Ecuador Ayahuasca Retreats

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Find the Best Ayahuasca Retreat in Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the traditional Amazonian homelands for ayahuasca, with a cultural heritage deeply rooted in shamanic traditions and medicine. Indigenous peoples have been cultivating and using this plant medicine for centuries, ensuring that an Ecuador ayahuasca retreat is genuine, safe, and healing.

Ecuador boasts diverse and stunning natural landscapes, which make for an ideal backdrop for ceremony, spiritual reflection, and integration. Being immersed in the lush rainforest of the Amazon or surrounded by majestic Andes mountains inspires a profound connection to nature, to life, and to spirit.

Ayahuasca retreat centers in Ecuador also tend to prioritize small groups, enabling personal attention and support, fostering a more intimate retreat experience. Meeting Mother Aya can be a deeply vulnerable experience, so the trust and support created in small groups is very valuable.

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Featured Ecuador Retreats

Casa del Sol ✾

casadelsolvilcabamba.com

Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador

Casa del Sol is located in the beautiful Sacred Valley of San Pedro in Vilcabamba. This family-run ayahuasca retreat center in Ecuador also incorporates San Pedro in their inclusive 11-day healing retreats. A maximum of 13 participants ensures that each group has an intimate experience with the healers, the medicine, and each other. Enter as an individual, leave as family.

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Offering 11-day, 5-ceremony ayahuasca & San Pedro plant medicine retreats in Ecuador.

alma healing center near quito, ecuador

Alma Healing Center

almahealingcenter.com

Pintag (near Quito), Ecuador | Mindo Cloudforest, Ecuador

Alma Healing Center is a woman-run, inclusive, LGBTQ-friendly ayahuasca retreat center in Ecuador, operating two locations convenient to Quito. Apart from aya, the facilitators at Alma also work with other sacred plant medicines – San Pedro, Hape/Rapé, Psilocybin mushrooms, and Peyote. Their affordable retreats include meals, accommodations, and even sweat lodge.

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Offering a variety of plant medicine retreats: 2-day, 5-day, 7-day, women-only, private, and even artists retreats.

apl shamanic journeys in ecuador

APL Shamanic Journeys

apljourneys.com/ecuador

Kapawi Eco Lodge, Amazon, Ecuador

APL Shamanic Journeys offers incredible 10-day ayahuasca excursions deep into the Ecudorian Amazon with the remote Achuar Tribes. A private flight will bring participants to the comfortable Kapawi Eco Lodge where they will experience river kayaking, jungle hiking, waterfall, thermal spa, wayusa ceremony, and 4 ayahuasca ceremonies. Accommodations are private or shared bungalows, meals are healthy and delicious. Includes transfers from Quito airport.

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Offering 10-day, 4-ceremony ayahuasca excursions into the Amazon.

ayllu medicina retreat in manglaralto, ecuador

Ayllu Medicina

ayllumedicina.com

Manglaralto, Ecuador

Ayllu Medicina offers transformational, all inclusive 8-day retreats on the beautiful southern coast of Ecuador. Retreats include plant medicine ceremonies (ayahuasca & San Pedro), sweat lodges, womb technology circles, daily yoga, meditation, breathwork, ice baths, workshops, song circles and more. Facilities boast ocean views and a swimming pool, and comfortable accommodations include air conditioning, hot water, & private bathrooms. Three plant-based nutritious meals are served each day.

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Offering all inclusive 8-day, 3-ceremony plant medicine retreats and much more.

corazon de pacha mama retreat in malacatos, ecuador

Corazon de Pacha Mama

corazondepachamama.org

Malacatos, Loja Ecuador

Corazon de Pacha Mama is unique in that it is both a retreat center and a shaman training center. Those that feel called to work with plant medicines can seek apprenticeship with grandmother Ayahuasca or grandfather San Pedro. Simple retreat guests will experience a hybrid-medicine retreat with both sacred plants.

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Offering 2 retreats each month of various lengths: 4, 8, or 12-day retreats.

cumbres de arutam ayahuasca retreat in sangay national park, ecuador

Cumbres de Arutam

cumbresdearutam.org

Palora, Sangay National Park, Ecuador

Cumbres de Arutam is a retreat center in the enchanting forests of Ecuador that is deeply committed to protecting and honoring the practices and knowledge of traditional shamanism. This is initiation. A deep dive into spiritual exploration and individual healing, not for the curious or casual tourist. Retreats are limited to a maximum of 18 invited participants. Accommodations are simple, native wooden houses, with at least one night spent outdoors by the waterfall. The diet is very traditional, and at times quite rigorous.

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Offering 1-week, 2-week, or 1-month retreats.

