Ayahuasca is an Amazonia drink that many Peruvian and foreign tourists seek by coming to Cusco. They hope to take it and experience its connection with personal conscience.
The brew is well known by Amazonian and Andean healers. In our city there is a great variety of agencies that offer mystical tourism. They carry out ceremonies with shamans who work with beverages made from master plants such as wachuma (San Pedro) ayahuasca, brugmansia, and the te mascal.
To have an experience with these plants, before anything else, you must be prepared physically and mentally. It is recommended that before taking them your stomach much be cleansed. For two or three days beforehand you should not have ingested any meat since it takes its time being digested by your body. Mentally, you should be well emotionally. You should not be thinking of past nor future problems. Instead you should have your mind set on the experience you are about to live. Another recommendation is that whenever you take ayahuasca or San Pedro you need to be in a place that transmits peace and tranquility whether it is a special prepared room or in the open air. You should also always do it with a guide or a papacho as we call them, who is well experienced.
The agencies specialized in mystical tourism offer ceremonies under the supervision of healers and doctors just in case a problem arises among those who take the plants.
Sometimes, people who are about to undergo the experience do not realize they have personal, medical difficulties. This tends to be the cause of problems, including deaths, for which one must be prepared. One should not just take the drink made from these plants as a passing thing. Instead, they should be treated with much respect for them and for the pachamama, the mother earth.
This last Saturday, a tragedy took place after an ayahuasca ceremony in the locale of Taray, Pisac. A Filipino tourist, Ernest Villaroman, died. Media relate that he was 33 and took ayahuasca in the Ayahuasca consultation rooms of Etnicas. It is reported this agency belongs to Mrs. Rosa Rojas Nunta.
The tourist was treated by emergency personnel but arrived without life at the Taray Centro de Salud. His body has been taken to the central morgue of Cuzco where investigations are being carried out. ‘