This section offers some helpful tips and suggestions for organizing your travel plans to and from Blue Morpho in Peru. You can find information on flights, hotels, your arrival, the first day of the tour, what to bring, and more. If you have already reserved your workshop, you can also find more travel information in the Journey Guide you received via email.
This is intended for informational purposes only; all final decisions are to be made at your own discretion. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Iquitos and the surrounding area are typical of a tropical jungle climate: hot and wet most of the year. The average high temperature is around 90ºF (32ºC) and average low is around 70ºF (21 ºC), although it can sometimes get a little chilly in the evenings. It is also good to have something warm for the ayahuasca ceremonies, as body temperature can fluctuate considerably. We also supply blankets for ceremonies and you can bring them back to your room afterwards if you are feeling cold. Here are some items you must bring and a few others that are recommended:
Head Lamps – Headlamps are needed in low light conditions at night. We recommend the Energizer, Petzl, Princeton Tech, or LED headlamps with a red light option. (Red light is less afflicting to the eyes during ceremonies.)
The “Energizer 3 LED Headlight” is a great all-around value for your money as far as simplicity and durability. You can find it in many department stores or on Amazon.com at this URL: www.amzn.com/B00081GATG
Alarm clock and/or wrist watch – Please bring an alarm clock or wrist watch. This will make sure you don’t miss any important activities throughout the week.
Recommended Items Include:
- Lightweight pants – Quick drying
- Lightweight long sleeved shirts
- Light jacket or sweatshirt for wearing at night
- T-shirts or tank tops
- We highly recommend pants/shorts with elastic waists or very simple ties (no buttons or zippers or belts) for use during ceremony, like athletic pants or swim shorts.
- Bathing suit
- Camera and film
- Mosquito repellent
- Pen or pencil for filling out immigration forms at the airport
- Rain poncho or jacket
- Socks, sandals, and athletic shoes
- Journal and reading material (Blue Morpho also has a small library of books)
Cusco San Pedro (Huachuma)
Our ayahuasca retreats begin and end in Iquitos, Peru. You are responsible for arranging your flights to and from Iquitos. Please make sure you only book your flights once your space on the retreat is confirmed.
All international flights will fly through Lima, Peru. From Lima, you will take a domestic flight into Iquitos. You will need to arrive in Iquitos at least 1 day before the retreat begins. You are free to book return flights for any time after 2:30pm on the final day of the retreat.
We recommend checking aggregate flight search sites such as kayak.com, skyscanner.net and mobissimo.com; these are useful for comparing multiple airliners and prices.
There are three main domestic carriers in Peru: LAN, Star Peru, and Peruvian Airlines. If you book with LAN you may be able to get a cheaper ticket all the way to Iquitos; otherwise it is often cheaper to buy one flight into Lima and then buy a separate domestic ticket from Lima to Iquitos. The national carriers Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines are usually cheaper than LAN.
- If you book a flight that leaves before 2:30pm on the final day, you will have to leave camp the day before the workshop ends and therefore miss the final ayahuasca ceremony, as there will be no boat available on the final morning that will get you to the airport in time for your flight. If you choose to leave early, you will also have to pay for the journey, which is $150 per boat, irrespective of number of passengers. Transportation costs are included in the workshop price for those who leave at the regular departure time of around 9.30am on the final day of the workshop.
- Always pick up your bags at the baggage claim in Lima and re-check them at the ticket counter after passing through customs. No matter what the airlines tell you, pick up your luggage at the baggage claim in Lima and re-check them with the appropriate airline! We have had several guests arrive in Iquitos without their luggage because they didn’t pick up their bags in Lima.
- Make sure that your passport does not expire within 6 months of your departure date. Peruvian immigration may require that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan on leaving Peru. Please check online at peru.visahq.com or with your domestic government for information regarding your Peruvian visa requirements.
Please do not book any flights until you have submitted an application and received notification that it has been approved.
Please check with your airline, travel correspondent, agent, or other provider for information on obtaining travel insurance. We strongly advise taking out travel insurance at the time of booking that will cover any financial losses incurred should you have to cancel your visit for any reason, or in case of any unforeseen incidents while in Peru. Here are a few websites we recommend for guests who prefer to shop online for travel insurance:
On the morning that the workshop begins, we will meet in the lobby of the Victoria Regia hotel at 8:30am. Once oriented and all together, we will head out to the lodge by boat. Transportation from Victoria Regia to camp and back is included in the workshop price. The hotels mentioned below will all provide airport pickup on request; otherwise you can take a mototaxi from the airport to the city center for around S/.15 (about $6 US).
Please note that you will need to be in Iquitos the evening before the workshop begins at the latest. Morning flights into Iquitos are often delayed or canceled by weather. If you do arrive late or after the buses leave, you will have to go to the Victoria Regia hotel, where they will arrange private boat transport to the lodge. This costs $150 per boat, regardless of the number of passengers. They have staff who speak English, so just tell them that you are on the Blue Morpho tour and need boat transport to camp.
Please contact Blue Morpho via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you won’t be in Iquitos by the evening prior to the tour’s commencement.
Be sure to book a hotel for your stay in town before the tour begins. On the day the tour starts, we meet at 8:30am in the lobby at Victoria Regia hotel. You will be fully accommodated for the duration of the retreat at Blue Morpho. Depending on your schedule, you may also need to book a hotel in Iquitos for the night after the tour has ended.
You will need to make your own hotel reservations. There are many hotels and hostels to choose from in Iquitos. Sites like Tripadvisor.com and Lonelyplanet.com offer reviews from previous travelers as well as booking options. Below are 3 hotels that Blue Morpho recommends. The simplest option is to stay at Victoria Regia since this is where we meet on the first morning of the tour:
Victoria Regia Hotel – www.victoriaregiahotel.com
Hotel Acosta – www.hotelacosta.com
La Casona – www.hotellacasonaiquitos.com
Ayahuasca Retreats: Information on our 7 day, 5 Ceremony ayahuasca retreats.
San Pedro Retreats: Information on our Sacred Valley San Pedro Retreats.
Dates & Prices: A full list of upcoming dates and prices for all our retreats.
About Blue Morpho: Learn more about the history of Blue Morpho and our current team of shamans.
To reserve your spot on a Shamanic Ayahuasca or San Pedro Retreat, book your tour in advance online.