AMPIYACU EXPEDITION 8D/7N
Destination: Bora and Witoto Territory "Amazon Rainforest"
Ethnic Group Classified as: "Sporadic Contacted"
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Main Activities of the Trip: Fauna & Flora Exploration/Sharing Tribes' Customs & Traditions
Other Events or Activities: Canoeing, Fishing, Photography, Documentary, etc.
Booking in Advanced: 20 Days Minimum
Last Minute Booking: Not Available For This Trip
Minimum Participants: 2 Participants
Reservation Payment Required: 50% Deposit to Secured Reservation
Remaining 50% Payment to Be Paid: Upon Arrival at Iquitos
Departure Days: Any Day of The Week
Terms and Conditions for this Particular Expedition:
The best recommended weight limit to bring is 7 kilos per participants, in order to easily perform medium to long hikes from one place to another.
Participants will need to be in good physical conditions, additional gear will be also issue to carry (personal tents, raincoats, rubber boots) 3 extra kilos.
Be aware this is an Expedition not a Tour, and it's required for everyone to carry their own equipment, excess weight will be the participants responsibility.
All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions any time of year. Rivers and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the Guide’s discretion.
Read OTHER IMPORTANT TIPS AND INSTRUCTIONS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR TRIP in the bottom of this page.
The Boras people are an indigenous tribe of the Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian Amazon, located between the Putumayo and Napo rivers. The Bora speak a Witotan language and comprise approximately 2,000 people. In the last forty years, they have become a largely settled people living mostly in permanent forest settlements. In the animist Bora worldview, there is no distinction between the physical and spiritual worlds and spirits are present throughout the world. Bora families practice exogamy. The Bora has an elaborate knowledge of the plant life of the surrounding rainforest. Like other indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, such as the Urarina plants, especially trees, hold a complex and important interest for the Bora.
The Bora have guarded their lands against both indigenous foes and outsider colonials. Around the time of the 20th century, the rubber boom had a devastating impact on the Boras. A book which recorded the mistreatment of the Boras during that time period is "The Putumayo; The Devil's Paradise" which was published in 1912 and written by W.E. Hardenburg. The tribe's ancestral lands are currently threatened by illegal logging practices. The Bora has no indigenous reserves.
The Witoto people were once composed of 100 villages or 31 tribes, but disease and conflict have reduced their numbers. At the early 20th century, Witoto population was 50,000. The rubber boom in the mid-20th century brought diseases and displacement to the Witotos, causing their numbers to plummet to 7,000–10,000.
Since the 1990s, cattle ranchers have invaded Witoto lands, depleted the soil, and polluted the waterways. In response to the incursions, some governments established several reservations for Witotos, one almost remote one is located at the Ampiyacu not to far from the Bora Indidenous tribe.
Witoto peoples practice swidden or slash-and-burn agriculture. To prevent depleting the land, they relocate their fields every few yields. Major crops include cacao, coca, maize, bitter and sweet manioc, bananas, mangoes, palms, peanuts, pineapples, plaintains, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, tobacco, and yams. Ethnobotanists have studied Witoto agriculture due to its efficiency and sustainability. Witoto men hunt with blowguns and shotguns.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR EXPEDITION:
04:00 am Departure from Iquitos River Port.
- Navigation crossing the Amazon River to Pevas Town in Speedboat (200 km or 124 mi).
- Arrival to Pevas Town
- Motorboat to the Bora Indigenous Community
- Overnight in Native Typical Houses of the Bora Community
- Meeting with the "Bora Tribe" in their typical houses called "Maloca" to share customs and traditions.
- Participate in typical dances from the tribe.
- Preparation and traditional use of "Coca Leave"
- Exploration In and Around the Community.
- Participate in elder narrations about their ancient customs and stories about escaping from slavery during the Rubber Boom.
- Overnight in typical village houses of their community, called "Malocas".
- Early Navigation on the Ampiyacu River escorted by a Bora Indigenous Guide.
- Visit to the last Tribal Community on the Ampiyacu River "Not Touristic One".
- Co-Existing with the Witoto Indigenous Tribe to share customs and traditions.
- Exploration in the Ampiyacu Apayacu Natural Reserve.
- Diurnal and Nocturnal Canoe Excursions.
- Exploration Excursions for Observation of Fauna and Flora.
- Learn how to Harvest Food from their Plantations "Chacras".
- Jungle Diurnal and Nocturnal Excursions.
- Bird Watching Explorations.
- Tracking and Spotting Animals (boas, anacondas, alligators,
frogs, tarantulas, scorpions, iguanas, hawks and other
birds, unique insects, monkeys, capybaras).
- Cayman Nocturnal Search (Catch and Release Activity will be Performed if Small Caimans are Found).
- Learning About Wild Medicinal Plants from the Jungle.
- Fishing for Firanhas and Other Species (Keep What you Catch!).
- Participate in Typical Dances from the Tribe.
- Basic Survival Techniques.
And much more…
- Motorboat Navigation Back to the Bora Community
- Overnight in Typical Houses of the Native Community
- Motorboat Back to Pevas Village
- River Navigation in return to Iquitos
15:00-16:00 Arrival to Iquitos river port, and transfer to the hotel/airport
(End of the Journey)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Airport Ground Transportation.
Access Permits to the Bora/Witoto Territory.
Hotel (First Night in City of Iquitos).
Accommodation in typical houses of the Bora/Witoto Tribe, Camping Tents or Mosquito Netting.
All Meals During the Expedition.
(1) Amazon Expeditioners Translator Guide (English / Spanish).
(1) Amazon Expeditioners Assistant Guide (Depending on Group Size).
(1) Bora Native Translator Guide.
(1) Bora Native Cook.
Emergency First Aid Kit.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
Personal Travel Insurance.
Airfare from and to Lima.