Visionary Medicine2019-05-20T15:01:06-05:00


Ayahuasca shamanism has been practiced in the western Amazon region for thousands of years. These practices have been passed down through tribal lineages and blood lines for at least this length of time. The shamans of tribes and villages are in part medical doctor, healer, as well as the keeper of knowledge. It is this knowledge that awards them the status, rights, and responsibility of their practice.

The Blue Morpho jungle lodge was purpose built for you to experience sacred plant retreats and shamanic plant dietas in an authentic setting.
Located near the Itaya River in the Peruvian Amazon, you are surrounded by lush, vibrant rainforest on 180 acres of private reserve in breathtaking settings.

At Blue Morpho, we are very open to sharing knowledge of the shamanic arts.

Ayahuasca Vine

Nicotiana Rustica


Sacred plants are used to address all kinds of ailments including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual forms of sickness. They are also used to rebalance disharmonious patterns within you and in your life in order to bring you to a state of balance and harmony. The purge and cleansing that occur during the ceremony are part of this process.

The result of these shifts open the space for not only healing but transformation and learning. As you release more and more of the energies that create blockages in your life, you become more and more open to direct realizations, knowledge and wisdom. Plant medicine can also be a wonderful aid for connecting to the mystical world and expanding your consciousness. It helps you learn how to live in a balanced state with everything around you.



Maestro Alberto

Plant medicine has been shown to be very effective at transcending limitations of culture, background, ethnicity, religious and social upbringing. The lessons learned and transformation that occurs extends far beyond the immediacy of the experience. Responsible usage under the guidance of trained medicine men & women is very important in order to have a safe and positive outcome. At Blue Morpho, we take your safety and our commitment to medicine very seriously; it is a hallmark of our longstanding history and integrity of shamanic practice.

Chacruna Leaves

Cooking at Blue Morpho

Ayahuasca Bark

Ayahuasca tea is made from a combination of two plants: the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and chacruna (Psychotria viridis). Along with other admixture plants they are added to large pots and cooked over an open fire for 8+ hours. In Don Alberto’s lineage he describes the ayahuasca vine as the power source and the chacruna as the light. In Western terminology, the chacruna contains DMT and the ayahuasca vine contains an MAOI inhibitor, the combination of which allows the DMT to be orally processed. It is the uncanny combination of these two plants that forms the basis for all ayahuasca practice in the Amazon region.

Many traditional shamans and lineages have unique elements of practice that make their lineage distinct from other lineages. This is true of Don Alberto’s lineage. These distinctions include what plants are used, how the medicines are prepared, how knowledge is applied and what schools of thought are maintained. Maestro Alberto is an ayahuasquero and palero, meaning that he specializes in the use of ayahuasca in conjunction with the shamanic trees of the region. This affects the preparation method of the ayahuasca as well as how it is experienced.

Aya Preparation



A traditional ayahuasquero may only use a few ingredients when making their ayahuasca, including: the ayahuasca vine, leaves of chacruna or chalipangi, and mapacho (jungle tobacco). An ayahuasquero palero may use well over 15 different ingredients. At Blue Morpho, we prepare ayahuasca using ingredients specific to each group of guests, as agreed upon by the shaman and the medicine spirits.

The barks of the medicinal trees and roots are added to the ayahuasca brew, bringing a practical and powerful diversity to the overall experience. The trees help to structure and support the ceremonies, each offering a specific form of medicine and energy that affects the movement and expression of the ceremonial experience in different ways. This variety of plants enables the shamans to work with a greater number of medicine spirits, increasing their capacity and shamanic abilities.


  1. Ayahuasca vine  (Banisteriopsis caapi)
    Vine of the soul or spirit. This is the principal ingredient in ayahuasca. It provides the power and strength in the ceremony.
  2. Chacruna leaves  (Psychotria viridis)
    This is the second principal ingredient in ayahuasca. It provides vision.
  3. Ayahuma bark  (Couroupita guianensis)
    Dead Head Tree. Provides protection and is used in healing susto (soul loss from spiritual fright or trauma). Head spirit is a headless giant.
  4. Capirona bark  (Calycophyllum spruceanum)
    Provides cleansing and protection. It is noted for its smooth bark, white flowers, and hard wood. Head spirits look Caucasian.
  5. Chullachaki Caspi bark  (Byrsonima christianeae)
    Provides cleansing to the physical body. Used to transcend physical body ailments. Head spirits look Caucasian.
  6. Lupuna Blanca bark  (Ceiba pentandra)
    Provides protection. Head spirits take the form of giants.
  7. Punga Amarilla bark
    Yellow Punga. Provides protection. Used to pull or draw out negative spirits or energies. Head spirit is the yellow anaconda.
  8. Remo Caspi bark  (Aspidosperma excelsum)
    Oar Tree. Used to move dense or dark energies. Head spirit is a native warrior.
  9. Wyra (huaira) Caspi bark  (Cedrelinga caeniformis)
    Air Tree. Used to create purging, transcend gastro/intestinal ailments, calm the mind, and bring tranquility. Head spirit looks African.
  10. Uchu Sanango  (Tabernaemontana sanango)
    Head of the sanango plants. Provides power, strength, and protection. Head doctor spirit is a grandfather with a long, gray-white beard.
  11. Shiwawaku bark  (Dipteryx odorata)
    Brings purple medicine to the ceremony. Provides healing and protection.
  12. Camu camu Gigante  (Myrciaria dubia)
    Head spirit comes in the form of a large dark skinned giant. He provides medicine and protection in the form of warding off dark and demonic spirits.
  13. Tamamuri  (Brosimum acutifolium)  Head spirit looks like an old Asian warrior with a long white wispy beard. He carries a staff and manages thousands of spirits to protect the ceremony and send away energies that are purges from the participants.
  14. Huacapurana  (Campsiandra angustifolia) Giant tree of the amazon with very hard bark. Its head spirits come in the form of Amazonian giants and provide a strong grounding presence in the ceremony.
Note: Very little official scientific research has been conducted with many of these plants. The above botanical data is from traditional shamanic practices and not from western based studies.

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