Amazonas Day 3: Visiting the Yagua

Our third day began with a tour included in the package. We boarded a rickety old boat at 8:30am and were taken up a small tributary to visit the Yagua people, an indigenous tribe who settled in this specific area around the late 1970s. After a short walk through the village, they greeted us at a basketball court by painting our faces with a local plant and telling us what the symbols meant.

Amazon River Boat Amazonas Colombia

Amazon River boat

Yagua Indigenous Community Amazonas Colombia

Yagua Indigenous Community

Yagua Indigenous Community Amazonas Colombia

Marisol with a Yagua woman and baby

 

Boot Rental

Since there was a hike through the jungle as part of the visit, we were able to rent boots for COP$3,000 per pair while the locals watched our shoes.

Yagua Indigenous Community Amazonas Colombia

Choosing our boots

 

Yagua Shaman

Next, a shaman talked to the group about the community and how they survive in the jungle. Members of the tribe then performed a traditional dance and invited visitors to join in. When the dance was over, the children came by with animals and allowed the visitors to handle them for a small tip. Then the shaman asked each visitor to pay a COP$5,000 admission fee, which caught a few visitors by surprise.

 

Yagua Indigenous Community Amazonas Colombia

Marisol with Yagua children

Monkey at Yagua Indigenous Community Amazonas Colombia

A tiny monkey

 

Jungle Walk

An hour long walk through the jungle was guided by a Yagua tribesman. Our guide, Martín, stopped at many of the trees along the way and pointed out their medicinal properties and/or traditional uses. It was very interesting.

Hiking at Yagua Indigenous Community Amazonas Colombia

A nature hike with a Yagua guide

Finally, we went back to the village where the locals washed our boots. We returned the boots, gathered our shoes, and got back on the boats to head to the resort for lunch. Continue with Day 4.

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