Bespoke Brazil, who are exhibiting at this year’s Luxury Travel Fair, have launched an expedition to visit the tribes of the Kaxinawá of western Brazil. Here they tell us about this exciting itinerary for those looking to really get off the beaten track in an area few tourists have visited.
Clients will experience a remote area of Brazil, unknown to the majority of the western world and gain an insight to The Kaxinawá tribe or Huni Kui, meaning True People, who inhabit the Amazon forest close to the Peruvian border in the state of Acre, in western Brazil. The trip takes in 7 villages in two indigenous lands; the Kaxinawa of the Tarauacá River and the Kaxinawa of Jordão River.
The Kaxinawá are a tribe of 5550 people who pride themselves on their strong cultural identity, while maintaining contact with the “white people” who they first encountered in the late nineteenth century. Still much of their culture is secretive such as their knowledge of language, painting, art and traditional medicine. Children learn to speak Portuguese when they are about 11 years old and the official language spoken between the Kaxinawá is hãtxa kui.
“If you are looking to get away from it all then this itinerary offers an exciting insight in to one of the more remote tribes of Amazonia”, says Bespoke Brazil director, Simon Williams. “Don’t expect a high degree of luxury on the trip though”, says Simon, “during the expedition you will sleep and stay in the local homes of the Kaxinawá in hammocks where all meals are provided by them.”
The Kaxinawá have a strong influence from the Inca Kingdom due to its proximity to Peru, especially on clothes and body paintings with geometric shapes known as Kenes. The Indians of Acre had a peaceful relationship with the Incas and would trade with the Indians of the Andes, where medicinal plants were exchanged for salt and other products from the highlands.
Due to the remote area in which the Kaxinawá live a light aircraft flight is required to reach the small town of Jordão from where you can board boats to reach the tribal villages. The expedition can be done at any time during the year however the best time is between May and November when water levels are higher in the rivers.