THE MYSTICISM OF THE AMAZON, THE AYAHUASCA
4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS AT HELICONIA LODGE FOR THE AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES
Day 01 LIMA - IQUITOS - HELICONIA AMAZON RIVER LODGE
Transfer to airport for the flight to iquitos. Upon arrival, transfer to the Port of Bellavista Nanay, where we will board a speed boat to the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge via the Amazon River. During this ride, we will be able to observe the convergence of the brown turbid Amazon River with the dark waters of the Nanay River. We will enjoy the impressive jungle landscape and the small, rustic houses of the riverside towns. Arrival at the Lodge and a complimentary jungle drink. Lunch. In the afternoon, we will start a jungle hike into the Yanamono Reserve, which is a primary rainforest reserve, for approximately two hours accompanied by expert guides, where they will identify various botanical species such as the Heliconia plant, medicinal plants and giant trees such as the White silk-cotton tree, whose dimensions are so large that 25 persons can circle it. During this time, we will also see various birds such as the Turkey Vulture
and Black Fronted Nanbird, and with a little luck we will be able to see small monkeys such as marmosets, the Titi Monkey and the Frailes Monkey. Return to the lodge and rest. Free time. After observing the Amazonia sunset, we will take a night boat ride to the Manco Gulch, if the river is high enough, or along the Amazon River where we will enjoy the magical sounds of the jungle and the light of the moon. Or, if it is a clear night, we can observe the constellations. Return to the Lodge. Meet with the Master Shaman who will explain the Ayahuasca ceremony. Dinner and overnight. (Lunch - Dinner)
The Ayahuasca ceremony is a ritual that consists of different steps. First, the shaman (healer or wizard) goes alone into the forest to prepare the Ayahuasca concoction. This concoction is a special drink made from four basic plants stirred together; "Chacruna," "Toé," "Tabacco" and "Chiric Sanango. ” After that, the shaman keeps the concoction to macerate for twelve hours in a bowl. The drink is taken between 9pm and 10pm at night. Then the Shaman turns off the lights, and everyone whom is participating in the ceremony lies down on the jungle floor to wait for the initial effect. After taking the Ayahuasca concoction, the shaman sings some strange songs in “Quechua" or "Aymara" dialects. These medicinal songs called ¨Icaros¨ allow him to communicate with the plant soul. These songs come directly from the plant spirits, according to the needs and personal problems of the people who are participating in the ceremony. The duration of the trance takes approximately two hours depending on the spiritual state, concentration and physical situation of the participant. The effect of the Ayahuasca concoction consists essentially of transporting the person on a trip outside this physical world. The only thing that maintains the person tied to his body is a small invisible power rope. This power is one that is not seen but felt, like hot air.The effects of Ayahuasca vary between one ceremony to the next, but often cause emotional acts; vomiting, seeing weird visions of the plant spirits, or figuring out some understanding about your own life. After approximately 4-5 hours the effect decreases, and then it is possible to sleep deeply until the next morning. The trance allows you to see your past, present, and future life. Although only the shaman can detect what is happening with his patient. The ritual is useful for self-knowledge and when you begin the trip outside your own body, you feel strange and surprised since you notice new things that you had never realized before about your life.
Day 02 HELICONIA LODGE
Early bird watching. We will start off very early and go by boat to Cáceres Gulch or a similar gulch (if it’s high water).
We will be looking out for birds such as the Tuki, Ringed Kingfisher and Black-Collared Hawk.
We will also be able to see the very impressive Victoria Regia (Giant Water Lily) located inside the lakes that are on Yanamono Island (again, if the water level permits). Return to the lodge where a tasty, delicious breakfast will be waiting. After a brief rest, we will visit a Yagua village where we will have an opportunity to hear about the people’s way of life. On the return trip to the lodge, we will stop by a sugar cane still where we will have a chance to taste the different drinks they make with the sugar cane rum. Return to the lodge and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will take a fishing trip into small tributaries of the Amazon River. The most daring can try for Piranhas.During this time we can also
look out for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin, which can be very shy. Return to the Lodge. Dinner (people making the ritual will have a special dinner). 10 pm, beginning of the Ayahuasca ritual in a special place selected for this event. The ritual may last until sunrise depending on the number of persons. Overnight at the Lodge.
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
Day 03 HELICONIA LODGE
Visit to a riverside town. Breakfast in the Lodge. Full day in a riverside town; where we’ll be able to see the unique way of life of the people who live in this community. Return to the Lodge and rest. In the afternoon, we will take a trip to the Tahuampas (flooded jungle) by canoe for an hour where we will enjoy the marvelous landscape of the jungle.
Dinner (those making the ritual will have a special dinner). At 10 pm, beginning of the Ayahuasca ritual in a special place selected for this event. The ritual may last until sunrise depending on the number of persons. Overnight at the Lodge. (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
Day 04 HELICONIA LODGE - IQUITOS - LIMA
Breakfast. Relax, swimming and recovering in the hammock house. Transfer to the Iquitos airport to take the flight to Lima. Arrive Lima and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast) END OF SERVICES