FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Kawsay Ayahuasca Retreat offers accommodations in a Jungle Hotel & Lodge, blending traditional architecture with modern amenities. Each guest room features a private, tiled bathroom and shower, comfortable beds with high-quality bedding, and a hammock, with several rooms also offering balconies. The center ensures access to clean, disinfected shower water and consistent electricity. Guests can enjoy various relaxation areas, a dining room, a lounge with couches, a three-story watchtower for viewing the sunrise, sunset, and celestial bodies, and a gym with exercise equipment.
Yes, telephone service is available during the retreat. We have service by the Grandfather Lupuna tree, which is situated right behind the lodge. Additionally, we have internet telephone service available if necessary. While cell service can sometimes be limited within the lodge, just a 5-minute walk away from the lodge can allow you to receive cell phone service.
Yes, there is high-speed satellite internet connectivity provided by STAR LINK during the retreat. However, please keep in mind that this is a spiritual retreat, and immersion and solitude without the distractions of modern technology are both recommended and essential. While satellite internet access is available and free of charge, we encourage guests to use this time to disconnect and fully immerse themselves in the retreat experience as much as possible.
Medical & Safety
In the event of a medical emergency, we have basic medical supplies and a first aid pack on hand, and William is CPR-certified. We also have immediate access to medicinal herbs. There is a hospital 30 minutes away in the community of Indiana, and if necessary, a University hospital called Clinica Ana Stahl in Iquitos is one hour away by speedboat.
If you have had or currently have a history of heart surgery, aneurysm, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, or infectious disease, these medical conditions would limit your ability to participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies due to the potential risks they pose to your health as well as to other participants.
Travel and Arrival
We recommend arriving in Iquitos one day before the start of the retreat and staying one day afterward. This approach provides some downtime and allows you time to rest after long travel before the retreat since we have our first ceremony on the first day of the retreat. This is necessary for recuperation, and having a day after gives one a rest day after the end of the retreat before you begin your extensive travel.
The name of the Iquitos airport is Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport (IQT). It is a small but busy airport located 7km from the center and receives flights from Lima, Pucallpa, and Tarapoto. Typically, visitors fly to Lima, the Peruvian capital, and then connect directly to Iquitos.
Post-Retreat and Local Info
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Iquitos is generally safe, but visitors do need to be aware of petty theft. It’s wise to take standard precautions to guard your possessions while traveling and walking around the city. Avoiding the display of expensive jewelry can help avoid attracting unwanted attention. If you don’t display or flaunt valuables, then there should be no problems.
There are a variety of accommodations available in Iquitos, ranging from high-end hotels to more affordable hostels. I have provided an excellent list of places to consider for your stay, catering to different budget preferences. Click Here to view the recommended accommodations in Iquitos.
Iquitos offers a unique and authentic experience with various places to explore and activities to do, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the Amazon’s local culture and natural wonders. For a list of recommended activities and sights in and around the region, Click Here.
Food and Dietary
All meals at the retreat follow the shamanic diet ideal for working with sacred plant medicines. We accommodate omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, ensuring that all dietary requirements are met with delicious and nutritionally balanced meals. The meals were developed in collaboration with the shamans and adhere to stringent dietary requirements without sacrificing taste or quality. Any food allergies or other dietary needs are carefully accommodated to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests. The high-quality meals contribute to our retreat center’s nurturing experience.
Each retreat is limited to a maximum of 12 guests. This ethical approach ensures that every guest receives the utmost healing and individual attention needed during their stay.
We recommend you arrive in Iquitos one day before the beginning of the retreat because we will meet at 9:00 a.m. to leave to the retreat center. If you arrive late on the day of the retreat then you will have to get picked up from Iquitos the next day. It is anywhere from one to two hours to reach the retreat center by way of boat on the Amazon River.