I came to Peru for the first time 2.5 years ago for 30 days.
My primary goal was to do ayahuasca. However, my most important criteria for that event was that I meet a truly great shaman in an organic way. That meant: no TripAdvisor, no internet. By day 25 of the trip, I was getting discouraged. But on day 26 I met Juanma, and I knew I was meant to do ayahuasca in Cusco, Peru with him as my guide.
As much as that experience changed my life, I was shocked to find myself back in Juanma's apartment 2.5 years later doing another ayahuasca ceremony with him. He also become my good friend.
There are many "shamans" in the Sacred Valley of Peru that charge $150 U.S. dollars a night or even much more. That is really exorbitant for Peru. I would almost say it's outrageous. There's a large part of me that feels you shouldn't see people like this no matter how "great" they are as "shaman." But I could be wrong. It's just how I personally feel.
Juanma charges much less than this and puts 150% of his soul into the ceremonies. And, man oh man, I did change. Both times.
He has had a huge and positive impact on my life and I am grateful.
If you come to Peru and would like to do a ceremony with him, he might be in Cusco, or he might be in his other home in the jungle. Most people would prefer to do a ceremony in the jungle where ayahuasca was born. I can't blame folks for that logic at all. However, it should be stated that it doesn't matter where you do ayahuasca. It's the WHO that really matters. That being said I would still like to do ayahuasca in the jungle at some point in my life.
Love and Luck from Peru,