Don Marcial

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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Marcial Nunta Maynas
Ayahuasca, Shipibo Curandero, Plant dieta
Main Countries of Activity: 
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Pucallpa, Peru
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
Sep, 2015
Other Related Gurus: 
His teacher and master - his late grandfather


Don Marcial was a uniquely experienced and potent Shipibo curandero (healer) from the area of Pucallpa in eastern Peru. Pucallpa is located on the banks of the Ucayali River, a major tributary of the Amazon River.

Part of the rare uniqueness of Don Marcial was that he masters different branches of curandero medicine, he is ayahuasquero, vegetalista, palista and more.

He was taught the art of healing by his grandfather who was also a prominent cuarndero in the Shipibo tradition. Don Marcial dieted 105 different jungle plants during his life, having his first diet at the age of 12.

Despite his powers and abilities, he was a very modest and easy going person.

He spoke Spanish, his own Shipibo language, plus three other indigenous languages.

Don Marcial conducted Ayahuasca ceremonies and provideed medicine plant diets.

In 2013, a controversy arose over a report of a woman who claimed improper acts made by Don Marcial. Though the claims were never verfied, some of his followers left him.

Don Marcial was shot dead by a gunman in a street in Pucallpa in September 2015.


Very little verbal teaching is necessary when embarking on the path of Ayahuasca and the plant spirits. All the teaching is provided by the Ayahuasca and the other plant spirits during the ceremonies and the diets.



Don Marcial's guest center
San Jose, KM 26, , Peru
26 km from Pucallpa
+51-61-788754 (house), +51 61784420 (house2), +51-943-102733 (mobile Marcial), +51 983 963 891 (mobile)

To get to km26, go to the junction of Jr Libertad and Ucayali in Pucallpa, near the old cinema, a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas, then walk down Ucayali one or two blocks and you'll find collectivo taxis that go to km34 and stop obn their way in km26 (S/3-4 a seat). Ask to be dropped off at the 'first entrance' (primer entrada) of km26.

At km26, the village is very small, just two main streets joined in a loop, so it is not hard to find the house by asking. Some of the km26 taxi drivers know the house and will drop you off. See also the attached map of km26.

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