Visiting the Bora Native Community :)

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arriving to the Bora's community
The lodge was located in another district and the only way to arrive there was by boat, sweet! But this wasn't the Amazon river. This was the Nanay one, an Amazon's affluent . The Nanay was wide though and the water was chocolate brown... It was so good being on a speed boat, so it was possible to feel some breeze. It was really hot, pfff. Anyway, you could enjoy a beautiful landscape. Everything was so green...

Afte 15min we arrived to our first stop: the Bora's Community. Bora is an Amazon tribe. They live in the Amazon region, but there's a small group San Andres, that tourist can visit. This group are used to have visitors and enjoy having them. Also it's a way to make some money for the tribe. We arrived to the island and we had to climb some staist.
the local "bell" aka Manguare
It was really muddy, so good I decided to wear tennis shoes. I saw a girl with high heels. OMG! Too much!

We started to walk and we could hear some voices getting louder. Then Golber stopped in front of a wood device, it looked like drums. Well, they were the local "bell". When you are visiting the Boras you have to hit the "manguare" to let them know you are coming. We were getting closer to the Bora's campsite. Along the path we could see some fields of yuca, bananas and pineapple, which they grow for their consumption and trade. Yuca and bananas are very important in the daily diet in the rainforest, they are considered the local bread.

Finally we arrived to the Bora's campsite. Some houses were surrounding a central one, which was the "auditorium".
Bora's dance
The Bora's chief came out to welcome us. The "auditorium" was big without furniture, except from a long log where we could sit down. The chief gave a speech about his tribe, both in Spanish and in Bora's dialect. He explained some of their customes. There were other women and men. Not many children, since they were at school.

Then they all performed a couple of dances and sang. The songs weren't that nice, at least for me. It was fun though and for their last dance they invited some of us to join them. No, I didn't dance, ufffff. After the dance we had some free time to check out the place and all what they were showing there, such as handicraft, clothing, everything made by them. Most of them are a bit shy and the language barrier don't allow you to talk to them much.
cute little monkey!!!
Although smiling is international.

Boras live from the agriculture and tourism. Even though they don't make much money from the tourism, this is important for their support. Golber told us that buying something there wasn't a must, but you felt you should buy something from them. At least I felt so and got a little something. It's a shame that this is turning in something so commercial. Oh well, it happens with many things around the whole world...  Maybe not all of the Boras speak Spanish, but they can certainly negotiate a price and even be pushy... ufff. Well, but it was good to be able to help them somehow and see how they live. Anyway they are kind people and it's nice to see one of the local tribes' customs. It was a good start of the adventure.
Dr_Seuss says:
Superb Yadi 8)

Who the hell wears high heels in the jungle? :-O :-D
Posted on: Dec 22, 2009
yadilitta says:
yes, with the speed boat is just 15min away
Posted on: Dec 22, 2009
Lasttraveller says:
this near iquitos?
Posted on: Dec 22, 2009
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arriving to the Boras community
arriving to the Bora's community
the local bell aka Manguare
the local "bell" aka Manguare
Boras dance
Bora's dance
cute little monkey!!!
cute little monkey!!!
Going to the Boras
Going to the Bora's
along the Nanay River
along the Nanay River
Nanay River
Nanay River
chocolate color water
chocolate color water
civilization along the river
civilization along the river
entrance to the path
entrance to the path
growing pineapple...
growing pineapple...
Boras farm - these are yuca fields
Bora's farm - these are yuca fields
Boras farm
Bora's farm
Boras auditorium
Bora's "auditorium"
the chief was showing how to play …
the chief was showing how to play…
inside the Boras auditorium
inside the Bora's "auditorium"
Boras chief - well fed ;)
Bora's chief - well fed ;)
dancing for the visitors
dancing for the visitors
the log was a carved Anaconda
the log was a carved Anaconda
a bit spooky handicraft
a bit spooky handicraft
Native Bora
Native Bora
small skull
small skull
cute sloth
cute sloth
selling handicraft
selling handicraft
Bora
photo by: yadilitta