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Included services:

  • Natural Medicin Master "Shaman" Alberto Manqueriapa
  • Specialized Bilingual guide
  • Lodges, camping on plataform
  • Private bus transportation & Motorized boats with cushioned seats, life jackets And roofs
  • Entrance fees
  • All meals indicated on the itinerary: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner (soup, main dish and dessert), Snacks, BL=box lunch. No additional cost for vegetarians
  • Natural drinking water from Cusco
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Specialized books are available during the trip.
Not Included services:
  • Personal equipment, medicines and items of a personal nature: gear, clothing, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Important:
  • You must be in good healthy to do this trip


Anthropological & Ethnobotanical Expedition Peru 2013
Journey of Renewal & Adventure of Exploration in the Peruvian Amazon & Andes

The expedition to Peru will begin in 2013 and last for about 30 days. We will be exploring the wilds of Peru with a focus on ethnobotany, anthropology, plant medicine, shamanism, ecology, culture, religion and much more! We will get to know the people, the plants and the land. We will explore three separate wild , rugged regions of Peru:
Cusco's "Sacred Valley", the jungles of Manu and finally Cotahuasi the world's deepest canyon. During our adventure we will see many unique plants, peoples, animals, cultures and some of the most beautiful landscapes that humans have ever gazed upon, including the Amazon and the Andes. With an open mind and an open heart we will learn how
plants, people and the planet weave the web of life in which we live. We will spend time visiting ruins, ceremonial sites and other places which are filled with energy, historically important and some of which are mysteries. Interweaving shamanism, ethnobotany, religion, history, anthropology, philosophy and theory we will open ourselves to the ideas that our past is more ancient and complex than many historians are willing to admit. Many today can feel humanity has lost something that we must regain. As "Westerners" we have lost our connection to the natural world, our connection from the love of Mother Nature. This year, the year 2013, the year after the "End of the World" is not the end but a new beginning, the time of great change. We must reawaken all the world by starting with reawakening our own selves. This journey will take us into the unknown, in a foreign land with different cultures. Our journey will truly to one of awakening, learning and discovering one's self.

-Location(s)
South America: Peru.
*Cusco & The "Sacred Valley" region.
*Macchu Picchu: The Mysterious Incan City in the Clouds.
*Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chinchero, etc.
*Choquequriao: The Ancient Incan ruins hidden in a pristine valley.
*Abancay.
*Cotahuasi Canyon: The Deepest Canyon on Earth.
*Manu National Park (Amazon Rain-forest).

Dates & Duration
August, 1st, 2013 to August, 30th, 2013.
The expedition starts around the first of August of 2013 and will last around 30 days. This expedition has three parts split into roughly 10 days each and each will focus on a certain area or region. The three 10 day trips include: #1) Cusco's "Sacred Valley" region; #2) The
jungles of Manu national park along the Madre de Dios (Mother of God) river; #3) Cotahuasi (The world's deepest canyon), Abancay then finally the ruins of Choquequriao.
It is possible for the expedition to run over a few days. Each section will never be shorter than 10 days but could run slightly longer. You are not obligated to stay for the whole expedition, feel free to stay for as long or as short as you'd like! Ask about alternatives to this expedition which are at different times and possibly go to different places!

Itinerary for the Peru Expedition, 2013

The expedition has three parts of ten days across three different regions of Peru:
*#1)- Cusco & the "Sacred Valley" of the Incas: Explore the ruins which are scattered across the "Sacred Valley" near Cusco, the Holy City of the Incas including a visit to the famous Machu Picchu!
*#2)- Exploring The Jungles of Manu & The Rio Madre de Dios: Ride a riverboat down a tributary of the Amazon river through the jungle to stay with native tribes-people to visit their medicine man and learn about their culture.
*#3)- Abancay, Choquequriao & Cotahuasi: Gaze upon the deepest canyon on planet Earth: Cotahuasi. Backpacking up the sides of 13,000+ foot mountains to explore the  ancient ruins of Choquequirao.


