Expedition with ethnologist to Javari riverhead
to "jaguar people" - Matses indians

AMAZONIA


May 31st to June 15th, 2019.
Tour Amazon, Peru

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tour to Amazon Indians with ethnologist
Expedition for true romantics, those who have been always dreaming of getting to the deepest wild of Amazon Selva. After dropping off by the aircraft piloting by Peruvian army, two days by boat upstream of tributaries of Javari river in its upper reach, close to Brazilian border we will reach community house of Matses Indians, where we will stay for a week and dive deep to the everyday life and culture of "jaguar people", as some people call this tribe.

Our expedition's co-leader, ethnologist Andrey Matusovskiy, recognized professional in studying of Amazon indigenous tribes, who performed 15 scientific expeditions into different tribes of Amazon and Orinoco basin, will accompany us throughout the whole trip and will share his knowledge about traditions and lifestyle of Matses.


Tour to Amazon. Expedition for true romantics, those who have been always dreaming of getting to the deepest wild of Amazon Selva. After dropping off by the aircraft piloting by Peruvian army, two days by boat upstream of tributaries of Javari river in its upper reach, close to Brazilian border we will reach community house of Matses Indians, where we will stay for a week and dive deep to the everyday life and culture of "jaguar people", as some people call this tribe.

Our expedition's co-leader, ethnologist Andrey Matusovskiy, recognized professional in studying of Amazon indigenous tribes, who performed 14 scientific expeditions into different tribes of Amazon and Orinoco basin, will accompany us throughout the whole trip and will share his knowledge about traditions and lifestyle of Matses.

SHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: May 31 to June 15, 2019

Duration: 16 days / 15 nights

Cost per person: 4200 USD subject to 6-7 particapants, 4700 USD subject to 5 particapants or 5200 USD subject to 4 particapants.
Everything is included except for international flight to Lima, medical insurance, lunches and dinners in Lima and Iquitos.
Estimated flight cost from Moscow to Lima is about 1000-1300 USD.
Estimated total cost for lunches and dinners in Lima and Iquitos is about 200 USD.




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO AMAZONIA


Day 0. May 30, 2019. Flight to Peru
Flight from your city to Lima, Peruvian capital.


Day 1. May 31, 2019. Arrival to Peru
Evening arrival to Lima. Accommodation in a 3* hotel in the area of Plaza de Armas, the very heart of Lima.
Dinner in the authentic local cafe, where you can try kui - traditional Peruvian meal, the ordinary guinea pig and drink pisco, local spirit.
Meals: breakfast.
Accommodation: 3* hotel



Day 2. June 1, 2019. Lima
After breakfast we start our saturated with activities day. We will see Lima old culture pyramid, museum of History and archeology of Peru, walk around Lima historical center and, at your wish, see local favellas.
Meals: breakfast.
Accommodation: 3* hotel



Day 3. June 2, 2019. Flight to Amazonia
After breakfast set out for the airport. Peru is a wonderful country, it takes only one hour and we move from dry seashore to humid evergreen tropics. Flight to Iquitos, the capital of Peruvian Amazonia. Accommodation in a 3* hotel.
Getting into acquaintance with the town. Meeting with the guide who will lead us to Galves river. Discussion of the further expedition plan. Taking rest in the hotel. In Iquitos we can leave the stuff that we don't need during our trip to Matses in the jungles.
Meals: breakfast.
Accommodation: 3* hotel



Day 4. June 3, 2019. Iquitos
After breakfast and sorting the luggage (we will take to the jungle only the most urgently needed), we will walk around Iquitos, visit ethnological museum of indigenous peoples of Amazonia, local market and the huge village on Amazon river where people live in the dwellings on stilts. In the evening we will meet our guide to jungle, have a nice time together in a cozy cafe on the quay of the old Amazon stream bed, enjoying sunset and local cuisine.
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: 3* hotel



Day 5. June 4, 2019. Getting to Javari basin
Flight by charter hydroplane, performed by Peruvian Air force, from military airport of Iquitos to Colonia Angamos, small village, situated on Javari river. Here we start the main part of our expedition. We can learn everyday life of Matses Indians who live together with mestizos in Colonia Angamos. Accommodation in a typical Amazonian "hotel": plank floor and walls, bed made of planks with a mosquito net over it, rain water shower. In the evening you can walk out to Javari river bank and enjoy the view.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: local house.



Day 6. June 5, 2019. Travel along Galves river
Early in the morning we load our baggage to the boat and together with Matses guides set out up the river Javari and its tributary Galves. The river trip takes at least 8 hours. We can stop in one of Matses villages situated on the river banks and see their life. By the evening we reach Matses village Buen Peru, where we will stay for the night in the house of our captain.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: local house.



