It was my first time taking medicine and I was a bit nervous at first. The community there helped me to feel so welcome and comfortable. Being able to connect so closely with nature and the process of cooking ayahuasca was really special. Every ceremony was healing and deeply awakening for me. I even got to plant an ayahuasca tree in the jungle with my name next to it! This is the place for people to get in touch with who they really are. I loved my experience here, the cureanderos were so loving and healing. The facilitators are so supportive and available to help you with every need. I can definitely recommend this place and plan to return many times in the future.
I stayed only two nights with Enrique but it's been a wonderful experience living at the Luna of Amazonas. He is a really friendly and thoughtful person and if you seek for an authentic experience in Iquitos and to try ayahuasca this is the place to be.
Staying at Enrique' s in the middle of the jungle was memorable! An experience I will never forget and I recommend to anyone. He is very nice, generous and open-minded. I wish you all the best with your healing centre Enrique! :)
Great location in the little jungle just 20 mins walk from santa maria. Really quiet place, perfect for a relaxing experience! Great hanging out with him and the local family that lives nearby
Enrique is calm, easy to talk to and knowledgeable in ayahuasca medicine. I ended up staying with him and other surfers for 7 nights in the jungle. Yes, jungle has mosquitoes and it can be not the most comfortable place but it is totally worthy to experience.
Really cool guy with many incredible stories to tell about his crazy life.We had nice conversations in his maloca immersed in the soundtracks of the jungle.I wish i could stayed longer,but i had to catch the boat to Ecuador. All the best with your projects and hope to meet you once again!
Staying at enriques place was amazing !!! I will for sure come back :-) hope you will stay happy, was a pleasure to meet you my friend !!! You will stay in my mind :-) nazu
Staying with Enrique was a true jungle experience - nocturnal sounds and animals we never even imagined before, mosquitos and tropical downpours all included. We spent 4 nights in the large house amidst thousands shades of green, we had our daily ration of coconut and got professional help with consuming peruvian happy-vegetation. The up-starting ayahuasca retreat enrique is busily working on gave us the possibility of learning a lot about shaman-business and being able to ask and talk about everything with reliable, smart and patient enrique as well as with some other wonderful guests at that time made the days in sleepy santa maria some of the most worthwile we had so far in the amazon region. Thanks a lot!!! :) tanja & johanna
Enrique, Marcial and everyone living in the house are really nice to meet. My friend and I were in their house two nights and was amazing; the location and the all the way from Santa Maria to the house are really really amazing, everything green and natural. We are really thankful to them for sharing us their home and their friendship; is really important and value to us. I really recommend him as a host :)
Enrique is a really good and peaceful person. He knows how to mix different cultures and let us a really good experience in Peru. Situated in the jungle, we could also enjoy the nature all around, in a safety place. He is open minded and ready to share. Thanks again for everything!
What an experience to stay 2 days in Enrique's house ! It's nice, really peaceful, in the middle of the jungle. Thank you for everything
Enrique was a fantastic host and he was very hospitable when we stayed with him in the Jungle of Santa Maria, Peru. His home was very comfortable and the sounds of the animals all day and night were amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better jungle experience! Thank you again Enrique for allowing Maxwell and I into your home. You are a wonderful soul and we are forever grateful! We would recommend this place to anyone who is a free spirited, loves eating local foods, hanging around in hammocks, and getting away from the city and tourist hot spots.
Alannah & Max
Enrique est une personne vraiment interessante ! Nous sommes restés 2 nuits chez lui, l'endroit est vraiment incroyable, en pleine jungle ! Si vous hésitez à faire un trek en amazonie, ne le faites pas, allez chez Enrique ! :D.
Enrique is super friendly and has a nice house too. There are mattresses and hammocks to sleep in, which were more than fine for the three of us who went. He's a kind guy and you won't regret making the trip out to stay with him.
Enrique hosted me at his place in a jungle..He plans to open a retreat center there, and I'm sure it's going to be wonderful..Place is beautiful, I had really nice time, surrounded by good people :) Enrique itself is a really interesting person, definitely worth meeting.
Hope to see you again sometimes, and good luck with everything. :)
Me and my Girlfriend stayed at Enrique's for more then a week and we enjoyed the peace and "quiet" of the jungle a lot. Enrique himself is a very friendly and laid back kinda guy. Easy to talk to, but just as comfortable in silence. He's starting up his business (Ayahuasca retreat) and although there is still some work to do, it looked promising! We tried the Ayahuasca ourselves with the shamans and all and all was a good experience. Give it a try when you up there!! We stayed at the main house, big wooden jungle house, basic but looks really nice and has everything one needs. Kitchen, toilet+shower outside, hammocks, mattress+ Mossi net and jungle, lots of it. Also the temple and bungalow where finished and more coming up. Took about an hour boat ride form Iquitos and half hour jungle hike from the little village. We can recommend Enrique and his place to everyone who want/needs some days away from Iquitos or wants to try out some Ayahuasca when you there!
Had an absolute amazing time with Enrique. Really learn a lot about myself and how some would call "reality" with the help of some powerful medicine. Amazing other couchsurfers as well. Enrique really has some awesome energy and is great talking with. The books, the remoteness, the jungle, the insects, the locals, all provide a wonderful atmosphere for healing. Can't wait to revisit the center when its done and hope to see ya at Envision Enrique!!
Enrique is really friendly and relaxed. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at his place. It is the perfect place to chill and enjoy the jungle. Would deffinately go back! Thank you Enrique!!
Enrique is a laid back, fun guy with a beautiful home and future retreat center in the jungle outside the village Santa Maria. Many Ayahuasca ceremonies take place in his home done by two lovely shamans. There are hammocks to relax in while being surrounded by amazing jungle sounds all day and night. Make sure to bring food and supplies for your stay and you will enjoy every minute of spectacular hospitality. I ended up staying way longer than planned because I fell in love with the jungle. Thanks for everything Enrique, until burningman next year ;D
Staying with Enrique was quite a treat. Enrique met us in Iquitos and we travelled together to his place, this made finding it very easy =D We slept in hammocks in a hut in the jungle, that belongs to a family he is friends with. We really enjoyed having a break from electricity and internet, disconnecting and enjoying the simple jungle life with him and the family.
Muchas Gracias Enrique! We had a wonderful time and hope we can return one day, also you are always welcome with us!
Enrique es un muy bien anfitrión!!!! Super recomendable, amigable, también nos dio muy buena información sobre iquitos y lugares para visitar. Una persona muy interesante para conocer y compartir!! Gracias por todo!!! Nos vemos pronto!!