1. Where in the Amazon do we go? Our expeditions go to the Madre de Dios River in the Upper Amazon, 20 minutes by plane from the City of Cuzco. The lodge is three hours by motor canoe from the airport.

2. Is it safe? Our lodge has the highest health standard, a hygienic kitchen, and purifies it’s drinking water.

3. Why don’t we work with local shamans? When Alberto began working in the Amazon years ago there were no ‘commercial’ shamans. With the influx of foreigners seeking the visionary plants many fraudulent ‘shamans’ have appeared. We work only with Shipibo Indians, not with ‘mestizos.’

4. Why don’t we go where they live? With global warming malaria has been making its way back. We no longer go to Iquitos or low-land jungle. It’s more complicated flying in the best shamans, but safer for everyone.

5. Do I have to drink ayahuasca? No, we do not encourage anyone to drink the visionary vine of the shamans, even though it is part of the indigenous healing ceremonies you will be attending.

6. What is ayahuasca? It is a visionary drink prepared by the shamans made from two plants, the ayahuasca vine and the chakruna bush. It is chemically similar to the neurotransmitter serotonin.

7. Can I have personal sessions with the shamans? Our groups are limited to 12 persons so you can have personal interaction and energy medicine sessions with the shamans.

8. Can I come on this journey if I am not a Four Winds Student? This expedition is open only to Four Winds students and friends. It is not a public program. We know our travellers and seek fellow explorers for these journeys.