A deep-dive Amazon adventure

Plan South America’s immesive four-night trip aims to bolster the survival of the rainforest-dwelling Sapara people

Travellers immerse themselves with the Sapara people in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Ecuador and Peru
Travellers immerse themselves with the Sapara people in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Ecuador and Peru

In the early 20th century the population of the Sapara people, who live in the Amazon rainforest on the border of Ecuador and Peru, was about 200,000. That number has since dwindled to around 350. The demand for rubber led to the subjugation of the Sapara and the destruction of much of their land – and they face a further threat from proposals to expand oil drilling in the jungle. Specialist travel designer Plan South America has joined up with local conservation charity the Naku Foundation to offer 130 travellers the chance to immerse themselves with the Sapara, learning their traditional ways of life – from hunting with blow darts to taking part in healing rituals. The four-night trip costs $2,330 full board, and over 50 per cent of proceeds will support the Naku Foundation’s aim to provide the community with medical treatment and education.

The Sapara people benefit from the Naku Foundation’s aim to provide their community with medical treatment and education
The Sapara people benefit from the Naku Foundation’s aim to provide their community with medical treatment and education

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