The Pachamama Temple
The Pachamama Temple is a Traditional Ayahuasca Healing Center located in Pucallpa, Peru. We offer 12 day Ayahuasca Retreats led by experienced Shipibo shamans who work together with carefully selected and skilled western facilitators. We provide a genuine, caring and safe environment for guests who want to work with this sacred medicine. The Temple also offers longer stays for those who are interested in a more in-depth study of the medicine, while also experiencing traditional plant dietas and study Shipibo culture.
The Pachamama Temple was created to meet the modern challenges and growing demands of a world in need of healing. Humanity is awakening and reaching deeper into the ancient cultures to learn the old paths of wisdom and connection to the natural world. We believe that modern western culture and the ancient tribes need to learn from and support each other. Our mission is to create an environment where knowledge, education and traditions are shared freely for the benefit of all.
Naming the Temple
The Temple is named in honor of Pachamama, the World Mother, or Mother Earth. Pachamama is honored by the indigenous people of both the Andes Mountain range and the Amazon Rain Forest as the mother of the Sun god Inti and the Moon goddess Killa. The Incas know her as the generous fertility goddess. Pachamama is an ever-present and independent force who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life and to provide for all that dwell upon her. We named the Temple after Pachamama to honor her, as she is the one who nurtures the sacred medicine plants, who can then assist each of us on our path of spiritual enlightenment.
The Temple’s beloved Shipibo name is Roa Niwe Nate, which translates to “the realm of the medicine wind”. This name recognizes the healing potential of Mother Ayahuasca, and the power of her blessings to travel like the wind, far beyond the Amazon Rain Forest where the sacred vine grows. Ayahuasca’s healing potential is unknown to many, but ready to be discovered by spiritual seekers who are willing to walk a path of heart and benefit from her wisdom. We at Pachamama Temple are in awe of her healing power and have dedicated ourselves to sharing her medicine, holding space for deep healing and personal transformation, and doing our part to support global awakening.
Maestra Rosa Pinedo Vasquez
Maestra Rosa Pinedo Vasquez, more affectionately known as “Mama Rosa”, has 31 years of experience in the practice of plant medicine. Her Shipibo name is Pesin Rate which means beautiful and admirable woman with long lank hair. Rosa has four adult children, Adelina, Feliciano, Luis and Genaro, who are all part of our team at the Pachamama Temple. At the age of 30, Rosa began her shamanic apprenticeship with Maximo Vela, which inspired a great dedication to the path of the Shaman in her heart. Mama Rosa has worked in very well-known Ayahuasca centers in Iquitos for many years, and is the most experienced member of our team. She has also shared her knowledge of the plants through various books on medicinal plants, published by Mr Jack Turnon. She is known for her sweet and compassionate presence and carries such a powerful, but gentle voice. She will amaze you, as she did us.
Maestra OLGA MORI
Maestra Olga is the only member of our team that is not blood related to the family but as she said it herself, they all belong to one Shipibo family. As soon as Olga joined our team of Shamans there was an instant connection with the rest of the family and they have been working harmoniously since the first ceremony. Maestra Olga’s grandmother gave her a Shipibo name Senen Jisbe which translates to “a woman with a lot of knowledge”. Olga is very proud of this name since it was given to her in honour of her great-grandmother who was a famous healer known amongst people for her big knowledge on plants and even bigger heart. Olga grew up with her grandparents who were both Shamans and since very young age witnessed her grandmother working with various plants. From the earliest years she was told that being a healer takes a lot of dedication, good intentions, a tranquil mind and a compassioned, loving heart and that is exactly how we could describe Maestra Olga’s nature and approach to her work. Olga was introduced to Ayahuasca at the age of five when she participated in a ceremony conducted by her grandmother. Maestra Olga is a single mother of two sons, and when facing the circumstances of having to find a way to support her family by herself, could not see herself taking any other path than the healer’s. Olga felt very strongly connected to the plants her whole life, and even though learning the ways of Ayahuasca was not an easy task for her, she now has 12 years of experience working as a healer. Olga has dieted many plants as she wanted to gain as much knowledge possible on the healing power of plants and says that Shamanism flows through her veins. Maestra Olga’s approach to healing at ceremonies is very individual and she likes to improvise according to the energy that she receives. Olga’s tender yet very powerful icaros have touched and healed many hearts. She always has a smile on her face and her entire charisma radiates pure love and unconditional desire to only help and heal through her work.
