Suisui lodge, home of Ayahuasca Insights, is located on the banks of the beautiful Cashibococha lagoon, 20 kms from Pucallpa, Peru.
Pucallpa with around 300,000 inhabitants is the capital city of the Ucayali Region located to the central east of Peru. It has several daily commercial flights with Lima and other cities of the Peruvian Amazon. The connection with Lima lasts one hour by plane and 16 hours by bus. From the airport, it takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the lagoon.
The Cashibococha lagoon has a variable extension according to rainy or dry season with an average of 243 has (600 acres). In its banks, there are many floating plants, and underneath, abundant fish. These places serve as shelter, food, rest and reproduction for numerous birds.
This lagoon is part of a complex of rivers and lagoons located on both sides of the Ucayali river, main tributary of the Amazon river. Cashibococha lagoon is one of these bodies of water that connects by a canal with the larger Yarinacocha lagoon, and this in turn joins with the Ucayali river, whose waters flow into the Amazon River.
Our Maloka or Ceremonial Center is a large circular space of 38 ft in diameter, built with solid regional woods and roof of palm leaves as the local custom that is placed between the forests and the lagoon. In this magnificent and magical atmosphere, we offer the opportunity to know the amazing world of ayahuasca and other healing plants attended by native shamans who practice traditional ceremonies, rites and songs that date back centuries and open the doors to transformative experiences. Ayahuasca, which in Quechua means vine or rope of the spirit, is a powerful concoction that allows the person to cleanse his body, to penetrate the contents of the unconscious and to connect with nature and the healing of its troubles.
The potent concoction is actually the synergistic combination between two plants, on the one hand, the liana ayahuasca or Banisteriopsis caapi and on the other hand the leaves of the shrub chacruna or Psychotria veridis. The shaman, with long learnings and diets, is the guide, watchful and conductor of the ceremonies who, with chants and other rituals, communicate with the spirits and with the wisdom of the master plants to help the participant to touch the fibers of their fears, anguish or pain. Ceremonies are held in the evenings and last for 4-5 hours.
Our center is a close neighbor of the Shipibo community of Santa Teresita, whose women still have a rich tradition in their fabrics while their men are mainly engaged in fishing, since hunting is disappearing. Shipibo language, cures with medicinal plants and shamanic traditions persist as part of the culture in this native community. Ayahuasca is one of the many medicinal plants that are part of the Shipibo culture.
Cashibococha and the entire region of Pucallpa in the Ucayali river basin is native land of the Shipibo-conibos. With more than 35,000 inhabitants, the Shipibo communities are located on the shores of the Ucayali River and its tributaries that have been of vital importance to the inhabitants as these rivers and lakes are a source of food and connectivity, rivers are like roads of Jungle. The Shipibo belong to the Pano linguistic family with cultural antecedents from the years 300 of our era.
Today the Shipibo communities are one of the most representative ethnic groups in Peru for the richness of their worldview, their colorful and geometric handicrafts, their symbolism and their traditional medicine linked to medicinal plants and master plants. Subsistence activities such as hunting with spear, arrow, blowgun and fishing still practiced by the Shipibos in these hydrographic accounts are complementary to cassava, banana and maize agriculture. However these communities are currently influenced by the dominant mestizo culture, which through modern media disseminates Western patterns of life and consumption, especially among young people, and this way, it threatens the language and cultural heritage of this important Amazonian ethnic group.
Ayahuasca brew has existed as the spiritual entity of nature in many ethnic groups in the Amazon, in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and among religious groups in Brazil. In the Peruvian Amazon, ayahuasca is a central part of the perception and wisdom of the Shipibo, Aguaruna, Witoto, Ashaninka, Kokama. In 2008, the Government of Peru recognized the ayahuasca plant as Cultural Heritage of the Nation. Deserved but late recognition, because the altered states of consciousness mediated by ayahuasca have influenced for centuries the art, medicine, language and worldview of these representative ethnic groups of the Peruvian Amazon.