12-Day Matses Indigenous Amazon Trek
Epic 12-day Amazon adventure visiting remote Matses National Reserve and its little-known inhabitants.
Prices from £2,399 / $US 2,960 per person for a group of 4 or more.
Includes all transport within Loreto, guides, meals and entrance fees.
Hardy travellers now have the opportunity to witness the unique lifestyle of the private Matses indigenous people, as well as enjoy bountiful Amazon flora and fauna during this remarkable 12-day journey to the remote and biologically-important Matses National Reserve, which is to be found along Peru's northern border with Brazil.
After a long time being uncontacted, the Matses are slowly opening their territory to curious and adventurous visitors keen to discover a universe where Man lives in harmony with his environment, while keeping alive centuries' old customs.
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Day 1: Iquitos - Requena
We pick you up from your Iquitos hotel early this morning, and drive to the riverside town of Nauta. Here, we then transfer to speedboat, to arrive in Requena, in the early afternoon. This gives us time to explore the town, before our night in a hotel.
Day 2: Requena - Curinga
Departure from Requena at 7am and travel up the Tapiche and Blanco rivers with a private motorboat to reach Curinga in the late afternoon.
We will meet our Matses escort at the SERNAMP ranger station. SERNAMP is the government body charged with managing Peru's protected areas, and once the paperwork formalities are out of the way, the rangers give us a description of that this entails.
We spend the night in a tent at the ranger station.
Days 3 - 5: 1st - 3rd Day of Matses Hike
After breakfast, we begin our hike across the Amazonian jungle territory of the Matses tribe.
We will be hiking for six or seven hours a day. Along the way, we will discover the full diversity of the Amazon rainforest, and her numerous rivers and creeks. There is the chance to swim in some of these.
Meals are provided by our Matses guides, with the staples supplemented by anything they have managed to hunt or fish along the way.
Accommodation is in tents. And once the sun has set, this is the time to gather round the campfire, and listen to the guides tell us tales of life in the jungle.
Day 6: 4th Day of Matses Hike: Buenas Lomas
Our hike today ends in the village of Buenas Lomas, on the Choboyacu River, arriving in the early afternoon. This is the first human habitation we will have seen in several days, and the first Matses settlement: they will welcome us with traditional chapo, a banana-based beverage, that is drunk by the Matses on a daily basis.
We spend the night in the village.
Day 7: Buenas Lomas
We spend the day exploring Buenas Lomas. We will be presented to the community and also to their handicrafts, that are produced by the local women.
This day allows us to communicate with the Matse families to get a better understanding of their universe, at a crossroad between tradition and modernity.
Night in Buenas Lomas.
Day 8: Hike to Puerto Alegre
After breakfast, we hike for the morning in order to reach the village of Puerto Alegre, on the banks of the Yaquerana river, which forms a natural border between Peru and Brazil.
We spend the night in Puerto Alegre.
Day 9: Puerto Alegre
Today is dedicated to the discovery of Puerto Alegre. Once again, we will be presented to the community and their handicrafts.
The stay in Puerto Alegre will give us the opportunity to deepen our knowledge of the Matses, who adopted a sedentary life only half a century ago.
Night in Puerto Alegre.
Day 10: Puerto Alegre - Santa Rosa
After breakfast we take a traditional boat to travel down the Yaquerana river. There are numerous species of birds to spot, such as Aras and Toucans, which are abundant in this region.
We have lunch along the way.
We arrive in the village of Santa Rosa, located near the mouth of the Yaquerana, in the late afternoon.
Night in Santa Rosa.
Day 11: Santa Rosa - Angamos
We leave Santa Rosa after breakfast, continuing down the Yaquerana River to Angamos, a little multi-ethnic town, that lies ideologically between the Matses' world and today's Peru.
Lunch along the way.
Night in Angamos.
Day 12: Angamos - Iquitos
Leaving Angamos in the morning, we take a private aeroplane to Iquitos.
On arrival in Iquitos, we transfer you to your hotel, where the tour ends.
Please note that this itinerary is in a true wilderness area, with very little in the way of modern comforts, so is only for the experienced and prepared trekker.