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Traditional Ayahuasca Retreat in Ecuador

Arutam Ruymán and his team, after a long history of receiving privately his students from all over the world at their spiritual retreat center “Cumbres de Arutam”, located in the heart of the Amazon, in Ecuador, are pleased to inform that its doors have been opened for the general public that may be interested in the forms and traditional practices of Amazonian Shamanism.

The houses and ceremonial spaces of the center are surrounded by the mountains, rivers, and waterfalls of the Sangay National Park, in a total area of 600 hectares. The teaching of Shamanism is delivered by Shaman Arutam Ruymán under a strictly traditional method that is typical of the “Shuar” lineage.

Meet the instructors

Arutam, Jordi, & Liina
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  • Experience Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies
  • Learn about traditional shamanism typical of the “Shuar” lineage
  • A multidisciplinary team including psychologists and experts in the practices
  • Peaceful area surrounded by mountains, rivers, and waterfalls
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals and drink

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer available:
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (US$150 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Outdoor shower

There are three accommodation options:

Jea ("Shuar" Home)

Traditional and ceremonial space. Home and temple: spacious, shared, and with fire in the center. Thatched roofs and walls of palm trunks, which favor the experience of constant communion with the jungle.

Shared double room

Shared double room in colonial wooden houses, with viewpoints and spaces to meditate, exercise, cook, leisure, etc.

Private double room

Private double room in colonial wooden houses, with viewpoints and spaces to meditate, exercise, cook, leisure, etc.


Ruymán has been family with the members of the “Shuar” lineage and an important part of their culture for twenty years, dedicating himself to teaching it throughout the world. He has received the recognition of the elders, masters, and institutions devoted to this knowledge throughout the country. He currently chairs the European Foundation “Esmerald Horizon”, especially concerned with the preservation and dissemination of native traditions. He has numerous written and audiovisual works to spread this knowledge to the general public. This long-life experience is key to achieving the best possible retreat in a safe environment.

For this new project, whose objective is to bring ancestral Shamanism to a new and not necessarily experienced public, Ruymán has a multidisciplinary team, including psychologists and experts in the practices of this tradition.

The retreats consist not only of ceremonies and practical sessions with the use of sacred plants, such as Ayahuasca and Tobacco, but also a teaching time and a moment to share, and thus experience the feelings and knowledge of ancient peoples.

One-week retreat

The most recommended way for people looking for a basic knowledge of initiation. It consists of three or four ceremonies with Natem (Ayahuasca). It also involves, at least once, the initiation to the Andean cactus of San Pedro.

There are also constant teachings, meditations, and disciplined practices that involve, as well, the use of Amazonian Tobacco. Each ceremony usually has a ritualistic duration of about eight hours (the time of the trance's procedure, depending on the capacity of each individual as well as their personal effort), almost until the afternoon of the following day.

Focused on the teachings, immersed in the jungle, walking the path under the auspices of Arutam Ruymán, the guests spend almost all their time of the retreat in a trance state, learning to take care of the sacred touch of Life. For this reason, this is not only a center that offers a simple retreat for tourists with accommodation, food, new social relations, or a new cool experience.

You must be interested in walking on a deep ancestral path, where you will learn to live and feel like the ancient natives of the Amazon, under the careful guidance of a true Shaman. For this reason, before making a decision on how to participate, you should at least read the blog on Cumbres de Arutam website, pay special attention to the films on the channels, and be duly informed about the commitment and seriousness implicit in this form of traditional practice.

If someone who was planning to stay a week wishes, after the first week, to stay for the second week of the retreat, this is possible but only if places are available.

You can browse online to learn more about Arutam Ruymán's deep and extensive work such as articles about Shamanism and media material in his YouTube channel.


Arutam Ruyman

Jordi Juncadella



The houses and ceremonial spaces of the center are surrounded by the mountains, rivers, and waterfalls of the Sangay National Park, in a total area of 600 hectares.


The diet is included. It is carefully optimized to obtain the best possible performance during work. At times it becomes very traditional and very rigorous, but at other times it will be more generous and more ordinary.

For more information about the Ayahuasca diet and other related information, please send an inquiry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Pescatarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Ayahuasca and Tobacco ceremonies
  • San Pedro ceremonies
  • Food and drink
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Teaching and meditation
  • Psychologists support

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport Airport transfer available: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Wednesday January 26, 2022
(8 days / 7 nights)

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