Village Of Libertad

Arkana Spiritual Center is located just adjacent to the village of Libertad, a small community that is located in the Peruvian Amazon basin, located some 150kms (100 miles) south west of Iquitos. Access is by road (Iquitos to Nauta, 2 hours) and then boat (Nauta to Libertad, 1 to 2 hours).

Alongside our guides, the four hour trip to this region is absolutely beautiful… you are guaranteed to witness spectacular panoramic views of the mighty Amazon jungle and its vibrant wildlife.

Sitting on the shores of the mighty Ukayali River, this unique village borders the famous Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. As a guest, our daily jungle tours allow you to be immersed directly into this vibrant ecosystem. The remoteness is guaranteed to rapture nature enthusiasts.

When you come to stay at the Arkana Spiritual Center you will be directly benefiting Libertad.

The majority of our laborers are residents of Libertad. As our center has grown (which we are very grateful for) we have been able to hire more and more local workers from the village. In addition, many of our guests bring supplies for the local families and purchase various items during their stay, both of which in turn directly infuses the community with the opportunity for economic growth and sustainability.

We had a chance to sit down and speak with Mirna, a local Artisan and village Elder from the town. She and her husband had this to say:

“To us, it is important to have a good relationship with your Ayahuasca Centre, as we are very thankful for the jobs that they give us and the people in the village that they are helping.”

When the men work for Pulse Tours, do you think it affects the family obligations?

No, here everything is programmed and is very simple. When we need wood – we go find it in a dry location. When we need to cook, we go fish. We have a simplistic lifestyle which we embrace.

The men go work for Pulse in the morning, and return in the afternoon to take of our own personal family needs. We have a found a good rhythm within our community to collaborate with your company.

Some of the men in the village have boats and the Ayahuasca Adventure Centre is constantly hiring them to transport their guests – which is also something we have come to rely upon as a means of income.

Do you feel happy having Pulse Tours in the village of Libertad?

Our life here has improved since they came and setup a centre. As before the working dynamic for the locals was different, and now, with the help of the company our men can work near the house, and they can take care of their family. They are close enough to easily return home if needed.

AND – most importantly there is a collective sense that the people here in Libertad have new hopes about their beloved town of Libertad and its future.

It makes me feel very comforted to see the people living here having the opportunity to get work, while not having to travel to another city outside of Libertad.

It also makes our economy stronger and provides us with a sense of security.

In addition, now our children get their material they need to go to school – new notebooks, pens, pencils, colors – they have all that they need to learn.

The company and the guests that come make a big difference in our economy, without a doubt.

In terms of hand crafted art and jewelry – is the process to create all of these items rigorous?

We can get everything from the jungle, the seed, the fruits etc… but we are missing material to improve the hand-crafts, we just don’t have the right type of tools to make the improvements. We get by, and selling jewelry and hand crafted art work is huge income source for us, but we wish we had better equipment.

At the moment we are actually constructing an Arts and Crafts building – so we can save our work and have visitors come view our work and even make their own.

Our next plan is to get involved in the sewing of clothes, but again we are missing the material needed to sew on so we need to wait until we save enough money again so we can go to Nauto or Iquitos to buy supplies.

Would you ever want to live in a big city? Do you prefer the small village?

There is one reason why I would go to the city… Education. In our village we only have first grade education. When our children grow, in order to study in secondary school it is difficult around here to get them adequate lessons and teachings. This often times means that our kids have to travel away to other cities like Nauta for proper education. We hope to someday have the resources local so that we can be in constant contact with our loved ones.

Otherwise… no we love the small sense of community, where everyone knows everyone. It is better here than in the city as we have everything here and are able to live a very relaxed lifestyle. We have plenty of time to rest and rest in a peaceful environment.

If you go to the city you are required to have some sort of profession, if not the chances of surviving comfortably decreases significantly.
Here life is easier, more simple we can plant our own food which we can all eat and sell , as well as the hand-crafts that we sell – you can go get the material from nature right out of our back yard and sell it.

We live in peace here, our worries are minimal… there are no bills to pay as we have no contract with water or electricity companies, we only use natural resources. When we need water or wash our clothes we simply go to the river.

Depending on the season we always have some type of crops being raised and we raise our own animals like chickens or ducks.

What do you do for a living?

I am an artist. At the beginning we were 4 women in the village dedicated to the hand crafts. Now there are several number of women that are getting income from this practice.

Our business strategy has changed dramatically, as before we needed to travel from here as early as 12 AM to other locations in order to get to a high populated area where we could sell more items. Now we can sell to guests at the Ayahuasca Adventure Center without having to even leave the town. The centre also brings guests over to our village themselves allowing us to setup shops, this elevating our local economy.

Are there many kids who attend University in the village?

Not at the moment. We have somebody who is there now and he is going to graduate as a bilingual teacher very soon. We are very proud of him. My daughter is an aspiring nurse as well and hopes to someday go to a specialized University for training. Once both of our children go away to school we know that we are going to have to work very hard to support them. We hope to someday setup a foundation to support ours and the communities children’s dreams of attending college. Pulse Tours is only helping us in this pursuit!

Would you ever want to live in a big city? Do you prefer the small village?

There is one reason why I would go to the city… Education. In our village we only have first grade education. When our children grow, in order to study in secondary school it is difficult around here to get them adequate lessons and teachings. This often times means that our kids have to travel away to other cities like Nauta for proper education. We hope to someday have the resources local so that we can be in constant contact with our loved ones.

Otherwise… no we love the small sense of community, where everyone knows everyone. It is better here than in the city as we have everything here and are able to live a very relaxed lifestyle. We have plenty of time to rest and rest in a peaceful environment.

If you go to the city you are required to have some sort of profession, if not the chances of surviving comfortably decreases significantly.

Here life is easier, more simple we can plant our own food which we can all eat and sell , as well as the hand-crafts that we sell – you can go get the material from nature right out of our back yard and sell it.

We live in peace here, our worries are minimal… there are no bills to pay as we have no contract with water or electricity companies, we only use natural resources. When we need water or wash our clothes we simply go to the river.

Depending on the season we always have some type of crops being raised and we raise our own animals like chickens or ducks.