Dates: August 24th – September 4th, 2019
Location: Colombia & Peru
The Ultimate Jungle Experience
Join Nick Gordon and Joe Flowers for one of the most unique wilderness adventures on the planet. Learn to build your own blowgun, poison darts, bows, arrows, and baskets. Make a hammock from tree bark, learn to fish, forage, and make fire in the traditional ways & more! Local tribesmen will be our teachers and the jungle is our classroom. These men and women are from tribes only recently contacted and there is great potential for this trip to include a few firsts for outsiders!
We arrive in Leticia and stay in a nice hut for the first night. We may go out on a night hike to search for frogs, reptiles, sloths, and electric eels. The next day, we will procure any equipment we need, check packs, and travel up some wild rivers to meet the rest of our team.
From there, we go deep into the jungle for 7 days. The expedition is not backpacking based, but we do go through very thick jungle and sometimes have to cross rivers when going to search for our campsite. We go out hunting with the indigenous, night hikes in search of jungle life, day hikes, and more. These are generally with little more than water or a daypack. We then return back to the campsite.
Each day we focus on making blowguns, bows, traps, baskets, canoe paddles, and more. We also send groups of two out with the Matis learning to spot and stalk monkeys, maybe grabbing one for a meal with their 12-foot blowguns. Lots of fishing, fish traps, and fish spearing. We also take fish and other game with machetes and slingshots. We’ve eaten everything from tree frogs to 70lb caiman.
This is a bushcraft expedition and cultural immersion. It is not a hunting safari or tough man/woman competition but participants should be in good physical health. Exercises in balance and cardio training prior to the trip will come in handy. If you want a more rigorous trip, we can send you out with Alberto monkey hunting at “his pace” or you can try an overnight solo in the jungle. You will be bushwhacked but it’s a lot of fun. We have the ability to really customize this trip to suit your curiosities.
On the last day, we return from the jungle. We get to go shopping in Leticia, and go out on the Amazon river where we will be able to fish, play with monkeys, and do some other more “normal” stuff.
Deposit to secure your spot is $400 (Non-refundable after April 1st, 2019)
Final balance must be paid in full no later than August 1st, 2019
Checks and money apps are also accepted. Please Contact Me for details
10 days lodging
All meals during the trip
Expert guide team
Filtered water at camp
All fees and taxes
TOPS machete and knife valued at $400
All transportation by taxi or boat
Does not include:
Personal clothing and camping gear
International flight (flights run $500 to $900 out of O’Hare)
Meals outside of the itinerary such as food at the airport
Medical/rescue insurance (Optional $100 Extra)
Note: The 2019 trip is limited to 10 people. (4 spots left) For this reason, we are accepting deposits for 2020 as well.
Please contact Nickofthewoods with any questions
Nick Gordon, NREMT and Wilderness EMT, is the owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, emergency readiness, and survival courses throughout the Great Lakes region and abroad. In addition to running the largest outdoor themed meetup community in Wisconsin, he also volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.