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Caya Shobo is the only western-operated Ayahuasca Healing Center Peru in the world to have received endorsement from Coshikox (the Shipibo Konibo Xetebo Tribal Council) as to the authenticity of our maestros and medicine offering in accordance with the true Shipibo traditions.

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PLANNING YOUR VISIT TO CAYA SHOBO

To arrive at Caya Shobo, you need to find your way to Iquitos where we will pick you up and bring you to the Centre (~30 mins drive from Iquitos airport). Located in the Great Plains of the Amazon Basin, Iquitos is a city surrounded by the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers and can only be reached by air or boat.

FLIGHTS TO IQUITOS

Our recommendations for finding flights to Iquitos from Lima are, in order of preference:

  • Latam Airlines which has the most reliable schedule and most comfortable planes, but is generally the priciest option

  • Star Peru which is typically off-schedule and is a bit of a squeeze, but generally has low prices

  • Viva Air a low-cost airline with a limited fleet of planes, frequently unreliable flight schedules, and remember to look out for hidden extra costs

Direct flights to Iquitos are also available from Panama City with Copa Airlines, although these are less regularly scheduled than flights from Lima.

NOTE: Be sure that your international return flight home departs Lima airport at least 2 hours after your scheduled arrival into Lima from Iquitos, or at least 4 hours if you are flying with Star Peru or Viva Air. 

FLIGHTS TO LIMA

To arrive at Lima, we recommend looking on one of the major flight search engines in your area, and then comparing prices directly with the airlines.  (Where prices are similar we prefer to purchase flights direct as it is often easier and cheaper to deal with the airline if you need to change any details of your itinerary, or if you miss one of your flights.)

Some search engines we recommend as having good prices and options:

Here is a review of other popular North American flight search engines: reviews.com/travel-sites/airfare/

HOTELS IN LIMA AND IQUITOS

Most international flights arrive into Lima late at night, so most likely you will want to stay at least 1 night in a hotel in Lima before heading up to Iquitos. If you're just planning to get some sleep before flying to Iquitos we recommend staying in a hotel close to the airport (see some suggestions below).  

 

If you have a few days to stay in Lima we recommend staying in the safe, touristy area of Miraflores or the more bohemian Barranco District. We recommend looking on hotels.com or bookings.com for a hotel that suits your budget and taste. 

In Iquitos city:
  • Casa Morey
  • Victoria Regia
  • Nativa Apartments
In Lima close to the airport:​
  • SM Hotel
  • LimaQ Hotel
  • B&B Cusing Wasi
In Miraflores, Lima:​
  • Casa Suyay
  • Casa Andina
  • Faraona Grand Hotel

AirBnb.com also has lists a lot of properties in these areas, and can be a good option especially when you are travelling in a group.

NOTE: In general in Peru, be sure to check that your hotel room matches your booking choice, and if not, ask to be relocated to another room.

TAXIS IN PERU

In general we recommend arranging an airport pickup with your hotel before you travel, which is usually not expensive and saves you the hassle of arranging ground transport when you arrive in Lima.  

 

Or you can catch an authorized taxi from the airport. This link gives some tips on how to do this: www.lan.com/10-tips-taking-taxis-lima-peru-airport-edition/.  Taxi Green is popular - they are just outside customs before the airport exit door in Lima.

In Iquitos it is very convenient and affordable to get around in 3-wheeled moto-taxis that are easy to hire outside the airport or anywhere in the town of Iquitos.

Typically a ride to Iquitos from the airport will cost approximately 20-30 soles. In general in Peru we recommend you confirm the price of the taxi trip either before or as soon as you get in the car.

Caya Shobo is also happy to pick you up or drop you off at the airport (the cost is 60 soles or US$20 for a return trip). Please be sure we have your flight arrival details.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

  • Medical Information: Please make sure that you have sent us your completed medical information form (emailed to you when you requested your stay at Caya Shobo), and please update us if you have any new information to share regarding medications you have taken recently or new physical or mental health issues.

  • Money:  Please pay your full account for your stay at Caya Shobo by credit card using our online booking, or please enquire about paying by Bitcoin or International Bank Transfer. If you wish to bring cash with you for additional purchases (such as massages, artisanry, plant perfumes, mapacho tobacco, etc), please be sure to bring pristine USD bills from your bank – the slightest tear or mark will cause your bills to be rejected by most Peruvian retailers and banks. You can withdraw additional USD and Peruvian Soles from ATM machines in Lima or Iquitos. It is good to have some Soles to pay for taxis, restaurants and other small items. We recommend notifying your bank and credit card company that you will be travelling in Peru, and also find out what is your daily cash withdrawal limit.

  • Vaccinations: are optional.  There is some risk of Malaria in the Iquitos/Loreto area. If you choose to take anti-Malarial pills we recommend Larium (Mefloquine) or Malarone (Atovaquone and Proguanil).  Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more Health Information for travelling to Peru. 

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WHAT TO PACK

  • Clothes for the rainforest: Choose for protection from mosquitos, especially during the months of November through to March - long sleeve, light weight shirts and pants made of light, breathable fabric.  Mosquitos can bite through tight-fitting clothing, so it is best to have a light-weight baggy over-layer.  Shorts or skirts are fine for the hotter times of the day when the bugs are not so bad, or in the cooler months of April to September.

  • Shoes: that cover your feet are a good idea (like basic sneakers).  Although most of the time you will probably prefer a sturdy pair of flip-flops or river sandles.  Bring long light-weight socks for wearing during ceremony.

  • Rain protection: a light-weight rain jacket or rain poncho is essential.

  • Mosquito repellant: we recommend bringing a good quality mosquito repellant cream or spray as they are not easy to find in Iquitos. Picaridin based repellants are less toxic but generally more effective then DEET.  You can also bring a natural blend of essential oils such as Tea Tree, Citronella, Geranium, etc.  Bring enough for putting both on your skin and maybe also on the outside of your clothes. Avoid Permethrin which is highly toxic.

  • Mosquito bite treatment: We recommend Peppermint Essential Oil as the best natural treatment for mosquito bites.  A more sharp, pungent smelling oil is more effective than a gentle peppermint oil.

  • Zip lock bags: are a great item to have with you in the jungle, to keep anything perishable, or to put wet stuff into until you can get some washing done (which is available at the centre).  Bring a few each of various sizes: Also if you are bringing a laptop or other electronic equipment, we recommend keeping it in a zip lock bag with a few moisture remover satchels (like found in vitamin pill jars), or a few rice grains to help absorb any moisture.

  • A small flash light: preferably with different power settings, so you can use a softer setting for getting around during ceremony, and a stronger setting while walking around outside at night. 

  • A small quick drying towel: there are towels at the centre, but it’s nice to have an extra. 

  • Toiletries & other supplies:

    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner - preferably natural, sulfate-free, environmentally friendly

    • Natural deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc

    • Ear plugs & eye mask

    • Cleansing wipes, tissues

    • A small 1st aid kit - polysporin, a few bandaids in case of small cuts, a small pair of scissors and tweezers. Tylenol/Paracetamol

    • Sunglasses - cheap ones, so you're not disappointed if they get lost or broken

    • A small sewing kit - with needle and thread

    • Buy a lighter while waiting at the airport in Lima (as you can't take them in your baggage)

  • What not to bring:  Makeup. Jewelry. Alpha-hydroxy skin products (mosquitos love them). Very valuable things.