We base our Ayahuasca retreats on the outskirts of Tarapoto, Peru ...
Lotus Vine Journeys does not have its own dedicated Ayahuasca healing center. Instead, we are regular guests at our South American home ... the Puma Rinri Amazon Lodge ... a Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence 2015 winner.
At Lotus Vine Journeys we pride ourselves in giving you much more than your typical Ayahuasca jungle experience!
By all but taking over the boutique lodge when a Lotus Vine Ayahuasca retreat is underway, our participants can enjoy privacy in a comfortable resort environment with luxuries like electricity, hot water showers, flush toilets, wi-fi, hotel style services and facilities.
Only at this stunning Amazon Lodge can you gaze at the sunsets, swim under magnificent waterfalls and feel the breezes encircling the mountains around you as the fast flowing waters of the Amazon's upper tributaries flow by.
Tarapoto - A Biological Bridge
As the Andes mountains start their climb up and out of the Amazon Basin, they form a rare band of mist-shrouded luxuriant cloud rain forests that blanket the region.
It is here you will find Tarapoto ... the location we have chosen for our Ayahuasca retreats. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity. We host our ceremonies in a Maloka on the banks of the Huallaga River, an upper Amazon tributary that passes through the
Cordillera Escalera Conservation Region and the Cerro Azul National Park.
In many ways Tarapoto is like Ayahuasca ... a biological bridge between two worlds!
Advantages of Tarapoto's location & topography ...
Tarapoto is easily accessed by plane, a 1 hour and 15 minute flight from Lima. The nearby airport has regular direct daily flights to Iquitos and the capital.
Carriers operating to and from Tarapoto include:
See Getting There for a comprehensive outline of flights to Peru and connections to Tarapoto, along with directions to your meeting place in Tarapoto and final trip downriver to the PumaRinri Amazon Lodge.
The predominant weather in Tarapoto is warm and humid, with an average temperature hovering around 25 ° C - 32 ° C (67-91 Fahrenheit) when the sun shines. The slightly cooler and sunnier season is from May to late August.
- On average, the temperatures are always high.
- Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in February, March, April, May and October.
- On average, the warmest month is December.
- On average, the coolest month is May.
- March is the wettest month.
- July is the driest month.
Being situated in a mountainous jungle area (as opposed to the more common lowland basin areas of Iquitos and Pucallpa), you are blessed with a topography that provides lovely breezes and stunning views of the weather patterns that are constantly changing throughout the day, not to mention the magnificent sunsets.
When working with ayahuasca, the process of integrating and processing ones often profound experiences is an extremely important part of any retreat. To be able to lay in your suite and look out over ever changing river flows, weather and misted forests, those tasks of integration and processing can become far more meaningful.
Bugs, insects and mosquitoes are present in almost any tropical area. However, the prominence of insect-borne diseases, the incidence of malaria, dengue, yellow fever and others in Tarapoto and the surrounding area is extremely low.