The Hummingbird is a private healing center owned and run by Jim Davis & his Peruvian wife Gina. The center has a live in shaman maestro Don Fernando Laiche. Our cook is excellent, and many people say the food is one of the best parts of the Hummingbird.
Jim Davis comes from Seattle, Washington in the USA. He has had an interesting and eclectic life working at various occupations including commercial fisherman in the Bering Sea, chemist, then software engineer. His study of religion and spirituality eventually bought him to South America where he has experienced a variety of plant medicines. He has participated in over 300 ceremonies with 30 different shamans in Ecuador and Peru, and is currently training to be an ayahyasquero. Being on the other side of a life-long struggle with depression and alcoholism, his compassion and understanding of human nature has greatly helped many clients who come to the Hummingbird in search of relief from depression, or simply a reprieve from their busy western lives. Those interested in how ayahuasca can help with depression may want to read his article Ayahuasca as a Cure for Depression .
Gina Mosquera Davis is a native of Iquitos and delights in ensuring our guests have what they need to enjoy their stay, and her warm and loving presence is appreciated by all. Gina has a rich knowledge of medicinal plants and frequently acts as the house nurse, using her knowledge of plants to help people with a variety health issues.
Maestro Fernando Laiche first drank ayahuasca in Pucalpa at age 14 and decided to learn the healing tradition with the Shipibo tribe when he was 15. He has learned from the healers of several different tribes and brings the experience of over 35 years of healing to the Hummingbird Center. Fernando is a gentle soul with a deep belief in God that shows clearly in his healing practice.
Wilson our Driver Wilson is our driver. For those on Personal Healing Retreats, he will pick you up outside of the airport as you leave baggage claim and bring you directly to the center.
The ayahuasca we use is among the best you will find. We proudly serve ayahuasca cooked by Ron Wheelock, the "Gringo Shaman" of Iquitos. After trying the medicine of over 15 different ayahuasqueros, we have found Ron's medicine to be consistently stronger, easier to drink, and offering a 'sweeter' journey than any others. Nobody drinks this medicine and says it was not strong enough. Instead, people frequently state it was the strongest medicine they have ever had, and often request a smaller dose their second or third ceremony. Ron apprenticed with Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez and Don Jose Coral Mori, the teacher of Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna, and has been a practicing ayahuasquero in Iquitos for over 13 years. He is the only gringo ayahuasquero in the Iquitos area that works alone, without the assistance of his teacher.