Part One: Cusco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cusco is the "Holy City of the Incas" and was the heart of their empire. It is the perfect place to begin our journey and is very friendly to "Gringos" (it's one of the safest cities in all of South America). Cusco will be a great place to warm up to this strange and new world we have entered. We will travel all around the "Sacred Valley" of the Incas which surrounds Cusco in order to visit the large number of ruins strewn throughout the valley. Cusco has two sides, one modern, one ancient, everything and anything can be found and done in Cusco if you know where to look! It has amazing nightlife, both cheap and fine dining and of course ancient Inca ruins. There are many cultural experiences true to the Andes in Cusco we might eat "Cuy" (guinea pig) and other strange, rare foods, especially rare and exotic fruits (save the seeds!) or go to festivals, celebrations, parades, etc.! We will explore the ruins around the "Sacred Valley", go on a trek through the high Andes, have a San Pedro cactus ceremony high in the Andes with a real Andean shaman just as it's been done for 5000 years or more and visit the famed ruins of Macchu Picchu! In addition to "San Pedro" we will have the chance to learn more about the mysterious and rare entheogen known as "Yopo", "Cebil" or as it is in known as in Southern Peru: "Vilca"(Anadenanthera spp.), it is a powerful shamanic tool. As a special guest we will have the wonderful and knowledgeable Alan Shoemaker make an appearance to give a lecture on plant medicine and his experiences over the past 20+ years! Wow! We're so happy to have him along!
*Day 1: Arrive in Cusco, meet at the airport. Group meeting the morning of August 1st! Head out of Cusco to see Chinchero and Maras and try to arrive in Ollantaytambo to stay the night so that we can have a moment to adjust to the culture, the environment, the altitude and the ambiance of this ancient and beautiful place!
Day 2: Wake up early in the morning to see the ruins at Ollantaytambo. Catch the train to Aguas Calentes, stay the night.
*Day 3: A VERY early morning, wake up at 5am to set out for the ancient and mysterious ruins of Macchu Picchu. Visit Huanayu Picchu. Trek, hike, taxi or bus back down to Aguas Calentes or all the way to Calca or Pisac if possible.
*Day 4: Pisac has some amazing ruins perched on a mountain just above the town. Check out the market. Hike to the ruins above the town. Spend the night in Pisac.
*Day 5: Back to Cusco, rest. Cusco city tour. See Cusco, go to the market. Eat local food. Explore Cusco and the surrounding area. Visit and trek around Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and other sacerd ruin sites near Cusco.
*Day 6: Hop a bus out of Cusco at 7am towards Huruan to start the trek to Lares.
*Day 7: Enjoy the beautiful sights of the high Andes mountains while surrounded by llamas, snow covered mountains and glaciers!
*Day 8: Finish the trek and then catch a ride back to Cusco by that night. Get a massage (included). Have a huge meal, maybe a few drinks and then a long rest after completing a rather difficult trek!
*Day 9: Visit Tipon and Pillicata or other ruins in the valley. Rest, relax, enjoy some nightlife with fine dining or salsa dancing in Cusco.
*Day 10: Coffee in the morning and then a short hike just above Cusco to "Zone X", an interesting network of partially nature, partially man-made caves and tunnels some of which are very long and deep, you sometimes hear people say that these underground passages may lead to hidden Inca gold! Finally Dinner and movie at South American Explorers with the entire group. That will conclude the first (1/3) 10 day section of the 2013 expedition.

