YAGUASYACU EXPEDITION 10D/9N

  (2021 GROUP RATES AVAILABLE NOW UPON REQUEST)  

 

 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: MODERATE  

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 +

 

DESTINATION: Bora/Huitoto/Ocaina Territories

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú

ETHNIC GROUP CLASSIFIED AS: Sporadic Contacted

DURATION: 10 Days, 9 Nights
MAIN ACTIVITY: Tribal Customs & Traditions Sharing

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Photography, Documentary, etc.

 

BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: March - November

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: Wednesdays and Fridays

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 Hitotan 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 Huitoto 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 Indigenous tribe. Hitoto 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, plantains, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, tobacco, and yams. Ethnobotanists have studied Witoto agriculture due to its efficiency and sustainability. Hitoto men hunt with blowguns and shotguns.


The Ocaina people are an ethnic group of the Amazon that inhabit the banks of the Yaguasyacu, Ampiyacu, jamayacù, Putumayo and Algodon rivers (in Peru); Although they are known as ocaina, they call themselves Dyo'xaiya or Ivo'tsa. Ocaine language found within the Huitoto linguistic family. Bora-witotoque language family includes besides the ocainas, nonuñas, uitotos, muninanes and bora-mirañas, among others. The Ocainas share history and many cultural characteristics with the Huitotos, Resígaros and Andoques. These groups inhabited the southern tip of Colombia and were brought to Peruvian territory by the bosses during the rubber boom. The violence infringed by the bosses descended their population and they are currently in the process of assimilation to the Huitotos.

 

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).

  • Participants need to have sufficient time in Iquitos, in order to successfully execute this expedition.

  • Exploratory backpacks weight limit recommendations are 10 kilos per traveler.

  • AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS will provide additional gear to every traveler (jungle boots, raincoats, mats, blankets, and tents) 5 kilos approximately.

  • 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)

02:30 Pick up from Hotel to the AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS Office.

03:00 Departure from the Office to the Iquitos River Port.

05:00 Navigation starts on the Amazon River from to Pebas Town in Speedboat (200 km or 124 mi).

09:00-09:30  Arrival to Pebas Town. 

  • Final Logistical Arrangements Before Navigation starts through the Ampiyacu River.

  • Quick Tour in Pebas Town. 

  • Motorboat to the Bora Indigenous Community

  • Overnight in Native Typical Houses of the Bora Community

🟫 DAY 2 (Customs and Traditions Sharing with Bora Community)

  • Meeting with the "Bora Tribe" in their typical houses called "Maloca" .

  • 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".

 

🟫 DAY 3 (Customs and Traditions Sharing with Huitoto Community)

  • Early Navigation on the Ampiyacu River escorted by a Bora and Huitoto Indigenous Guides (5-6 hours)

  • Visit to the last Tribal Huitoto Community on the Ampiyacu River.

  • Co-Existing with the Hitoto Indigenous Community to share customs and traditions.

  • Learn how to Harvest Food from their Plantations "Chacras".

  • Learning About Wild Medicinal Plants from the Jungle.

 

🟫 DAY 4-6 (Fauna and Flora Exploration)

  • Early navigation upstream on the Ampiyacu-Apayacu Natural Reserve (5-6 hours)

  • Bird Watching Explorations.

  • Fishing Trips for Piranhas and Other Species (Keep and Cook What you Catch!).

  • Exploration Trip to Locate and Reach a Very Promising Wildlife Hotspot Named "COLPA" . The word colpa derives from the "Quechua" Inca dialect, which means salt earth, where all kinds of animals come to these places to lick and feed from the minerals of their land. (BEST REACHABLE MONTHS FROM MAY TO NOVEMBER)

  • Exploration of Remote Lagoons (14 Total in the Area)

  • Tracking and Spotting Animals (boas, anacondas, frogs, tarantulas, scorpions, monkeys, capybaras etc).

  • Cayman Diurnal and Nocturnal Search (Catch and Release  Activity will be Performed if Small Caimans are Found).

  • Basic Survival Techniques. 

  • Overnight in the Middle of the Jungle in Camping Tents

🟫 DAY 7-8 (Customs and Traditions Sharing with Ocaina Community)

  • Early Navigation Downstream on the Ampiyacu River in Search of the Yaguasyacu River (6 hours)

  • Meeting with the "Ocaina Tribe".

  • Co-Existing with the Ocaina Indigenous Community to share customs and traditions.

  • Learn how to Harvest Food from their Plantations "Chacras".

  • Learning About Wild Medicinal Plants from the Jungle.

  • Participate in Elder Narrations about their Ancient Culture.

  • Overnight in Typical Houses of the Native Community

🟫 DAY 9 (Returning Starts)

  • Early Motorboat Navigation Back to the First Arrival Bora Community 

  • Overnight in Typical Houses of the Native Community

 

🟫 DAY 10 (Final Day)

05:00 Motorboat Back to Pebas Town

  • Breakfast in Pebas

07:00- 08:00 River Navigation in return to Iquitos

12:00-13:00 Arrival to Iquitos river port

  • Belen Floating Market Tour

  • Lunch in Iquitos

15:00-16:00 Transfer to the hotel/airport (End of the Journey)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 
 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY TRIP?

  • Airport Transportation

  • 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

  • 2 - 3 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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