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The Ayahuasca: Connection with the Magical & Spiritual World

Ayahuasca: Jungle Medicine for Healing and Knowledge. The Ayahuasca or rope of dead, is a potion of medicinal and hallucinogenic plants used as a diagnostic to cure ills. Natural and ancient medicine that concentrates the power of the jungle. It is recognized as ayahuasca, a diverse range of entheogenic brews crafted from decoctions of various plants. The foundational element is a decoction of the vine (Banisteriopsis caapi), prized for its Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs). Ayahuasca, derived from Quechua, translates to ‘rope of the dead’ with ‘aya’ signifying ‘dead…’

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The Sloth: Neotropical Rainfortest Mammals, Amazon Jungle

Sloths: An Enigmatic World. The sloth (Bradypus variegatus), a creature known for its leisurely pace in Central and South America, boasts a dense, grayish-brown to beige coat. With a round head, a flat nose, and hidden ears, this charming creature embodies the epitome of laziness. These intriguing creatures sustain themselves by consuming entire leaves and combining various types of foliage, necessitating visits to numerous trees and vines in search of sustenance. Their dietary habits involve slow digestion, akin to ruminants, showcasing an extended digestive tract for optimal nutrient absorption.

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Pink Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis): Live in the Amazon & Orinoco River

Pink dolphins differ significantly from their oceanic counterparts, exhibiting specialized adaptations tailored to their riverine habitat. Unlike sea dolphins, river dolphins, such as the Amazon’s pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis), belong to a distinct family Platanistoidea a departure from the oceanic dolphins found in the family Delphinidae. Within the realm of river dolphins, the pink dolphins of the Amazon stand out as exceptionally intelligent. Their brain capacity surpasses that of humans, boasting a remarkable 40% increase. Their superior intelligence is evident in their strategic…

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Peru´s Amazonian Paradise

A captivating journey into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon with the renowned Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Nestled within the vast expanse of lush rainforest, this extraordinary sanctuary beckons adventurers seeking an unparalleled experience in one of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes. The Pacaya Samiria Reserve, often referred to as the “Mirrored Forest,” is a haven for nature enthusiasts and explorers alike. Its sprawling waterways, teeming with vibrant wildlife and unique flora, create an enchanting backdrop for an unforgettable expedition.

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Culture of Indigenous Matsés People – The Frog Medicine: Kambô

In traditional Amazonian medicine, the use of kambô is believed to have various healing properties, both physically and spiritually. Frog medicine, known in Spanish as Medicina del Sapo, originally know as Kambô in old Matsés language; sometimes referred as Acate and Vacina do sapo in Brazilian portuguese, this ancient ceremony is performed by native experts from the Mayoruna tribe (Matsés people), and other indigenous people of the Amazon. In the Matsés, the ceremony starts by catching a giant leaf frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) also called giant monkey frog in English, because it climbs into…

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Culture of Indigenous Matsés People – The Tobacco Inhalation: Nënë

The native experts of the Matses or Mayoruna tribe process a refined green powder that they call nënë in their own language or sometimes referred as nunu in Spanish, using tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum) and the bark of a tree called copuí or cacao de monte (Theobroma subincanum). This practice is usually performed by two people. An adult expert Mayoruna pours a dose of the preparation inside the end of a hollow cane. The other end is placed in the nostril of the person who is going to receive and inhale the tobacco. The expert powerfully blows the powder…

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The Anaconda: Queen of the Amazon Rainforest

The green anaconda (Eunectes murinus), its a constrictor snake of the boas family, endemic from the tropical rivers of South America, of all the snakes this is which has the highest weigh and perhaps the largest known snake. In length, it competes only with the Southeast Asian reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus). The anaconda is endemic from South America; inhabits the Orinoco Basin and the Amazon Rivers. Also they can be founded in countries as: Brasil, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela and Trinidad Island. The anaconda is the biggest snake of America and can exceed…

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What Are The Best Hacks For a Real Jungle Experience?

Exploring the Amazon jungle is undoubtedly an immersive adventure, and ensuring comfort in such a rugged environment is crucial. Most travelers asking for the best tourism company in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, or the best jungle survival guide for the Amazon usually gets to us moved for our over 20-year background exploring the rainforest. Amazon Explorer is specialized on extreme jungle expeditions and survival trainings. Thanks to our experience, we can offer you some travel hacks to improve your comfort during your jungle expedition.

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The Mystery of The Amazons: The Enigma of the Women Warriors – Part 1

In the year 1542, a daring band of explorers, under the command of the intrepid Spanish captain, Francisco de Orellana, embarked on a perilous journey. Their quest led them to traverse a colossal river, a waterway whose very name remained a mystery to them. Their exploits and escapades during this odyssey are vividly chronicled in the captivating pages of Chronicles of Gaspar de Carvajal. As they ventured deeper into uncharted territory, navigating channels choked with thick vegetation and the distant echo of tribal drums resonating in the air, an uncanny sensation weighed upon them.

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Which is the Best Tour Company for Amazon Jungle Trips?

Most travelers and explorers planning an off-the-beaten expedition to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest ask the following questions: Which is the best company for Peruvian jungle trips? Which is the most experienced company for jungle trips? Who is the best jungle survival guide for the Peruvian Amazon? Who is the most experienced jungle survival guide for the Peruvian Amazon? Who do I contact for a jungle survival trip in the Peruvian Amazon? As they ventured deeper into uncharted territory, navigating channels choked with thick vegetation and…

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Natgeo’s York Hovest with Amazon Explorer in the Matses Territory

Journey through the Amazon: Capturing Unexplored Beauty with Photographer York Hovest. York was on the road in South America for a hundred days. The mighty Amazon river runs through the largest tropical rainforest area in the world, many parts of which are almost unexplored. Only a few indigenous peoples still live in them in a very traditional way. Together with shamans, tribal elders and their families, York Hovest embarks on a journey through the Amazon basin to capture the beauty of the rainforest and its inhabitants.

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The Jaguar (Panthera onca): The King of the Amazon Jungle

The Jaguar (Panthera onca) holds the title of the largest cat in the Americas and ranks as the world’s third-largest feline species. The Jaguar is more active during dusk and night, utilizing its speed and short-distance running ability to efficiently hunt prey, primarily on the ground. This formidable feline is also an adept swimmer, capable of crossing rivers several kilometers wide. As an opportunistic carnivore, the Jaguar’s diet varies based on the density and availability of prey in its habitat. More than 85 species have been documented in the jaguar’s diet…

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The Ayahuasca: Connection with the Magical & Spiritual World

Ayahuasca: Jungle Medicine for Healing and Knowledge. The Ayahuasca or rope of dead, is a potion of medicinal and hallucinogenic plants used as a diagnostic to cure ills. Natural and ancient medicine that concentrates the power of the jungle. It is recognized as ayahuasca, a diverse range of entheogenic brews crafted from decoctions of various plants. The foundational element is a decoction of the vine (Banisteriopsis caapi), prized for its Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs). Ayahuasca, derived from Quechua, translates to ‘rope of the dead’ with ‘aya’ signifying ‘dead…’

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