Matsés Expedition

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Matsés Expedition

15 Days
18+ Age
Matsés Expedition

Level of Difficulty:


Territory of the mysterious tribe of the Feline, “The Matsés” is considered one of the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest. Little exploration has been done and is inaccessible for most tourists. 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.

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.


  • Transfer from Iquitos Airport.
  • Land and river transportations included in the itinerary.
  • Air ticket from Iquitos to Angamos.
  • Public speedboat from Requena to Nauta.
  • Slow boat type peke-peke.
  • All meals provided for duration of trip.
  • Purified water.
  • Permission to the Matsés National Reserve.
  • Permission to the Community and Maloca (indigenous longhouse).
  • Matsés native guides and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.
  • Materials: Mosquito nets and bed sheets.
  • Note: Participants must bring their own light camping mat.


  • 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.
  • This expedition is open to highly motivated participants with a strong capacity for adaptation and who are in good physical and mental condition.
  • You must arrive in Iquitos a day before the starting date.
  • You must reserve a minimum of 30 days in advance.

Join Us!


Day 1
  • Departure by light aircraft from the Iquitos Air Force Base.
  • One-hour flight to the town of Angamos located on the border with Brazil.
  • Meet with the natives who will accompany us on this expedition.
  • Overnight in Angamos.
Day 2 - 3
  • Organization of supplies and logistics before river travel.
  • Motorboat for 8 hours on the Galvéz River.
  • Arrival to the community of the “Feline Tribe”.
  • Harvest food from their “Chacras” (plantations and crops).
  • Night exploration in search of the monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) used for the Kambô.
  • Overnight in the native community.
Day 4 - 10
  • Motorboat into one of the least explored areas of the Amazon rainforest, the Matsés Reserve (8 hr).
  • Bird watching.
  • Visit a Maloca (indigenous longhouse).
  • Live with a tribal family.
  • Learn their customs and way of life.
  • Listen to ancient stories told by elderly Matsés.
  • Build a camp.
  • Learn how to use their weapons for hunting.
  • Fish for piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) and other species.
  • Fish with “Barbasco” (toxic plant).
  • Identify medicinal plants.
  • Sniff “Nënë” (native tobacco) ritual (optional).
  • Watch or participate in the Frog ritual “Kambô” (optional).
  • Buy or barter for handicrafts and authentic weapons (optional).
  • Search for wildlife by canoe.
  • Explore the night.
  • Hike in primary jungle.
  • Search of primates.
  • Drink water from forest vines “Soga de agua”.
  • Explore clay licks “Collpas” (deposit of clay containing mineral salts where a large number and variety of animals gather).
  • Identify animal tracks and footprints.
  • Overnight in a jungle camp.
Day 11 - 13
  • Motorboat to the Matanza River.
  • Observe wildlife.
  • Hike through primary jungle to the town of Requena (31 mi or 50 km).
  • Cross rivers and streams.
  • Overnight in the jungle.
Day 14 - 15
  • Arrive in Requena.
  • Speedboat from Requena to Nauta city (3 hr).
  • Bus from Nauta to Iquitos (2 hr).
  • Arrive in Iquitos at 6:00 pm.
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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