Part Two: Exploring The Jungles of Manu & The Rio Madre de Dios


Early in the morning we will enter the mist filled jungles of Manu. Many biologist agree that the jungles of Manu hold one of the world's highest levels of biodiversity because of it's  interesting location where the Amazon rainforest meets the foothills of the Andes mountains! We shall live among some of the native peoples of the jungle while learning about plants, people, medicine, culture and the way of life in the jungle. We will travel far downriver to the lowlands where it's possibly to see many animals: tapir, jaguar, monkey, giant river otter, cayman, snakes, parrots, macaws, sloth, capybara and if you look with the right kind of eye you may even see some of the more mysterious animals of legend and myth! We will stop at hot springs and a waterfall for a swim. During your time in the
jungle there are many cultural experiences such as chewing coca leaf,using achoite body paint to make our faces red, drink masato (traditional yucca beer) with the men or shoot arrows from a bow right along side a skilled jungle hunter, swimming in the river with native children or learning about jungle medicines from the local healer/shaman. During our time there we may eat various jungle foods like grub worms, large nocturnal aquatic rodents and every fruit you can imagine along with many you may have never seen before and of course, lots of yucca (also known as manioc and cassava). We shall go on many treks through the jungle hopefully seeing many different species of flora and fauna including the rare jaguar! The native people such as the Machiguenga who we will meet have lived in the forest for as long as 10,000+ years. They live in much the same way as
they did in the past and retain a huge amount of knowledge about the forest, medicinal plants, hunting & fish,etc. but sadly this knowledge is rapidly disappearing. There will also be the opportunity to meet with a native jungle shaman for a legitimate Ayahuasca ceremonies as it's been done for 1000s of years. We will various stay in a native community for a three or more days in order to trek, look for animals, interact with the people, go swimming and just generally enjoy ourselves! Staying in the community will truly allow us to get to know the native people we are interacting with in a deeper way than just passing through on a trek. During this ten day portion of the expedition ALL food will be provided for you by our cooks. Tents, porters, boat drivers, guides, etc. are, of  course, also included.
*Day 1: Leave Cusco at 5am and head for the jungle. We will travel across the Andes toward the Amazon. Along our journey will we stop a ruins in which ancient mummies were once buried at around 13,000 feet above sea level! That night we will arrive in Pilcopata or possibly Huacaria, a native community. As well as purchasing and wild harvesting jungle medicine we will be bringing a full supply of plant medicinals including "Mapacho" Tobacco, Cat's Claw and our own Ayahuasca which we will learn how to brew ourselves. In addition to the Ayahuasca we will be bringing, everyone will have the opportunity to drink Ayahuasca with two different shamans in two different villages! This will give us a total of at least three (or more) Ayahuasca ceremonies for everyone!
*Day 2-3 : We start our day early in the morning in the Machiguenga and Wachipiri village of Huacaria. For a few days we will have workshops, informal classes, meetings, etc. with the native tribal people to learn skills such as creating a roof from leaves, edible
plants of the jungle or other wilderness skills that will teach you how to survive in the jungle being taught to you by the people who have lived there for 1000s of years. Let the children paint your face and arms with plants like Achiote and in the early afternoon try some of the local yucca beer known as "Masato" which can be very strong at times so don't drink too much! During the day we will educate ourselves about the native's ways of life and culture among the Machiguenga in the Amazon, during the night we will learn about their mythology, religion, etc. and have the opportunity to drink Ayahuasca with the village shaman: Alberto, who is a talented and highly respected man in the community. The evening before we leave Huacaria we will cook a big meal and share it with everyone!
*Day 4: Wake up early and say goodbye to Huacaria. Visit the intriguing little local market in Pilcopata so that we may stock up on supplies such as yucca, pineapple and sweet potato for our journey down-river. We will visit an animal sanctuary that takes in orphaned
or injured animals to see all their wonderful creatures such as sloths, mawcaws, monkeys, capybara, etc. up close and personal! You can even pet a capybara who will grunt with joy! Then travel to the small river-side village Atalaya where we will begin our journey down
the cool, fast flowing river known as the "Mother of God" or "Madre de Dios" in Spanish. Here we start our descent from the cooler highland jungle into the vast lowland jungles. Here we will be surrounded by wildlife and vegetation like nowhere else on planet Earth, the Amazon rainforest. On the way down the river we will stop along the banks for a short hike to a beautiful lagoon where we will see many strange and wonderful birds, possibly herds of capybara and if we'ere lucky animals which are more rare. We will arrive in Shipteri in the early evening where we will help make "Masato" with yucca, sweet potato and a dash of coconut which we will share and enjoy during our time there.
*Day 5-8: Today we will sleep in late. After we finally wake up it's time to explore the tranquil native Amazonian village of Shipiteri, a Machiguenga community which can only be accessed by boat and remains remote. Here we will have another few days to interact with these people which in many ways are more live closer to the ancient ways than those in Huacaria, except for a few items these people live very near to how our stone age ancestors did 10,000 years ago. During our stay we can watch and learn how to shoot bow & arrows made from jungle materials just like the people of the jungle use to hunt with, which they do use even to this day. If we are lucky they may allow a few men or women who they see fit to go hunting with us, this is a special honor. We will meet Silverio to learn from the local shaman (medicine man) who can teach use about medicinal plants of jungle. At night we will have the honor of drinking Ayahuasca with Siliverio, a true deep jungle native Machiguenga shaman, the last of a dying breed. The evening before we leave Shipiteri we will cook a huge meal and share it with everyone in the village who is hungry, especially the children!
*Day 9: Leaving Shipiteri and going slightly up river we will find a small, comfortable lodge and some wonderfully relaxing jungle hot-springs heated by volcanic activity hidden deep under the forest floor. After a short walk there is a waterfall with a pool that feels great after a hot, sweaty day in the jungle. As we trek deeper into the jungle in search of animals such as jaguar, tapir, giant river otter, etc. we also tread into the unknown. Every year new species of plants and even large animals are discovered in the jungles of the Amazon and it is possible we will encounter new flora or fauna not known to science as we walk through the misty forest. Even more elusive are the uncontacted tribes which live close to the area of Manu we will be exploring, It is unlikely yet still possible we could see some of these people on the riverbanks as we travel along but we must use the utmost caution and can never approach them for their own safety as well as ours!
*Day 10: Wake up early and begin the journey home. We will take the boat upriver back to Atalaya and then from there we will ride in the van back to Cusco where the group will gather for a final meal and then disband. That will conclude the second (2/3) 10 day secition of the 2013 expedition.

