Matsés Trek

Discover Tribes Lost In Time

Matsés Trek

12 Días
18+ Años

Nivel de dificultad:


We are the first to visit this Genuine Maloca with indigenous Matsés who live in isolation and maintain their ancestral customs.

This itinerary features a flight Iquitos/Colonia Angamos, and return by a 50 km (31 ml) hike through the jungle. Flights can be postponed by its operator by weather conditions. You must have some spare days after your program.

If you are a wildlife-minded traveler and want to visit a Genuine Maloca (isolated Matses), we suggest the 15-Day Matsés Expedition.

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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


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.
Lugar de Salida / Regreso: Military Airport of the Peruvian Air Force
Hora de Salida: To be confirmed
Hora de Regreso: Approximately 6:00 PM
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