Matsés Trek

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Matsés Trek

12 Days
18+ Age

Level of Difficulty:

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Join an unprecedented journey, venturing to be one of the first to explore this authentic Maloca. We were the pioneers who visited this Genuine Maloca with the Matsés indigenous people, who live in isolation and maintain their ancestral customs.

This exclusive itinerary includes a flight from Iquitos to Colonia Angamos, followed by an extraordinary return—a 50 km (31 ml) hike through the lush jungle. Given the unpredictable nature of weather conditions, flights are subject to possible postponements by the operator, highlighting the importance of allocating spare days post-program.

For the wildlife enthusiasts among you, seeking an immersive experience with isolated indigenous, we recommend our 15-Day Matsés Expedition.

The Matsés were initially known as the ‘bearded men’ due to their facial ornaments. While this characteristic partly contributed to their reputation for ferocity, for the Matsés, these ornaments represented a form of identity and, among themselves, a symbol of beauty.

Deep within the Amazon rainforest, they preserve their primitive culture as expert hunters and gatherers, relying on their physical prowess and intimate knowledge of the jungle for survival. Their belief system intricately intertwines with nature, where plants and animals hold profound spiritual significance in their worldview.

Includes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 reserve a minimum of 30 days in advance.

Itinerarie

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).
  • Motor boat (2 h).
  • 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
  • Motorboat during 8 hours.
  • Overnight in the jungle.
 Day 9-11
  • 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 12
  • Arrive in Requena.
  • Speedboat from Requena to Nauta city (3 h).
  • Bus from Nauta to Iquitos (2 h).
  • 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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