Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Our retreat center is located in San Francisco, a Shipibo community north of Pucallpa, Peru.

WARNING! If you’re looking for an ensuite bathroom, warm water, a toilet that has a flush and no insects, you are likely best off looking at another center. Mai Niti is NOT a 5 star (or 4!) luxury resort! However, most guests get used to the rustic rooms and jungle lifestyle quickly, and come to appreciate the simplicity of the center and living here.

Staying here is an opportunity to experience life in the jungle. You’ll live in harmony with the earth as the Shipibo do – consuming a healthy but scrumptious vegetarian diet and living in basic wooden cabins / dorms, hand built on a small clearing of this Amazon Jungle village.

Guests are free to explore the centre whenever they please, and will have 24/7 access to the community house and Maloka.

The Maloka

The maloka is where we hold ayahuasca ceremonies, one to one chats with the Maestros – and also a space where you’ll find peace and quiet to practise Yoga, Meditation, art, writing, exercise and whatever else.

Outside the maloka
Ayahuasca retreat center maloka
Inside the maloka

Community House

Hammock at the ayahuasca retreat center
Ayahuasca retreat center – hammock

The community house is where guests and volunteers can chill in their spare time. There are hammocks and couches for relaxing and a table for eating.

The lounge for guests is open 24 hours a day. Here, there’s access to wifi, comfortable seating, hammocks, and charging ports. You’re welcome to use the lounge to relax alone, or to socialise with other guests (and soon to be friends!)

Community house

The Kitchen

We’ll cook for you, but should you decide to bring your own food there’s plenty of space for you to store and cook it.


We have 12 private rooms and 3 private tambos available for those who need to be in solitude while undergoing a strong plant dieta.

Some of the buildings at the center are open which means that you may be sharing space with the occasional insect! Not to worry though – your bed comes equipped with a mosquito net to ensure you’re the only one in there, and most bugs are kept out by the netted windows and entrances.

Sheets, a pillow, a blanket, and a mosquito net are all included – please get in touch in advance if you require a towel.

A bedroom at the center

Private tambos are available for guests who need the space to undergo an intensive plant dieta.


Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner will be cooked and served by the center’s wonder Peruvian cook. You’ll get a chance to taste Peruvian cuisine and a variety of other dishes. We do our best to ensure that everyone loves their food. Those with special dietary requirements are welcome – just let us know in advance what you can and can’t eat.


We offer food, accommodation and the chance to get to know the lifestyle of a Shipibo family. In exchange of it you will help us with some basic tasks:

  • We value very much your ability to translate between English and Spanish for guests during their retreat and ceremonies
  • We also need you to help manage our social networks and online communications. For example, we need help in responding to emails from people contacting us about the retreats as well as new volunteers. Sometimes they write in English and we want to respond them in English as well. Also, there is always a chance to create some content for the website, you’re welcome to help us in any way you feel called to, we are open to any ideas you may have!
  • We may ask you to give us a hand with some cleaning and cooking.

You can stay with us as much as you want, we are happy to share our culture and lifestyle with you!

How to Find Us

We are located in San Francisco, a Shipibo village one hour north of Pucallpa.

As the center is based in a native community, there are sometimes noises from the local people: music at times, the local fruit seller riding by letting us all know what he has, and the occasional tuk tuk in the distance. There is not always complete silence, but most of the time it’s very peaceful at the center.

We often visit the Chakra (a farm / jungle) where we’re fully surrounded by nature and no people are around. Some guests opt also to complete their dietas there.

To reach us from Pucallpa, you need to get to Yarinacocha, from there you can get a car to San Francisco. These cars are a shared taxi service which costs 4 soles per person. We can arrange a taxi for you also – just ask.