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AMAZON SURVIVAL

 

 

 

 

Destination: Amazon Rainforest

Country and Region: Peru, Loreto

Arrival/Departure City: Iquitos

Airport: Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta 

Main Objective: To Acquire Wilderness Survival Skills and To Obtain a Nomadic Wilderness Living Experience of the Amazon

 

Type of Jungle Expedition: Survival 

Phases Involved: Preparation Phase, Training Phase and Isolation Phase

Levels of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging and Challenging to Strenuous

Additional Service Upon Request: Ayahuasca with Master Shaman

 

Availability: January - November

Early Booking: 1 Year Maximum

Last Minute Booking: 3 Weeks Minimum

Booking Deposit Amount Required: 50%

Booking Payment Method: Credit/Debit Cards

Remaining Balance Payment Method: Cash at Arrival

Departure Days: To Be Determined

 

AMAZON SURVIVAL EXPEDITION (STARTING FROM 10 TO 90 DAYS LONG) - Very independent of the duration requested in each survival expedition, It is essential to understand from the beginning, and mainly for general knowledge, that when a group of Amazonian indigenous people decides to isolate themselves from their families towards the depths of the jungle, on a hunting and fishing mission, and with the sole purpose of supplying themselves with food to maintain their subsistence in the short or long term, the first thing they do is go through an intense "Preparation Phase", which consists of cultivating the land, harvesting and a cyclical activity of replanting the previously harvested inputs, followed by the elaboration of them. It will be in this manufacturing process where very ancient knowledge will be used to convert them into long-lasting consumable products, grains, and carbohydrates suitable to withstand long trips, and at any temperature. It is through this same phase that each participant will engage and focus on a very well-selected number of traditional and essential activities. Taking this entire first phase of learning and practice very seriously will be vital, it will be a segment full of rich knowledge transmitted by many generations over time, and that has managed to keep many who have acquired it alive to this day. This important workshop full of knowledge that we will provide will undoubtedly allow us all to stay alive during prolonged isolation of any kind that may lie ahead. Without these previously prepared cereals and carbohydrates, our consumption of meats and fish obtained during our hunting and fishing trips would not be nutritionally complemented.

 

It is also important to emphasize that the amount of effort and dedication given during the group preparation of all our inputs, will be reflected in the results of the rations obtained at the very end, and what was produced by our own bare hands will be carried on our own shoulders until our expedition ends.

 

Finally, this first Survival Phase will culminate with the identification, harvesting, preparation, and application of some of the most essential and easy-to-access medicinal plants of common use in the Amazon Region, to show participants how locals can potentially put together an interesting and fundamental basic native first aid kit all obtained from mother nature. Now, the performance of certain shamanic rituals to obtain personal protection, both physical and spiritual for each individual before entering the depths of the jungle will be optional. These rituals or ceremonies vary according to the beliefs of each Amazonian ethnic group. All this is of great importance for locals before immersing themselves in a journey that can lead to fatal outcomes without prior and good preparation.

 

Typically, this first phase could last up to a week or even longer depending on the effort of participants. For short survival expeditions, we will only demonstrate the most basic and essential ones to expedite the process. Obviously, the longer the expedition, the more extensive this first phase will have to be.

 

The second phase of our Survival Expedition is called the "Training Phase", here the focus will be on the construction of different primitive weapons, artifacts, and utensils with materials obtained from the jungle. The learning of construction and training with local weapons, as well as learning to build different artifacts to trap animals, and practice with them,  the making process how to elaborate eating/cooking utensils, and finally learning how to obtain fire until we get a good foundation to take with us and move on to our next phase.

 

Finally, our last phase, the “Isolation Phase”, where the most anticipated begins, the part for which we have all been preparing for, and training for. The moment of truth where we will shoulder all our provisions, weapons, gear, etc, together with what we have learned to begin the disconnection of a lifetime, and with the sole purpose of staying alive, by hunting, fishing, and crossing the primary pristine jungle of the Amazon rainforest enjoying its endless beauty and complexity.

 

How long?.... Again, it will depend on many factors such as; the number of days of the requestor (10 Days or More), weather conditions, water levels of (main rivers, tributaries, streams, creeks, swamps),  the mental and physical capabilities of each participant, teamwork, etc. This is why we advertise all our adventures, crossings, and training events as EXPEDITIONS and NOT TOURS. 

