MATSES EXPEDITION 12 or 15 Days Long
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING
AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 +
DESTINATION: Matses Territory
LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú
ETHNIC GROUP CLASSIFIED AS: Sporadic Contacted
DURATION: 12 or 15 Days Long
MAIN ACTIVITY: Tribal Customs & Traditions Sharing
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Photography, Documentary, etc.
BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: All Year Round
BOOKING IN ADVANCE: 2 Required Months
LAST MINUTE BOOKING: Based On Availability
50% PAYMENT: Required To Secure Seats
PAYMENT METHODS: Credit Cards Or PayPal
50% REMAINING PAYMENT: Pay On Arrival
DEPARTURE FOR 12 DAYS TRIP: Fridays Only
DEPARTURE FOR 15 DAYS TRIP: Tuesdays and Fridays
MATSES EXPEDITION (12 or 15 DAYS LONG). All our expeditions of 12 days or more into the Matses territory, unlike those of fewer days, will simply allow the traveler to not only enjoy a quality time sharing customs and traditions with the members of the tribe, but will also give the traveler the adequate amount of time to explore a little more other parts of their territory. Taking into account the days in your favor, we'll use the last 2 to 3 days of these longer expeditions to undertake an interesting journey through its primary jungle, that will include a hike of approximately 50 kilometers. This will be the only one and very unique way to escape from this territory in order to connect to another way distant one, and by reaching this new Amazonian destination your exploration group will proceed to successfully complete your return back to the city of Iquitos. Once at this reaching point we'll be finalizing our journey through its major rivers and not by air. It is recommended to all participants planning to book one of these expeditions to be in good physical condition.
The MATSES or MAYORUNA are indigenous people of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon. The tribe's ancestral lands are currently being encroached by illegal logging practices and poaching. These homelands are located between the Javari and Galvez rivers. The Matsés have guarded their lands against both other indigenous tribes and outsider colonials. The approximately 3,200 Matsés people speak the Matsés language which belongs to the Panoan language family. In the last thirty years, they have become a largely settled people living mostly in permanent forest settlements. However, they still rely on hunting and gathering for most of their subsistence. Their main source of income comes from selling peccary hides and meat.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THIS EXPEDITION:
- BOOKING IN ADVANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (for collection of personal information, government permissions to protected areas, logistical arrangements, exploration team assignments, English Speaking Guides availability, etc.).
We recommend travelers to have FLEXIBLE AIRLINE TICKETS to and from Iquitos in case we experience delays with the hydroplanes due to weather conditions to/from the Matses Territory. These are situations that rarely happen, but it is always good to plan your stay in Iquitos intelligently that way we can achieve the execution of your expedition successfully.
Pack a backpack of 10 kilos maximum, excess weight will not be accepted in the hydroplane.
We strongly recommend every traveler to bring (1) personal 60 liter size backpack, (1) personal hydration system pack, and (1) personal inflatable sleeping mat for this expedition.
Let's keep in mind that AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS will provide an additional 5 kilos of gear approx. to each traveler (tactical tents, blankets, rubber boots, rain ponchos, machetes, and personal eating utensils).
Travelers will need to be in good physical condition, in order to conduct a 50 km hike during the last 2 days of the expedition.
Travelers who do not wish to or are not in good physical condition to carry out the 50 km of hike through the jungle the last 2 days of this expedition, will need to inform us when booking to modify the return modality by hydroplane. Travelers are responsible for coordinating this change in advance.
All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions at any time of the year. Main Rivers and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the guide’s discretion, this will not alter our motivation to make this trip the best as possible.
VISIT OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE TO HELP YOU PREPARE BEFORE YOUR EXPEDITION.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Airport Transportation | Airfare to Matses Territory | Fluvial Transportation | Government Permits to Tribal Territory | Economic Support to Villages | All Meals During Expedition | Purified Water | Survival Lead Guide | Survival Assistant Guides | Emergency First Aid Kit With Anti-Ophidic Serum | Exploratory Gear (Tactical Tents, Blankets, Rubber Boots, Rain Ponchos, Machetes and Personal Eating Utensils).
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from Iquitos | Personal Travel Insurance | Hotel in Iquitos.
EXPEDITION DETAILS: Due to the protocols currently imposed, AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS reserves the right to publicly expose entry routes to native Amazonian communities due to their vulnerability and protection, even more so if permissions from the Peruvian Government are required to enter these specifics indigenous destinations.
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