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Visit Takiwasi

The Takiwasi Center receives visitors from all over the world. It is preferable that visitors announce their come in advance in order to avoid disturbing the scheduled activities with patients in treatment and also to ensure availability and good reception.

The Takiwasi Center offers access to:

  • Its library with books and articles on traditional medicines;
  • Center infrastructure: a park of 2 hectares that includes the house of the patients, a laboratory for the transformation of Amazonian medicinal plants, a meditation-yoga room, a chapel and multipurpose rooms based on the model of the communal indigenous houses or malocas; indígenas comunales o malocas.
  • Botanical garden with Amazonian medicinal plants;
  • Boutique: regional handicrafts, souvenirs, books, ikaros (chamanic songs), video documentaries, natural products (medicinal plants and Amazonian cosmetics) for sale;
  • The botanical Reserve: 50 hectares of protected land located in the jungle, at 1 hour and a half of walk from the Center, with an observation point to watch the Cerro Escalera and butterflies. At half-way you can visit the biological reserve owned by the Urku Center Icono de vinculo externo , an institution dedicated to raising butterflies and to the rescue of specimens of Amazonian mammals.

People who simply want to visit the place and / or make an interview can announce themselves a little earlier to make an appointment.

It is possible to receive groups of visitors with a specific program (for example talks and conferences) if there is prior agreement on the conditions of the visit..


To stay in the Center requires an appropriate behavior that must take into account the characteristics of the resident patients as well as the requirements of their therapeutic process and the rules related to the ingestion of medicinal plants (sexual abstinence, food control, relational rules, etc.). Therefore, the visitor is asked to:

  • Respect the operational rules of the Center (internal regulations are provided upon arrival) and in particular with regard to the relationship with patients in treatment.
  • Assume a decent behavior both within the Center and outside, throughout all the stay, that integrates as well the respect for Peruvian legislation and culture, and the defense of the interests of the institution and its image.
  • Do not consume drugs, including cannabis (smoking and drinking alcohol is forbidden at the Center but tolerated outside of it).
  • Do not accept any material exchange with resident patients without the prior permission of the therapists (money, letters, clothing, food, gifts, etc.).
  • Maintain a "proper and therapeutic" distance to the residents, which does not exclude the cordiality towards them.
  • Respect residents both as persons and in their therapeutic process.
  • Avoid staying in the Center's facilities when the practitioner does not have any scheduled activities, and being able to assume a certain degree of autonomy of life in Tarapoto, when outside the practice schedule agreed within the Center.