Part Three: Abancay, Choquequirao & The deepest Canyon in the world: Cotahuasi

We will travel through the high Andes to set eyes upon the deepest Canyon on planet Earth! After trekking around the canyon it's time to head for Abancay. We will stay in Abancay. Visit the ruins described as "the other Machu Picchu" known as Choquequirao. After a beautiful trek high in the mountains we will visit some native Quechua people to
enjoy a traditional festival and share some Coca leaf. During this trip we will have the chance to learn more about the mysterious and rare entheogen known as "Yopo", "Cebil" or as it is in Southern Peru: "Vilca"(Anadenanthera spp.), there will be at least three ceremonies of different types with this plant. Also there will be a chance for a "San Pedro" ceremony with a real Andean shaman in a pristine natural settings sometime during this journey.
*Day 1: We will set out from Cusco early in the morning headed for Cotahuasi. Along the way we will see many beautiful views of the Andes! Arrive at Cotahuasi by night. Stay in a hostal near the canyon and enjoy the local food and drink.
*Day 2-3: Visit the Cotahuasi canyon, the deepest canyon in the entire world! Camp that night in the canyon with the starry sky above. Trek around this beautiful place and enjoy the sights.
*Day 4: Wake up early, break down camp and set out on a bus for Abancay. As we near Abancay the vegetation changes from that seen near Cusco. If you look closely you can see Trichocereus spp. "San pedro" cacti along the road as well as other cacti, flora and fauna. Enjoy hanging out in Abancay, see the sights. Visit the Saywite archeological site and other attractions around this historical city filled with tall, green palm trees and beautiful women. We can either spend the night in Abancay or sleep in the beautiful town of Cachora, from where we will start our trek.
*Day 5-8: Today we will start the trek to the ancient ruins of Choquequriao high in the Andes. The ruins of Choquequriao are in a lush reserve. As we explore we can enjoy hiking through the brisk mountain air to see the unique flora and fauna and learn about the Inca culture which constructed these ruins long ago.
*Day 9: Return from the Choquequriao trek back to Abancay in the early evening, renting a nice hostel with soft beds and eat a big meal. Tonight we will get some well deserved rest, have some drinks, etc. and just relax.
*Day: 10: Hop a bus in Abancay back to Cusco. We will all have dinner together for the last time with anyone and everyone who participated over the past 30 days. Then it's time for good-byes or new plans! Most of the group will disperse and after a life changing experience this expedition is over. Of course all my new friends from the expedition are always welcome to hang out with me in Cusco or ask about other adventures! That will conclude the third (3/3) 10 day section of the 2013 expedition to Peru.

Peru Expedition 2013 Subjects & Goals

Anthropology (People)- One of our goals for this expedition is to learn more about the peoples and cultures of the regions we visit. We will meet various native peoples with which we will interact and learn about their cultures. The range of cultures is vast, the peoples varied and all intriguing in their own way. High up in the Andes we will meet the Quechua people, descendants of the proud Inca. During the jungle section of the expedition our time will be spent staying in a native Amazonian community where we will meet a shaman, or medicine man who will teach us about medicinal plants of the forest,
how to make fish and/or arrow poisons and many more secrets of the deep jungle which I cannot speak of here! We will have the chance to learn about their religions and philosophy of both the Andean and Amazonian peoples as well as participate in a shamanic ceremony.

