Choque Chinchay Journeys
Shamanic Retreats and Pilgrimages
with Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro)
” the superlative shamanic experience in Perú”
Dedicated to Holistic Healing and Higher Consciousness
by don Choque Chinchay since 1995
“The oldest premiere shamanic healing center in the Peruvian Amazon”
licensed in Perú
PREPARATIONS AND GEAR
FOR SPIRITQUEST SHAMANIC RETREATS
IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON
IMPORTANT NOTE: Visitors are issued a tourist pass by Peruvian immigration authorities upon entering the country.
BE SURE to keep this secure with your passport at all times. This pass must be surrendered when you leave the country.
If you lose it there will be a fine and delay upon your departure from Peru. The following are required for entry into Peru:
1. valid passport which does not expire before your departure date from Peru.
2. international roundtrip tickets to Lima are required to enter Peru .
3. Airport departure tax for international flights is around US$35.
Airport taxes are included in the airfare for flights within Peru.
4. cash/ATM/credit cards for cash while traveling.
5. money belt for money/passport security
CURRENCY AND MONEY EXCHANGE
US dollars and other foreign currency must be in near perfect condition to be readily negotiable in Peru. Bills which are torn (even a small tear along the edge), chipped, worn out, heavily creased, or inked are usually not accepted. Be sure the bills you bring from home meet these criteria. Always carefully inspect money you receive to be sure it is genuine and in good condition.
Because of these nuances in exchanging foreign currency here, it’s a good idea to use your ATM card to withdraw cash from ATM machines as needed. ATM machines are available in airports, banks, and on the street in larger cities. This will assure that your currency is negotiable within Peru.
IMPORTANT:Be sure to notify your bank card provider that you will be traveling in Peru to assure they do not block your card for security reasons.
Upon arrival at the Lima airport, we recommend you exchange $200-300 USD to Peruvian soles at the airport currency exchange center.
This will assure you have Peruvian money for expenses such as tips, taxi, meals, etc.
Conceal your traveling currency in a money belt inside your clothing. This is the safest way to carry your cash.
Keep only what you need for routine expenses in your pocket, wallet, or handbag.
Never remove money from your money belt in public view. Someone is always watching. If you need money from your concealed money belt, do so in the privacy of the restroom.
Its a good idea to carry your cash in plastic sandwich bags inside your money belt to protect from moisture..
Remember, Your currency must be untorn (even small tears along the edges will disqualify them), unchipped, and not heavily creased or inked.
It’s best to bring US$50 and US$20 bills instead of US$100 bills since they are easier to exchange.. If you bring $100 dollar bills, be sure they are not in the CB serial number series. These bills are not accepted in Perú due to a counterfeiting issue..
Traveler´s checks are not recommended in Peru. Many merchants and restaurants do not accept them. They are generally negotiable only at banks and cannot be cashed on weekends. Banks also charge a fee to cash traveler’s checks and there are always lines, so it can be a very time-consuming process.
The currency exchange rate in Peru changes daily. On May 9, 2014 the bank exchange rate is around S/.2.72 peruvian soles per US dollar.
The Amazon climate is tropical and mild year-round. The weather ranges from sunny to partly cloudy or overcast, with daytime highs
in the ’80′s F (27-30 C) and night lows in the ’70′s F (20-25 C). It typically rains every other day or so, usually showers of short duration.
lightweight sturdy water resistant walking or hiking shoes for outings
sandals or thongs for casual time at the Sanctuary
2 pair walking shorts/1 pair long pants – light weight or quick-dry
2-4 short sleeve shirts or T-shirts and 1 light long sleeve shirt
5 changes of socks and underwear
sleeping and traveling clothes
lightweight rain poncho
light windbreaker jacket
hat or cap
one liter water bottle
ziplock bags to protect belongings from moisture and water
digital camera (a good point-and-shoot camera is recommended)
lightweight AA-cell flashlight with extra batteries
compact inflatable sitting cushion
journal and pens and/or tape recorder and tapes for personal notes
personal mp3 player (iPod or cd player)
dental care items
personal soap and shampoo (biodegradable)
light wash cloth (towels are provided at the sanctuary)
sunscreen for maximum ultraviolet protection – the equatorial sun is strong!
personal medications and vitamins
insect repellent (organic options recommended … DEET is most effective)
anti-diarrheal medication – Motril is effective in most cases.
compact personal first aid kit
tetanus vaccination should be up to date.
