The Medicine

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 using 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 occurring substance in a large variety of plants . The human body produces dmt in the pineal gland.

The Ayahuasca vine contains an 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 mystery 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, approximately a 40 minutes hike from the famous city of Iquitos.

Our 24 tambos (jungle huts) are built in the traditional manner and are 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 any time, there are no dangerous animals, and it is filled with pure rainwater. All tambos are equipped with a bed, a hammock, electricity, blankets and towels. We also 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 visit our gallery to see more photos and videos taken at our beautiful retreat.


The Scientific Background

Memories are built into our brains in the 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 and it can create a long life dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. Ayahuasca has proven to repair brain structures related with the above mentioned psychological 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 Ayahuasca Medicine offers healing in a substantial and long lasting way.

Plant Diet

We have more than 20 master plants available for healing and learning diets

Laundry Service

Everyday of the week free laundry service available


Power is on from 4-8am and in the afternoon from 3-6pm to charge phone, cameras, tablets, etc.


All of the food that we serve in our buffets is appropriate for plant diets. No red meat, sugar and salt

25 Tambos

Individual or double bedrooms with electricity. One matrimonial or family with electricity

24-hour Security

24/7 video security and guardian surveillance on the property. Surveillance during ceremonies.

Airport Service

Airport pickups (included) and returns (extra fee) available with our trusted drivers.

Easy Contact

You can have signal all day in collective areas

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Going here was the GREATEST decision I’ve ever made. I HIGHLY recommend going here. Shaman Don Lucho is full of LOVE and Compassion. The facilitators were Awesome. The food was great. I cannot think of anything negative to say. Ignore the negative comments because they are obviously NOT being honest. I believe EVERYONE on this planet should go here at least once and I look forward to going back ASAP.

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agosto 3, 2019

This is certainly the best place where you would experience Ayahuasca in Iquitos. The brew is home made by the Don Lucho, his wife and their son Wagner with love and respect of the tradition and their shaman lineage. Don Lucho’s passion are the plants. He would tell you they tought him everything and he spend part of the day in his plantations close to the center. Huts are far enough from each other to give you some privacy and the night in the jungle music of the nature are amazing. The shamans would be happy to answer your questions, if you ask and they work so the plants can teach you what you need to know. I cannot wait to go visit again. I highly recommend.

thumb Renaud Léglise
agosto 3, 2020

This place is amazing. I really love all of the staff They are ALL humble and kind towards everyone and everything they do.. The most important part is feeling safe while your in process. Don lucio is a very wise soul. Eventhough, he already knows your story, it’s your position to tell him what you want and need. I am forever grateful and thankful to Kapitari. Seeing beyond the physical eye is the key. I will be returning to this retreat.

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agosto 3, 2020

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