Ayahuasca Ceremony in Peru

Ayahuasca (ayahuasca, ayahuasca), in Spanish “ayahuasca” – translated from Quechua means “liana of spirits”, or “liana of the dead” (aya – “spirit, soul”, and waska means “liana”) – a drink that has a psychedelic effect, which is prepared by the shamans of the Amazon according to ancient recipes.

According to Ethnicityology, Ayahuasca is widely used in religious sacraments. Traditionally, ayahuasca has been used as a power drink for cleansing and healing.

IMPORTANT: The ceremony is held at the sole responsibility of travelers.


Prior to the ceremony, participants will be interviewed by the shaman, or curandero, who conducts the ceremony, who will determine their physical and emotional state and find out why participants are interested in using a healing plant teacher. Thus, before the ceremony, a trusting relationship is established between the participants and the shaman conducting the ceremony.


The ayahuasca ceremony is held at night from 19:00 for optimal effect and results.

The participants of the ceremony are seated in the shaman’s hut. The shaman gets up and begins the ceremony, creating an energy ring with mapacho smoke (green tobacco cigars) to protect the sacrament site from negative energy influences.

The shaman then takes out the ayahuasca and ceremonial utensils and lays them out on the carpet floor, creating an altar. He lights the mapacho again (the cigar goes out if it is not constantly lit) and begins to sing the ikaro. He takes a bottle of ayahuasca infusion, opens it, draws smoke into his mouth and, bringing the bottle to his chest, intermittently blows tobacco smoke into it, covering the neck with his hand so that it does not come out. He closes the bottle again and puts it on the floor.


30-45 minutes after taking the potion, the participants of the ceremony begin to perceive their body in a different way and lose their orientation, which is somewhat reminiscent of the effect of alcohol.

Vomiting that does not have a nauseating odor is possible, tk. only the drunk mixture comes out. In some cases, the body is cleared with diarrhea.

Some participants in the ceremony may not experience any of the above symptoms at all – it depends on the physical and emotional state and how closely they followed the recommendations of the shaman before the ceremony.

The participants then go into a trance and have visions related to their lives, connecting them to the cosmos and the universe. Visions do not come to all participants and again depend on the general state of health, mental attitude. The ayahuasca effect lasts about 3.5 hours.

After the time spent in a trance, the participants of the ceremony feel tired and go to sleep until morning.

Ayahuasca Ceremony in Peru

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