COVID-19 TRAVEL PROTOCOL IN PERU
- Peru is currently open to travellers coming from most countries, except for India, South Africa and Brazil.
- Quarantine is no longer required for international travellers, except for those coming from the above-mentioned countries.
- To board an international flight to Peru, passengers are requested to provide a negative molecular test (PCR), or a negative antigen test or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. PCR or antigen test results must be obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to check-in.
- The price of the molecular test (PCR) in Iquitos is 85 Soles and the results are obtained in 1 hour. So if you book your departure flight from Iquitos from 16:00 onwards, we will arrange for you to do the test that same day, on your way out from the retreat.
- 72 hours prior to your trip, you have to complete Peru’s Travel Affidavit – a sworn statement where you declare that you have no COVID-19 symptoms before travelling. You will have to show this form before boarding your flight to Peru and once you get to immigration in Peru, so we recommend printing it out, although you can also have it on your phone.
- For the local flights (Lima–Iquitos), the only requirement is the signature of the sworn statement indicating that you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
- The use of masks is still mandatory to move around the country.
- All the above measures apply since May 10th 2021, to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated passengers.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN IQUITOS?
The climate in Iquitos is tropical, mainly warm and humid throughout the year. Temperatures commonly range between 20ºC and 32ºC (64ºF–89ºF). The hot season falls between August and December, and the cool season between May and July. The summers tend to be warm and cloudy, while the winters are short, hot and partly cloudy.
In the Amazon jungle, it rains on average 200 days a year, hence the name “rainforest”! The wet season stretches between January and April, while the drier season with more sunny days falls between June and October. So make sure you check the weather conditions prior to your departure and bring the necessary equipment for your trip.
The duration of the day in Iquitos only varies 20 minutes throughout the year, with June 21st being the shortest day, and December 21st the longest. The earliest sunrise is at 5:30 and the latest at 6:00. The earliest sunset is at 17:45 and the latest at 18:15.
WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I WEAR?
It is advisable to bring:
– Summer clothes, preferably cotton or linen, and light colours
– T-shirts with long and short sleeves
– Long and short pants
– Light coat and/or sweatshirt
– Large scarf to cover the head and neck
– Hat and sunglasses
– Sandals and/or flip flops
– Rubber boots and socks
– Raincoat and umbrella
– A few bathing suits and a sarong
We recommend packing the basic items and some clothing in your carry-on luggage, to avoid inconveniences in case of delay or loss of your checked baggage.
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TAKING?
– A flashlight, or head torch for reading
– A flashlight for ceremonies, preferably with red or blue light adjustment
– Additional batteries
– Portable charger
– Reading material
– A notebook to keep a diary and a pen
– Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
– Plastic bags with zip closure to protect objects that may be damaged by moisture (phone, camera, etc.)
DO I HAVE TO BRING BEDDING, A MOSQUITO NET, TOWELS?
Our centre provides all these services. If you wish, you can bring a portable mosquito net to meditate in the forest.
CAN I USE SOAP, SHAMPOO, TOOTHPASTE, MOSQUITO REPELLENT, OR OTHER COSMETIC PRODUCTS?
It is advisable to bring natural products for the body (PH neutral shampoo or body wash, fluoride-free toothpaste, coconut oil for the skin and hair, citronella mosquito repellent, etc.). If you have allergies or are very sensitive to mosquito bites, you can use an anti-mosquito repellent for tropical areas.
DO I NEED TO BE VACCINATED AND / OR TAKE MALARIA PILLS?
Currently, no vaccines are required to enter Peru. However, it is recommended to consult with the local centre of attention for international travellers to plan the trip well in advance, as some vaccines have an activation period of 10 to 15 days. From our side, we do not recommend vaccinations just before starting the retreat, as they may interfere with the medicine.
The risk of contracting malaria in the Loreto region is low. If you decide to take prophylaxis, we recommend Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil). Malaria prophylaxis with doxycycline or mefloquine does not interact well with Ayahuasca.
I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH… IS THERE A TRANSLATOR IN THE CENTRE?
At Yosi Ocha, we provide Spanish-English translation services for guests that don’t speak Spanish.
WHAT AIRLINES FLY TO IQUITOS?
Three airlines fly directly from Lima to Iquitos:
Make sure you have enough time to comfortably change flights during your transit in Lima so that you don’t miss your flight to Iquitos if your first flight gets delayed.
HOW DO I GET FROM IQUITOS AIRPORT TO YOSI OCHA?
The transfer from and to the Iquitos airport is included in the price of our retreats. Yosi Ocha is located about one and a half hour from Iquitos airport. We will arrange for someone to pick you up at the airport, or at your hotel in Iquitos, and take you to our centre by ‘motokar’ (similar to a motorcycle rickshaw), or a combination of motokar and a wonderful boat ride on the Nanay river, depending on the weather conditions.