Day 7. June 6, 2019. First acquaintance with Matses
We spend half day in Buen Peru village, where we can learn today life of Matses.
In the afternoon we set out for the river trip again. We will enter a small left tributary of Galves – Loboyaku river. The river trip takes about 3-4 hours. There is Matses maloka in its upstream, which is the goal of our travel. Loboyaku is not more than 20 meters wide. On its banks we will see gorgeous rainforest, animals and birds of Amazonia. In the afternoon we will reach the maloka, meet Matses living there. We can accommodate in the maloka together with Matses or in a shack nearby.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: maloka or hut



Days 8-12. June 7 - 11, 2018. Living in maloka of Matses Indians
We will spend a few days in the heart of the great Amazonian forest together with Matses. Time will stop for us. We will communicate with Matses, learn their culture. We can go to the jungle with hunters, some of them still hunt using only bow and arrows. We will go for fishing on canoe made of a whole wood, learn how they grow the garden, make traps and, catch caymans and, if we are lucky, even anaconda. In the dark around a bonfire we will listen Matses stories of their history and everyday life.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: maloka or hut



Day 13. June 12, 2019. Travel along Loboyaku and Galves river back to Angamos
Today we are leaving Matses maloka and go downstream Loboyaku and Galves rivers up to Javari and coming back to Colonia Angamos. The river trip takes the whole day. We have quick lunch en route. We stay for the night in the local house.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: local house



Day 14. June 13, 2018. Back to Iquitos
Today we return from Colinia Angamos to Iquitos by hydroplane with charter flight, performed by Peruvian Air force. We'll take off from Javari and land on Amazon river!
Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Iquitos. Well-deserved rest, walks around and chance to buy souvenirs on local market.
Meals: breakfast.
Accommodation: 3* hotel



Day 15. June 14, 2019. Come back from Amazonia
Today we return to Lima. Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Miraflores district. Miraflores is a modern touristic area, located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Walk around the evening Miraflores, dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the district. At your wish you can go for the ocean shore.
Meals: breakfast.
Accommodation: 3* hotel



Day 16. June 15, 2019. Flight home
After hot and humid jungle we are on a seashore. After breakfast, we will walk along the picturesque quay and swim in cool water of the Pacific Ocean.
Transfer to the airport and flight home from Lima.
Meals: breakfast.


The participant of expedition to Matses must be motivated to be respectful to Matses culture, be aware of the goals of the trip and possible program changes depending on weather conditions, be in a good shape and able to adapt to the new environment and culture.

It should be noted that, although the flight from Iquitos to Colonia Angamos is charter one performed by Peruvian Airforce, it is always subject to weather conditions and can be rescheduled.

Cost includes:

· flight Lima - Iquitos - Lima
· accommodation in hotels of Lima and Iquitos in twin/double rooms
· charter flight Iquitos - Colonia Angamos - Iquitos by hydroplane
· motor boat, motor drivers, cook (3 times a day meals)
· camping equipment (hammocks or mosquito nets)
· accompaniment of expert ethnologist throughout the trip
· Matses guides and English speaking guide (days 6-13)
· financial support of Matses community


To be addidionally (personally) paid:

· international flight to Lima
· lunches and dinners in Lima and Iquitos
· international medical insurance



To take with:

· two wear sets (trousers, long sleeve shirt, T-shirt, underwear, socks, sun hat (broad-breemed one is better); · shoes: 1) light ones for the city; 2) high rubber boots (waterproof) for jungles; 3) snickers or sandal shoes for time with Matses; shoes must be comfortable and hard wearing;
· light jacket;
· raincoat;
· swimsuits;
· sun glasses and sun protection cream;
· personal medical kit (analgesics, sanitizers, antibiotics, your personal medicine);
· personal hygiene means;
· forehead torch;
· travel backpack (better waterproof), 40 liters capacity;
· small backpack for persocal stuff and photo/video cameras;
· sleeping bag for warm weather conditions,
· tourist sleeping mat;
· anti mosquito net (is a must!);
· variuos anti moskito repellents;
· anti malaria prevention medication;
· yellow fever certificate;
· waterproof case for the documents;
· additional battaries for cameras (it is better to take small ones), powerbank and waterproof case for it
KEY FEATURES:
TOUR TO AMAZON
Amazon, Peru


Best season: all year round



You can watch primeval rainforest of Amazon basin. You will see plants and animals which you saw before on TV, or about which you only read in books.

Exciting canoe trip on Loboyaky river, tributary of Galves river. You can watch grey and pink river dolphins in the place where black waters of Galves are being mixed with yellow ones of Loboyaku.

You will learn the culture of Matses, indigenous inhabitants of Peruvian jungles. You will go hunting to jungles together with Matses hunters. You will try the taste of hog in armor's meat.

We will go fishing with Matses and catch piranha or trahira, a famous wolf fish.

You will see Matses health gaining ceremonies: men insert poisoned mucus of special kind of tree-frog under their skin and blow tobacco mixed with lots of other various ingredients in the nose to each other.

We'll take off from Javari and land on Amazon river.

When it gets dark you will see myriads of stars. Near the fire we will listen Matses legends and hunting stories as well as stories of Andrey Matusovsky of his expeditions to Indians of Amazonia and Orinokia.

In the beginning and in the end of our journey we will enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean, we will see the ancient pyramid of Lima culture; visit historical center of Lima, which is in the list of Unesko World Heritage Sites.
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