ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting South America

HuayraCaspi Expeditions: Jungle Survival Adventures in the Amazon

Updated on July 22, 2017
Luke Holm profile image

Luke works as a middle school English, ELD, Social Justice, and Mindfulness teacher in the sanctuary city, San Jose, CA.

Source

Meeting Edgar Mohena

I first met Edgar Mohena in Iquitos, Peru. My wife and I were on our honeymoon. He picked us up at the airport, and we drove an hour to the Amazon River. After another hour-long boat ride, we arrived at our location: The Tree House Lodge, Iquitos.

For the next five days, Edgar was our guide. He took us to play with wild monkeys. He helped us fish for piranha, and showed us how to hunt for caiman. He knew the jungle like the back of his hand. Whether it was guiding us through the jungle on night hikes, sharing his knowledge of medicinal plants, or trolling us around the river to look for pink dolphins, Edgar was always there for us. He was funny and sincere. He became a close friend.

Edgar was raised in the Cucama tribe village, deep in the Amazon rainforest.

Source

Edgar Mohena: Amazon Adventure Guide

Like many locals, Edgar works part-time in Iquitos. However, his heart is in the jungle. Edgar was raised in the Cucama tribe village, deep in the Amazon rainforest. He is well known by the neighboring tribes, and seems to know everyone in return. His family has been featured on National Geographic for their extensive knowledge of survival skills in the Amazon, and they have the stories and scars to prove it.

Going on a survival adventure with Edgar would be a once in a lifetime experience. As a native to the jungle, he was raised to survive. He has the resources, knowhow, and determination to provide any wilderness experience you may be looking for. This isn’t a tour through Disneyland. You want someone who knows what they are doing, and someone who has guided people through the jungle many times before. Edgar is this man.

This isn’t a tour through Disneyland. You want someone who knows what they are doing.

Honeymoon in Peru

Our honeymoon in Peru lasted a month. The Tree House Lodge was only the first stop on our adventure. Next, we were headed to Cuzco. After, we traveled to Moncora and Tumbes for a week.

The last week of our honeymoon was unplanned. We wanted to go with the flow and see what doors opened along the way. Edgar loved the idea and offered many different suggestions for further adventures in Peru. You can watch a video our adventures here.

Primitive Expeditions and Shamanic Ceremonies

We ended up participating in an ayahuasca ceremony with a shaman named Fernando. Fernando was a close friend of Edgar’s family, and was a renowned medicine doctor in the Iquitos area. The ceremony was a week long and very intensive. It took place in an open-walled hut, and we alternated ceremonies and resting days to ensure our health and well-being. At night, we slept in hammocks and ate food off the fire. It was a life-changing experience that I will never forget.

Throughout the week, Edgar visited us in the jungle several times. He and his brother, Wilder (yes, his brother's name is Wilder), acted as translators for my wife and I. The entire time, we felt like we were part of their family. Edgar's translation skills and confidence in Shaman Fernando helped my wife and I to relax and enjoy the experience. You can watch our adventure in the jungle here.

Growing up in the Amazon, Edgar specializes in jungle survival skills.

Jungle Survival Adventures in the Amazon

By the end of our honeymoon, we'd been in Peru for a month, and felt very much at home. We made many wonderful friends and beautiful memories along the way. It was very hard to say good-bye. In particular, leaving Edgar felt like leaving a brother behind.

We exchanged contact information with Edgar and promised to stay in touch, which we have. Now, Edgar has a new business called HuayraCaspi Expeditions!

Growing up in the Amazon, Edgar specializes in jungle survival adventures. On his website, he offers a 4 day program and an 8 day program. In addition to these packages, Edgar offers a variety of shorter excursions. He believes your experience should be customizable, so contact him to see how you can fit an Amazon adventure into your schedule.

The jungle survival adventures take you deep into the Amazon Rainforest. There, Edgar will guide you to Lake Yarina and the Tahuayo River, showing you many survival skills along the way. Edgar can teach you which plants are edible, how to find water in the jungle, how to build a boat, how to make your own weapons, how to hunt for food, and more.

Overall, Edgar just wants to share the experience of the Amazon with you. Whether you're in Iquitos for a day or for a month, he can help you embark on a life-changing adventure. I highly suggest his tours and would [have] trusted him with my life. If you have any further questions, you can visit his website here for more information.

4 and 8 Day Jungle Survival Program

 
4-Day Survival Program
8-Day Survival Program
Day 1
5-hour boat ride to through the Amazon River. Arrive at the Tamshiacu Yanayacu Reserve to spend the night.
5-hour boat ride to through the Amazon River. Arrive at the Tamshiacu Yanayacu Reserve to spend the night.
Day 2
3-hour hike to Lake Yarina. See wildlife. Learn about edible and drinkable plants/vines. Build weapons and forage for food.
3-hour hike to Lake Yarina. See wildlife. Learn about edible and drinkable plants/vines. Build weapons and forage for food.
Day 3
Learn survival skills. Camp overnight at Lake Yarina.
Learn survival skills. Camp overnight at Lake Yarina.
Day 4
Breakfast at Lake Yarina. Hike back to base camp. Transportation back to Nauta.
Breakfast at Lake Yarina. Build a balsa wood rafter to cross the lake. Cross the lake and continue your adventure.
Day 5
 
Enjoy the scenery of the jungle. A 4-hour hike to the Tahuayo River.
Day 6
 
Relax and explore the Tahuayo River.
Day 7
 
Begin hiking back to Lake Yarina. Continue learning about medicinal plants and survival skills in the Amazon.
Day 8
 
Hike back to Nauta, through the Amazon Rainforest. From Nauta, you will be transported back to Iquitos.
Source

© 2017 Luke Holm

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.