Peru has recently become a hotspot for wellness retreats because of the country’s unique ability to offer visitors beautiful landscapes, ayahuasca ceremonies and yoga retreats, all within the same healing center. If you’re in need of spiritual healing, or just a relaxing vacation in the sacred land of the Incas, Peru has it all. Here is our guide to the best in wellness that Peru has to offer.
Treehouse Lodge is simply remarkable; so much so that it was featured on the Ultimate Treehouse show. With various treehouses all connected by bridges, it is something out of a fairytale. The tallest room, at 65 feet (20 metres) above the ground, offers panoramic views of the jungle and its wildlife. The main lodge was designed with yoga retreats in mind, with large spaces and an upper round balcony.
Located in the Sacred Valley, surrounded by mountain peaks, this retreat sets the stage for relaxation and healing. Those who come to the center will have the opportunity to hike the nearby mountains, as well as work with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who will lead ceremonies. Programs here range from yoga and other movement practices, to personal healing and reflection, to practical workshops on permaculture.
Melissa Wasi is a spiritual retreat center in the Sacred Valley, located in a place that the Incas viewed as holy. The valley is beautiful and relaxing and, if the urge arises, city life is only a short ride away in Pisac. There are also plenty of Inca ruins scattered throughout the area, which the center will be happy to arrange tours of.
La Luna del Amazonas is a healing center located outside of the city of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon. La Luna is run by two curanderos, Maestro Don Guido Rimachi and Don Benigno Dahua. The center was first opened in 1987 as a clinic serving the local community. In 2015, Don Guido and Don Benigno expanded the village clinic into a full-service ayahuasca healing center with private rooms and other accommodation. The retreat now services those from all over the world looking for new meaning in their lives.
Willka T’ika is an eco-friendly sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation, located in the Sacred Valley, close to Machu Picchu. The sanctuary serves organic vegetarian cuisine and offers tours to all the nearby cultural sights.
Yoga Mandala takes Andean tradition seriously. They perform elaborate ceremonies and rituals that are part of a system of reciprocity between the material and spiritual world. The retreat has a yoga and meditation temple with wooden floors and windows from floor to ceiling that allow unobstructed views of the stunning surrounding area.
The Source is a luxury ayahuasca center and retreat destination nestled between a huge waterfall and two mountain peaks. “The property is beautifully landscaped and surrounded by fragrant eucalyptus groves with an abundance of fruit trees on the grounds,” reads their website. “When you drift off to sleep under the Milky Way and awaken to sounds of a waterfall, you’ll know you’ve come to a place where nature can heal both body and mind.”