“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.“
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), IMPORTANT NOTICE:
RETREATS IN COLOMBIA & PERU
LATAM (www.latam.com) airlines announced on its Facebook page that intends to resume its international routes to Peru from 01 August 2020, subject to government approval. The Peruvian government, however, has deliberated that from the 15th of July 2020 only regional flights may resume, and there is no announcement yet on when the international borders will be reopen, except for the statement of Carlos Lozada, the Minister of Transport and Communications, who hinted at the fact that international borders will not open before the end of Phase 4 (September/beginning of October). As from 01 July Peru has now entered Phase 3.
With the above in mind, we do hope to be able to re-open our retreats in Peru sometimes between August (at the very earliest, in the best case scenario) and the beginning of October 2020 (at the latest).
STATE OF EMERGENCY & LATEST HEALTH PROTOCOL (PERU): The state of emergency in Peru has now been extended to 31 July 2020. The latest health protocol published by the regional Peruvian government with regard to the running of shamanic retreats in centres in the Iquitos area, requires for all staff to be tested for Covid-19 at the dedicated health unit (“Sector Salud”) of the Loreto Regional Hospital (“Hospital Regional de Loreto”, in Iquitos). The same provision will apply to guests, who will need to be screened before the start of their retreat. Guests and staff are required to wear a face mask during the retreat and maintain 2 metres social distance (guests may, however, take their mask off during the various ceremonies with plant teachers at night). Wearing a face mask in public areas is currently mandatory in Peru. At this point in history it is not known how the testing of guests will be carried out, whether on arrival of the international flight at Lima airport, upon arrival at Iquitos airport, or else, at the hospital in Iquitos.
STATE OF EMERGENCY (COLOMBIA): The Colombian government has extended the state of emergency to 31 August 2020, whilst the Regional government of Putumayo has hinted at the possibility that international travel may not resume for the whole of this year (rules may be relaxed in future, for domestic flights).
You may check the Andina official Peruvian national news website (in English and Spanish) and the Peruvian & Colombian government websites for most up-to-date info on the situation, at the links below:
ANDINA PERUVIAN NEWS AGENCY (English)
PERU (Spanish only)
COLOMBIA (Spanish only)
You may also want to check the website of the US Embassy in COLOMBIA (in English): https://co.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ and that of the US Embassy in PERU (in English): https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
for most up-to date info on the state of emergency in either country.
WHEN OUR RETREATS WILL RESUME?
Subject to the pandemic curve going down (which is actually happening in metropolitan Lima and in the Loreto department, where Iquitos belongs), to the state of emergency being called off, and to international and domestic routes to/from Iquitos operating again, we aim to resume our retreats in PERU sometime between August and the beginning of October 2020.
Given the current state of affairs, we also estimate that our retreats in COLOMBIA may not resume until at least September/October 2020.
We will closely monitor the evolution of the constantly unfolding and changing events, and will update and adjust our course of action accordingly, so please come back and check frequently our home page for any update/announcement.
RESCHEDULING YOUR RETREAT
If you have already booked your retreat with us (in Peru, or in Colombia) specifically for the months of July and August 2020, before the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, and won’t be able to travel according to your original schedule because of local, regional, national, or international travel/flight/immigration restrictions related to the pandemic (including flights been suspended, travel bans, curfew, and/or mandatory quarantine obligations), you may change your retreat dates with us free of charge, and we will automatically waive any rescheduling fees for the following months (until 31 January 2021). Please note that this offer won’t apply to previous bookings which had to be cancelled because of reasons unrelated to the Covid-19 outbreak.
DISTANT CONSULTATIONS WITH THE SHAMAN, ICAROS CDs & ICAROS DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
Distant consultations with the shaman – in both Peru and Colombia – are currently suspended, and we won’t be able to process and fulfil any order (including icaros CDs, and icaros digital downloads) until further notice.
We will be operating again once the state of emergency in Peru and/or Colombia (whichever is earlier) will be over, and it will be safe to run our retreats again. Our top priority during this challenging times will be to keep safe & healthy our team, families, clients and guests, as well as the local and indigenous communities we associate with. We do hope that after these exceptionally trying times, we may all “take time to be a butterfly” (to say it with )!
SHAMANIC PLANT DIETA PROGRAMMES in PERU: PDFs DOWNLOADS
You may in the meantime wish to download our shamanic dieta programmes (in the Peruvian Amazon) and may contact us via the contact form, to request to be notified by email once our retreats will resume.
To finish with a note of hope from Confucius, we may say that at the end of this all “THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD“! 🙂