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Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats

Calle Pevas, 113 _ C Iquitos, Nauta Peru
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#10 of 34 Specialty lodging in Nauta
We are a natural medicine healing center located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
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Free breakfast
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Complimentary tea
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Ayahuascaman NC wrote a review Mar 2021
Greensboro, North Carolina1 contribution
I went to Refugio Altiplano 3 times in 2012, for two weeks each time. I couldn't get enough. Scott Peterson was the owner then. I was 60 years old, and I'm so glad I did it while I was still young enough to get the most out of it. The experience was indescribable.....most fun I've ever had in my life. Go if you have the opportunity. I assure you, you won't regret it. You'll probably fall in love with it,like I did! Jack Welch
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
mmr1918 wrote a review Apr 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
First ever Ayahuasca experience… researched well best facilities and ended up choosing Refugio based on reviews, their caring site wording, and seeming approach to higher purpose of it all… What an experience! I simply cannot imagine having done this significant, life-changing, transformative undertaking anywhere else. Facility is delightful, rustic and well attended. Staff is lovely, immensely attentive and ever so caring. Owner is a big teddy bear with a huge heart of gold, well plugged in, all about the guests and their experience. And, most importantly, the shamans/ayahuasqueros at Refugio are the most selfless, devoted and wildly gifted healers alive. They are genuinely, deeply and most evidently interested in your truest healing & highest transformation in journey with this plant medicine. You know instantly that you are safe, with experts and in most capable hands. As well, my brother was ill when there, and after holding ceremony for all of us, they (all 3 shamans) came to our hut every night to work on healing him… at 1am! Nothing was too much for these skilled, committed, huge hearted Beings of Love, Light and Ayahuasca. There are just not words adequate enough to describe either their devotion and capability… or our gratitude. If you are considering an Ayahuasca retreat, I highly that you do this at Refugio Altiplano. You will leave a much changed individual... both from your experience with Ayahuasca … and your exposure to the very best part of humanity… Many Blessings!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Chris F wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom6 contributions8 helpful votes
The most incredible experience of my life…. I’ve taken a few months since leaving Refugio Altiplano to really gather my thoughts about how life-changing the experience here was. And I do not use the term life experience lightly. Like anything, you get what you out in, and for the best results, you need to go into a plant-based ceremony having taken the correct physical and dietary preparation, but most importantly of all, is to surrender and be open to the process. Yes, it was a bit scary at first. But this is normal. However, I don’t even have the words to convey how life-changing the experience was. Throughout the ceremonies you are very conscious and ‘awake’ (I was concerned that I may ‘lose my mind’ but that is not at all true.) You know exactly where you are, what is going on etc etc. But ‘layered’ onto of that, are incredible messages and visions that are sent with love, to help you become the best version of yourself. The ‘answers’ you get are just that, answers. We still have to go and do the work to implement them. Ayahuasca (in my experience) gives you a clear direction of what you should be doing (and what you should not be doing) with your life. It can save you 20 years of trying to figure this out ourselves... — The Refugio Altiplano centre is terrific. Yes, it is basic. But, embrace that! It’s good to have no wifi for a week, and to have the buzz of insects and nature around us. It's good to have no cell phone (or maybe one bar). The bathrooms are basic but fine. The scenery is breathtaking. The food is simple but healthy. All in all - Refugio Altiplano is simply incredible. It was a lot more impactful than I imagined - and I can not say enough great things about it. Jose the Sharman was so loving and caring, and I can not say enough good things about Oscar the translator, who genuinely may be one of the kindest souls you are ever lucky enough to meet. If you are reading this and in two minds whether to go, just go. Listen to your gut, it’s telling you you are ready. Just do it.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Vim Denis wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I stayed for only 7 days. This meant 4 ceremonies. I came in with the mindset of trusting that Mother Ayahuasca would show me what I need to see in those ceremonies. Spoiler: This was the correct mindset. The trip there was straight forward, picked up and dropped off to the boat, then a lovely ride down the amazon river, which in itself was quite the ride, with terrific views. I met the other members briefly. We got a tour of the amazing place we'd stay at. I absolutely loved my hut. Waking up every morning to a fresh bowl of fruit and tea...delivered to eat and drink at your pleasure. A lovely bathroom with all the necessities. The ceremonies and everything leading up to them felt very grand, and quite the process...of magic. My first ceremony was uneventful. My second was profound with vivid visions of the past and future. My third was my own hell. My Fourth completed it with absolutely everything I could've hoped for and more. The Shaman, Don Jose, was so powerful and amazing in every way. The translator was spot on, and quite knowledgeable about ayahuasca himself. The staff were extremely friendly. Our shacks were cleaned daily. The food was great. The accommodations were very authentic, and exactly what I hoped for... a very jungle experience. The other members were what made the experience that much more colorful as we were all very like minded and shared indepth subjects over every meal, adventured together through the jungle, went on boat rides, and swam in the river. Thank you so much for this. I hope to bring more people here - and spend more time here one day, when needed.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Jack wrote a review Jan 2020
