Program Agenda


Choque Chinchay Journeys


Shamanic Retreats in Perú

Ayahuasca SpiritQuest


Listening To The Plants

Illuminating and immersive experiential retreats dedicated to holistic healing and higher consciousness

Engaging original Lamista ayahuasca healing tradition through the portal of trans-cultural universal shamanism

amidsst the verdant splendor of the rainforests of Amazonian Perú

“A superb opportunity to safely encounter genuine Peruvian sacred plant shamanism at it’s core”

expertly facilitated by
Choque Chinchay Journeys
since 1995


licensed and legal in Perú


Included:  comfortable and secure licensed rainforest lodging at SpiritQuest Sanctuary, all-you-can-eat organic dieta meals, group airport transportation, shamanic orientation and guidance, indicated master plant ceremonies, flower baths following Ayahuasca ceremonies, shamanic counseling, and enriching integrative activities with nature and indigenous people of the Amazon.

Not included: airfare, personal purchases and gratiutities for local staff (optional).

The heart and soul of Ayahuasca SpiritQuest is the opportunity to seriously engage the egendary holistic spirit medicine of the Amazon called Ayahuasca, , conducted by the renowned maestro banco ayahuasquero, Don Rober Acho Jarama, an extraordinary vegetalista curandero of the Lamista lineage.

Don Rober is ably assisted by his wife dona Eliana Acho, don Carlos Acho, and don Howard Lawler, all maestros and curanderos of decades’ experience in the sacred plant healing arets of Peru. Together they form a confraternity of elder maestros with over 130 years of combined shamanic experience and characterized by warm hearts, professional competence, and impeccable integrity.

Don Rober is an extraordinarily gifted intuitive healer, characterized by his unbridled devotion to the ancient jungle healing arts, a deep knowledge of traditional plant medicine, and a sense of service to humanity through his connection with the healing spirits of the Earth, Water and Heavens. He radiates positive healing energy and uncomplicated wisdom which communicates directly to the heart and soul of everyone who knows him.

Don Rober ws initiated in Ayahuasca as a young boy of 11 years old and has continually refined his mastery and knowledge the art of Ayahuasca curanderismo for over sixty-two  years. Don Rober’s intuitive gifts and perceptual insight is complimented by his genuine, humble and unassuming manner.

The universal harmony and positive healing energy inherent in our work is extraordinary and felt by everyone present.

You will have opportunities for private consultation and personalized healing during and/or between the ayahuasca ceremonies.

We will conduct four ayahuasca healing ceremonies, an intention-setting mapacho sacred tobacco ceremony, and a heart-opening bobinsana ceremony during our 8-day Ayahuasca SpiritQuest retreats.

In the presence of ayahuasca for “Medicine Power” and chacruna and huambisa for “Light”, we convene in ceremony with don Rober, doña Eliana, don Carlos,  don Howard and invited healing spirits presiding. A lovely blend of icaros, the curandero’s spirit healing songs, will guide our journey as we venture beyond the Ordinary together.

The morning after each ceremony, you will be awakened and refreshed by an invigorating fragrant baño de florescimiento ( flower bath: administered by doña Eliana in the classic shamanic style with tobacco blessing and personal icaro.

We’ll be inspired and stimulated by facilitated group ‘talking stick’ discussions the days after our ceremonies, sharing our intentions, experiences, visions, and impressions from preceding evenings. We’ll lend shamanic interpretation to your recollections, which will grow clearer as you progress through the initiation, cleansing, healing and integrative processes. .

Stimulating and cleansing hot steam jungle saunas “saumedas” using aromatic jungle plants may be administered as treatment for certain conditions as prescribed by the curanderos.

We will visit with our Yahua and Bora indigenous neighbors, sharing traditional dance and trading for their beautiful handicraft made entirely from natural rainforest resources. These people still live a traditional lifestyle although change is rapidly encroaching. You will find their friendly charm unforgettable.

In the Peruvian Amazon, ancient mystical relationships with nature still thrive among those dedicated to the Ayahuasca culture. The SpiritQuest Natural Reserve is a prime area of old-growth rainforest where you will experience a rich diversity of plant and animal life. True shamans are not only teachers and healers but also perennial seekers of natural and ancient knowledge and guardians of the natural treasures of the earth.

Counseling, guidance, and language interpretation are provided for personal consultations.

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The SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary is the finest shamanic ceremonial retreat center in the Peruvian Amazon, surrounded by rich old-growth rainforest along the Río Momón. Here you will be immersed in the genuine cultural lifestyle of the Peruvian Amazon. You’ll quickly feel at home here like a member of our family.

Our facilities offer a superbly immersive natural ambience, amazing local natural and cultural diversity, friendly, trustworthy and competent staff, and outstanding organic food prepared in a wholesome and sanitary manner by excellent Amazonian chefs.

Breakfast and lunch are served daily and dinner is served on non-ceremony nights.  Dinner is served on other evenings.  Food is washed and prepared using bottled purified drinking water .

SpiritQuest Sanctuary is licensed by the Peruvian ministries of health, sanitation, tourism, and aquatic transport for food, lodging and boat safety.

Four SpiritQuest staff are officially ceertified for CPR and emergency first aid.

You will sleep comfortably in spacious screened  residential quarters connected by covered walkways to the central ceremonial and dining malocas. Single lodging is available for early registrants.

Guest quarters have private tiled bathrooms with flushing toilet and sink, and  electricity for lighting and charging devices.

Wi Fi internet access is available for emergency communications those who bring their personal devices.

Central shower facilities are solar heated) are conveniently located near the guest quarters.

You’ll rest well here, basking in serene tranquility by day and in unforgettable jungle symphony and shamanic icaro concert by night.

Vegetarian diets are deliciously accommodated.  Fresh fruit and fruit drinks (refrescos), and teas are available between meals.

Vegetable staples include yuca (aka manioc; cassava), chonta (heart of palm), platanos (plaintains), quinoa, rice, and a variety of vegetables and fruits, some of which are unique to the Amazon region.

Grilled fish is the main protein staple served daily during the retreat.


Dietary preparation is required before, during, and after partaking of Ayahuasca. The traditional vegetalista dieta cleanses and clears the senses and heighten one’s sensitivity to the more subtle consciousness of the spirit plant medicines.

Consumption of salt, refined sugar, saturated oils, fats, red meat, and spices should be suspended at least three days before the first ceremony and continuing for at least two days following the final ceremony. Additional restrictions may be recommended as an added safety measure to avoid potential complications from temporary monoamine oxidase inhibition.

Be sure to read SpiritQuest preparations for the Ayahuasca experience.

See Medical precautions and warnings regarding monoamine oxidase inhibitor for more important information.

Abstinence from pork is strongly recommended from two weeks prior to work with Ayahuasca until two weeks afterwards.

Abstinence from sexual orgasm is prescribed for three days prior and after work with Ayahuasca. Many people find their libido and sexual energy pleasantly enhanced upon breaking this aspect of the diet.

The purpose of the dieta is to purify the whole organic and energetic system and open the senses to the energy and spirit of nature and specifically the plant one is dieting. This can only be achieved through the consciousness of the heart and not of the mind. The ego must be balanced and humble with strength, courage and love as your allies.