Wellness breaks in the Peruvian Amazon: Healing retreats and soul vacations found in the world's most biodiverse rainforest

Wellness breaks in the Peruvian Amazon: Healing retreats and soul vacations found in the world's most biodiverse rainforest

The secrets within

Text: Amelia Chia

Here's a thought for your next soul vacation: the Peruvian Amazon, which has long been touted as one of the world's most incredible places to visit, is also home to a number of brilliant wellness breaks. From spa treatments that employ naturally healing plants, to learning about the medicinal properties of nature, the secrets within the Amazon are worth the mammoth trip. Add to that a spectacular range of wildlife and forest adventures, and the world's most biodiverse rainforest is a vacation like no other. Below, the best holistic wellness breaks deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon that will uplift your mind, body, and spirit.

The Posada Amazonas jungle lodge

Stay at a jungle lodge and imbibe the Ese Eja concept of wellness

Check in at Posada Amazonas, a jungle lodge within the pristine Amazon, and meet the Ese Eja Native Community of Infierno — an indigenous group of Peru whose ancestral land is located in the Tambopata River within the region of Madre de Dios. There's nothing more intriguing than spending the day with them. They are believed to be one of the last foraging Amazon tribes in the world, so when it comes to health and wellness, they believe that sourcing local plants simultaneously fulfil multiple roles — pharmacodynamic, medical, social, cultural and symbolic. Watch and learn from the community, as they go about their day and use over 190 plant species for the treatment of diverse ailments, promoting the development of healthy babies, and managing fertility, to name a few.

Get a spa treatment which utilises forest herbs for optimum health and wellness benefits

For many, bliss begins at a spa. Every single lodge at Rainforest Expeditions have spas with treatments such as the "Intense Jungle Massage" and "Bioenergetic Massage", which employs naturally healing plants for optimum health benefits. For example, the Camu Camu oil is used regularly for its rich antioxidant properties and high doses of Vitamin C. It is believed that 100 grams of Camu Camu contains as much Vitamin C from 40 oranges. Another plant commonly used in treatments is the local Matico leaf. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, the leaf is heated up before being placed on the body during massage to help calm the muscles and revitalise the physical self. You'll walk out a new person.

A spa in the Amazon rainforest

Try forest bathing in the Amazon

Being in nature bridges the gap between the human self and the natural world. Shinrin-yokuor — or what is now commonly known as forest bathing — is that bridge to better health and wellness. The health benefits of connecting with nature through our five senses have been shown to have numerous metabolic and cardiovascular benefits. As such, making the trip to spend time in the Amazon forest is as much vital to one's overall state of well-being, as taking the time to indulge in physical therapies that benefit the body.

Learn the art of an Amazon shaman

Shamans are people who produce traditional medicines from rainforest plants, and have been using their ancient methods for generations to heal patients who prefer natural options to modern medicine. You're encouraged to take a rare visit to a Ese Eja community clinic, where a guide will take guests on a Centro Ñape Ethnobotanical Walk, and visit the garden to discover its plants and their incredible healing powers. Expand your mind and learn about the positive effects and medicinal properties of Sanipanga and Uña de Gato's root bark. This experience will inspire one to look toward the healing power of nature, and experiment with solutions from their own backyard.

Learn about the medicinal properties of Sanipanga

For more information, visit Rainforest Expeditions.