So I landed in Lima and I had one full day and one full night to kill before my flight to Iquitos, where my jungle days would begin. Little did I know that hooking up with a local friend of a friend would bring so many memories in 48 hours. We started by meeting near the airport where I stayed in a cute little hostel, Mundo Albergue , where I felt like another member of the family running the little joint. They carried my stuff up to the 2nd floor and showed me the way to the only bathroom in the floor. They said check out was 10:00 AM, but would be flexible for me, considering it was almost 5:00 in the morning. Without any money exchange, I took my key and fell right on my bed to sleep. I woke up later that morning to a very quiet house, so I knew I was running late. I took a very cold shower (not optional) and then headed downstairs where I noticed I had dropped and cracked one of my phones; great!!! Well it was about lunchtime by the time I made it to the lobby and I found another receptionist who offered lunch options so I decided to head out to the market down the street for the 3 soles (1 dollar) ceviche. I left my very valuable luggage with the young lady and headed out for lunch. I quickly stopped to get an appetizer of Ceviche where I chatted with a local girl on her break from school. I then bought some fruit and headed for a more satisfying meal. I found a place full of locals and some flies where the food looked good in writing so I took my chances and ordered fish with plain white rice and a warm papaya smoothie (again not optional).
After lunch, I walked down the market one more time and caught a local sandal vendor and I needed sandals for the shower in the amazon, so I paid 7 dollars and had new sandals. I walked down to my hostel where my handsome boyfriend and mutual friend came shortly after. We hugged and kissed and left for Mirasoles, an upscale side of the city close to the beach.
We dropped our bags and took what my grandmother would call a “Russian Shower” because it was cold and quick. We changed to warmer clothes and hopped on a local taxi who took about 8 of us in one car to a bar nearby. We were on a 0 alcohol diet so couldn’t consume alcohol so we opted for the chicken salad down the street from a place with a yellow clown (insert jokes here). We took a second taxi who took us up to a local lounge that promised a good, young crowd with a lot of energy. We were clearly early but waited around to the part where we were dancing sweaty next to one another and having an actual good time. At about 4 AM we decided to head back to the condo and enjoy a couple hours of sleep before leaving for the airport.
2 Hours later, we made it to the jungle and man, IT WAS HOT! We grabbed our luggage and headed out for a taxi who was abundantly available but the prices increased every time you asked. We agreed on a poor fellow who’s car could barely carry our luggage. He dropped us off and our journey began. We had a full night and intro dinner with our ayahuasca crew before heading to the jungle. We needed to get some food in us because we had an eight hour boat ride first thing the next morning. We had breakfast and headed out. 2 boats, a thunderstorm and 8 hours later, we arrive at the “Shipibo Village”. It was the cutest little village I have ever seen. It's like those amazing Bora Bora huts but instead of crystal clear water( see pictures above), you had a muddy river as your shower and a little hut with a mattress and plenty of cockroaches. We found our hut and headed out to the “family room” for dinner.
We prayed and blessed the food before quickly downing our chow down because we were all starving. It was nice, tasteless fish with plenty of raw veggies and white plain rice. for dessert you ask? Fresh Papaya and pineapple. We told some stories and just flirted around until dark night fell and just chatted along with a couple of stragglers in the dining hall. The temple bell rang at six in the morning and gave me a 15 minute window to get my bottle of water, my journal, and workbook for the study lessons ahead. That was day 1. I need many hours of your time for the remaining days and if you want inside my jungle journal (sign up here for my emails) to get a weekly letter in your box with all of my juicy details about the ayahuasca ceremonies and the energy building around camp.
After almost 20 days in the jungle, a trip planned to climb a mountain up Machu Picchu didn’t sound like the best idea ever. Not before breaking the diet and getting some proper meals down my throat . We had a brief flight to Lima and then it was a double flight day ending in Cuzco, Peru. A lovely city to explore while you get used to the headaches due to the altitude of the place. You go to all of the “10 Top TripAdvisor Restaurants”, I am kidding of coarse; although I did end up having lunch at one of the places on there but only due to coincidence; and then to try to hunt for best tours for Machu Picchu. Not knowing that we had to purchase tickets and entrances beforehand, we were very limited on options. We either had to take a 6 hour ride plus a 3 hour walk to the mountain, OR take a comfy train ride with promising scenery. I opted for the second option and paid a little extra for the comfort. My friends from @legendaryyourlife were with us as well and they came for the ride. We stayed one night in lovely “Aguascalientes” which is the only little functioning town under Machu Picchu mountain. There is plenty to eat so choose wisely. The local alpaca is always in season. Feeing daredevils? Try the local “cuy” or guinea pig.
Machu Picchu the next morning was a pleasing scene and feeling after all of that craziness in the jungle. We took time to just enjoy the place and drank a local holy cactus that promised great connection to the Earth and creation. It was amazing, look at the images above. I'll leave you with a narrated photo diary above. Enjoy and book your trip soon.
PS: I wanted to take a moment and say that this trip for me was a personal journey and decision I made because I am on a couscous journey. This spiritual retreat and intaking the Ayahuasca medicine is all part of a very professional institute that provides these kinds of experiences all over the world. With plenty of research done and interviewing with my fellow teachers, I embarked on this journey with full confidence and trusting my spiritual leaders. They are very professional and only accept those who are serious about their personal growth.
AYAHUASCA MEDICINE: There is plenty of information on the web about this sacred plant so I wont bore you with the details but this medicine combined with another plant, are the ingredients for the medicine brew. This is not to be taken lightly, it is a very potent brew and you must be physically and mentally ready for this. By physically, I mean that your stomach has to be prepared to intake this medicine. Personally, I did a three week cleanse and ate nothing but veggies and juices for 2 weeks. Following the ayahuasca diet was very hard because you are giving up salt, spices, meat, and anything processed. Please do plenty of research on this subject before making a decision.
Retreat Information: If you would like to find out about the exact program I did, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will personally connect you to my dear friend and spiritual server Christof. I had the best experience in his program and would be delighted to hear your story if you choose this journey.