Frequently Asked Questions
What travel documents do I need?
All travelers need a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Most visitors do not need a visa, but please check with your country of origin for the most up to date visa information. Please make a copy of your passport, in case it gets lost.
Do I need to get any shots to travel to Ecuador?
No immunizations are required, though some travelers choose to get them. We recommend that you consult with your doctor to make this decision.
How will I get to the hotel from the Quito Airport?
Our designated drivers will pick you up at the Quito airport. Look for them holding Andes Summit signs. You will also be returned to the airport at the end of the Summit. These services are included in the price of the conference.
What is the national currency in Ecuador?
The national currency in Ecuador is US dollars. Although there are ATMs in cities in Ecuador, they are not always accessible. Please bring cash, mostly in the form of smaller bills.
How much cash should I bring?
It’s up to you. Bring enough money to shop for souvenirs and gifts in the markets. It is a nice way to support the local artisans. The conference price includes one healing session. If you decide to have an additional healing and plant medicine ceremonies, the extra cost is $100 per shaman/ceremony. You can also charge this fee to PayPal or your credit card on our website at www.theandessummit.com.
Credit cards usually are accepted in larger stores and restaurants. Some businesses might also add a surcharge for using a credit card. Also, check with your bank to see if they add additional fees. Note: this is not the case with most U.S. credit cards because the transactions in Ecuador are in U.S. Dollars.
What should I bring?
Pack a variety of clothing so you can dress in layers for the changing temperatures. Bring white ceremonial clothing. Also, take comfortable clothing for morning sunrise movement exercises or to use for the gym.
Bring sneakers, sandals, and hiking shoes.
Take a small backpack for daily use, reusable water bottle, camera, flashlight, bug repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, raincoat, windbreaker, light scarf/gloves, bathing suit, a writing journal. Your medications, altitude sickness remedies, and toiletries. An extra duffle bag to take your souvenirs back home, or you can buy one in the market.
Should I bring gifts for the shamans?
Yes. Traditionally, it is customary to honor the shaman with a gift of food or sacred objects. You can bring loose tobacco, cigarettes, Aqua Florida, sage bundles, small crystals, dark chocolate, sweets for the family or anything you please. One or two gifts are enough to honor each of the shamans.
How do I dress for healings with the shamans?
Cleansing ceremonies are often performed using the blowing of sugar cane rum alcohol, fire, and smoke, also the administration of oils, eggs, stones, flowers and other sacred natural elements. Hence, traditionally no clothing or very minimal dressing is recommended (underwear/shorts, bathing suit), as it allows the skin to absorb the healing essences better and to discharge negative energies. However, you can decide to dress according to your level of comfort. Either way, please wear comfortable and loose clothing.
If I choose to participate in plant medicine ceremonies, is there a protocol I should be following before the ceremony?
If you are on mood altering medications, you must take a break at least two weeks before the conference. It is also recommended that you eliminate or reduce your consumption of caffeine, red meats, and spicy foods in the two weeks leading up to your departure.
Do I need to participate in all the Summit events?
No. Honor your Body, Mind and Spirit. You can choose which events to participate in, or take a healing R&R time for yourself.
Do I need to sign a release form?
Upon registration, you will be asked to agree with and approve the terms of The Andes Summit.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
If you must cancel your participation in The Andes Summit, the rebate will be as follows (start date of June 16, 2018):
- Up to April 16th - 50% return - Less $240 Processing Fee
- Up to May 16th, 25% return - Less $240 Processing Fee
- No refund after May 16th
- All cancellation needs to be made in writing by May 16th, 2018
Is there Internet access in the hotel?
Yes. Hacienda Hosteria Chorlavi has free WIFI access.
Will my cell phone work in Ecuador?
Ecuador has excellent cellular services. Check with your carrier to get their international rates.
Do I need adapters to plug in my electronic devices?
If you are traveling from the United States, you do not need adapters. Ecuador uses the same outlets as in the U.S.
What weather conditions can I expect?
June is a cool month in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, with daytime temperatures ranging from the middle 60’s to the middle 70’s Fahrenheit. Overnight temperatures can be in the 40-degree range. Pack accordingly. The following link is helpful: http://www.weather-forecast.com/maps/Ecuador
How can I become more familiar with Shamanic practices and learn more about the participating shamans and the traditions in Ecuador?
Here are several book suggestions that will familiarize you with many of the Shamans you will be meeting, as well as with their practices, and the sacred volcanoes of Ecuador.
- The Gift of Shamanism: Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms – By Itzhak Beery
- Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for the Modern World – By Itzhak Beery
- The World is as You Dream It: Teachings from the Amazon and Andes – By John Perkins
- Shapeshifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation – By John Perkins
- Shaman, M.D.: A Plastic Surgeon’s Remarkable Journey into the World of Shapeshifting – By Eve Bruce, M.D.