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MATSES EXPRESS EXPEDITION

 

 

STAFF SIZE REQUIRED: 5-7 Members Approx.

 

 

DESTINATION: Matses National Reserve.

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú.

ETHNIC GROUP VISITING FOR 2 DAYS: Matses.

ETHNIC GROUP CLASSIFICATION: Sporadic Contacted.

ACCOMMODATION: Tents/Mosquito Nets/Hammocks.

 

MAIN OBJECTIVE: Customs and Traditions Sharing with a Selected Group of Elder Traditional Matses, Men and Women Who are Still Living in Voluntary Isolation.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Short Jungle Exploration of Matses Territory

  

AVAILABLE MONTHS: January - November.

BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: May - November.

ADVANCE BOOKING CONDITIONS: 1 Month Minimum.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS: 50% Required. 

PAYMENT METHODS: All Major Credit Cards.

REMAINING PAYMENT DEADLINE: Arrival Day in Iquitos.

DEPARTURE DAYS: Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

MATSES EXPRESS EXPEDITION 8 DAYS: This 8-days short expedition into the Matses territory, is considered the most express expeditions we can possibly put together due to how remote this destination is. This program will be focused on a combination of both, jungle activities with our team, and the sharing of customs and traditions with few elder traditional men and women who are consider the last genuine generation of Matses people around, and the only ones who still keeping fresh in their memories their life in the past and the unforgettable moments lived during their first contact with modern civilizations.

Organized for travelers who do not have enough time in their agenda, as well as it is an expedition for those who are not interested in acquiring a physically demanding experience with prolonged wildlife explorations and challenging jungle hikes.

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.

 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  •  Booking in Advance is Highly Recommended; for the collection of personal information, to 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; to arrive 2 full days before your trip and to only purchase flexible departure airfare tickets from Iquitos, and all this is only in case we experience delays with hydroplanes departures to and from the Matses Territory due to weather conditions or other last minute issues out of our control which may extend your stay.

  • Rucksack Size and Weight Recommendations; 65 liters and 10 kilos, excess weight will not be accepted on the hydroplane.

  • For full packing list details visit our What to Pack page.

  • The only available option for entry and exit to this very express expedition to the Matses territory, will be by hydroplane.

  • All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions at any time of the year. The main rivers and the levels of the tributaries can vary and, therefore, it is possible that the navigation times and the excursions are modified at the discretion of the guide, this will not alter our motivation to make this trip the best.

  • For additional information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Transportation | Airfare to Matses Territory| Fluvial Transportation | Entry Permits to Indigenous Territory | Economic Support to Villages | Meals; 75% Supplied and 25% Obtained from Nature | Survival Guides with Satellite Phone For Emergencies | Wilderness First Response First Aid Kit | Essential Gear Provided By Amazon Expeditioners See Our What to Pack page.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from Iquitos | Personal Travel Insurance Hotel in Iquitos.