Ethnobotany (Plants)- A portion of this tour is will be based on Ethnobotany, which is the study of the relationship between plants and people. Each person has the chance to take three traditional entheogens included. These three plant entheogens are as follows: "San
Pedro" (Trichocereus pachanoi), "Vilca/Cebil" (Anadenanthera spp.) & "Ayahuasca" (Banisteriopsis caapi + Psychotria viridis). Everyone who pays for the full expedition is entitled to three or more ceremonies with the entheogenic plants, or pick one out of the three plants for the 10 day section. Each 10 day section of the trip which will take us through an interesting exotic ecosystem with many awe inspiring sights. As we traverse the three areas the group will have the option to take three different plant entheogens, each one corresponding with a region: Andes mountains = "San Pedro"; Amazon Jungle = "Ayahuasca"; Cotahuasi canyon = "Vilca". Each plant represent the environment it grows in and I have chosen each to represent a different area/section of the trip. Vilca/Cebil and "San Pedro" may be used at any time while on the "Sacred Valley" trip in Cusco or on the Cotahuasi/Choquequriao trip, however you MUST let me know well in advance of when you
actually wish to use either one or it will not be possible! "Ayahuasca" can ONLY be given to you in the deep jungle by an expert shaman. Everyone who partakes in entheogens must adhere to certain restrictions on diet and other things and must also take responsibility for themselves. A person should not taken any entheogen lightly, they should be respected.

*Culinary Experience (Food)- Our expedition is a gastronomical one as well since it is often one of the best ways to learn about a culture. The food of Peru is wide and varied and incorporates many different styles of cooking from cultures including Africa, Europe, Caribbean and of course the indigenous peoples of the Americas. During our journey we will taste a diverse range of different dishes, fruits and possibly a few strange or gross edibles such as beetle larvae in the jungle! Of course in Cusco and the other cities you can get whatever food your heart desires! From traditional Peruvian cuy (guinea pig) to
an American-style pizza and hamburgers. Some of your meals will be provided, especially during times when we are camping, trekking, etc. or when the food contributes to the cultural enrichment of the expedition. Provided will be "Cuy" (Guinea Pig), Alpaca, strange
fruits, Yucca and many other native dishes and traditional Peruvian food throughout the trip!
*Lodging- Our lodging will range from nice cozy hostels in Cusco to tents when we are out trekking. Mostly we will stay in hostels or, for example, for a few nights in the jungle we will stay in a nice lodge complete with mosquito nets and beds in the middle of nowhere along a river in the middle of the Amazon jungle!

*Transportation- We shall traverse the lands and waters of Peru by car, bus, boat, taxi, motorcycle, airplane or on a horse. All expenses for transportation are included. We will be traveling by safe, fast and comfortable "luxury" bus for most long distances.

*Eco-Tourism Expeditions with a Purpose- The difference between a simple tour and an expedition is that an expedition has an explicit goal and purpose. This expedition is for tourism but it is also a self funded expedition with goals so your part of something more than just being a lame "tourist"! Your money is contributing not only to your adventure and having a great time but also to make important documentation of indigenous knowledge! So as well as being a tour this is something greater. We are first and foremost adventurers but adventures with a mission! Keep in mind that this is an expedition because we have a purpose and a goal. Our goal is to document knowledge passed down since ancient times about medicines and foods made from the wonderful nourishing flora that grows in the far corners of our planet. Our purpose to learn about the people of this wonderful land and their knowledge as well as learn more about ourselves. Our goals are to explore wild areas for native medicinal flora. Collect important seeds and knowledge. Since this is a paid tour volunteer work will only be included during the main expedition when it's part of a culture experience however your interested in some serious volunteer work after the expedition is over please let me know and I will set it up for you totally free of charge. The more kind we are and the more we help to brighten the lives of these amazing peoples of Peru the more a success the expedition will be! As a final goal I want each person who comes to gain understanding and insight into their own lives through the experiences and adventures our quest will reveal to us! Remember responsible eco-tourism is what it's all about!
*The Amazon & Andes Need YOU: Volunteer, Contribute, etc.- The expedition team needs anyone with the following skills or knowledge - ethnobotany, medicinal training, Hispanic/Latin history or culture, botany, herbalism, shamanism, religious history, mountain climbing, backpacking, wilderness survival skills, video editing, writing, photography, journalism, etc.! We will be documenting the expedition with photography, video, audio and plenty of notes. Compile this information into a documentary, video blog, etc. so if you have a camera bring it along (alternatively if you would like to request NOT to be filmed then this will be arranged for you)! As a bonus if you have a degree or formal training we could possibly give you a discount if you are a biologist, botanist, linguist, anthropologist or have other useful knowledge. Those who are fluent in Spanish could also receive a discount. If you speak Quechua or another indigenous language such as Machiguenga we will give you a large discount! If you have any of these skills send me a message and we can talk about discounts! Don't miss the opportunity to go on this amazing expedition! Space for the expedition is limited and people with the above skills are more likely to get picked to be on the team!

