The Amazon itself carries great gifts, but the real gifts that I got were from Santuario Huishtin, where I spent 32 days on a diet of Amazon plant medicine.
In a beautiful setting by the boiling river, in a pleasant atmosphere created by the hosts who received me with an open heart, I learned a lot about life, gained positive energy, love, self-confidence, courage and faith in a higher entity. I was reborn. I was freed from negative energy, diseases, fear, spite and vanity. I left 30 kg lighter, with a lighter spirit and lighter heart.
Today I feel 15 years younger and like my life has started once again. I am truly grateful for my experience and hence I would recommend it to everyone.
Santuario Huishtin is a place where 8,000-year-old Shaman medicine is applied and where 80,000 plants grow. It’s a place of transformation, healing and growth. It’s a place of spirituality and love. It’s a place for everyone!
A trip to Santuario is life changing. Every visitor must follow the recommendations of the center and Shaman for the full experience. The center is in an amazing and beautiful part of the untouched world. The ceremonies are deeply engaging and soulful. This is not a journey for the average traveler that has unrealistic expectations. Everyone should go into it with and open mind and open heart. You will come out of it a better person.
My time at Santuario was more wonderful than I expected! Just being at the Center invokes a sense of peace and joy in you that is indescribable. I loved being so separate from the outside world. I felt like I was in a safe pocket of the jungle where we were free to explore our medicine and journey within. It was a really cool experience eating so simple and plain. I loved getting back to basics and allowing my body to spend less energy digesting food and more on processing my visions and thoughts. The journey there and back was really beautiful and just helped set the tone of where we were. The Maestro and Maestra were so loving and supportive. I never felt alone or scared while doing the ceremonies. I was completely broken open and saw such a wonderful world around me and within me. The medicine was very strong, I thought going in I would be taking more. One was enough! I felt the medicine strong for hours. I truly feel blessed to have found Santuario and I will be recommending it to friends, family, and anyone who will listen. This is the authentic and raw journey I was looking for. Thank you to all who helped me on my path.
I attended the Santuario Healing center this past week (Sept. 4-7) for two ceremonies with a friend. I had sat with the medicine once before outside Iquitos and my friend had not experienced the medicine before.
Not only was the setting incredible, being near a steaming river, plenty of animals, birds, plants, and insects, both ceremonies were like nothing I had experienced. I felt completely safe, the rooms are lovely, the staff is incredibly kind, and the food is wonderful. The shamans all have many years of experience and care deeply about each person, the medicine, and the land. We were fortunate and able to hike through the jungle with them on our second day, learning more about the plants and land.
Our guide to and from the center and Environmental Engineer for the center, Patrick, was so nice and went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of and even showed us around Pullcalpa on our last day.
I do recommend bringing soles with you as we needed more than we expected for travel and there are very nice crafts to purchase in the small town before the center and at the center depending who is working. I would recommend bringing about 400 soles with you on top of the American money to pay your stay. To swim in the river you will need soles as the portion of the river that is cool enough to swim is owned by a different family. It absolutely is worth it!
I absolutely would recommend this center to anyone seeking the medicine or anyone interested in visiting the boiling river. I have been very fortunate to travel many magical places in this world, and this is the top of my list. I will be back (:
Thank you so much to everyone at the center. I am forever changed. Thank you.
I am a female solo traveller, visited at the end of June. I had really high hopes for the centre, as I was drawn towards the beauty of the hot river and the entire setting. I still think it is a magical piece of land. However I ignored the feedback of another female that found herself in an uncomfortable situation in the centre few months prior to my trip and went ahead with my booking. I was planning to spend 10 days in the centre, but left after four days and two ceremonies. The reason being inappropriate behaviour of one of the male staff towards me during the ceremony. I explained what happened and left the centre the next morning. The shaman was very apologetic, but the bottom line is - he should know who he works with. I received a refund for the remaining nights, so thanks for that. Despite this unpleasant experience I am grateful for it, as it was leading me towards a deeply profound experience in another centre near Pucallpa. I would have never found it otherwise. By comparison - having done two ceremonies in Santuario and two ceremonies in another centre I can honestly say that what I experienced during the two ceremonies in Santuario was average. The reasons are: 1. short ceremonies - you are given a mapacho to smoke at around midnight and the shaman goes to his room 2. the purity of medicine - if you have a lot to clear it will shake you up a bit, of course, but it may not open your heart if you are working towards it. I simply didn't feel it at Santuario, while the medicine in another centre literally ripped my heart apart. 3. repetitive icaros - in comparison to the second centre, the icaros sung in Santuario had a little healing power. In the other centre, I truly felt the power of the medicine when icaros where channeled. They were songs of pure love. 4. the food - an unpeeled boiled potato and and a boiled egg for breakfast every day? You don't have to put yourself through a boot camp for ayahuasca to work. It's all in your head...So this is my experience, but if you feel drawn to come to this centre by all means do it! There are plenty of people that had positive experiences from Santuario, so don't hesitate. They were a few people there who came for a longer healing and were happy with the progress. Your intuition knows what you need better than me and my experience. I am only sharing what I experienced, based on that I won't be coming back to the centre,
Stayed at santuario for 5 nights for the ayahuasca retreat. What to say about the place? Amazing location, it was a couple hours drive outside of Pucallpa, then was taken on a boat ride down the Amazon for 20 minutes followed by a 40 minute hike to the sanctuary. Well worth the effort getting there, as you’re rewarded with a beautiful location, surrounded on both sides by the hot springs!
Accomodation was comfortable, and although there was a language barrier, I found the people there to be helpful enough and had no issues. The cook is also a sweetheart, and although I can’t remmeber her name I’ll never forget the copious amounts of boiled quinoa and eggs we had to have for lunch for the dieta the fruit was a real treat though!
The ayahuasca was interesting and the ceremony is held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I’d recommend it to anyone who would like a sanctuary where you are able to disconnect from society for a while, and really focus on yourself and be present moment. Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine and I can really see now why some people benefit from it so much!
Had a great time at santuario and hopefully I’ll get the chance to visit again in the future!