Ampiyacu Exploration

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Ampiyacu Exploration

15 Days
18+ Age

Level of Difficulty:

EXPEDITION-Moderado-Verde

For travelers seeking an immersive and authentic experience, we present an exclusive program in the realm of experiential tourism. This journey involves immersing oneself in the customs and culture of an indigenous ethnic group nestled within the expansive beauty of the Amazon, providing profound insights into their way of life.

Delving into the early 20th century, the Bora Indians, an indigenous community, faced a profound demographic disintegration, an unfortunate consequence of the rampant exploitation of rubber. Over a span of approximately 30 years, the once-thriving population of 15,000 dwindled drastically to a mere 427.

This historical context adds a poignant layer to the cultural exploration, shedding light on the resilience and challenges that have shaped the Boras community over time. Engaging with them today offers a unique opportunity to understand the complexities of their history, witness the revival of cultural practices, and contribute to the preservation of their heritage.

Includes

  • Transfer from Iquitos Airport.
  • Land and river transportations included in the itinerary.
  • Public speedboat from Iquitos/Pebas/Iquitos.
  • Slow boat peke-peke.
  • All meals provided for duration of trip.
  • Purified water.
  • Bora native guide and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.
  • Permission to the Ampiyacu-Apayacu Natural Reserve.
  • Bora and Murui-Muinani (Huitoto) community.
  • Materials: Mosquito nets, bed sheets and light camping mats.

Important

  • You must arrive in Iquitos a day before the starting date.
  • The starting date is determined by public river transport operators.
  • Their boats usually leave from Iquitos early in the morning.
  • This expedition is open to highly motivated participants with a strong capacity for adaptation.
  • You must reserve a minimum of 20 days in advance.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Speedboat from Iquitos to the town of Pebas.
  • Travel downstream on the Amazon River (124 mi or 200 km).
  • Arrive in Pebas.
  • Overnight in a hotel in Pebas.
Day 2
  • Motorboat to an indigenous Bora Community.
  • Gathering in the "Maloca” (communal indigenous house).
  • Typical dances of this tribe.
  • Prepare of coca leaves for traditional use.
  • Listen to ancient stories told by elderly Bora.
  • Hike around the community.
  • Overnight in a typical house in the native community.
Day 3 - 12
  • Motorboat with indigenous Boras on the Ampiyacu River.
  • Arrive to the last tribal community (not touristic).
  • Stay with indigenous Murui-Muinani (Huitoto) and learn about their customs and way of life.
  • Collect food from their “Chacras” (plantations and crops).
  • Hike through primary rainforest.
  • Explore in the Ampiyacu-Apayacu Natural Reserve.
  • Identify medicinal plants.
  • Drink water from forest vines “Soga de agua”.
  • Explore the night by canoe.
  • Observe wildlife.
  • Fish for piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri).
  • Buy handicrafts (optional).
  • Overnight in a native community or in the jungle.
Day 13
  • Return by motorboat to the Bora Community.
  • Overnight in a native community.
Day 14
  • Motorboat back to Pebas.
  • Overnight in a hotel in Pebas
Day 15
  • Speedboat to Iquitos.
Departure/Return Location: Iquitos River Port
Departure Time: To be confirmed
Return Time: To be confirmed
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