Maestro Feliciano Marquez Pinedo
Maestro Feliciano Marquez Pinedo is the eldest Son of Mama Rosa. Feliciano’s Shipibo name is Kanan Betsa which means a man with a good profile and talented in business. After finishing primary school, Feliciano joined his godfather Lucio Cabra, a Mestizo healer, in working as a laborer in the timber industry along the Tamaya River. Feliciano became very ill when he was 39. He sought out a local plant healer named Wakapoko who was able to treat him and who imparted significant knowledge of plant medicines to Feliciano. When he was recovered, he furthered his studies by completing a 9 year apprenticeship with shaman Daniel Ramos. On his shamanistic voyage, Feliciano found a deep connection to Jesus Christ, the Bible and the Christian saints and angels. He often gives a blessing after singing his Icaros, showing that the Christian religion and the ancient traditions of Amazonian shamanism do not have to be mutually exclusive. Prior to working at the Pachamama Temple, Feliciano worked in multiple centers in the city of Tarapoto and other parts of Peru. He is a very cheerful man with an excellent sense of humor.
Maestro Gilberto Picota Lopez
Maestro Gilberto Picota Lopez is is married to Maestra Rosa’s only daughter Adeline. Maestro Gilberto’s Shipibo name is Sina Nima, which means a serious and positive man. Gilberto’s father was a healer since the age of 12 and practiced Shamanism for over 66 years, healing many people of numerous different diseases. When Gilberto was a boy his father transferred the power to be a plant healer to him during a Ayahuasca ceremony. When Maestra Rosa met Gilberto and he came into their family, she saw in him a great talent, and decided to help him to discover and develop his shamanic gift. Since 2014 Gilberto has also been learning from Maestro Feliciano and his apprenticeship has just recently come to an end. Gilberto is 50 years old now and he is ready to share his gift for healing with the rest of the world. Maestro Gilberto is a very humble man, who some might consider shy. But once you get to know him, you can see that his heart is filled with a gentle love, which can be felt in his presence and heard in his beautiful Icaros.
Maestro Genaro Marquez Pinedo
Maestro Genaro Marquez Pinedo is the youngest son of Maestra Rosa. Genaro’s Shipibo name is Ronin Mano which means invisible man with the strength and power of the anaconda. Like his older brother Luis, Genero will be teaching Language, Culture and History in the Pachamama Shipibo School as it comes to fruition. After finishing his primary education, Genaro decided he wanted to play a part in preserving the traditional Shipibo culture so he pursued two teaching degrees from the National College of Yarinacocha and the Bilingual Pedagogical Institute. He has been passionately teaching the next generation about their ancestors and their heritage ever since. Genaro has also always had an interest in plant medicine and learned many traditional Icaros from his mother. He is also a skillful Shipibo massage artist, the father of seven, and a very sociable man who loves to have a good laugh.
Maestro Luis Marquez Pinedo
Teacher, Ceremonial Assistant
Maestro Luis Marquez Pinedo is Mama Rosa’s middle son. Luis is very involved with designing our education programs for the Pachamama Shipibo School and will teach Language, Culture and History as our vision for the school comes to fruition. His Shipibo name is Soi Sani which means wonderful, sociable and friendly man. This name suits him well as he is all of the above. From early childhood Luis knew he wanted to be a teacher and after he finished high school he received a grant to study in the Bilingual Teachers of the Amazon Training Program. Luis has served as Principal in Santa Elisa, Pedagogic Director of the public Bilingual Institute in Yarinacocha, and as a Teacher Training Specialist at the University of the Peruvian Amazon. In 1999 Maestro Luis travelled to Germany to support the transcription of the Shipibo language to Spanish by the Peruvian linguist Pilar Valenzuela. The book was published under the name Koshi Shinanya Aibo for those who are interested. Luis has been working for the the last few years as an advisor and monitor at the University Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Like all the other members in his family, he was brought up around Shamanism and Ayahuasca. He has extensive knowledge of medicinal plants and sings many Icaros in ceremony.
Maestro JORGE LOPEZ PINEDO
Maestro Jorge is Mama Rosa’s nephew and he grew up in a small village away from Pucallpa. Jorge was born in 1961 carrying a Shipibo name Esgomenni and started working as a Shaman in 1989. His path to becoming a healer was everything but ordinary.
He worked with Ayahuasca for the first time at the age of 29. He disliked the taste of Ayahuasca so much that he treated it as a “one off” experience and could not imagine himself working with the Medicine in the future. It was only later in his life when Jorge found himself very sick for 3 years which pushed him to begin working with Ayahuasca again. At that time, he met Maestro Guillermo Arevalo Valero who eventually became Jorge’s teacher with whom he dieted and apprenticed Shamanic ways for 9 years. One of Maestro Jorge’s biggest attributes is his strong connection with tobacco that he dieted extensively and in the world of Shamans, Jorge is what is known as Tabaquero Curandero i.e. the Tobacco healer.
