Nihue Rao’s maloka is a beautiful building constructed in traditional Shipibo style. It can hold up to 30 people, including shamans, staff, and participants.
Inside Nihue Rao’s maloka all guests sit on their individual mat, in a circle so that everyone may face one another and the maestros. Each guest will receive a personal song or icaro, which can help open them to the extraordinary medicinal visions from the world of the plants and also provides spiritual healing.
Inside the Maloka
Group & Tours
Nihue Rao welcomes groups and tours at our center. We encourage visits from professional tour groups, as well as groups of friends, family, or shamanic students to travel together to share the experience and spiritual healing at Nihue Rao.
If you wish to organize a group tour, you can receive a special price for yourself for being the group facilitator. Please inquire for more information, or read more about our special offers at the bottom of the page.
Group & Tours
At end of the day, the energies settle at Nihue Rao in preparation for the ayahuasca ceremony. The sun sets and the night sky awakens. Guests begin to arrive at the maloka around 7 p.m., frequently coming early to meditate and focus on their intentions for the night. At 8 p.m. the medicine is served, and guests experience the tradition of ayahuasca, opening themselves to powerful healing and life-changing experiences.
During a ceremony of ayahuasca many visions from the spiritual world can be seen. Here the "kene" on the face of the spirituals doctors (shaman) of master plants...
Mother ayahuasca most tipicaly present herself as a snake...
and many other spirits might be seen too...
Painting by Mauro
RoomsGuests stay in one of twenty individual rooms built in natural wood construction. All rooms are double bedroom convertible. One matrimonial house is available for couples coming to the center for spiritual marriages and families.
All rooms have electricity 24 hours a day and a wall plug to recharge devices. Sheets, polar fleece, mosquito net, pillow, and a towel are provided.
We have dedicated security guards who patrol the property 24 hours a day. The center is also equipped with a small safe for valuables.
LoungeThe lounge for guests is accessible 24 hours a day. It’s a comfy space with couches, hammock, and 24 hour a day electricity and Wi-Fi. Many guests use the lounge to socialize and meet new friends. On nights with no ceremony, we often convert the lounge into a mini cinema, with a projector and popcorn.
Guests are free to wander about the center and chat or relax in the main lounge area, the covered porch, the kitchen, the art maloka, several small outdoor pagodas and seating areas, individual rooms, or the ceremonial maloka space. Guests are asked to avoid walking down paths that lead to the long term dieters’ tambos, to allow them to remain in isolation.
Dining RoomThe dining room is a collective area where a buffet of ayahuasca diet friendly food is prepared by our kitchen staff. You can come enjoy breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m., lunch from 12 to 1 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 6 p.m.
Depending on the season and local availability, you can expect to find fish from the Amazon river such as boquechico and doncella, grilled green plantain, chapo, potatoes, quinoa, wheat, oatmeal, rice, lentils, beans, apples, bananas, and bread. We also have hot tea available all day. All of our water is filtered and safe to drink, please bring a water bottle.
Traditional TambosWe have nine individual isolated bungalows, or tambos, for long-term dieters. These tambos are made in natural wood construction with walls made of mosquito netting. They are equipped with a simple bed, desk, and hammock, are isolated in a beautiful jungle environment on Nihue Rao’s property.
Most tambos are located at least 20 to 40 meters far from the main center so that dieters are within easy walking distance of the ceremonial maloka and bathrooms, but have a necessary distance from the main center’s activity. This allows for isolation, immersion, and optimum concentration in the diet process. Sheets, polar fleece, pillow, mosquito net, and a towel are provided. Dieters can request meal delivery if they prefer additional isolation.
Medicine HouseOur staff prepares our ayahuasca, plant remedies, flower baths, vapor baths, and vomitivo in a medicine house outside the ceremonial maloka. Guests who are dieting a plant come to take their plant remedies once a day, Monday through Saturday, often at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m.
Shipibo StoreRicardo’s family owns a traditional art shop on the center. They sell traditional Shipibo ceremony clothes, visionary embroideries, jewelry, and shamanic gear for the ayahuasca ceremony, including pipes, tobacco, and Agua de Florida.
Occasionally, Nihue Rao hosts workshops for guests with visionary artists. Please contact us to learn about art workshop availability.
Our staff can organize day tours to visit local jungle flora and fauna, river boat trips, or other activities with a local guide. These trips require an extra fee, please inquire if you are interested.
Every week, a master shipibo massage therapist and bone setter offers a session of traditional massage in our massage room. Massage is available for an extra fee, this price is not included in your stay.
Maestro Ricardo Amaringo offers spiritual weddings in the Shipibo tradition. In the spiritual wedding, the maestro unifies the souls of the two people getting married for this lifetime in the love of God.
Married couples can also come to have a spiritual wedding, in addition to the traditional wedding they have already had. Couples will stay in a matrimonial room for the night, and photography is available.
Contact us to make reservations for your spiritual wedding.