Matsés Expedition

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Matsés Expedition

12 Days
18+ Age
Matsés Expedition

Level of Difficulty:


The Matsés were initially known as the bearded men, due to their facial ornaments. This aspect partly contributed to their reputation for ferocity, although for the Matsés, they represented a form of identity and also, among themselves, a symbol of beauty.

Their communities are located deep in the Amazon rainforest, where they preserve their primitive culture.

They are expert hunters and gatherers whose ability to survive depends on their physical dexterity and knowledge of the jungle. Their belief system is linked to nature, with plants and animals having 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.


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 navigation.
  • 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 a typical house in the native community.
Day 4 - 7
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Overnight in a jungle camp.
Day 8 - 10
  • 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 11 - 12
  • 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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