Maestro Jorge revealed to us that the biggest obstacle in his early days of learning was his passion for food. As we all know, becoming a healer is not an easy quest, it requires dedication and commitment in following very restrictive diets and lifestyle. It took him 3 years to overcome his love for spicy grilled fish and sweet jungle fruits, and only then was he able to unlock his full potential and hidden talent and establish himself as one of the most powerful shamans in Shipibo community.
During a ceremony, Maestro Jorge’s icaros sound like a storm and one blow of his tobacco is as potent as the thunder. Your whole body will vibrate with the sound of his mighty voice and when privileged to have him seated in front of you, the mere presence of his powerful figure will make you want to dance and sing along.
Maestro Jorge is known as a Master healer and has so far shared his supreme healing powers with hundreds of people from all around the world. Strongly believing that there is nothing that Ayahuasca can’t heal, he dedicated his life to service of healing and we are honoured to have him in Pachamama as a part of our team.
Creating A Safe Space
As a healing center the safety of our guests is of the utmost importance and we take this responsibility very seriously. We have carefully designed our retreats with your physical and emotional safety in mind. We believe this starts by creating a compassionate and caring environment where people can feel at home and where the needs of every individual are met in the best possible manner. Our Ayahuasca Retreats include opportunities for individual consultations with the healers, and our facilitators are always available to discuss any difficulties that might arise during your stay in the Temple.
Screening Before Booking
One important aspect of Ayahuasca safety is examining the possible individual risks involved. The use of Ayahuasca can be dangerous for those with certain physical and psychological conditions and also when taken with certain medications. You can read more about this by viewing our Medical Guidelines and Medications Policy. Upon booking we will ask you to fill out an in-depth application and screening questionnaire. The information you provide will be treated confidentially. We stress that it is very important that you answer the questions in honesty and detail so we can make a well informed risk assessment to maximize your personal safety and the safety of the group.
Following Traditional Practices
We start the retreat with a traditional ceremony in which only our shamans drink the medicine. We incorporated this into our program at the request of the shamans. Our healers use this ceremony as a diagnostic tool, giving them a chance to observe our guests and their energy, to provide insight into possible blockages or problems. We strongly feel this reduces risk and will provide a better base for the healing work during the rest of the retreat. We understand that many people are eager to drink after traveling all the way to Peru but remember that for thousands of years this was the way ceremony was organized. Pachamama Temple respects the old ways and sees benefit in a cautious approach to ensure the welfare of all participants.
Additional Safety Precautions
After careful consideration the following actions have been taken to make the Pachamama Temple as safe as possible.
- Security guards monitor the site at all times.
- Fire fire extinguishers are located in every room and we have a general evacuation plan.
- Emergency protocols are in place to minimize harm from any incident.
- A safe box is located in every room that can be used by guests with their own travel lock.
- Alcohol and recreational drugs are prohibited. Any guests who fail to comply with this restriction are asked to leave the retreat to ensure the safety and comfort of the other guests.
Safety during and after ceremony
- We have a team of experienced healers and facilitators.
- Staff members not drinking Ayahuasca attend all ceremonies to provide aid and support to all participants.
- We provide after ceremony care if needed.
- We maintain a fully stocked first-aid cabinet.
- We employ first-aid certified personnel.
- Access to hospital care is located within 20 minutes.
Pachamama Temple is located just outside the city of Pucallpa. Why? Because this is where our Shipibo healers live! Unlike many other retreat centers, we chose to come to the heart of the Shipibo community instead of taking the Shamans away from their family and friends for months at a time to work in locations deep in the jungle of Iquitos. We strongly feel that the happiness of the Ayahuasqueros is of the utmost importance and reflects on their healing work in a positive way.
Pucallpa (which means “red earth” in the native tongue) is located in eastern Peru on the banks of the Ucayali River, which is a major tributary of the Amazon River. Pucullpa still remains quite isolated from the rest of the country by the Amazon Rain Forest and the Andes mountain range. The city is pretty much unspoiled by mass tourism. Here you can still walk the streets without persistent vendors trying to sell you something at every corner. We have found the local residents of Pucallpa to be very friendly and helpful people. We love the place.
