Matses Expedition 15 – Days
Matses Expedition 15 – Days

Duration: 15 days
Level of Difficulty:

Territory of the mysterious tribe of the Feline, “The Matses” is considered one of the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest. Little exploration has been done and is inaccessible for most tourists. The Matses belong to the Pano linguistic family, like Matis ethnicities, and Korubos Marubos among others.

In the 1970s the Matses changed their mode of semi-nomadic life to live in permanent communities. The Matsés territory is located in the region bounded by the rivers of Yavari (Javari in Portuguese), and Galvez Chobayacu Peru’s border with Brazil.

Currently their communities are located deep in the Amazon jungle of northeastern Peruvian border with Brazil. Still retain their primitive culture, are expert hunters and gatherers whose ability to survive depends on their physical skills and knowledge of the jungle. Your belief system is tied to nature, plants and animals have a very important relationship with their spiritual world.

DAY 1

– Departure by a light aircraft or hydroplane.
– One-hour flight from the Air Force Base to the town of Angamos located on the border with Brazil.
– Meeting with indigenous Matses.
– Stay in Angamos village.
– Overnight in Angamos.

DAY 2-10

– Organization of supplies and logistics before to start navigation.
– Motorboat into one of the least explored areas of the Amazon rainforest, the Matses Reserve.
– Bird watching.
– Arrival to the Community of the “feline tribe” the Matses.
– Live in a tribal community beyond civilization.
– Learning their customs and way of life.
During these days we will be doing the following activities:
– Harvesting food from their “Chacras” (plantations and crops).
– Learn how to use their weapons for hunting.
– Visit a Maloca (indigenous longhouse) where a traditional family lives.
– Ancient stories told by elderly Matses.
– Construction of camp.
– Fishing for piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) and other species.
– Primitive fish with “Barbasco” (toxic plant).
– Identification of medicinal plants.
– Tobacco sniffing or “Nënë” ceremony (optional).
– Frog ceremony or Frog Medicine “Kambo” (optional).
– Buying or bartering for handicrafts and authentic weapons (optional).
– Hiking in primary jungle.
– Excursion in search of primates.
– Exploration to “Colpa” (deposit of clay containing mineral salts where a large number and variety of animals gather).
– Identification of animal tracks and footprints.
– Drinking water from forest vines “Soga de agua”.
– Learn to construct traps to catch animals in the native way.
– Searching for the giant tree, largest of the jungle “Lupuna”.
– Canoe excursion in search of wildlife.
– Nocturnal exploration on in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas and other species.
– Overnight in a typical house in the tribal community or in the jungle

DAY 11-13

– Motorboat to the Matanza River.
– Wildlife observation.
– Hike through primary jungle to the town of Requena (50 km or 31 mi).
– Crossing of rivers and streams.
– Overnight in the jungle.

DAY 14-15

– Arrival by foot to Requena town.
– Speedboat from Requena to Nauta city (3 hr).
– Transfer from Nauta to Iquitos city (2 hr).
– 6:00 pm Arrival to Iquitos city.

Includes: – Transfer from Iquitos Airport, land and river transportations included in the itinerary, air ticket from Iquitos to Angamos, public speedboat from Requena to Nauta, all meals provided for duration of trip, purified water, permission to the Matses National Reserve, permission to the Maloca (indigenous longhouse), Matses native guides and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.
Materials: Mosquito nets and bed sheets.
Note: Participants must bring their own sleeping pad.
Important – The air transportation used by this expedition is subject to the dates established by the local company, and based on climatological conditions the flights may be postponed.
– This expedition is open to highly motivated participants with a strong capacity for adaptation and who are in good physical and mental condition.

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