Day 1: Arrival at Iquitos airport, reception by guides from Refugio Altiplano. Transfer to the "Iron House" in Iquitos, located in Iquitos’ Main Square. Welcome cocktail and short briefing on the program for the day. City tour and visit to the medicinal plants market in Belen. Explanation on the healing properties of Amazonian plants. Transfer to the port and departure for Refugio Altiplano on the lodge’s speedboat. The trip will last 45 minutes. We will do a short stop at the village of Tamshiyacu where you can buy local handicrafts if you so desire, directly from the artisans. We will continue along the Tamshiyacu River until we reach the lodge where you will be taken to your bungalows.
After lunch, which will consist of a typical local meal at our restaurant, while admiring the jungle and Tamshiyacu Rier, you will be taken for a canoe ride and for a walk into the woods to admire local flora and fauna. While canoeing, you might see grey or pink dolphins (this latter related to many Amazonian myths) and monkeys which live in the woods that surround Refugio Altiplano. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and it will consist of vegetables and local fruits. Later you can chose between participating in a shamanic ceremony in our Ceremony House. The Ayahuasca Ceremony is a native ritual which puts you in contact with your inner self. Or you might choose to embark on a night canoe excursion along the river with an expert guide.
Note: If you chose to participate in the shamanic ceremony it is recommended not to eat dinner.
Day 2: You will wake up in your cottage to see a fruit platter and a jug of tisne. From 8 a.m. on, you will be expected, at our leisure, to arrive at the dining room for breakfast which will consist of juice, eggs in the presentation of our choice, milk and coffee or tea, bread and butter and jam. After breakfast you will be taken for a walk into the woods to see medicinal plants and be briefed on their healing properties. You will also receive a briefing on shamanic ceremonies and shamanism and their healing effects paired with the usage of Amazonian medicinal plants.
- For the activities for the remains of the morning you can chose between a canoe ride to see a lake full of victoria regia, an Amazonian giant lotus and caymans.
- A canoe ride and a walk to admire local fauna and flora.
Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and will consist of fish, vegetables and meta, typical of the area. In the afternoon you will be taken fishing in the native style on Tamshiyacu River.
- You may chose to rest in the hammock room and walk around Refugio Altiplano’s premises to admire the landscape.Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. In the evening you may participate in a shamanic ceremony or to undertake a night excursion on Tamshiyacu River, with a guide and on a canoe.
Note: If you chose to participate in the shamanic ceremony it is not recommended to eat dinner.
Day 3: Alter breakfast, you will be taken for a visit to "La Hacienda", a local producer of sugar cane liqueur, which is a typical alcoholic beverage of the region. Luch will be served at 1 p.m. There will be a short discussion on the psychosomatic dimensions of shamanic healing and a short explanation on the physical, psychological and spiritual healing carried out with the shamanic ceremonies with ayahuasca. You will then have free time to enjoy Refugio Altiplano’s premises and enjoy the clam and peaceful atmosphere or walk around on your own. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. while we talk and discuss the use of ayahuasca and other Amazonian healing plants as well as San Pedro and Peyote used in sacred healing ceremonies.
Day 4: Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. on. After breakfast you will be taken to the woods to pick medicinal plants, observe monkeys and other jungle animals. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and will consist of different varieties of typical regional food. There will be the possibility of participating in the preparation of herbal tonics for blood cleansing and regulation of blood pressure. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and you will receive briefing and explanations to participate in another ayahuasca shamanic. Ayahuasca Shamanic Ceremony at 8 p.m.
Day 5: Breakfast today will be served at 9.30 and it will consist of a buffet meal of fresh fruit and vegetable soup. Discussion on the ceremony and visions of the previous night. Explanation on the use of indigenous knowledge (sabiduria) in modern civilization. Canoeing and fishing and birdwatching for the rest of the morning. Lunch at 2p.m. will consist of a regional fish, Sungaro, and fresh salads. Time at leisure to hammock and read. There will be the optional possibility of participating on the preparation of medicines for arthytis and diabetes with medicinal plants. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and will be made of fresh fruit and regional vegetables. Further briefing and advice for shamanic ceremony. Ayahuasca Shamanic Ceremony at 8:30 p.m.
Day 6: Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.. Buffet with fresh regional fruits.
Free time to rest, stroll, hammock or canoe on Tamshuyacu River. Lunch will be served at 2 p.m. and will consist of "paiche", another regional fish and fresh salads. During and alter lunch, discussion on personal healing and techniques to increase vital energy of body and mind, using Amazonian plants, yoga and shamanism. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. There will be a fishing trip in the evening.
Day 7: Breakfast at 8 a.m. with local fresh fruit and vegetable soup. Salida del Refugio Altiplano en bote a Iquitos. Departure from Refugio Altiplano and speedboat trip into Iquitos. Time at leisure to visit Iquitos further.
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