 

The rough outlines we provide for complex natural environments such as the Amazon Rainforest cannot simply be assigned with a detailed itinerary as for Conventional type Tours offered in  Zoos or Amusement Parks. The best thing we can do is list all the most realistic, existing, and available jungle activities/events that we have and can carry out during our expeditions, then focus on the most essential and required ones, always considering our availability of time.


WE WANT EVERY VISITOR TO HAVE SOMETHING VERY CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING. THAT, IN NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, WE ARE, NOR WILL WE SEEK TO COMPETE, COMPARE, MINIMIZE, OR MAKE OURSELVES FEEL SUPERIOR IN ANY GENERAL SURVIVAL KNOWLEDGE. OUR ONLY PURPOSE IS TO SHOW THOSE WHO DECIDE TO JOIN US, HOW A GENUINE INDIGENOUS AMAZONIAN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP SURVIVES IN ITS HABITAT USING ONLY WHAT IS AVAILABLE AROUND, NOTHING ELSE, AND NOTHING MORE. THEREFORE, WE ARE NOT A CERTIFYING OFFICIAL SURVIVAL SCHOOL THAT WAS AT NO TIME OR POINT IN LIFE CERTIFIED BY ANYONE CLAIMING TO BE OF HIGHER EDUCATIONAL OFFICIAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY, BUT BY OUR OWN LOCAL AND ANCESTRAL LIFESTYLE CARRIED FROM GENERATIONS.

ROUGH INTRO OF WHAT TO EXPECT DURING ISOLATION PHASE: ​

  • Expect complete jungle isolation without contact with the outside world.

  • Uncomfortable nights in the middle of the Amazon.

  • Hikes through the unexplored Amazon jungle territories.

  • Physical and mental stress.

  • Challenges and unexpected encounters.

  • Survival in complete isolation with just nature as our own and unique companion.

  • Hikes and many other activities with inclement weather and on different difficult jungle terrain.

  • Crossing of rivers, streams, and swamps.

  • Continue hiking when navigation by water is not possible.

  • Build floating devices when hiking is not possible (logs, canoes, and rafts).

  • Hike for several hours, days, and weeks to achieve destinations.

  • Build your own animal traps to catch food.

  • Fix your own primitive strings and hooks to fish.

  • Hunt what's necessary for your own survival.

  • Find your own drinkable water from natural sources (vines, underground, etc.)

  • Find the best wood to build a fire when needed.

  • Find the best tree barks to make strong natural rope for multiple purposes.

  • Build your own primitive shelters at ground and tree level.

  • Identify animal footprints and tracks.

  • Fix and cook what you catch after every fishing and hunting event.

  • Use all the natural resources the best you can to your own advantage.

  • Nomadic overnight stays in different parts of the jungle during your entire expedition.

 WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Transportation.

  • Hotel/hostel search assistance upon arrival to Iquitos (if needed).

  • Fluvial transportation service to/from remote destinations (speed and slow boats).

  • Entry permits to indigenous territories.

  • Economic support to villages nearby.

  • First Responders Wilderness Kit for Emergencies with Antivenom Serums.

  • Satellite/GPS Communication Devices with 24/7 SOS Coverage and Live Locators.

  • Daily meals will be based on national Peruvian food and traditional Amazonian food.

  • Filtered water.

  • Translator (English-Spanish).

  • Native Indigenous Guides and Translators (Spanish-Any Local Indigenous Language).

  • Amazon Survival Certificate of Completion.

  • Gear (mosquito net, sleeping mat, blanket,,and machete).

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos.

  • Personal Travel Insurance.

  • Hotel/hostel in Iquitos.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Booking in Advance is Highly Recommended; for the collection of personal information, request authorization of entry to indigenous territories at all levels (national, regional, and communal authorities), logistic preparation, personnel assignment, etc.

  • Arrival and Departure Recommendation to and from Iquitos; 1 day before and 1 day after your trip.

  • Rucksack Size and Weight Recommendations; 45-55 liters (10 kilos approx.).

  • For Packing List Recommendations; visit our What to Pack page.

  • Be in Decent Physical Condition; as you will be responsible to carry your own equipment at all times.

  • In case of Ayahuasca Master Shamans are Requested; Travelers are highly advised to visit our next link "Master Plants Diet Info".

  • For Additional Information; visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • For Other Questions/Concerns or to Proceed with your Reservation; contact us via WhatsApp. at +51 999 116 499.

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