This trip is unique and special, and as such it is not for the faint of heart. Here is what to expect:
- Fly into Rio Branco (RBR) or Cruzeiro do Sul (CZS) airports in Brazil and take a 3-5 hour truck ride followed by a 3-5 hour boat ride to the village. We recommend spending a week at the village, since the travel time is at least 24 hours from any major South American city.
- Camping+ accommodations. You will have a clean hut with a solid roof over your head to sleep in. Bring your own hammock (with mosquito net). You are living in the jungle; no doors and lots of bugs!
- Shower in the river. Like the locals, you will be showering using river water. We found it to be refreshing and fun.
- Open air bathroom. They have built a great outdoor latrine that is a squatters’ toilet. It is clean and extremely well-maintained.
- Food is basic and cooked with love. The Yawanawa love rice, eggs, locally-grown yams, bananas or plantains and farina (a fine, nutritious grain that they add to their food). Usually they go on a hunt and bring back some meat to eat as well, in celebration of your visit.
- We are here to answer any questions you have over e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The best thing is to provide your WhatsApp ID in your initial e-mail so we can communicate freely and connect you with the Yawanawa chief for logistics and planning purposes.
- This place is completely cut off from Internet and technology, and the people only receive information via a weekly messenger service. This is both the beauty and the challenge of coordinating this.
- Portuguese! The villagers speak Portuguese and their local language (Yawanawa), and we highly recommend bringing a translator (can be arranged through the tribe) if you don’t speak the language.
- An unforgettable experience. We cannot describe just how much this touched us. Hopefully, the fact we created this website on behalf of these people shows what kind of an impact this visit had on each of us.