An expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon to the world of the Huni Kuin tribe.
In the last years, we had the honor of receiving about 300 indigenous people from different villages of the Jordão and Tarauacá rivers, as well as national and foreign visitors.
Through an indigenous-based program with activities defined by the village, you have the opportunity to truly experience cultural and spiritual elements of the Huni Kuin people. In the first moment, we offer workshops and immersive experiences, so that you can connect and share the local way of living and thinking. Next, you take part in the Huni Kuin Gathering, an appropriate space for positive cultural exchanges that enhances cultural heritage and promotes the transmission of experiences and knowledge between generations.
The destination of our expedition is the Aldeia Boa Vista ("good view" village), located in the Jordão River, approximately 06 hours by motorized canoe from the nearest town Jordão (Acre, Amazon), which in turn is accessible only by boat or flight. The difficulty of access to the region contributed to the preservation of their traditional culture and the local biodiversity.
To participate, you are invited to register with the organization in accordance with local decisions and current legislation.
Immersive and deeply engaging program
Start date: April 2020 (Rio Branco/Tarauacá → Jordão)
Return date: April 2020 (Jordão → Rio Branco/Tarauacá)
• TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND CULTURE:
- Local language class (hãtxa-kuin);
- Workshop on sacred geometry (Kene);
- Natural paint workshop;
- Body paints;
- Agricultural practices and visits to plantations;
- Traditional cuisine;
- Palm leaf craft workshop;
- Huni Meka: ritualistic songs;
- Storytelling and myths;
- Free time around the community;
• SPIRITUALITY AND MEDICINAL PLANTS:
- Walks through the forest, herbariums and sacred places;
- Introduction to medicinal plants;
- Baths with medicinal herbs;
- Ceremonies and rituals;
- Harvest and application of Bawe and Sananga;
- Preparation of traditional medicines;
- Other ancestral medicinal practices;
- Sharing Circles.
• THE HUNI KUIN GATHERING:
Meeting of pajés (shamans), pajés apprentices, mestras (women elders), artisans, agroforestry agents, health workers and indigenous teachers from different villages with:
- Traditional games;
- Handicraft fair with artisans from different villages;
- Katxanawa (ritual of fertility and abundance);
- Large ceremonies with the participation of txanas (ritualistic singers) and pajés.
Transformative and inspiring experience
The ancestral connection between the Huni Kuin people and nature has made them acquainted with an incredible living pharmacy within the forest. The traditional knowledge of plants and how to use them for physical, mental and spiritual healing makes them the true owners of these medicines. The experience of the elders teaches much more than academic scientific knowledge can offer. To know a plant is to connect with its essence and spirit, to be able to recognize it in the middle of the forest and to inherit the prayers and methods of using it.
During the fair organized by the community, local artisans and craftsmen exhibit their various arts and teach us that the beauty found in necklaces, bracelets, rings, bands, bags, bead earrings, ceramics, baskets and cotton weavings is a fundamental element. This is your opportunity to encourage local economy and artisanal production, as well as to decorate yourself and acquire gifts and souvenirs from the forest.
The Huni Kuin cuisine is rich in flavor and diversity, the typical dishes are based on several types of cassava, banana, peanuts, corn, potatoes and yams. With these ingredients they make pamonhas, tapiocas, porridges and several other foods and drinks. We also have the opportunity to taste some non-conventional leaves, palm heart, mushrooms, fishes and fruits. All food is grown on local plantations or collected in the forest, and prepared by village women.
Be part of the next expedition
This is a community-based project with the participation of local leaders and communities, not setting up as a usual tour package. Your contribution will be made through a donation to the project, which will make possible the expedition and the structure needed to make your trip as unique as possible, as well as to contribute to local sustainable development.
We've adopted an all-inclusive system where all your needs will be thoroughly met, including external services such as flights between Rio Branco and Jordão, and round-trip transfers, accommodation and meals in Jordão. We are honored to welcome you in the jungle and we will personally take care of every detail during your trip.
After confirming your participation, you will receive our Travel Guide with all the information and guidelines to prepare your expedition. We wait for you in the forest!
INCLUDED DURING YOUR JOURNEY
• Round-trip flight from Rio Branco/Tarauacá to Jordão;
• Round-trip shuttle from Jordão's airport;
• Nights of hotel in Jordão;
• Meals at a local restaurant:
• Round-trip transportation by boat: Jordão/Aldeia Boa Vista/Jordão;
• Accommodation in the village;
• 03 daily meals with typical dishes offered by the village;
• Drinking water;
• Participation in all activities;
• Biodegradable products (repellent, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen);
• Follow-up of bilingual and indigenous guides throughout the trip.
ADDITIONAL PREPARATION TO CONSIDER (NOT INCLUDED)
• International or domestic flights to Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil;
• Adventure-kit: hammock with mosquitoes net, sleeping bag or blanket, etc;
• Hotel and meals in Rio Branco or additional in Jordão;
• Travel insurance;
• Items not specified above.
Contribution per person
INTERNATIONAL VISITOR: Thank you for your insterest. We are full for the 2019 edition! You can reserve your place for the Huni Kuin Gathering 2020!
- The contribution is fixed in Brazilian Real (BRL) and the corresponding value in your currency may vary according to the exchange rate.
- Conditions and money transfer methods should be discussed with the organization.
Want to be part of this expedition? We expect you to join us throughout this journey, an exclusive opportunity with limited vacancies.
Transparent and open practices
In addition to covering the costs related to your journey, your donation will be reverted to improvements in the village (houses, ecological bathrooms, maintenance, etc.) and to the compensation of everyone involved in the project.
The community is responsible for managing its resources and has decided that: (1) all those involved in the project must be remunerated according to their participation; and (2) part of the resources are used in structural improvements for the benefit of the whole community. In the next edition we will create a social fund to support local communities projects.
Check out how the resources were spent in 2018:
• Local partners: cooks, herbalists, pajés, women elders, workshop instructors, lumberjacks, etc;
• Organization: travel costs, accommodation, food expenses, and contribution to the support team;
• Food supply: contribution to farmers in exchange for local and organic foods such as beans, rice, bananas, cassava, peanuts, fruits, etc;
• Structures: construction of lodging structures, improvement of kitchens and construction of dry toilets;
• Logistics: transportation of visitors and materials including fuels, drivers, maintenance of canoes, etc;
• Administrative: bank fees, taxes, documents, legal assistance, etc;
• Materials: kitchenware, coconut soap, gel alcohol, kits, etc.
Core values and sustainability
• Alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs are strictly prohibited.
• We only use biodegradable non-toxic products that do not pollute our internal waters or the forest.
• We consume organic and local food, generating income for farmers and ensuring the availability of local seeds in front of industrialized foods. The food is prepared by the women of the village, promoting typical dishes and valuing activities carried out by the women. We take good practices and examples, so we do not consume industrialized, canned and low nutritional foods.
• We encourage the participation of indigenous women in male-dominated activities.
• Every year we invite nurses and holistic therapists to offer free treatment to the villagers. In 2018, our volunteer nurse assisted residents of several villages and alerted the population to the dangers of self-medication (a serious problem in the region). In the next edition will be held consultations with spagyric medicines and aromatherapy.
• Visitors are entirely responsible for their solid waste. We are in the midst of a process of awareness and we need to affirm our vision through good examples.