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Arrival & Pick-Up

Travel Preparations & Health


Please visit a travel doctor for best advice about inoculations or vaccinations. Please bring any medication or naturopathic remedies you will need during your stay. Medicine, doctors and hospitals are plentiful in Iquitos, but getting there is around a 2-hour journey and only done in case of emergencies during short retreats.


Traveling to Iquitos/Aya Madre

Aya Madre recommends guests begin their stays on Saturdays or Sundays. Please let us know your arrival and departure as we will arrange your transport unless otherwise specified. A staff member of Aya Madre will meet each guest at the airport (or in the city of Iquitos if preferred) and take them by moto taxi to the Ayamadre center. We ask patients to preferably book their flights to arrive and depart before 6 pm. We ask guests to pay 150 soles to the driver per road trip. Please do have at least 300 soles when you arrive at the center to pay for your trip to and from the center.

The road between the highway and the center is a combination of highway and off-road through the jungle. Depending on the weather and the amount of rain there may be times when guests need to walk (maximum of 15-20 minutes). For those with conditions limiting their capacity to walk, we do everything in our power to minimize the amount of walking.

To get to Iquitos, you will need to fly in from Lima (there are no roads leading to Iquitos). Booking both tickets (to Lima and Iquitos) together is safer in case of delays or weather problems. However, booking the tickets separately may be cheaper. There are a handful of carriers that fly from Lima to Iquitos, and the price can be as low as $75-$150. Flights can easily be checked and compared on popular travel sites like Travelocity, Priceline, Kayak, Expedia, etc.


**Note: it is crucial that you send your travel information to at least a week before you arrive. Our internet availability is scarce and often we cannot check our email for a few days. The same goes for our phone signal, so send your information early so you don't get stuck at the airport!!

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