Items to Bring on the Journey

Necessity Items
*Flashlight (Headlamps are best)
*Rain-coat
*Backpack (large capacity, you should be able to carry everything you
need in your pack, you MUST have this item for the expedition).
*Pen/Pencil & Paper for notes.
*Camera with film, battery, etc.
*Knife for carving, cutting rope, etc.
*Boots
*Bathing Suit
*Coat, gloves, hat, warm clothes. It can get very cold in the Andes,
prepare for temperatures as low as freezing!
*Shorts, T-shirts, etc. It will be very hot in the jungle. Bring hot
weather clothes too!
*Insect repellent
*Water bottle (Two is better than one, always keep it full of
filtered, pure water)
*Passport, ID & other important information with copies.
*Sunscreen
*Everything you normally pack for a trip: clothes, toiltries, etc. but
remember keep it light!


Optional Items
*Tents will be provided but if you'd like to bring your own that is great!
*Sleeping bags could be provided but it's recommended you bring your own.
*Sandals, crocs, etc.
*General camping equipment
*Books for reading on bus rides, before bed in the forest, etc.
*Hat, large "Safari" or "Sun" hats with a large circular brim are the best.
*Sunglasses
*Extra Food- travel/backpacking food, easy to cook, keep for awhile
without refrigeration, lightweight foods are best! However anything
that will keep for awhile is great.

Notes
*If you do not feel entheogens or plant medicine is right for you then you are still more than welcome to join us on the expedition! You will never be required to take anything, nor looked down upon for not doing so, please join us! *You should be in decent physical condition. Train for a few weeks before coming to Peru. Focus on building endurance as this will help with the altitude.

*It is suggested that you visit your doctor and get diamox for altitude and antibiotics for traveler's sickness and other various things. I personally do not take any of the recommended vaccines or other medications. I am no doctor and cannot tell anybody what to do in this case but that was my personal experience and I have never gotten sick, from my personal experience I'd say bring the pills but skip the shots!

*We are always planning other expeditions, please ask about alternative dates and times if you can't make the journey in August. If anybody is interested in going to Lago Titicaca this is another trip that as possible as well as doing many treks around the "Sacred Valley". We can also trek Lares or anything you'd need a guide for just let me know! If your interested in doing another trip at another time, let me know!

*Anybody who has a group of 6 or more can choose whenever they would like for this expedition to happen. Any time after Jan. 1st, 2013 will work for me as your guide, just contact me. OR one person out of the group of six gets a HUGE discount, discount rates for groups, etc.

*Psychoactive drugs of any kind especially any sort of pharmaceutical with mild altering properties, these are harmful and could interact with some of the entheogens. Make sure you've taken no psychoactive medication such as anti-depressants, sedatives, "mood stabilizers" within 33+ days of coming to Peru! By joining us on this expedition you agree that you have NOT taken any anti-depressant, sleep aids, etc. (pills) or any illegal narcotics drugs with 33+ days before Peru and during the duration of your expedition with us. This can be VERY dangerous if mixed with any of the plant medicines and could kill you,
it's for your own safety!
*Do not bring any Illegal items prohibited either in the U.S.A. or in Peru, do not mess with these! Except all plants which are ok!
*You MUST be at least 19 or older to participate in the entheogen ceremonies during this expedition!
*While not prohibited the usage of alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.) is discouraged (although I myself often fail at this)
*Our expedition will be well stocked with a medical kit with everything a basic medical kit needs in addition to specific items for our situation such as anti-venom.

