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Your Spiritual Journey with us


True ceremonies do not normally include group situations where you are spiritually tutored; you already know why you're here. The Ayahuasca experience is an individual journey, not a communal event, or a party.


Instead, we focus on the natural beauty of the Amazon Rainforest, and during the day, when you are not taking part in the ceremony, you will be guided through the Botanical Gardens and waterways that surround the Chingana Refuge Lodges.


Here you will come in contact with the flora and fauna that inhabit our domain. This experience will provide you with a true connection to the earth, in an untouched environment. This will unite your soul with the natural spirits of Peru and the Earth.


Our partner, an owner of the lodge, will be your translator and guide for the journey you are setting out on, with over 40 years experience he is more qualified to assist you than any others in the Rainforest. 



Tripping the Peruvian Amazon,

The balance and power of nature is what’s most pure and fragile about our planet. That’s where my journey begins in Peru. Not in the port city of Iquitos, not in a Panamanian airport, and certainly not anywhere in my neighborhood in Florida.

The journey into the Yanayacu is more than a boat ride. At the risk of sounding cliché, it is a spiritual journey; it’s a trip through time… 


One by one your trappings of modern advancement cease to be anything more than dead weight.

The cell phone has no signal; there is no Wi-Fi. And anyone worth their salt wouldn’t give a damn anyway if those amenities vanished at least for a time. 


I spent my leisure time spear fishing, catching caiman, drinking rum at a jungle distillery, and learning the finer points of sloth wrangling.  Fruits are everywhere, as are any number of rare and exotic primates and birds. The Amazon truly has no parallel. On one late night romp down the river, bait fish literally jumped into my lap. 


The power of the jungle is evident in its shamanistic traditions as well. The transcendent Ayahuasca, which has been wielded for various uses since before recorded history and its careful ceremonious application, continues today.


As a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, and a consummate traveler, the Ayahuasca ceremony is not for everyone. However, the intensity of the experience from ingesting the plant almost pales in comparison to the awesome sound of hearing the ancient icaros performed by the shaman himself. In the dead black of the still jungle night, lit only by the stars, the icaros ring out, bridging the gap between the unseen dimensions and the observable world. 


With the utmost sincerity I can honestly say I have never experienced any journey quite so powerful, quite so moving, and with such little interference from the clanging noise of the modern world. If you’re reading this, it’s because you’ve heard the Peruvian jungle calling you. Heed the call. Swim in her rivers, eat her foods, and be wise to learn her inhabitants. 

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Chingana: Noun/Adjective

a Peruvian location, and attitude;
•    (Southern Cone) fiesta, wild party
•    (Amazon River) store, supermarket, honey hole
•    (Andes, Southern Cone) dive, tavern, cheap dance hall


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