Amazon Frontier River Expedition

A small-boat expedition trip into remote regions to visit
indigenous peoples.

A custom trip on a small boat, takes you into seldom visited regions of the Amazon rainforest, with the purpose of experiencing indigenous culture. These trips can be of one week to several weeks duration. Shimacu HouseWe will organize a trip to fit your schedule.

Your guide is Gary Lighthall, who has been traveling in the Amazon since 1991. Gary has lived full time in Iquitos, Peru since 1998. He is married to a local Indian woman and they have three fantastic children. His travels have taken him to visit Indian tribes in Brazil (Matis, Mayoruna) and Peru, (Bora, Yagua, Witoto, Urarina, Matses, and the Anchur). His favorite area of exploration for the last nine years has been the northeastern parts of Peru.

Gary LighthallGary is currently making frequent trips to explore a remote area upriver from Iquitos, Peru. He has friends among the Urarina Indians who live in a remote area along several tributaries of the Rio Marañón, one of the two great rivers that merge to form the Rio Amazonas. He has a standing invitation to visit all the Indian villages, those near the lower end of river to the very last village on the upper end. Gary's friends will be your hosts during your adventure. You will be introduced the the Amazon rainforest by people living in intimate relationship within this environment.

The Urarina livelihood consists of farming small garden plots called “chacras”, fishing and hunting. They live in 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 woman 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.

This is NOT a trip suitable for everyone. As with all GreenTracks tours, we require an application from each person desiring to participate and a phone call interview to determine your eligibility for this trip. Due to the remote areas traveled, the primitive conditions and the cautious and reserved nature of the local peoples we visit, certain activities and behaviors may be inappropriate and not allowed.

A list of required gear and recommendations pertinent to this trip will be provided to you upon acceptance of your application and receipt of your deposit.

  # Travelers - Price per person
Length of Trip 1 2 3 4 5
8 Days / 7 Nights $6,552 $4,338 $3,892 $3,607 $3,510
15 Days / 14 Nights $10,364 $6,651 $5,892 $5,294 $5,010
22 Days / 21 Nights $14,677 $9,401 $8,455 $7,607 $7,448

INCLUDES: Greeting upon arrival to Iquitos. Private transfer from Iquitos to Nauta. Speedboat transfer to Ollanta. Frontier River Expedition with Gary Lighthall. Return transfers by speedboat and bus to Iquitos. Transfer to Iquitos airport.

Recommended: One day/night in Iquitos before the Frontier Trip. One night in Iquitos after the Frontier Trip.

Join an OPEN Existing Departure
Space is available on the following departures:
15 Days / 14 Nights June 17 - July 1, 2013

It is possible to use of a floatplane to transfer you from Iquitos to the expedition boat in Ollanta and back at the end of the trip. The cost of the floatplane is not included in the above prices. Estimate is $3640 for the round trip charter flights. This is price per plane, not per person. The plane only holds up to 726 lbs of people and gear, possibly only 3 people. We would back-out the price of private car/bus and speed-boat from the above prices. The car/bus and speed-boat is far less expensive.

Please call 1-800-892-1035 for further information.