In Cusco, we will provide you with some of the comforts you are used to, a warm and comfortable place to sleep, eat and interact with each other, although it is recommended to withdraw from the usual focus on social media to allow you to focus more deeply on yourself and this unique experience and environment.
In the jungle there will be no hot water, no electricity and no flushing toilets.
This itinerary has been planned as a unique travelling and healing experience. It unfolds within the natural and cultural environment of an Amazonian indigenous people, the Harakbut (Wachiperi and Amarakaeri subgroups). It is as much a trip for holistic cleansing, healing and learning about ourselves as it is for learning about and from this unique rainforest culture and the natural mountain rainforest environment.
Lodging in the jungle:
On our first and second day, we will interact with members of the Native Wachiperi community of Queros, and stay at the community lodge which features double rooms, flush toilets and cold showers.
Our other hosts are Shintuya community members and will provide basic lodging (double cabins with beds and mosquito netting). There are no flush toilets but latrines are located near the cabins and near the ceremonial space. River baths or cold showers are available as well. Our hosts cook the meals using their own produce (bananas, plantains, papaya, manioc and other rainforest crops) and river fish as much as possible, supplemented with freash vegetable from Cusco as required.
Among these people and their unique environment, time and reality have a different meaning to them so please bring a high degree of openness, respect and interest in local Amazonian culture and traditions.
Weather: Bring a variety of clothing, in a way that is easy to transport. We will try to arrange storage at our initial accommodation if you have things that you do not want to take to the jungle.
Cusco, is never very warm! Max about 19/20 c through the day and much colder at night, maybe dropping to zero, so warm clothing is a must!
The jungle, by contract will be warm and humid! Breathable clothing is ideal as you will want long trousers and sleeves despite the humidity due to the mosquitos.
Recommended items to bring:
– Bathing suit
– Biodegradable soap
– Insect repellent (Deet based – natural ones are preferred but may not be as effective)
– Cap or hat for sun protection
– Light, loose-fitting cotton clothing (long pants/long sleeves)
– Rain poncho/jacket
– Dry bag for clothes/electronics.
– Hiking shoes
– Rubber boots (they make a great gift after use…)
– Flashlight and spare batteries
– External battery pack – there is no electricity for recharging cameras or phones
– Notebook and pens
– Pictures and stories to tell from home
– Bedding is provided but, you might prefer to bring your own sleeping bag or even just a liner
-Sanitary requirements, like wipes are something I never travel without!
Little gift items like additional fruit and vegetables, or school supplies for the community are optional but always appreciated.
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