Motelo Ananda is a small lodge, in the middle of the deepest Amazon rainforest in Peru. It comprises approximately 33 hectares of original rainforest. The small town with about 6000 inhabitants is located in the Amazon basin, 50 km upstream from Iquitos. There are no roads leading to this area, only waterways connect the settlements. There is a national airport in Iquitos, wirer you normally arrive.
Approximately 100 km upstream from Tamhshiyacu, is Nauta, is the origin of the Amazon – where Rio Maranon and Rio Ucayali form the great Amazon River. He will gain much strength until he then flows into the sea in Brazil. Tamushiyacu is the capital of the district of Maynas with 6000 inhabitants.
Every day it grows by immigrant families who mostly seek work and school education. There are elementary and secondary schools, a simple hospital, many bars and small shops. The market is also here.
The camp buys fresh produce if no fishing is done. From Tamshiyacu it is 6 km to the village. There are mototaxis on simple, unpaved clay roads.
The camp is basically laid out on two levels. Boardwalks combine the simple, palm-leafed lodgings. In the upper area there are accommodations, toilets and temples – in the lower area the communal facilities, accommodation, bathing pond and kitchen. Around the houses numerous medicines and food are grown.
One is protected for 24 hours and yet has only leaves between him and the sky and the earth. Nature is also represented by our animals, who take care of the camp – each in their own way.
Adhering to the natural rhythm of nature reorganizes the inner life. The prices include logistics.
The accommodations are simple and always clean. The beds are equipped with foam mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets. Each house has its own mosquito protection. There is a desk and a chair, a rocking chair, and if you wish, there is also a hammock. There is a night pot for the nocturnal emergency.
The support is individual and personal. Almost everything in the camp happens through the human hand – it’s a simple, workmanlike life. The laundry is washed by hand, the food is cooked on a coal fire.
The food comes from the market or from our own farm. Bathed is done in the bathing pond. Life in Motelo Ananda runs smoothly as long as everyone makes their contribution – gives the community what they are good at. Living and experiencing – for visitors is a central concern of Motelo Ananda.
Food & Drink in Motelo Ananda
In Motelo Ananda, two streams meet-the one stream comes from the west, deep out of the forest. From him Motelo Ananda receives the drinking water. The other stream comes from the east, it is used for bathing and washing.
The water of the jungle runs through sandbanks, layers of clay-carrying leaves and branches. This makes it particularly vital and salutary, because it has immediately absorbed the essence of the forest.
In our diet, we mainly use products from our own cultivation. From the field directly to the table-fish and meat are natural components of Peruvian cuisine. We buy them directly from the hunter or on the market. Motelo Ananda maintains a tremendous arsenal of medicinal and crops.
Herbs and medicinal plants are used for supplementation. Noni, turmeric, coriander, mint, basil, mallow, lemongrass, garlic, onion, banana, cocona – known and unknown plants. There is nothing that is not a cure, since all foods have an enormous wealth of vital substances due to biodiversity.
The Guardians of Motelo Ananda
As a naturopath, I came to the Amazon in 2009 to study the medicine of Amazonia. Francisco has taught me a lot about the forest in 9 years. I learned even more from the plants themselves, the mother ayahuasca and the rainforest. I had never thought that these experiences would grab me like this – I like to share my experiences with you.
I am accompanying visitors from all over the world in their process – to find their right healer and so on – I am helping them to integrate the experiences of her newfound naturalness into their lives.
You fly to Lima first and then get on another plane to Iquitos. There you will be picked up by us at the airport. Either we spend another night in Iquitos or we drive straight on to the camp.
In Iquitos we usually stay at Hostal Colibri – with proximity to the boulevard. It allows visitors from other countries to slowly glide into the local reality and acclimatize. There are restaurants and bars, souvenirs and internet – everything Europeans need.
At the port of Laos, the ship goes to Tamshiaycu – we take a speedboat ride 50 km upstream for about 1 hour. If you have put on your rubber boots and changed your money, we will continue into the camp with a “motobar” over the clay roads. From the road there is still a 10 minute walk to the camp.
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