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Highlights • Authentic contact with Matses indigenous group • Learn their language • Know their millenary beliefs and rituals • Participate in kambo ceremony (optional) • Learn their way to hunt • Learn how they guide by themselves deep in the jungle When we mention our brothers Matses-also known as Mayorunas-we refer to one of the last Amazonian families that preserve unaltered their language and customs.Despite the remotness and lack of comfort with Jungle Reps we differentiate ourselves by providing a unique experience of living with Matses.Promoting their culture,respecting their ways of life,we avoid being a negative impact during our coexistence with our brothers and sisters Matses on the other hand we actively participate on their daily chores. Matses are also known as the feline tribe for their unique hunting abilities.
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- Fuel surcharge
- National Park fees
- Bottled water
- 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)
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- 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
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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I did the Jungle Reps Matses expedition in December and it was a great way to see how indigenous people live today in Peru. Marden, my guide, and Sebastian, my host/porter, did a great job in showing me around Buen Peru. I had the opportunity to go fishing for piranha, watch a…
Date of experience: December 2019
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…
Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from LuisV4045, Propietario at Matses expedition with Jungle Reps
Responded Nov 10, 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
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…
Response from LuisV4045, Propietario at Matses expedition with Jungle Reps
Responded Oct 18, 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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