Packing It In
As we are located 45.5 km away from Iquitos and then another 30 – 45 minute walk through the breathtaking jungle, it’s crucial to be prepared to avoid unnecessary trips back into town. Also, we strongly urge you to leave your rolling suitcase at home. Don’t bring hard or soft wheeled cases of any kind. Instead, bring a backpack and daypack or duffle bag that can be carried by shoulder (yours or one of our workers if you aren’t able,). The path in can be quite muddy at times – there is no way you can wheel a suitcase down the path. Suitcases simply aren’t jungle friendly!
What to Bring
Rubber (wellington) boots. You can purchase these in the Belem market in Iquitos for around 7USD or s/20, however please arrive with plenty of time to do so, before departure into the jungle!!!!
Water bottle (essential)
We HIGHLY recommend a headlamp with a red light option. This way when in the Maloca (ceremony hut) you do not blind anyone.
Extra batteries or charging cables for headlamp, flashlight, or camera
You will need a to bring a journal to keep notes of your ceremony experiences and a separate one to jot down your dreams, thoughts, and jungle experience.
Some art supplies to draw, paint, or sketch. You will be more artistic than you think, and this is also a great way to express your visions.
Light reading materials, on spirituality. We have books you can borrow from our library, but please bring a couple of books for yourself.
Spanish-English dictionary or quick guide for traveling if you do not speak Spanish. This comes in handy for hotel booking and touring around Iquitos.
Breathable light rain jacket, anorak. Nothing too rubbery or plastic, as this can cause unnecessary perspiration.
Lightweight hiking boots
COMFORTABLE clothes that will keep you warm at night. Sometimes ceremonies can be chilly so we recommend light sweatshirts and sweatpants
Quick dry hiking pants, or long loose lightweight pants
Quick dry Tshirts/shorts for daytime
Light long-sleeved shirts and to help detract insect bites
Flip flops/sandals with a grip. We HIGHLY recommend Crocs. You can walk throughout most of the property with sandals during the dry season (June -November), but during the wet season (December-May) we recommend wearing your boots.
Sunglasses, sun protection, hat
Plenty of undergarments and socks
Waterproof watch or clock
Ziplock bags to protect you belongings from the jungles high humidity
Small back pack / rucksack from walks around the jungle
Small pocket knife or knife in sheath
A large microfiber quick dry travel towel for bathing (REI.com)
Small microfiber towel (REI.com)
Lip balm if you plan to be in the sun
Basic first aid kit
Toiletries – all toiletries must be chemical free, non-scented, and environmentally friendly. We recommend Dr. Bronners
Flouride-free toothpaste and toothbrush
Natural sun block (Zinc Oxide ingredients)
Natural insect repellent or citronella/lemongrass/cedar aromatherapy oils and soap if not on Master Plant diet.
Shamanflora will provide you with a comfortable pillow, but if you have a preference or neck problems please bring your own.
Ladies please bring bands to tie your hair up (we recommend braiding longer hair) so that it will not be bothersome in and out of ceremonies.
Ladies, during menstruation, we recommend using pads or, preferably, a menstrual cup for its eco-friendliness, comfort, and convenience in the rainforest setting
Dryer sheets to keep in luggage to help with humidity
Please AVOID bringing items that are sensitive to humidity or may mold easily (wood products). We are not responsible for personal items lost, stolen or damaged while at the center.
Important Note: Pick Up Your Bags, and Clear Customs in Lima or layover country!!! No matter what the airline says (normally just LAN) you will ALWAYS have to pick-up your bags at the baggage carousel, and clear customs. All countries require you to pass through immigration and customs upon entry.