La Medicina

The Ayahuasca medicine is a sacred plant brew that has been used by indigenous Amazonian cultures for thousands of years – primarily for healing, divination and spiritual awakening.  The Ayahuasca brew is the product of a long term cooking process of two different plants. The Ayahuasca vine and the chacruna, which is a little fruit-and flowerless bush.


The Chacruna contains the halucinogenic substance dmt, which is a naturally appearing substance in a large variety of plants .  The human body produces dmt in the pineal gland.

The Ayahuasca vine contains a so called MAO Inhibitor which blocks an enzyme in our digestion. This enzyme would break up the dmt Molecules before they could take effect. It is still a mistery  how the ancient shamans discovered this powerful combination out of the 18.000 different plant species that grow in the amazonian rainforest.

How can Ayahuasca help? 

Working with Ayahuasca is an intense, profound, and almost always a highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access to higher states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual awakening. To many people it reveals the multi-dimensional nature of reality and ourselves and it leads us back to who we truly are.


The Kapitari Ayahuasca retreat is located in the middle of the amazon rainforest, approximated  at a 4o minutes hike from the famous city of Iquitos.  


Our 24 tambos (jungle huts)  are built in traditional manner and situated around 2 large lagoons, embedded into the amazon rainforest, ...a perfect place to relax, calm down and to concentrate on your spiritual healing process.  


You can take a swim in the lagoon at anytime, there are no dangerous animals and it is filled with pure rainwater. All tambos are  equipped with a bed, a hamac, electricity, blankets and towels. We aso have several showers that you will share with the rest of your group. Kapitari is a peaceful, beautiful place that will allow you to experience a deep connection to the incredible biodiversity of the peruvian rainforest.

Watch the short trailer below made by Shawn one of our dear guests, or viait our gallery to see more fotos and videos taken at our beautiful retreat. 

The scientific Background

How does Ayahuasca work? Is there any cientific evidence explaining the healing process?


Memories are built into our brains in Form of a neuronal connection between the amygdala and the hippocampus. The hippocampus is responsible for the processing and storage of short-term memory. The amygdala is responsible for emotions, moods, and other functions related to depression and anxiety.

Traumatic experiences create behavioural patterns which in worst cases can lead to depression, addictions and detachment from social life. Western medicine only offers treatment of the symptoms without healing but instead creating a longlife dependancy of pharmaceutical drugs. Ayahuasca has proven to repair brain structures related with the above mentioned psycological problems.

After 15 years of research at the san Pao Hospital in Barcelona (Spain), the Team around Dr. Jordi Riba has presented astonishing results, proving under clinical conditions that the  Ayahuasca Medicine offers healing in a substantial and longlasting way. 


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Email: Office: 7 de Junio Nº311, Iquitos, Peru. Retreat Center: Manacamiri a 3 km del río Nanay, Loreto