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 :).
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/).