Matsés Exploration – Isolated

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Matsés Exploration - Isolated

8 Days
18+ Age
Matsés Exploration - Isolated

Level of Difficulty:

EXPEDITION-Moderado-Verde

A genuine Maloca will be visited with indigenous Matsés who live isolated and maintain their ancestral customs.

This itinerary features a flight in and out. Flights can be postponed by its operator by weather conditions. You must have some spare days after your program.

If you are looking for more adventure, check our alternative itinerary with a hike back to Iquitos: 12-Day Matsés Trek.

The Matsés belong to the Pano linguistic family, like Matis ethnicities, and Korubos Marubos among others. In the 1970s the Matsés 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 Galvéz Chobayacu Peru’s border with Brazil.

Includes

  • Transfer from Iquitos Airport.
  • Land and river transportations included in the itinerary.
  • Air ticket from Iquitos/Angamos/Iquitos.
  • Slow boat type peke-peke.
  • All meals provided for duration of trip.
  • Purified water.
  • Permit from SERNANP (National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the Peruvian State).
  • Permission to the Matsés Communities.
  • Permission to the Maloca (indigenous longhouse).
  • Matsés native guides and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.
  • Materials: Mosquito nets and bed sheets.
  • Participants must bring their own light camping mat.

Important

  • You must arrive in Iquitos a day before the starting date.
  • The air transportation used for this expedition is subject to the dates established by the Peruvian Air Force. The flight may be postponed due to climatic conditions.
  • We suggest having additional days at the end of the itinerary. In the event that the flight is suspended, the days lost can be recovered.
  • In the event that the flight used in the expeditions is postponed, Amazon Explorer will not take charge of your stay in the city of Iquitos, nor will you receive any type of refund for the days lost.
  • You must reserve a minimum of 30 days in advance.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Departure by a light aircraft from the Iquitos Air Force Base or International Airport.
  • One-hour flight to the town of Angamos located on the border with Brazil.
  • Meet with our Matsés guides who will accompany us on this expedition.
  • Overnight in Angamos.
Day 2
  •  Organization of supplies and logistics before navigation.
  • Motor boat to one of the least explored areas of the Amazon rainforest, the Matsés Reserve (8 h).
  • Bird watching.
  • Hike to reach the genuine Maloca of the "Feline Tribe".
  • Camp in the jungle, next the genuine Maloca.
 Day 3-6
  • Enter to the Authentic Maloca (indigenous longhouse).
  • Live with a tribal family.
  • Learn their customs and way of life.
  • Listen to ancient stories told by elderly Matsés.
  • Harvest food from their “Chacras” (plantations and crops).
  • Fish for piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) and other species.
  • Fish with “Barbasco” (toxic plant). Just during Low river season (June to November).
  • Identify medicinal plants.
  • Sniff “Nënë” (native tobacco) ritual (optional).
  • Night exploration in search of the monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) used for the Kambô.
  • Watch or participate in the Frog ritual “Kambô” (optional).
  • Ritual of the bullet ant - isula (Paraponera clavata).
  • Buy or barter for handicrafts and authentic weapons (optional).
  • Overnight in a jungle camp, next to the Maloca.
 Day 7
  •  Motor boat back to Angamos village.
  • Overnight in Angamos.
 Day 8
  •  Departure by light aircraft from Colonia Angamos to Iquitos.
  • Arrive in Iquitos.
Departure/Return Location: Military Airport of the Peruvian Air Force
Departure Time: To be confirmed
Return Time: Approximately 6:00 PM
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