Our Jungle Home

Our slice of Amazon paradise is located 4 hours into the jungle from Iquitos, on the banks of the Ucayali River, with stunning views over the water of both sunrise and sunset. Similar to our neighboring village, Libertad, Arkana Spiritual Center is built entirely on stilts, giving the appearance of floating on water when the river rises during rainy season.

We have a large ceremonial maloca where we conduct our Ayahuasca, Kambo (frog venom), Nunu (Rape’) & Sapo (Bufo, toad medicine) ceremonies. Every person will have their own mat for their entire retreat in the maloca, in addition to a bedroom with a mosquito net. The maloca is also enclosed with double netting around the outside, as well as lining the short walk to the bathrooms. Relax during the daytime, converse with fellow participants and facilitators, and gather together in ceremony throughout the week. This sacred space is also where guests can participate in pranayama breathwork sessions, sound baths, and guided meditations. Each morning after ceremony, join together with your fellow travelers and facilitators as you share your experience from the night before with the group and the shamans, who can help you process your ceremony and set your intention for the following one.

In addition to the large ceremonial space, our waterfront jungle “treehouse” (as it’s lovingly called) has many areas to explore and find the best space for your healing process. Take a nap in our secondary “hammock” maloca, enjoy the river vista from our spacious front porch, get to know your fellow journeyers over a game of ping pong or during yoga class in our fully-equipped gym, or take some much-needed personal time on the platform of our ‘meditation’ tree. For those who wish to expand their literary boundaries, we have a small library of books that gets regularly added to by generous guests seeking to pass on a good read. Enjoy everything from Kurt Vonnegut to Eckhart Tolle, or borrow one of our tablets to watch a stimulating documentary or listen to plant medicine music.

In the afternoons, connect with nature as our knowledgeable jungle guide shows you some of the 2.2 million hectare Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which is our backyard. Learn some of the local legends in conjunction with the different uses for medicinal plants and trees of the Amazon, nature’s original and most prolific pharmacy, during a jungle trek. Witness macaws, monkeys, sloths, hawks, small alligators, snakes, capybaras, and many other animals in their natural habitat – you’ll get to hold a sloth and maybe even see some pink river dolphins from the boat! Fish for piranhas and keep what you catch, and feed some bananas and other fruit to our monkey neighbors who like to come right onto the boat! Just watch your hats and other small items – these jungle friends can be quite cheeky sometimes.

The evenings after ceremonies are filled with the peaceful sounds of the Ucayali River and surrounding floodplain. Arkana Spiritual Center accommodates our guests in authentic Peruvian Amazon style. Each bungalow has a panoramic view of the surrounding Amazon jungle. You can enjoy some peaceful rest in your bungalow, or in the maloca with your fellow tour participants. The rooms have thatched roofs and, like the rest of our Center, sit on three meter stilts above the jungle floor. Private shower and toilet facilities are located within a minute’s walk from each bungalow.  Mosquitos are a reality of the Amazon, so each of our beds are equipped with netting.

Retreat participants who visit the Center on their own will be assigned either one or two roommates, depending on the size of the bungalow.  If you’re traveling with a friend, husband or wife, please let us know, and we will ensure you can room together.  The majority of the healing experience is done with the group, so don’t be shy.  You’re bound to make friends here so enjoy the process – the sharing is part of the fun! That said, if you would be more comfortable with a private single occupancy bungalow, let us know, and we can accommodate this at an additional cost, based on availability.

In addition to rest and relaxation, we aim to promote all aspects of physical health during your stay with us. At Arkana, we believe the health of physical body sets the foundation for the health of the energetic body. Often ignored in this type of spiritual work, we provide access to a fully-stocked gym and offer yoga classes during your stay with us, so you can begin implementing the healthy habits that will carry this work with you into your life back home. As such, for those who wish to cleanse even more through sweat, our 88 sq. meter fitness room is stocked with exercise equipment from yoga mats to standing bicycles, ellipticals, kettle bells, a squat rack, free weights, battle ropes, moving Zen suspension straps, a punching bag with gloves, and more.

Whatever your comfort level, we have the space for you, with just enough love and support to help you push yourself beyond it, if you so desire. We strive to create an open space that is close to nature, protected yet thoroughly intertwined with our sacred rainforest, for you to open up to the teachings of the plants, connect deeply with yourself and each other, and join together in a commitment to healing, to the process, to vulnerability, and to truth.