Please bear in mind that to access the centre the same day of your arrival in Iquitos, your flight must land before 16:00. Otherwise, we can pick you up, but you must stay at a hotel of your choice and enter the centre the next day. In this case, there will be no additional cost for transportation, you will only have to pay for the night at the hotel. However, the starting date of the retreat will always include the one agreed upon in the application, regardless of whether you enter the centre one day later.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY RETREAT?
You can book your retreat by paying 30% of the total amount through our website using the secure PayPal platform:
- by credit card WITHOUT having a PayPal account
- using your PayPal account
- Bank Wire Transfer
- Western Union
WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT CONDITIONS?
To book your retreat, you must make a reservation by paying 30% of the total amount and confirm the exact dates of your arrival and departure.
The remaining 70% balance must be paid the latest 30 days before the beginning of your retreat.
IS IT ADVISABLE TO CARRY ADDITIONAL MONEY?
The price of the retreat includes the transfer from and to the Iquitos airport or hotel, accommodation and food, and all the treatments.
However, if you feel like taking back home a souvenir from Yosi Ocha, you can visit our small family shop with beautifully handcrafted works (necklaces, bracelets, traditional Shipibo fabrics and clothes) and ceremonial products (pipes, maracas, rapé, applicators for rapé, mapacho, palo santo, Agua de Florida, purifying colognes of Cananga, Ruda and rose, copal resin, etc.).
You may also want to try a traditional massage or sauna, which are NOT included in the price of the retreat – they cost 50 USD per session and should be paid in cash. If you decide to visit the city of Iquitos during your stay in the centre, the transportation will cost 100 Peruvian Soles (30 USD) for a one-way trip.
WHERE CAN I CHANGE OR WITHDRAW MONEY?
At Yosi Ocha, you can pay in Peruvian Soles and US dollars. We do not exchange money in the centre. You can change your local currency to Soles or USD at your city’s airport, Lima airport, or at Iquitos airport. You can also withdraw money from ATMs in Lima and Iquitos. Please note that there is often a limit of 200-400 USD per day/week, depending on your bank and your credit card.
IS IT NECESSARY TO DO A SPECIAL DIET BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE CENTER?
We advise you to consult our section Preparation an Ayahuasca retreat for more information regarding food. In principle, a preliminary diet is not mandatory, but it is highly advisable to abide by the following restrictions minimum 3 days prior to your arrival:
– No alcohol
– No drugs
– No antibiotics
– No pork, no red meat, no dairies
– Moderate use of salt, sugar and fats
– No sex/masturbation
I AM A VEGETARIAN (VEGAN), WHAT CAN I EAT DURING MY STAY AT THE CENTRE?
Our menu consists of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, cereals and legumes, as well as eggs, fish and chicken from the region. If you do not eat products of animal origin, or have any type of food restriction (gluten, allergies, etc.), let us know in advance and we will do our best to offer you a personalized menu.
IS THERE ELECTRICITY AND INTERNET IN THE CENTER?
We have electricity produced by solar panels in the common areas: dining room, hammock room and ceremonial Maloka. We also have Internet, but the signal can be weakened by weather conditions. However, as part of the retreat, we recommend reducing the use of all technology to the minimum necessary.
HOW OFTEN ARE CEREMONIES AND RITUALS TAKING PLACE?
At Yosi Ocha, each patient receives a personalized treatment determined by Maestro Heberto after the initial diagnostic which is done during the first ceremony.
The general rule is that there are 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies and 1 San Pedro and 1 Toé or Tobacco ceremony per week. You can see the preliminary programme for each retreat in Retreat Options.
In the morning, our guests usually enjoy energy-cleansing baths with healing plants or flowers. In the afternoon, they participate in traditional Shipibo rituals that are carefully preserved at Yosi Ocha.
WHEN A WOMAN IS MENSTRUATING, CAN SHE PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONIES?
Yes, you are welcome to participate in the ceremonies, but you must inform the maestro in advance so that he can do the necessary preparatory work.
WHAT KIND OF MEDICATIONS ARE CONTRAINDICATED WITH AYAHUASCA?
There are different types of medications that can interact negatively with Ayahuasca. In our section Preparation for a retreat, you will find detailed information on this topic. If you have additional questions about specific medications that you are taking, please do not hesitate to write to us and we will study your case personally.
IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE AN INTENTION TO WORK WITH AYAHUASCA?
It is recommended for everyone to have a clear purpose when they come to work with Ayahuasca. However, it is not absolutely necessary, you can also do a great job by simply opening your mind and allowing the process to unfold on its own. While it may be beneficial to have intentions, it is very important not to generate expectations. The medicine will always give us what we need, it will teach us only what we are prepared to learn, and it will rarely do so in a way that we might anticipate. Therefore, do not feel bad if you try to define an intention before travelling and this only generates more confusion. Rest assured, as Maestro Heberto will be by your side throughout your journey, at all times.
You can find more information about how to define your intention in the section: Preparation for a retreat.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.