History, things to do & Accommodations
Iquitos, Peru is a unique place amongst the cities of the world. It is a city that is situated between several rivers the Italya River, the Nanay River and the mighty Amazon River creating an island that has no roads that lead to this isolated location deep in the Amazon Jungle. The only way to travel to Iquitos is by plane or boat. This leads to a unique culture largely due to its isolation from the outside world. Surprisingly this city supports approximately 550,000 people in an area 7 miles long by 4 miles wide. For its isolation, it is surprising how it is advancing culturally and technologically a large portion of people have cell phones and high-speed internet just arrived recently. Iquitos was just given the award for being the gateway to the Amazon since it is the largest city just at the beginning of the Amazon River being just named one of the new seven wonders of the natural world. One of the interesting aspects of this city is the confluence of peoples that travel into the city from throughout the planet especially over the past ten years or so using it as a springboard searching for the transcendent experience that has exposed itself out of the jungle by working with Ayahuasca and the shamans of the Amazon. Many have come and many lives have been changed and altered by the experiences they have had here.
This city can be charming and after living here for almost a year I have learned much about the way of thinking of the peoples, magic abounds and stories of ghosts and the existence of many healers and brujos. If something goes wrong with someone there is always a magical source of the bad that is to blame. Many spiritually gifted people seem to find themselves either coming to stay or passing through. It is truly amazing the people that pass through and that I have met. Many seem to be more aware than the majority of the state of affairs of what is going on throughout our planet. Iquitos has become a launching pad into the mysterious shamanic world of the Amazonian shamans and their magical brew Ayahuasca. When coming through Iquitos there are several recommendations regarding lodging and dining that I have for you. If you come to the retreat or would like to stay afterward there are several Hotels and hostels depending on your budget that I would recommend and several restaurants that offer clean delicious and affordable food. There are also many other excursions that can be enjoyed and experienced if you do decide to extend your stay in this magical place. Below there will be links and information for you to take advantage of if you so deem to choose to do so.