Your Journey to the Temple
Mother Ayahuasca is calling out to people from all over the world to join ceremony and take part in the process of planetary healing. Below we offer you some information and advice on how to get to Pachamama Temple so you can take part in this global awakening. We will be very honored to welcome you.
International flights to Lima
All international flights arrive in Peru’s capital city of Lima at the Jorge Chávez International Airport. Although prices for a ticket to Lima vary depending on certain factors like the time of year, how far in advance you buy and the type of ticket, the main airlines seem to hold fares fairly steady and tickets can easily be bought online. Outside of the Christmas Holidays and to a lesser extent at Easter, the highest season is roughly from late May to early October. For a comparative analysis of flights and costs try inputting your route to Lima (and your flight to Pucallpa) on Skyscanner.com. It is our experience that this website will usually present you the most cost effective way to get from point A to point B through the air.
Flights from the US & Canada
Nearly all flights to Peru from the US (be that LA, San Francisco or New York) go via cities such as Dallas, Miami, Houston or Atlanta. Delta, Continental and American airlines are the traditional carriers serving Peru from the US. A number of airlines fly Miami-to-Lima, including American, Copa and LAN; the fare is usually $1,000–1,500 round trip. Fares from either New York or San Francisco (via Miami) cost no more than fares from Miami. Flights from Toronto straight to Lima start at about Can $900 with LAN; it is around the same price when flying from Montréal via Toronto.
Flights from the UK
There are no direct flights from the UK to Peru, so getting here will alway involve switching planes somewhere in Europe or America. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers. The permutations are endless, but the most common routes are via Amsterdam on KLM, via Madrid on Iberia, via Frankfurt on Lufthansa or via Miami, Atlanta, New York and Houston on one of the US airlines. Fares (usually £750–£1,200) vary almost as much as route options, and the closer to departure you buy, the higher the price is likely to be, so it is worth booking in advance.
Flights from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa
Scheduled flights to Peru from Australia and New Zealand are rather limited and tend to involve changing planes, usually in the US. High traffic season is December to February; low traffic season is the rest of the year, but prices also vary depending on how long you stay (between a minimum of 21 days and a maximum of a year). Aerolineas Argentinas flies from Sydney via Auckland and Buenos Aires, with connecting flights to Lima; fares start at Aus$1,875. LAN, in combination with Delta and Air Canada, and Qantas also flies from Sydney to Lima via the US or Santiago, Chile with 45-day returns starting at around Aus$2,450. Continental and American airlines fly regularly from Melbourne via Sydney, Auckland and the US, Air New Zealand fly to LA from Auckland and Wellington but have no specific connections to Peru. Round-the-world tickets including Peru are usually a good investment.
All flights from South Africa to Lima involve making connecting flights. South African Airways flies to Lima from Johannesburg, with a changeover in either Buenos Aires (ZAR12,000–15,000) or Sao Paulo (ZAR11,000–16,000) and also fly from Cape Town via the US.
Domestic flights to Pucallpa
Most retreat guests arriving at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima choose to connect their flights straight to Pucallpa, the home of the Pachamama Temple. We do recommend that you leave enough time in between your flights for any delays. You will also want enough time to get your luggage, get to domestic departures and check in again. We recommend that you leave 2.5 to 3 hours between the flights. Pucallpa is easily accessible from Lima, only a little over an hour by plane. There are three domestic airliners that make this commute from Lima to Pucallpa. These are LAN, Star Peru and Peruvian airlines. These flights vary from about US $180 round trip to $300 depending on the airline and how far out you book.
Planning your arrival time in Pacullpa
When booking your international flight into Peru, its important to keep in mind the time of your connecting flight to Pucallpa. If you are planning to arrive on the day of the retreat, we recommend that you arrive in Lima no later than 5:30 am and make sure your departing flight from Lima to Pucullpa leaves before 8:30 am, as all our guests will be picked up at the Los Gavilanes Hotel in Pucallpa at 11:00 am. This ensures that you have enough time to get to the hotel before the pickup time. The way to get around in Pucallpa is by Motortaxi, which is a kind of tuck tuck. Getting from the airport to the hotel will cost about 8-12 Soles (US$3.00-5.00), depending on your negotiation skills, and will take about 10 minutes.
If you wish to arrive a day in advance, we have an arrangement with the Los Gavilanes Hotel and can provide booking for you at a rate of 105 Soles (US$30-35) for a single room. The hotel will also provide free transport from the airport to all overnight guests. You can find reviews for Los Gavilanes Hotel on Facebook. Please contact us to initiate your booking.
We wish you safe and happy travels!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We love to hear from you!