Iquitos Lake

Experience the deep healing and teaching of Peru’s two visionary medicine plants on a 9-day ayahuasca retreat at the Hummingbird Center.


Allow both ayahuasca and san pedro get at to root or your problems, clearing energies, beliefs and thought patterns that keep you limited in your daily life. The profound wisdom of the plants can reveal your true self and your unique nature to you during ceremony and afterwards. Their teachings can set you on a path of self discovery and transformation, or enrich the spiritual journey you may already have begun.

A 9 day ayahuasca retreat at the Hummingbird provides an opportunity for our guests to receive the gifts of two of Peru's visionary medicine plants - ayahuasca and san pedro. These medicine plants offer profound healing and transformation, reaching deep into our psyche and subconscious and clearing the root causes of fear, trauma and self limiting beliefs. Our retreats are based on traditional Amazonian plant spirit medicine with all ceremonies led by a maestro with over 40 years experience healing with ayahuasca and the rich plant pharmacy of the jungle.

With the guidance of a highly skilled ayahuasquero, ayahuasca gives deep insight into who we truly are breaking apart the illusions and false ideas/beliefs that prevent us from an authentic expression of our self. Ayahuasca illuminates our shadow so we can see and understand our limiting patterns, and then be at choice in how we respond to life. unhealthy energies are cleared, leaving one feeling lighter, more vibrant, confident and self aware.

Our facilitators are always available for one on one coaching, helping bring clarity and insight to your ceremony experience and evolving concept of who you truly are. Our frequent group discussions and talks on the subconscious mind and belief systems provide practical tools you can use in daily life, and significantly help integrate the change and insight given by the medicines.

Highlights of our 9 Day Ayahuasca Retreat include:

  • Four ayahuasca ceremonies
  • One San Pedro ceremony
  • Private Room with very comfortable bed.
  • Cleansing steam bath
  • A series of medicinal plant baths to cleanse and strengthen your energy body
  • Individual healings by the shaman during ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Additional healing outside of ceremony if the shaman sees it is required
  • Art supplies for painting and drawing to bring your visions to life using color and texture.
  • Group circle meetings where you can share your experiences, gain new insights from them and ask questions of our shaman.
  • Shamanic diet with delicious, wholesome and simple meals suitable for working with medicine plants.
  • Guided jungle walk to view the plants in their natural environment and understand their healing purposes
  • A mud bath to draw toxins out of your body
  • $1430 all inclusive price.

You will be staying close to nature in a typical South American jungle setting that has been modernized to include the comforts of daily life that you are used to.

Our ayahuasca center follows traditional practices that have proven to bring healing results and the growth and change you are looking for in your life.

Each ayahuasca ceremony is led by our master ayahuasca shaman, Manain Amacifen who has over 43 years’ experience working with the healing powers of this medicine. His powerful icaros and prayers purify and heal the body and mind. Manain’s energy is so commanding that many people who’ve experienced his work say that while he’s doing personal healings, it’s as though they can feel the negative energies being pulled from their bodies.

While you’re on the retreat additional cleansing processes will be planned to help you get the most out of your time with the medicine plants at the ayahuasca center. These planned activities are intended to facilitate your healing process and will comprise of various traditional healing practices.

All meals and lodging are included, and you’ll be housed in a private room in our new guest house overlooking a beautiful lake.

Who Should Choose the 9 Day Ayahuasca Retreat?

Anyone who’s looking to clear blockages in their life, wanting to gain deeper insight into themselves or wants to free themselves from moderate anxiety or depression will benefit. People who are curious about ayahuasca and want to understand how it can facilitate healing will also gain the insight they’re looking for.

Our 9-day retreats emphasize time in ceremony and discussion meetings to understand more of how the medicine works and how to integrate your experiences into your life.

You can select a 9-day stay from any of our 12 Day Retreats. You will follow the regular daily schedule of the 12-day retreat, but your stay will end three days sooner. We will ensure you get to the airport in time for you departing flight or back to Iquitos if you prefer.

How do I get to the Hummingbird Center?

We’ll meet you at 10 AM outside Fizcaraldo which is a restaurant on the "Boulevard". There are a number of restaurants on the Boulevard which is a park fronting the river that’s a block away from the Plaza de Armas. From there you’ll be transported to the Hummingbird Center.

