MATSES EXPEDITION 13D/12N

  (2021 GROUP RATES AVAILABLE NOW UPON REQUEST)  

 

 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: HARD

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 +

 

DESTINATION: Matses Territory

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú

ETHNIC GROUP CLASSIFIED AS: Sporadic Contacted

DURATION: 13 Days, 12 Nights
MAIN ACTIVITY: Tribal Customs & Traditions Sharing

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Photography, Documentary, etc.

 

BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: All Year Round

BOOKING IN ADVANCED: 2 Required Months

LAST MINUTE BOOKING: Not Available For This Trip

50% PAYMENT: Required To Secure Seats

PAYMENT METHODS: Credit Cards Or PayPal

50% REMAINING PAYMENT: Pay On Arrival

DEPARTURE DAYS: Thursdays Only

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 TIPS ABOUT YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • BOOKING IN ADVANCED IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (for collection of personal information, government access permits to protected areas, transportation arrangements, exploration team assignments, English Speaking Guides availability, and all logistics support needed).

  • We recommend travelers to have FLEXIBLE AIRPLANE TICKETS to and from Iquitos in case we experience delays with the hydroplanes due to weather conditions to/from the Angamos Town, this is only in situations that very rarely happen, it is better to plan intelligently to be able to execute this expedition successfully.

  • Participants' exploratory backpacks weight limit is 10 kilos max, excess weight will not be accepted by the pilot.

  • Aircraft fees for additional gear added to all participants exploratory backpacks of 5 kilos approx (jungle boots, raincoats, mats, blankets and tents) will be handle under AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS responsibilities.

  • Participants will need to be in good physical condition, to conduct a 50 km hike to Requena Town during the last 2 days of the expedition.

  • Participants who do not wish or are not in good physical condition to carry out the 50 km of trekking through the jungle the last 2 days of this expedition, need to inform us before booking, to modify the return arrangements also by hydroplane. Participants 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.

  • PLEASE VISIT OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE FOR OTHER IMPORTANT TIPS AND INSTRUCTIONS TO BEST PREPARE YOU BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE EXECUTION OF YOUR TRIP.

  

PROGRAM DETAILS:

 

🟫 DAY 0

  • Transportation from Iquitos Airport to Hotel.

🟫 DAY 1 (DEPARTURE)

  • 05:00 Transportation pickup from hotel to the AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS office.

  • Trip brief, adjustment of gear, and breakfast at the office.

  • 06:00 Transportation departure to the Air Force Flight Line.

  • Aircraft departure to Angamos from 07:00 - 09:00 am, town located on the Peru-Brazil border.

  • Meeting with our Matses exploratory team.

  • Organization of supplies and final logistical need before our river navigation.

  • Overnight in Angamos town.

🟫 DAY 2 

  • 07:30 Our adventure begins in route to the Isolated Matsés Territory.

  • Navigation across Galvez River.

  • Wildlife observation along the way. 

  • 16:30 -17:00 Arrival to first welcoming Matses Village for dinner and overnight.

 

 

🟫 DAY 3 - 8

  • Navigation across Galvez and Loboyacu River.

  • Visit to meet with a typical indigenous family who live in traditional houses called (Maloca).

  • Participate in elder narrations about their ancient stories.

  • Live the once in a lifetime experience with the "Feline or Jaguar Tribe" sharing their daily

       customs and traditions in their own territory beyond from civilization. 

  • Canoe trips day/night excursions.

  • Trips to visit "Collpas" derived from Quechua, which means salt land.

  • There are many places in this jungle territory with this characteristic on the banks and cliffs of the rivers. All kinds of animals flock to these places to lick the earth, these places contain calcium, sodium and mineral salts that complement nutrition and reduce the toxic effects of alkaloids contained in leaves, fruits, and seeds that animals consume. The "Collpas" will give participants a magnificent opportunity to watch parades, birds, and mammals at different times, different species of parrots, wild boars, tapirs, armadillos, monkeys, etc.

  • Learn how to harvest food from their plantations and crops"Chacras".

  • Jungle day/night excursions..

  • Bird Watching Explorations.

  • Cayman search to perform a catch and release activity.

  • Tracking and spotting animals (boas, anacondas, frogs, tarantulas, scorpions, hawks and other birds species, monkeys, capybaras, etc).

  • Learning about wild medicinal plants from the jungle.

  • Fishing for piranhas and catfish (keep what you catch!).

  • Search for different types of primates.

  • Search for giant Amazon trees, the guardians of the forest.

  • Excursions on remote creeks and lakes.

  • Tobacco Sniffing Ceremony called "Nene" Ceremony. (optional).

  • The Green Giant Monkey Frog Ceremony, these frogs poison its best known as the "Vaccine of the Forest" the shamanic ritual is called "Kambo" Ceremony, the application of Kabo is very optional.

  • Overnight in village houses and camping in the middle of the jungle.

 

🟫 DAY 9 - 11

  • Motorboat navigation to Matanza River.

  • Wildlife sightseeing during navigation. 

  • Hike through the complex jungle to Requena town (50 km or 31 mi).

  • Crossing of rivers, creeks, and streams.

  • Overnight in the middle of the jungle.

 

🟫 DAY 12 - 13 

  • Arrival to Requena town (hike will be over).

  • Speed boat to Nauta City (3 hrs).

  • Private Transportation back to Iquitos (1 hr 45 mins).

  • 17:30 - 18:00 Arrival to Iquitos.

  • Transfer to Hotel and Airport (End of the Journey).

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 
 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY TRIP?

  • Airport Transportation

  • Airfare to Angamos Town

  • Fluvial Transportation

  • 2 Hotel Nights in Iquitos (If Requested)

  • Government Permits to Tribal Territory

  • Economic Support to Villages

  • All Meals During Expedition 

  • Purified Water

  • Survival Lead Guide

  • 4 - 5 Survival Assistant Guides

  • First Aid Kit With Anti-Ophidic Serum

  • High Quality Camping Equipment

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN MY TRIP?

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos

  • Personal Travel Insurance

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