Amazon tribes

Matses National Reserve

Matses National Reserve

The Matses Reserve covers an area of 4,206 km² (420,735 hectares) in Peru's Loreto province, and forms part of a cross-border biological corridor with the Sierra del Divisor National Park in Peru and the Serra do Divisor, Alto Jurua and Alto Tarauaca reserves in Brazil.  

One of the stated objectives of the Reserve is to allow the indigenous people - the Matses - to continue to live in their traditional manner, adapted to the jungle environment they have called home for centuries and exploiting its resources in a sustainable manner. 

Visiting an 'Indigenous' Village - Good or Bad?

Visiting an 'Indigenous' Village - Good or Bad?

We recently received a comment from clients saying that 'a visit to an Indian community ... left us feeling rather uncomfortable: they performed a dance and then sold us trinkets, but we felt quite ambivalent about the whole set-up'. The community in question was that of an Amazonian tribe, the Yagua, visited as part of the Ceiba Tops - and many other Amazon lodge - itineraries. 

In this blog, we examine the pros and cons of these visits. 

Ashaninka Indians

Ashaninka Indians

The largest indigenous group in Peru's Amazon is the Ashaninka (also known as the Campa or Kampa, but this is considered pejorative). Demographic estimates put their numbers at roughly 55,000, living in 200 scattered and mainly remote communities in the Departments of Junin, Pasco, Huanuco and Ucayali. A smaller number live across the border in the Brazilian state of Acre. 

Their history since the Spanish Conquest has largely been one of intrusion and resistance

Shipibo-Konibo Indians

Shipibo-Konibo Indians

It is estimated that Peru's Amazon is home to 16 language families and around 65 ethnic groups. That this is only an estimate is testament to the vast area of Peru covered by dense Amazon rain forest, in which there are still 'uncontacted' tribes. 

One indigenous people that you are likely to come across are the Shipibo-Konibo, who have traditionally lived along the Ucayali River.