Kambo Training Handbook

Dear students:

We are very excited to start our Kambo Practitioner Training and are looking forward to meeting you all in person very soon.😀🐸

We’ve put together the following guidelines to help you prepare for the upcoming training, as well as some traveling tips.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Warmest regards,

Esther and José Luis

Before you travel

REGISTER AT THE IAKP

  • If you haven’t done so, please visit  iakp.org/registration and follow the instructions to register.
  • After registration, please login to your new account, then complete and submit the Student Agreement Form.

DUE PAYMENTS

  • If you have any due payment, it needs to be settled before February 1, 2024.
  • We kindly remind you that you are responsible for paying any fees or deductions on our end.
  • Please let us know when you make the payment so that we can make a record of it. Some financial institutions don’t update their accounts automatically.
  • Check out what payment methods are available.

STAY CONNECTED

  • We will organize a WhatsApp group for the class so that we may all be in touch.
  • Consider having a phone plan that will allow you to roam broadband connection abroad, so that you may stay in touch with the group while traveling.
  • Another option is to buy a “pre-pago” peruvian SIM chip when you arrive at the airport in Lima.
  • Although there is no cellular signal at the location, we will have Wi-Fi access in the common areas. 

HEALTH

  • If you are taking prescription medication or supplements, we suggest that you bring with you the full amount you’ll need to take during your stay. We’ll be in an area where pharmacies or drugstores are very scarce and keep a very basic stock. 
  • No vaccination certificates are required for Perú. 

Arriving to Perú

ARRIVAL, CONNECTION & JET-LAG

  • You will be landing at the Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez (LIM).
  • You’ll have to pass through immigration, retrieve your luggage (if you have any), and then go through customs before exiting the airport or taking your local connection. 
  • If you travel from overseas, take into account you might be tired from traveling and with potential jet-lag. From our own experience, when traveling from Europe, a few days may be needed to rest and sleep, so spending a few nights in Lima could be a good idea. You can also choose to fly straight to Pucallpa and be there for a day or two prior to training. 
  • If you’s prefer to skip Lima and fly straight to Pucallpa, doing so on a single ticket reservation can be beneficial in case of delays and or cancelled connections.
  • If you’d prefer to land and rest in Lima for a few days, then your connection flight to Pucallpa can be bought separately.

LIMA
  • The best neighborhoods to stay in Lima are Miraflores and Barranco. You’ll find many guesthouses and hotels or Apartments in these areas on either Airbnb or Booking.com
  • We suggest Casa Nuestra in Barranco. This is a beautiful guesthouse owned by friends of ours. They can organize pick-ups with a lovely English-speaking driver.
  • Travel time from Barranco or Miraflores to the airport can be between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the time of the day and traffic.

PUCALLPA

  • You will arrive at the Pucallpa airport, FAP Captain David Abensur Rengifo International Airport (PCL).
  • Please ensure to plan that your connecting flight arrives no later than 5 pm on March 1st. Traveling to the lodge at nighttime becomes unsafe.
  • You will gather with the rest of the group at a previously arranged time (between 3 pm and 5 pm) at the airport to be picked up by a van to take the group to the lodge.
  • If you choose to arrive earlier into Pucallpa, accommodation is relatively expensive but you can find various places on booking.com depending on your budget. 