Note: All food and drink at the Sanctuary is prepared with purified bottled water for your safety.
Purified water is available at all times.
PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE
CDC HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL TO PERU
VACCINATIONS FOR PERU
Yellow fever, hepatitis, cholera, and typhoid vaccinations are NOT required to visit the Peruvian Amazon. There is presently no yellow fever in our area.
Malaria is not a high risk for short term visits to the Peruvian Amazon. However preventative measures are recommended, especially during the period from March-June when the river levels are higher. Many people have lived here all their lives and have never contracted malaria even without any preventative measures. Nevertheless precautions are recommended.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends either Malarone or mefloquine (Lariam). Malarone is taken daily while Lariam is taken only once weekly. Unpleasant side-effects are noted but are not common. Neither Lariam nor malarone are specifically contraindicated with Ayahuasca. In general it is best not to take any medication on the day of ceremony. Therefore, for those planning to take of Ayahuasca, Lariam is perhaps the better choice since it is taken only once weekly.
NOTE: Doxycycline is an antibiotic contraindicated with Ayahuasca. It is therefore NOT recommended as a malaria preventative in this case.
An herbal malaria preventative recommended by the World Health Organization is Artemisia annua. This plant contains the compound artemisinin which is toxic to the Plasmodium parasite which causes malaria. As with all medicines, there can be side-effects so use with caution. Pregnant women should not take Artemisia since it may induce abortion.
This herb can be purchased online from a number of herbal medicine suppliers.
You’ll find detailed information about Artemisia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_(genus) … Here is an excerpt …
“Artemisinin and its derivatives are a group of drugs that possess the most rapid action of all current drugs against malaria. Treatments containing an artemisinin derivative (artemisinin-combination therapies, ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. The starting compound artemisinin is isolated from the plant Artemisia annua.”
OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
B-complex vitamins commenced three days before arrival may reduce frequency of insect bites.
Use insect repellent only when mosquito or gnat activity is noted. Look for a repellent that contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of Lemon eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Always follow the instructions on the label when you use the repellent.
Alternative organic insect repellents containing citronella, clove oil, lemon oil, and peppermint oil are effective but must be re-applied more often than DEET.
Grapfruit seed extract is reputed to offer protection agains insect bites and malaria.
Skin So Soft lotion is an effective insect repellent for many people and is pleasant and safe to use.
If sunscreen is needed, apply before applying insect repellent.
Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors at dusk or after dark. For added protection, clothing may be sprayed with a repellent containing permethrin. (Don’t use permethrin on skin.)
SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary
The Premiere Shamanic Healing and Higher Consciousness Center
in the Peruvian Amazon
The Eden-like spiritually-inspired SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary is an extraordinary rainforest ceremonial retreat center dedicated exclusively to holistic healing and evolution of higher consciousness. The SSS is the perfect place to encounter deep healing and spiritual realization through communion with the sacred plants and impeccable human company in intimate contact with nature. The centrally-located temple maloca in which our ceremonies are conducted is of pyramidal design with a circular base, incorporating metaphysical geometry which is itself a vehicle of higher consciousness.
The Sanctuary features comfortable guest accommodations with spacious screened rooms, private bathrooms, convenient shower access, electricity for lighting and charging your devices, free wi fi internet access, excellent organic meals, an extensive topical reference library, and friendly family-style guest services. Though standard accommodation is double occupancy, single rooms are usually available at no added cost.
SpiritQuest Sanctuary sustains, protects, and manages a beautiful 200-acre rainforest nature reserve teeming with plant and wildlife diversity. SpiritQuest Nature Reserve is a significant and enduring contribution to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest. An extensive trail network is maintained for guided and casual walks through the verdant splendor of old-growth rainforest. Everything at SpiritQuest Sanctuary is integrated with nature, and so shall you be as well. Activities vary according to weather conditions and time of year. We have a small fleet of canoes for outings on the beautiful Rio Momón at our front door.
Climate Data for Locations in Peruhttp://www.limaperunet.com/climateall.html
Travel insurance may be a good idea for peace of mind and emergencies when traveling to Peru.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON TRAVEL WITHIN PERU
CDC HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL TO PERU
VACCINATIONS FOR PERU
ALTITUDE SICKNESS IN PERU (Does not apply to the Amazon)
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LIMA
CRIME IN PERU: OPPORTUNISTIC THEFT
SWINDLES AND SCAMS IN PERU