Travel via Boat into the remote part of the Peruvian Amazon to visit the Urarina/Shimaku Indians. The Urarina people live in the Chambira River basin and because of their remoteness, have been able to maintain their culture for over 100 years. Their lives revolve around family, fishing, hunting, and working in their small gardens called chacras.
We will travel in our specialized boat along several rivers with beautiful views of the jungle and surprises around every turn. The river Cruise journey will be filled with images of blue Morpho butterflies, birds, river dolphins, and possibly, monkeys.
Meet these people and learn about their lives. Our Boating Trips and Cruises are the most popular in Peru.
They live in a rainforest that is still mostly virgin and the only logging is of select trees cut by hand with no machinery involved. Their main source of carbohydrates are rice, plantains, and yuca. Their main source of protein is meat: monkey, paca and peccary… hunted by blowgun or shotgun. Their favorite drink is masato, made of fermented yuca.
The women still dress in the traditional manner of their ancestors, but the men now wear short sleeve shirts and pants/shorts that they obtain from lumber traders that visit the region. The traders will only pay them for the trees they sell off their land in goods such as clothing, soap, kerosene, shotgun shells, etc. The Urarina have little use for money.
We will stop at various villages where we will visit and learn about the villager’s way of life, boat into the jungle to see their gardens, and learn about the plants they use for medicinal purposes. In the early afternoon, relax with a cup of coffee while we trade with them for their crafts.
The Urarina: A Brief History