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Matses expedition with Jungle Reps

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What to Expect
Day 01 Flight to Matses protected reserve

Flight to the Matses reserve.This trip leaves from the peruavian airforce base.It takes approximately one hour.

Recommendations:bring the most necessary luggage in a backpack.The limit is 20 kilos and each extra kilo will be charged to the passenger. Necessary permits must be made 2 weeks in advance in order to enter into reserved area that is cared and protected by Matses. 

Day 02 

On this day we will go very early to the farm which is the place where Matses alocate to plant and harvest of various edible vegetables. Matses don`t eat 3 or 5 times a day as in other cmmunities or cities.First meal at 9 am more or less and the second meal abput 4 or 5 pm before darkness and mosquitoes come. At night we can talk with the elders who are highly respected people as in many tribes.

Day 03 

Hike in primary jungle to learn how they get their food:you will learn to hunt with traps a technique they have known for thousands of years.They also will show us a COLPA that is a place with salts or special clay where many animals stop and eat this soil to help their own digestive processes. Animals licome down to eat in this place like felines,deer,wild pigs,monkeys between anothers.

Day 04

This day we will build observatories to wait and see animals that pass through the place.These observatories are known as barbecues.Great chances to see jaguars.Explore deep in the jungle.

Day 05 

Today is aimed to learn or see how Matses make and prepare their own weapons to hunt. This weapons were used to fight against other tribes long time ago.

Day 06

Know the great variety of plants that Matses use for different purposes. In fact they use plants for hunting,to heal gains different types of diseases,toward off pests that may affect their crops.


ay 07

On this day witness how they use the poison of a frog to sharpen theur sensesand increase the skill in hunting. Very interesting ceremony since the Matses is the only tribe that perform this ancestral ceremony.

Day 08

Optional excursion in the jungle for wildlife observation.Survival training. Farewel ceremony with the native community.

Day 09 

Departure to Colonia Angamos by boat. Overnight in Colonia Angamos.

Day 10 

Flight to Iquitos 

If you choose to return by foot and boat it will take  5 more days plus a ferry or fast boat ride to Nauta and then to Iquitos by road.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Departure Time
8:00 AM
10 days
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Fuel surcharge
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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A "non-touristy" adventure - this is something myself and so many others find themselves searching for when traveling; a unique experience, off the beaten path, something that diverges from the standard itinerary. The Matses expedition with Luis at Jungle Reps is exactly what
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Response from LuisV4045, Propietario at Matses expedition with Jungle Reps
Responded Nov 9, 2018
Dear Keith Thank you for your feedback Expedition to Matses indigenous cat people is a very exciting and challenging expedition because of its remoteness and I would considere a shocking culture experience. We try to respond inquiry mails as soon as possible and being clear what involves an expedition. Travel in the small plane over the amazon it is a so amazing adventure indeed. It meanns adventure begins when you are in Iquitos already and flying over the mighty amazon river. When I take this flight I think I cannot imagine that I navigate this vast river system. Interacting with Matses is a very interesting part of the expedition just seeing what they eat, fish and what animals they get from the jungle to survive it may sound very though but they do it for a good reason to live, they don`t do it to sell. Since to live within a protected area you have rules to follow and one of them is a quota of animals you can eat every month. Hike is one of the most challenging part of the expeditions but rewarding and for ever lasting memory experience. Thank you one more time and despite I have been here many times I wish to be there to overflight the amazon river and spending time with Matses. Best regards Luis
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15 day Matses Expedition - THE REALITY! So as to remain fair, this review is split between the performance of Jungle Reps as a company, and of the Matses tribe themselves. Life among the Matses: It is easy to romanticise about amazonian tribes, living in harmony with their
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Response from LuisV4045, Propietario at Matses expedition with Jungle Reps
Responded Oct 17, 2018
Dear guest Thank you for yor review and we wil reply point by point and of course your review will help us to keep growing as a company. Matses is a very ancient indigenous society but since many years ago they were considered as a abandoned peruvians because many of them were moving to Brasil and peruvian government decided to provide some basic services in education and health matters( years ago they use to die with just a flu) as we know many diseases were introduced by white men and they had no inmunization and probably they were confined to be seriously affected. About wildlife is relative as everywhere. because of government presence they have adopted new ways of hunting but still using some ancient ways to do it. Doing activities with them a bit challenging sometimes. We know that we have a program but sometimes we have to adjust to their customs and time as well. We will never push them to our way but we will try to do it less frustrating. All the companies that go there don`t know since when they started to charge to dress. Somebody started tiping and they found a new way to do money. We are starting to make the difference to do it in the sustainable way and they will go back to their customs. And we were glad you told us about this payment so we could reimbursed you the amount. Chicken price sounds very high dear guest 50 soles but this is what we pay in Iquitos and more mainly by 24th june we pay prices of 80 to 100 soles sometimes. Hygiene is a issue that we are working very hard with them. We will not change their ways of life but we will do it a bit better for them.Currently I am in the school of medicine and we will do it personally.And about the giardisis you got it is possible you could get here but not sure you got it with Matses because incubation period or the time you can start feeling sick is between 3 and 5 days. You were with Matses tribe almost two weeks when I went to pick you up to Nauta you were fine otherwise I was going to take you to the closest hospital. Then we took a 2 hours bus ride to Iquitos. As i mentioned above I am in the school of medicine and I was studying parasites for a semester. It would be a very interesting case. Food is prepared under guide`s supervision now to avoid health issues About water we fixed that problem already. We got a supplier from Iquitos that will provide us bottled drinking water once we arrive in Colonia Angamos. We tried many filters and always having issues about them. Rubber boots we are taking all our guests straight to the store to get the right size. I had a conversation with indigenous Matses and the told me that they were trying to give you the best going "out of the trail" and it was a mistake doing activities that were not in the program. This problem was fixed already. Weight limit now we published as 5 kilos as limit. About food we were taking plenty of food that day but there was two flights same day and same time almost part of our belongings were taken to the border with Colombia and the other flight to Colonia Angamos so we were affected. This is why guide takes personally groceries and important supplies. Guide: Your guide Raul meant that it was his first time to this village because there are at least 20 matses villages Raul is the guide that i respect more because of his vast experience and ability to deal with Matses. Overall Visiting a tribe always will be a challenge everywhere.But now we depend less of them which will be not frustating Food: good part of our supplies flought to the wrong way and we as company still waiting for reimburse.And is being prepared by guide and with supervised help Extra costs we are seeing how to do it in the sustainable way for them and we are glad you told us so we could reimbursed you the money you spent. Water: We decided not to take filters any more instead of that we will get bottled water in Colonia Angamos before to navigate to their village. Guide: Raul is still the best guide that know the area and knows how to deal with Matses. We really appreciate your review that of course will help us a lot. Best regards Jungle Reps
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