Ecuador // The Oriente //

Ayahuasca warning


Some tours advertise the opportunity to experience an ayahuasca ceremony, a ritual bodily and spiritual cleansing presided over by a shaman, and involving the psychotropic ayahuasca vine, a powerful hallucinogen traditionally used for bodily and spiritual cleansing. Since it can have extremely unpleasant side-effects, it is important that any ceremony is led by a fully trained and experienced shaman with all the right preparations – generally someone with many years of training since childhood – and not a young man with a little shamanic knowledge, used to putting on shows for tourists.



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