You’ll arrive at the ayahuasca center with enough time to get your room assigned, take some time out to relax and then have lunch. An orientation meeting will begin at 2 PM in the moloca, followed by a plant bath to prepare for your first ayahuasca ceremony.

We strongly recommend that you arrive in Iquitos the day before the program begins. This allows you to enter the healing journey well rested and relaxed.

Shifting Your Perception of Yourself and the World

Unique to our ayahuasca retreat are two talks about belief systems and our subconscious minds, and how to change the often unproductive programming we received as children. This is a detailed discussion of how our thoughts and beliefs influence not only our perception of life but also the body’s physiology.

We all have the ability to change our thinking. What we think and believe has a significant impact on our lives for better or for worse. Often we’re unaware that the pain and struggles we face are as a result of our thoughts and beliefs. Once we can identify the negative views we hold on to we can alter them to bring about positive changes in our lives.

As we change our perception of the world around us, we change our experience of life!

You will get Guided Retreat Experience Focused on Healing

Throughout your retreat, our expert facilitators will be available to help you understand your journeys and assist you in integrating your experience. They will provide coaching and guidance on how to navigate the process, recognizing that everyone's healing journey is unique. Our focus is always on healing, and we will encourage you to push your comfort zone and step into new productive behaviors and patterns of thinking about yourself and those around you.

On this program, we encourage you to relax. Time alone to reflect and integrate your work with ayahuasca is an essential part of the healing process. Journaling and the expression of your visions and creativity through art are also recommended, and materials are provided for you.

On the mornings following ayahuasca ceremonies, circle meetings are held so you can discuss your experience with the shaman and facilitator and ask questions to get a deeper insight into your journey. These meetings are an excellent place to learn more about how ayahuasca works, as everyone's journey is different and a variety of explanations and teachings are offered in response. Through other people's stories, you will clearly see the many incredible ways through which ayahuasca works. This will encourage you to honor and value your own experience and to tell your story honestly without any need for it to be like anyone else's.

Booking Your Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru

To book your place in a retreat please download the booking form found on our Make a Reservation page and follow the enclosed instructions. Remember, we'll pick up the group for this retreat at 10 am on the 18th at the Fitzcaraldo restaurant on the "Boulevard". Please also read our What to Bring and Medical Safety pages.

Have questions or concerns you'd like addressed before booking your reservation? Send us an email at We'd be happy to answer your questions via email, or arrange a time for us to speak via phone.

9 Day Ayahuasca Retreat Daily Schedule

Day 1
Pick up at 10 AM at the Fizcaraldo restaurant on the Boulevard. Rooms assigned, followed by lunch. An orientation meeting at 2 PM followed by a plant bath and our first ayahuasca ceremony at 7 pm.
Day 2
After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss your ayahusaca experience. The afternoon is spent relaxing with another plant bath at 3 pm and our 2nd ayahuasca ceremony at 7 PM.
Day 3
After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights from the previous night's ceremony. At 2 pm Jorge the bone doctor will arrive for anyone who would like a session (See our Staff and Shaman page ) The afternoon is spent relaxing and resting from the ceremonies. Most will be quite tired by this time.
Day 4
San Pedro ceremony in the morning. The San Pedro effects last 10-12 hrs, so this takes most of the day. A fruit and raw vegetable buffet will be available in the early afternoon, with a delicious soup for dinner.
Day 5
This is a day of rest. San Pedro tends to be very draining and we have little planned for this day. in the early afternoon some ladies from the Shipibo tribe will come to sell their arts and crafts.
Day 6
3rd ayahuasca ceremony. We will have a guided walk through the jungle to talk about medicine plants at 10 am. A vapor bath at 3 pm with the plants ajo sacha and mucura will be held in the early afternoon to help clean your energy, remove blocks and prepare you to get the most out of the ceremony. Ceremony begins at 7 pm
Day 7
After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights from the previous night's ceremony. We will meet in the moloca in the early afternoon to receive more healing from Manain.
Day 8
4th ayahuasca ceremony. Mud bath available before lunch, weather permitting A plant bath at 3 pm to cleans your energy and prepare you to get the most out of the ceremony. Ceremony begins at 7 pm.
Day 9
Transport back to Iquitos arriving around 11 am. If you have an early flight we can drop you off at the airport on the way into town.