Bern, Switzerland2 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I spent eleven nights at Refugio Altiplano for an Ayahuasca retreat sharing a single hut. We attended seven Ayahuasca ceremonies. The accomodation was quite large, basic old but clean with an urgent need for a good refresh. Old nets with holes here and there serving as windows didn't always prevent insects and rats roaming around our living space. Sitting on the terrace at night was impossible due to the constant invasion of bilions of mosquitoes from jungle draining our blood. This was really hard to put up with on daily basis even with the provided incense supposed to keep them away. The staff was friendly, the food was nice but very repetitive and we soon got fed up of it. The ceremonies were short, one take of medecine per session. The effects were on the light side to be honest. One night both of us almost didn't feel anything at all and the last night I drank a full cup but the physical discomfort was so pronounced that it wasn't possible for me to appreciate the spiritual or the healing aspects. I have done Ayahuasca before where two to three half cups of medecine were taken over a periond of nine hours to make the body load much easier to handle. At Altiplano the ceremonies lasted two and a half hours almost spot on. I have to mention that there is only three hours of electricity a day (from 6PM-9PM) just enough time to charge cameras and cellphones. There is no wifi at the retreat. The weather can be very hot and humid during the day and therefore hard to sleep and to recover from the ceremonies. We had an option to continue another seven sessions for a discounted price but over all we didn't feel like staying in mosquito land any longer. Since the ceremonies were light and the price very high for what we got I find it hard to really recommend. Not to mention the cost of our travel over to Peru from Europe. Out of the hundreds of Ayahuasca retreats located around Iquitos I guess there must be other ones with good Shamans too, more intense ceremonies and higher standard of accommodation all this for the same price or even less than what we paid. It was just average in our opinion. Finally we travelled around Peru with the cash and the time we were saving for the second part and my wife and I don't regret our choice.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Refugioaltiplano123, Owner at Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats
Responded Jan 18, 2020
Thank you for your review. In response to the effects of the medicine. Every guest is allowed to have as many cups of medicine as they wish. For over 25 years we have had thousands of very satisfied guests who often return many times to our retreat center. The ceremonies you refer to are the western adaptation of ceremony. These ceremonies can last 8 -10 hours and each guest will have multiple cups of medicine. We offer authentic Shipibo ceremonies ,like at all centers in Peru these ceremonies last 3 to 4 hours and most guests have 1 cup of medicine. Yes the Rainforest is hot and humid and full of mosquitoes. This is nothing we can do to Change the law of the jungle. We do turn off our electricity at night to provide the quietest environment for our guests and conserve energy. We have no WiFi and do not plan on ever offering this for our guests. We find unplugging from the internet for 12 days is one of the most healing parts of our center. As far as the mention of rats in the houses. There are no rats in these parts of the Amazon ,many guests think the small creatures called Agouti are in fact rats. They are harmless and actually very cute when you look at them directly. I hope you did receive some positive healing from your stay at our center. As discussed and agreed upon in our previous conversations we choose to work very gently with you and your wife to address her health issues with extreme safety and caution. The well-being of our guests is of the most importance to us at Refugio Altiplano.We specialize in working with each guest on a very personal and therapeutic level. Some centers do offer a experience that focuses more on extremely intense ceremonies and consuming larger amounts of medicine. Our primary focus is on physical spiritual and emotional healing. I hope this can provide more clarity for yourself and others who find any concern with your review. We wish you both the very best on your continued healing journey. Sincerely, Kelly Green . Refugio Altiplano Owner
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Frequently Asked Questions about Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats
Which popular attractions are close to Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats?
Nearby attractions include La Isla De Los Monos (0.2 miles), Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures (0.3 miles), and Museum of Historic Boats (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, Karma Cafe, and Huasai Restaurant.
Does Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Retreats?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.