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PROGRAM AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES(4 days /3 nights)
SHAMAN SESSIONS. PERU MANU, IN THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST

The program cam be added to any jungle trip, like to the one below, or adjust to do only the ceremony with the Naturalist Doctor

DAY1.- CUSCO ANDES - PILCOPATA VILLAGE

Leaving Cusco early, we will pass through the preinca Tombs of Ninamarca, the colonial town of Paucartambo known as the region's folklore center. The next stop is Acjanacu (3,530m/11,870ft) which is the entrance to the Manu Biosphere, for an overview of the amazon Basin. After that, we'll descend through different ecological floors such as the puna, the elfin forest, down into the lush Cloud Forest, along the way we may see endemic flora and fauna such as, butterflies, giant tree ferns and orchids, monkeys, birds like, toucans, tanagers, etc. The Cloud Forest is home of Peru's National bird which is “the Cock of the Rock” (Rupicola peruviana, we visit its lek) and the spectacled bear (tremarctus ornatus) -the only bear found in South America. We overnight at our comfortable and typical Lodge. (L,D)

DAY 2.- PILCOPATA - NATIVE COMMUNITY - PILCOPATA TOWN LODGE

After a hearty breakfast, we start our hike to the native community of Huacaria (Huachipaire ethnic group), on the way we can see some farms, here we will have opportunity to observe their culture and typical way of living, we will hike their trails and swim in their rivers. Late in the afternoon, we will have important information about our next days and details for the Ceremony, we spend the night in a cozy place in tents on plataforms. (B, L, D)

DAY 3.- NATIVE COMMUNITY OF HUACARIA

On this day, the only responsible is the "master in medicinal plants" who will give you instructions about what to do, we also have chance to interact with the local people .(B,L,D)

DAY 4.- NATIVA COMMUNITY OF HUACARIA

Every person is different, so the interpretation for each experience will be known, the "Shaman" will tell you what is the way to get better .(B,L)

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ABOUT AYAHUASCA PLANT

This is a sacred plant, the natives call it "The Mother Ayahuasca", which takes different names according the languajes of every jungle tribe like Burawehiak (Harakmbut languaje), Kamarampi (Matshiguenka), Oni (Shipibo), Nanten (Shuar) and Nixapae (Cashinahua), it is a sacred beverage. it is Not an Hallucinogenic plant. This mother and medicinal plant Ayahuasca, comes from the amazon jungle, it is and has been used since immemorial times by the indigenous jungle communities, who consider this plant, "The Spirit of the Nature", constitutes the foundation of spirituality, shamanism, traditional medicine and indigenous cosmology. in Brazil is called caapi from which its scientific name Banisteriopsis caapi. in Ecuador is called natema; Yaje in Colombia in the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon is called Ayahuasca. The word is of Quechua origin and means "rope that unites the world of the living and the spirits of" the literal translation of Quechua death and serious Aya = Huasca = rope or drunk because of dizziness caused by taking. According to studies conducted in the Ecuadorian jungle, Ayahuasca use dates back to 5000 years or so, its knowledge survives in the magico-religious therapeutic knowledge of Amazonian indigenous peoples. Ayahuasca is used to make the connection with the magical worlds in the "expansion of consciousness", since it has a spirit. In the cooking of the plant it is added leaves of the shrub called Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), also the Toe or Floripondio, Tobacco, Coca, among others. on the western slope of the Amazon basin there are 700 different ways of preparation of Ayahuasca, each culture of this vast territory has its own way. To the Ayahuasca as well as other plants, are given a sacred origin. In some villages the origin is magical, "it is said that the vine was a man of heaven and Chacruna a beautiful woman on earth who married and before they died, they made the oath that together they would cure and teach humans, from the Tomb of the man, was born the vine Ayahuasca and from the woman tomb was born the Chacruna. " For some peoples of the Amazon the vine Ayahuasca "is what gives strength and the Chacruna the vision."