Ayahuasca Retreats at East West Lodge
4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Floral bath before each Ceremony
Transportation between Iquitos and East West Lodge (we will all meet at a predetermined location)
Single private room accommodation with shared bathroom and shower facilities. We provide all meals plus fruit and drinking water.
Breakfast and light lunch on Ceremony days (you should go to Ceremony on an empty stomach)
Jungle excursion (nothing too strenuous or hardcore)
Visit to a local community to explore the local culture
Hammocks for relaxation in-between Ceremonies.
Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to East West Lodge
A Maestro Family Tradition
Alex is the second son of the master Martin Muñoz. Alex began to take the medicine at the age of 8, and from a very young age he began to accompany his father on his trips and his ceremonies. Alex finished school and began his apprenticeship under his father, master Martin Muñoz. Alex’s training included Hacienda Diets of plants under direction of his father.
Alex is married and has 4 children, has traveled to Argentina, Bolivia and several European countries where he has conducted Ayahuasca ceremonies. He takes great care for the ritual aspect of the ceremony and preparation. He often plays the flute during ceremonies and his singing is especially beautiful.
Oscar is the adopted son of master Martin Muñoz, raised the same as master Martin Muñoz’s other children. Oscar has worked with the medicine since he was 17 years old, has undergone several plant dietas and has deep knowledge of the different medicinal plants of the Amazon, able to recognize and use over 100 different plant medicines.
Oscar is noted for his serene presence and relaxed attitude. He often surprises guests with remarks and accurate insights that demonstrate a great inner strength and attention to what is happening during ceremony.
Eduardo is the youngest of the three brothers. He began taking Ayahuasca at the age of 11 with his father master Martin Muñozis and also accompanied his father in his travels when he was young. After finishing school, Eduardo enlisted in the Peru army and did military service. During that time, was highlighted in the Cordillera del Condor during the war with Ecuador in the 1990’s.
Eduardo has performed Ayahuasca ceremonies in Buenos Aires and Cordoba in Argentina and in Santiago de Chile. In addition to performing Ayahuasca Ceremonies, he works in the medical post of San Francisco as head of security, and is also an occasional singer in Cumbia orchestras. Eduardo’s wife is also Peruvian and they have 3 daughters.
Dining & Travel Arrangements
We provide all meals and drinking water. You can eat as much as you want at each meal. On Ayahuasca Ceremony days, you will be served breakfast and a light lunch but no dinner (its best to take Ayahuasca on an empty stomach). On Ceremony off days, dinner will be included.
We prepare simple yet delicious clean and healthy whole foods meals which include fresh fish, chicken, vegetables and fresh fruits grown on site. All meals follow the Ayahuasca Diet, which means no added salt or sugar, no red meat and all fresh ingredients.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions or needs.
All transport is provided between Iquitos and East West Lodge. The journey takes about 2 hours by speedboat on the Amazon River.
You are responsible for getting yourself to and from Iquitos. We recommend that you arrive in Iquitos at least 24 hours before the retreat starts to give yourself time to prepare, relax and overcome jet lag if you’re likely to have any.
Your Airport —> Lima, Peru –> Iquitos
You will need to book a flight to Iquitos, Peru. The only direct flights to Iquitos are from Lima, the capital of Peru, so your flight itinerary will have a layover in Lima. You can use any online booking website, but www.cheapoair.com seems to often have the cheapest flights.
Travelers from many countries including U.S.A, Canada, the Eurpean Union and Australia do not need a visa for visits to Peru for up to 183 days.
All travelers are required to clear customs and immigration upon arrival in Lima. This means that upon arriving at the Lima airport, you will need to pick up your check-in luggage and pass through Peruvian customs, and then check in again for your flight to Iquitos. It is not necessary to stay overnight in Lima (although you can if you want to), you can land in Lima, clear customs, and move on directly to your flight to Iquitos.
When you check in at the airport in your home country, your luggage will at most be checked in only up to Lima, and not all the way to Iquitos. Regardless of what the airline might tell you (they are wrong if they tell you your luggage is checked in all the way to Iquitos), once you arrive at the Lima airport, you will need to pick-up your check-in baggage at the luggage carousel and then clear customs before checking in and boarding for your flight to Iquitos.
We suggest you read these very useful tips for Navigating the Lima Airport and Arriving in Iquitos.
You should plan to stay at least one night in Iquitos before the start of your retreat at East West Lodge. The Peruvian Amazon is very different from anywhere else on Earth and takes a little time to adjust to. You’ll want to have at least a little time to relax and acclimate to the local environment before you start your Ayahuasca journey.
After arriving at the Iquitos airport, you can take a motocar or taxi into the city. For anywhere in Iquitos, the motocar should cost around S/ 13 to S/15, and a taxi should cost no more than S/ 25. For more information on Iquitos, check out the Wikitravel Guide and also this article.
What can I say? Amazing experience! Best thing I’ve done all year, if not all decade, and can’t believe how cheap East West Lodge is compared to a lot of the other centers. With the low price I was actually worried it would be a crap-hole and the pics on the website fake or something since it seems too cheap, but their website pics are legit and the lodge was nicer than I was expecting. The guest rooms are small but look brand new and they just put in brand new beds (the rooms are small but the beds are nice and big for one person) with nice clean sheets and pillows (something that I’m picky about as I can’t stand a hotels with a bad bed or nasty sheets that haven’t been properly cleaned!). Beautiful environment and I liked that I could go walking around by myself along the Amazon River front without worrying about getting lost. Beautiful jungle grounds and amazing view from their tower, it’s really tall! Highly recommended. And last but not least, the most important part, the ayahuasca and the ceremonies, great medicine!
Overall I had a great experience at East West Lodge. I’ve done some other related stuff before but this was my first time trying ayahuasca. I didn’t have any serious illness or problems I was hoping to address, more interested in expanding my consciousness and connecting with the universe. The ayahuasca brew is definitely intense, so be ready, but I always felt safe with Oscar present the whole time signing his icaros and doing his thing during the ceremonies. I was surprised how long the shaman kept going, I would be exhausted if I were signing that long! Great value for money, I’ve recommended it to my brother and he has already booked to go later this year.
East West Lodge was just what I was looking for. I felt like I was kind of in a rut in life and was looking for inspiration in just about everything… career, love life, you name it. And while I don’t claim to have become enlightened after one week with 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, I can say that the ceremonies at East West Lodge are eye opening experiences, to say the least! Strong medicine. I’m planning on coming back again next year for vacation; I’ll stay a few days longer next to arrange some other activities after the retreat as as there is actually quite a lot to do around Iquitos.
I would recommend East West Lodge to anyone who is in basic good mental and spiritual health and is looking for something more in life. During ceremony at East West Lodge as Oscar was signing the icaros, I really felt like my subconscious mind totally opened up. I was making mental connections and and thinking in ways that I never had before (even with having done mushrooms and other psychedelics in the path). Definitely had some revelations that I plan to take back home with me and implement, and not all just spiritual and abstract stuff, for me very practical revelations. During ceremony I got a lot of insights into changes I need to make in my business and also with my relationship with my daughter. People say ayahuasca is life changing. I disagree. It only shows the way. Then you have to change your life yourself