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Gaia Sagrada

gaiasagrada.com

Cuenca, Ecuador

Gaia Sagrada is a plant medicine retreat center and eco-community in the stunning Andean highlands near Cuenca, Ecuador – a perfect destination for encountering Mother Aya. The experienced Shamans at Gaia Sagrada work adeptly with both ayahuasca and San Pedro, even combining them in unique sweat lodge rebirthing ceremonies – a retreat highlight for most guests. Delicious, healthy vegan and vegetarian meals are provided throughout, and a wide choice of lodging options accommodate all budgets.

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Offering 6, 7, and 12-day retreats.

hayulima spiritual sanctuary in mindo, ecuador

Hayulima Spiritual Sanctuary

hayulima.com

Mindo, Ecuador

Hayulima Spiritual Sanctuary is nestled in the pristine cloud forest of Mindo, Ecuador. The land is teeming with vibrant fauna and flora – an ecological haven, perfect for encountering Mother Aya, for meditation, and spiritual practice. It’s a truly rejuvenating and tranquil place to nourish the mind, body and soul, providing opportunity to connect with nature the beauty of the cloud forest. Hayulima 10-day retreats include 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, 3 sweat lodge ceremonies, 2 San Pedro ceremonies, and kambo sessions. Accommodations are comfortable, ensuring a restful and supportive stay.

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Offering 5-day, 10-day, and single-ceremony retreats.

sacha wasi jungle medicine retreats in puyo, ecuador

Sacha Wasi

sacha-wasi.com

Puyo, Ecuador

Sacha Wasi Jungle Medicine Retreats may be the most authentic indigenous ayahuasca retreat center in Ecuador, owned and operated by the hosting native tribe. This is an epic adventure into the wild, mystical Amazon rainforest for healing, transformation, and spiritual growth. Guests may stay for varying retreat durations that will include multiple ayahuasca ceremonies and at least 1 San Pedro or psilocybin ceremony. Optional treatments such as kambo or acupuncture are also available.

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Offering 3, 7, 10, 14, and 21-day retreats.

shuar cultural center ayahuasca expeditions in coca, ecuador

Shuar Cultural Center

shuarculturalcenter.com

Coca, Ecuador

The Shuar Cultural Center is unique among ayahuasca retreats, offering instead a 2 or 3-day jungle excursion into the heart of Yasuni National Park. Hosted by native Amazonian tribes, guests will encounter the sacred medicine in its traditional setting with a ceremony conducted by a member of the Kichua or Shuar communities. This unique and rustic adventure includes jungle trekking, animal sightings, cultural education, and even immersion into the waters of the Shiripuno River.

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Offering 2 and 3-day, 1-ceremony ayahuasca jungle excursions.

vikara healing center resort in olon, ecuador

Vikara Healing Center

vikaralifestyle.com

Olón, Ecuador

Vikara Healing Center is the only plant medicine center located on the Pacific Ocean in Ecuador, offering small-group ayahuasca, surf and yoga retreats at the beach. Vikara’s 9-day retreats include airport transfer, yoga classes, sound bath, sweat lodge, family constellation therapy, and 3 ayahuasca ceremonies with sharing circles after. Guests even have the opportunity to learn to surf. Accommodations are modern and luxurious, with air conditioning and WiFi.

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Offering 9-day, 3-ceremony retreats.

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Casa del Sol ✾

Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
casadelsolvilcabamba.com

Offering 11-day, 5-ceremony ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats.

Alma Healing Center

Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
almahealingcenter.com

Offering 2-day, 5-day, 7-day, women-only, private, and even artists retreats.

APL Shamanic Journeys
Kapawi Eco Lodge, Amazon, Ecuador
apljourneys.com/ecuador

Offering 10-day, 4-ceremony ayahuasca excursions into the Amazon.

Ayllu Medicina

Manglaralto, Ecuador
ayllumedicina.com

Offering all inclusive 8-day, 3-ceremony plant medicine retreats.

Corazon de Pacha Mama

Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
corazondepachamama.org

Offering 4, 8, or 12-day retreats.

Cumbres de Arutam

Palora, Sangay National Park, Ecuador
cumbresdearutam.org

Offering 1-week, 2-week, or 1-month retreats.

Gaia Sagrada

Cuenca, Ecuador
gaiasagrada.com

Offering 6, 7, and 12-day retreats.

Hayulima Spiritual Sanctuary

Mindo, Ecuador
hayulima.com

Offering 5-day, 10-day, and single-ceremony retreats.

Sacha Wasi

Puyo, Ecuador
sacha-wasi.com

Offering 3, 7, 10, 14, and 21-day retreats.

Shuar Cultural Center

Coca, Ecuador
shuarculturalcenter.com

Offering 2 and 3-day, 1-ceremony ayahuasca jungle excursions.

Vikara Healing Center

Olón, Ecuador
vikaralifestyle.com

Offering 9-day, 3-ceremony retreats.