Solidarity trek in the Matsés community - Peruvian Amazon

Meeting the Matsés-Mayoruna, an Amazonian native tribe isolated from the world

per person $3390
  •   Adventure
  •   Nature
  • 12 days
  • Max. 6 pers.
  • Spanish

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Description

This expedition will lead you to the most remote and inaccessible areas of Peruvian Amazon, meeting the Matsés-Mayoruna native tribe, isolated from the rest of the world. An extraordinary travel which will enable you to assess the different threats affecting this tribe, and to discover amazing landscapes beyond time.

A few words about the Matsés - Mayoruna tribe

The Matsés tribe (whose original name is "Mayoruna"), is an Amazonian native tribe sharing its territory at the Peruvian-Brazilian border. About 2 200 Matsés are living today within the Matsés National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Matsés), representing a more than 420 000 hectares area with an incomparable biodiversity.

The origins of the Matsés tribe remain a bit confused, since the first historical evidence of the Matsés presence in the Amazon dates from the colonial time, as the members of a Spanish expedition discovered the Matsés population near the Huallaga river in the 1620's.

The rubber extraction and massive immigration of the "mixed-race" people (i.e. the Peruvians who are not indigenous) during the 19th century, decimated a big part of the Matsés population. During the same period, the Matsés tribe fiercely defended its territory against the incursions of the "shiringueros", as well as the forest and oil companies. They kept a solid reputation of formidable warriors until 1971, when they were pacified and settled down meeting missionaries which had come from the United States.

In 1994, the Matsés native community requested the creation of a Matsés National Reserve in order to ensure their access to the natural resources necessary for them to survive.

Program of your Solidarity trek in the Matsés community

  • You will be picked up at your hotel
  • You will start at 6 am from Iquitos taking the road to Requena and passing via the city of Nauta
  • You will arrive at Requena in the early afternoon
  • You will visit the city during the afternoon
  • You will spend the night at the hotel
  • You will start from Requena at 7 am to sail back up the Tapiche and Blanco rivers by private boat until reaching Curinga in the late afternoon
  • Once having followed the standard procedures at the local authorities, you will meet your Matsés guides at the vigilance post of the S.E.R.N.A.N.P. (National Vigilance Service for the Natural Protected Areas)
  • The park wardens will present you the work of the S.E.R.N.A.N.P
  • Night camp at the vigilance post (you will sleep in tents)
  • You will start hiking after breakfast and start crossing the Matsés territory (6 to 7 hours daily hiking for experienced hikers)
  • You will have lunch and take a break
  • You will swim in the river to rest a bit
  • You will have dinner with the Matsés guides and talk about your experiences at the fireside
  • Night camp (you will sleep in tents)
  • You will start hiking after breakfast (6 to 7 hours daily hiking for experienced hikers)
  • You will have lunch and take a break
  • You will swim in the river to rest a bit
  • You will have dinner with the Matsés guides and talk about your experiences at the fireside
  • Night camp (you will sleep in tents)
  • You will start hiking after breakfast (6 to 7 hours daily hiking for experienced hikers)
  • In the early afternoon, you will arrive at Buenas Lomas Antigua community on the Choboyacu river, the first community to welcome us
  • You will spend the night in Buenas Lomas Antigua community

This day will be dedicated to the discovery and visit of Buenas Lomas Antigua community:

  • Presentation meeting and talks with the community
  • The community's women will present you their handicraft
  • You will be visiting and sharing with the families
  • You will spend the night in Buenas Lomas Antigua community
  • You will start hiking after breakfast for 6 to 7 hours until reaching the community of Puerto Alegre on the Yaquerana river
  • You will arrive at Puerto Alegre in the early afternoon
  • You will spend the night in Puerto Alegre community

This day will be dedicated to the discovery and visit of Puerto Alegre community:

  • Presentation meeting and talks with the community
  • The community's women will present you their handicraft
  • You will be visiting and sharing with the families
  • You will spend the night in Puerto Alegre community
  • After having breakfast, you will come down the Yaquerana river in a traditionnal boat, at the Brazilian border
  • You will have lunch on the road
  • In the late afternoon, you will arrive at Santa Rosa community
  • You will spend the night in Santa Rosa community
  • After having breakfast, you will leave Santa Rosa and keep coming down the Yaquerana river until reaching Angamos at the end o the day
  • You will have lunch on the road
  • You will spend the night in Angamos
  • You will leave Angamos in the morning in a private flight to Iquitos. You will arrive in Iquitos in the early afternoon
  • You will then be transferred to your hotel
  • End of your Solidarity trek in the Matsés community

Solidarity tourism and development projects

This travel has been promoted by Goforcolor in cooperation with Latitud Sur, a humanitarian association whose mission is to reinforce the autonomy and self management capacity of the native and rural communities of the Amazon.

Traveling this way gives you the guarantee that the funds generated by this solidarity tourism will finance development projects. A responsible travel, far away from the traditional concepts of tourism, arousing a reflection on social and environmental issues.

Since 2014, Latitud Sur has been working with the Matsés, who expressed their wish to welcome a responsible and controlled tourism. These travels will enable to finance a project whose objectives are the following:

  • Highlighting their identity through the building of traditional ceremonial centers: the "malocas"
  • Reinforcing the Matsés organization and autonomy capacities, as well as those of their official representatives
  • Transmitting their traditional know-how to the young generations in order to prevent their extinction (using for example medicinal plants, forest resources, promoting their cosmovision, handicraft, arts, etc.)
  • Practicing ecotourism in order to preserve the Matsés culture and the biodiversity of their environment.

Good to know before booking your solidarity trek in the Matsés community

You will enter a territory where we are only guests. The project consists in discovering the Matsés, their culture and history, thereby getting immersed in their universe. This travel off the beaten track will take place in a wild and unpredictable nature. Given the characteristics of the Amazon rainforest, the program may be adapted in order to ensure the smooth running of the trek.

This travel is intended for people possessing good physical and mental conditions, as well as sufficient adaptation capabilities, since the trek implies various hours of daily hiking in conditions which are sometimes difficult (heat and humidity / rudimentary housing conditions). This solidarity trek is intended for travelers considering that the concept of community tourism is sharing the real life conditions of the jungle native communities.

The Matsés trek will take place on fix dates in groups of 4 to 6 people. The fix dates for 2017 are the following:

  • March 12 to 23
  • May 21 to June 1
  • June 25 to July 7
  • August 24 to September 4
  • October 8 to 19

For any exceptional request (e.g. for groups of less than 4 people or if you wish to participate on another date), please send us directly an email at contact@goforcolor.com.

For your stay in the Amazon, it is important to think about:

  • Vaccination against yellow fever (ask for information in a specialized medical center before traveling)
  • Prevention against malaria (recommended)
  • A repellent
  • Appropriate shoes and clothes for hiking
  • Sunscreen for the fragile skins
  • An oilskin or raincoat for the raining days (rainy season from December to March)
  • Portable batteries and a pocket lamp
  • Compulsory individual insurance (repatriation assistance)

For more information on the Matsés trek, please send us an email at contact@goforcolor.com, or give us a call at +51 1 220 2344 (Monday - Saturday / 08:00 am - 04:00 pm : UTC -5 hours).