A Pulse Adventure Tour can show you a whole new world full of exciting creatures, beautiful natural landscapes and colorful foreign cultures … moreover, the soul-opening capacity of ayahuasca and other plant medicines. We know South America intimately and place immense focus on safety and security. However, traveling in South America is different than traveling in the first world. Even though the rewards are infinitely larger than the risks, you must be aware of the potential inherent risks that do exist.
- South American countries have different laws and regulations in regards to transport, infrastructure, safety etc. and may be perceived as insufficient when compared to laws in many first world countries.
- Our itineraries often include some degree of physical activity, whether mild or moderate, within hot and humid climates with powerful sun.
- The political stability of countries within which we operate can be volatile at times, resulting in strikes, labor disputes and protests.
- Flooding, landslides and earthquakes have been known to occur in some of the regions where we travel.
- Though the great majority of people you meet along your travels will be benevolent, honest and genuine, South America is a continent afflicted by income disparity and poverty, thereby producing a rare few who prey on unsuspecting tourists.
- In remote locations, such as the Amazon jungle, medical support and assistance may take hours to come.
- Infrastructure (transport, hospitals and emergency services, etc.) in some regions of South America may be lacking compared to what you’re used to at home.
Pulse Adventure Tours is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for you. We cannot control all the variables, however, so we encourage you to use both common sense and travelers’ sense to ensure an incident free and life-changing adventure.
A Safe and Effective Healing Experience
Heading to the birthplace of Ayahuasca in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest is no easy task. It’s a pilgrimage that’s just as much part of the healing as the plant medicines we work with. As part of the Ayahuasca Safety Association, we maintain the highest security standards, making sure your time with us is safe and worry-free, giving you the mental freedom and space to have a transformative experience in a secure, trusted, authentic environment.
As soon as we meet up on Day 1 of your retreat, you will not be alone. We offer airport pickups for participants of the Machu Picchu and Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition. For the jungle-only retreats, we typically recommend arriving the night before, to avoid any stress and account for any delays before meeting at 9 am on Day 1. In this case, we can recommend a trustworthy hostel that we work with that offers airport pickup included in their stay, so you will be escorted from the moment you exit the plane until we meet up as a group.
In addition to being together as a group the entire time, we are escorted by police officers on our 4 hour journey to the Center, as an added precaution. They are licensed to carry, so there is no chance of the group being approached in an unwanted way. We also only travel to and from the Center during the daytime, minimizing any additional risk.
At the Center
Safety is our highest priority and we embody that in a variety of ways during your stay with us:
- Arkana Spiritual Center employs security guards on site at the Center at all times.
- We have experienced facilitators on hand who are aware of the safety protocols both in and out of ceremony.
- We ensure that all guests who partake in ceremonies are off any medication that could interfere with any of the medicines.
- We have trained members of staff who are able to perform CPR and use our defibrillator and fully stocked medical kit, and our wilderness-trained medic is able to perform such treatments as minor surgeries in a wilderness setting.
- We are only an hour from the hospital should any emergency arise (we have never had an incident requiring this, thankfully).
See below for recommendations and suggestions that you can take to maximize your safety and security during your pilgrimage.