Matsés Exploration – Isolated

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Matsés Exploration - Isolated

8 Days
18+ Age

Level of Difficulty:

EXPEDITION-Moderado-Verde

Embark on a fascinating journey to visit a genuine Maloca alongside indigenous Matsés, who live in isolation while preserving their ancestral customs.

This itinerary includes flights in and out, with the flexibility for potential postponements due to weather conditions. It emphasizes the necessity of having additional spare days following your program.

For those seeking a heightened sense of adventure, consider exploring our alternative itinerary, the 12-Day Matsés Trek, which incorporates a hike back to Iquitos.

The Matsés belong to the Pano linguistic family, sharing cultural ties with ethnicities like the Matis, Korubos and Marubos among others. In the 1970s, they transitioned from a semi-nomadic lifestyle to establishing permanent communities. Their territory spans the region between the Yavari (Javari in Portuguese) and Galvéz Chobayacu rivers, marking the border between Peru and 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 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).
  • 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: confirmed
Return Time: Approximately 6:00 PM
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