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Amazon Adventure: Life in the indigenous community La Libertad


Indigenous people from La Libertad community belong to Yagua tribe that originally comes from Peru, just across mighty Amazon river.

The community is located at the bank of Amazon river, 3 hours upstream from Leticia on the slow boat. The Yaguas tend to go to city of Leticia very rarely. The cost for boat fuel is still high for local people and usually they share the ride as I did with them. Yaguas consume what the jungle offers- mainly manioc, bananas, papayas and fish.

Children go to school, they study 5 times per week 4 hours daily. They wear uniforms which to be honest, surprised me a lot. Why do Amazonian children need an uniform? That’s another cost they have to pay and as the most adult people do not have a steady income, the uniform cost is not negligible.

Women take care of children, they cook and make handcrafts that sell to the tourist. Men look for a food (fishing, jungle search) or work together to improve village infrastructure. Ultimately they were building a boat port during my presence.

There is an electricity in the village- in the school and few houses. I also found some families with TV set, children and adults gather together to watch TV, usually some soap operas or old movies… I can clearly understand why Gustavo family’s pet, monkey Chuku, is called Chuki :).

Few people have TV set, the rest of the village gather to watch it together

Few people have TV set, the rest of the village gather to watch it together

Fishing is one of the food source

Fishing is one of the food source

Washing clothes and plates at the same place

Washing clothes and dishes at the same place

Monkey Chuki eating rice

Family pet monkey Chuki is eating rice from the plate

Kids watching port construction

Local kids watching the process of port construction

Candela game jumping over the fire

“Candela”- game jumping over the fire

Making farinha, manioc flour

Making farinha, manioc flour

Playing cards in the afternoon

Playing cards in the afternoon

Sundawn, kids and dreadlocks guy

Sundawn, kids and dreadlocks guy

Village gathering in Gustavo's house

Village gathering in Gustavo’s house

Searching for bananas in the jungle

Searching for bananas in the jungle

In the school

Normal day in the local school

No electricity in the night, just candle

No electricity in the night, just candle

At the bank of Amazon river

At the bank of Amazon river

Stefani is ready to wash dishes

Stefani is ready to wash dishes

Me and kids, funny night with games

Me and kids, funny night with games

Water is inseparable element of their lives

Water is inseparable element of their lives

You are never alone, kids are always with you

You are never alone, kids are always with you

 If you would like to visit La Libertad as a tourist or you wish to volunteer there as I did, you can contact me via contact section or enter directly to Amazon Pueblo webpage and fill in volunteer application in volunteering section (http://www.amazonpueblo.org/).

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2 thoughts on “Amazon Adventure: Life in the indigenous community La Libertad

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