TRIP to the LODGE

  • We will be staying at Cashibo Eco Lodge.
  • A van will be hired to pick up the group from the airport to the lodge.
  • We will determine the exact pickup time once everyone has their arrival scheduled.
  • The trip to the lodge is about 1 hour.
  • If you get delayed and miss the van or would like t travel on your own means, it’s recommended to hire a “mototaxi” (tuk-tuk). 
  • Mototaxis can fit up to two passengers with small bags. The cost is around PEN 30-40 / US$7-10 (cash only). 
  • For those who’d rather use their own means to get to the lodge, the directions are: Cashibo Eco Lodge, Lake Cashicococha, By the end of the road leading to the port in caserio Cashibococha. 
SAFETY
  • People in Perú are very friendly and will be helpful, for the most part.
  • Regrettably, there is also a lot of opportunistic theft and scams, so please be mindful of your surroundings and belongings.
  • While in the street, be particularly careful with mobile phones. These are the number one item that are snatched from unsuspecting victims, right after backpacks and purses.
  • In Lima, always hire a cab inside the airport or use an app (uber, cabfy, etc).
  • In Pucallpa it can be safer to use a trusted “mototaxi” driver when going into town on your day off. If you prefer so, the lodge can attempt to hire someone to pick you up
  • Be sure you are connected to the class WhatsApp group.
  • Be aware of counterfeit legal tender or coin when receiving change.
  • Please let us know if you need help organizing an unexpected stay in Lima due to a missed connection or flight.
TRAVEL MONEY
  • The Peruvian currency is called Nuevo Sol (PEN or S/).
  • Current exchange (December 2023) US$1 – S/3.76 €1 – S/4.05 £1 – S/4.71
  • The exchange rate is pretty stable and pretty the same all around. It is preferable to change money in a bank, casa de cambio, or an authorized cambista. Otherwise, there is a risk of receiving counterfeit tender.
  • Change some money into Nuevos Soles (PEN) once you land in Lima since there might not be an opportunity to do so at the airport in Pucallpa. You will have another opportunity to exchange money on your day off if you go to Pucallpa.
  • Exchanging euros, pounds, etc outside of Lima might be difficult. Make sure you carry US dollars.
  • There might be operational ATM’s in Pucallpa in case you need to withdraw funds from a foreign account. Keep in mind that they tend to have a limit and charge commissions for each withdrawal.
  •  How much travel money to bring depends on what you would like to do. All the basics are included but you might want to buy something extra from the hotel (paddle board & kayak  rental,  etc) or at the Shipibo market in town.
  • Few establishments accept credit card payments, and the ones that do, usually charge a steep fee. Cash is preferred in most places.
  • We will have a shop available for the students where you’ll be able to purchase Kambo, dragon’s blood, sananga, bechëttë, copaiba resin, etc for your future practice.

What to bring

Understandably, some of you might have limitations with what you can travel with. In case you cannot bring any items from the list below, please let us know, and we’ll do the best we can to help.

Please bring:

  • A notebook and pens
  • A small blunt knife. A knife for Kambo is very personal. Please ensure it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and is light enough to be easily handled. Please make sure the blade does not have a sharp blade or tip. You can dull it on a stone. 
  • A headlamp (and batteries) to use during Kambo sessions and walking at night.
  • Percussion instruments (preferred are shakers, maracas, or shamanic drums)
  • If you wish, bring an altar cloth and personal altar objects. 
  •  A yoga mat to sit on during ceremony.
  • Sunscreen lotion.
  • Mosquito repellent. Natural oils won’t work. 
  • Any medication or supplement that you might need.
  • A personal water vessel/container. Filtered water will be available in the common area.
  • Swimming gear. The lake is amazing to swim in.
  • Ceremonies and some classes will be in a traditional maloca, and we will sit on a wooden floor. If this is an issue, we recommend you bring a small meditation cushion. 
  • Open throat and heart chakras, plus a positive attitude of gratitude and humility towards this wonderful medicine.

Clothing

  • The jungle is hot and humid. Drying clothes can be very challenging, particularly during rainy season.
  • Make sure to bring light clothing that is easy to wash and dry.
  • Ensure you bring warm layers/blankets to wrap yourself up after Kambo treatments.
  • Sometimes at night, temperature can drop. Make sure that you bring something light to keep you warm, if necesary.
  • Bring a swimsuit.
  • Waterproof, comfortable shoes
  • Poncho or light raincoat (only during the rainy season December-April)
  • Rubber boots or waterproof shoes (only during the rainy season December-April)
  • Slippers/Sandals
  • The lodge offers laundry service.

Dietary Concerns

 
  • Navigating food availability in the jungle can be quite challenging due to its limited and scarce nature. We kindly request that you inform us of any dietary preferences at your earliest convenience. This will allow us to efficiently organize and take your preferences into careful consideration.
  • Please note that adjustments and adaptability may be necessary, depending on the availability of specific products. This is particularly crucial during a 15-day intensive Kambo training, where ensuring adequate nutrition is essential.
  • While challenges may arise, thorough planning can address most concerns. It’s important to remember that dietary options, such as vegan choices, will be significantly restricted.
  • If you adhere to strict dietary preferences, we recommend planning ahead by bringing an ample supply of substitute foods that are easily preservable, such as protein bars and nuts, sufficient for the entire two-week period. Keep in mind that refrigeration space is very limited.
  • Your help, communication, and preparedness will provide a smoother and more accommodating experience during the Kambo training. 
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