Ricardo Amaringo is a Shipibo shaman based out of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. This Shipibo spiritual center is set in the jungle about 90 minutes outside of the city of Iquitos, Peru. I made it to this place after traveling around the Ecuadorian coast and the beautiful Cajas National Park. After relaxing in Montañita and dipping into the hot springs of Baños de Cuenca, I took a 24 hour bus ride down the northern Peruvian coast to the giant capital city of Peru—Lima. After taking less than a day's worth of rest from bus life, I immediately hopped back on a bus for another 24 hours to the perfectly placed high stoned city of Cusco. Cusco was enchanting and magnificent from an architectural, culinary, cultural, historical and Mother Nature point of view. After exploring the city for a few days I coordinated a five-day expedition to Machu Picchu, trekking through the much lesser traveled Salkantay Mountain. Hoards of crunched up groups of people take up the Inca Trail every day, but the Salkantay trek is a liberatingly expansive and much less crowded trek up the backside of the Salkantay Mountain towards the sacred Incan city. This beautiful alternative route is so quiet at times you can hear the notorious goblins howling at night.