Frequently Asked Questions


Is there WI-FI/Phone service at the centre?

No, we believe that is important to switch off from our laptops and mobile phones as much as you can so you can properly concentrate on your journey. There are areas within the retreat where is possible to receive phone signal, this can be helpful for sending and receiving text messages should you need to get in touch with relatives or for urgent matters. Please ensure you arrive with your devices fully charged and only turn on when necessary.

Is there water safe to drink?

Yes the water provided by the centre is safe to drink.

Should I take any precautions against malaria?

Malaria is not an issue in the area and anti-malarials are not compatible with Ayahuasca so we would advise against this.

Where can I stay in Iquitos?

La Casona

La Casona Hotel is situated in the centre of town and serves as a reliable and cheap location.

Jirón Fitzcarrald 147
Iquitos, Loreto, Perú.
Telefono:

+51 65 23-4394
+51 65 60-1208

Emperador Terraza Hotel Iquitos

Emperador Terraza Is a slightly more upmarket option also situated in the centre of town.
Jirón Fitzcarrald # 191, esquina con jirón Nauta, Plaza de Armas
Iquitos, Loreto 16001, Perú, Suramérica.

Tel: (+51 65) 232590 | 234797

Cel: (+51) 940498744 | 950576255

Should I get vaccinated?

This is a matter of personal choice. Some people prefer homeopathy and go for a consultation before they travel and bring a homeopathic travel kit with them. If you choose to vaccinate do so in good time and as far in advance of Ayahuasca ceremonies as possible as most shamans do not like to give Ayahuasca to people in combination with chemical medicines. Some countries (such as Australia) may require you to vaccinate for yellow fever and to be able to prove your vaccination as a condition of re-entry. In cases like these ask your physician for a vaccination certificate and bring it with you just in case.

Are there many mosquitoes at Maya and what should I use as a repellent?

There are many mosquitoes in this area of Peru, but all possible precautions are taken at Maya to protect the sleeping and common areas with netting to provide comfortable areas away from biting insects. The best protection is to cover your skin with clothes sprayed with repellant. We would advise where possible to avoid chemical repellants, though again this is a personal choice. For those willing to go the natural route the following essential oils may be used either in lotions or diluted with water and used as a spray –

  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rose Geranium
  • Peppermint

Also the inclusion of extra Vitamin B1 in your diet and garlic can have a helpful effect in deterring mos

What kind of shampoo, soap etc should I bring?

Please be sure all your cleansing products are natural and contain no sodium lauryl sulfate.

Do you have showers at the centre?

Yes we have 3 private showers.

How is the climate?

The jungle is hot and humid with cool evenings and nights. It rains every month with a dry and wet season. The wet season is from January through to May.

Will I receive assistance during the ceremony?

Yes, the Maya staff and shaman will be on hand throughout the duration of the ceremony to help you work through your journey, and should you need assistance in getting to the bathroom or whilst purging we will make sure you are at all times taken care of.

What are my options for travel from Lima to Iquitos?

There are three choices of airline between the two cities dependant on budget and travel time. Peruvian Air is the cheapest option, Star Peru is still reasonable but includes a thirty minute stopover in Tarapoto taking the 90min-2 hour journey up to 2 hours 30 minutes. Lastly LAN Peru is the most expensive, although in our opinion the most comfortable option. Also it is worth noting that there are hotel options in Lima should you have a late arrival time at the airport, sometimes it makes more sense to sleep over the night and take a flight the next morning. Also should you be coming from the USA or traveling via Miami, Copa Air now offer a fight direct from Miami to Panama and then on to Iquitos, avoiding Lima altogether. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have further questions – mayaretreatiquitos@gmail.com

You offer a ten day retreat but also mention staying for up to a month, what would you suggest is best?

The ten day retreat is really the minimum amount worthwhile to make progress with Ayahuasca. We greatly encourage those that can afford the time to take as long as possible with us as breakthroughs tend to happen later in the ten days and it’s likely you may not yet be ready to leave Maya. Please speak to us regarding the amount of time you can afford to stay , we also offer 2, 3, 5 weeks stay as well as tailor made healing treatments for guests who stay with us for a minimum of 4 weeks. The deposit amount remaining at 50% of the total.