Xina Bena Festival

Expedition to the Kaxinawa tribes of Western Brazil

Kaxinawá Expedition – Xina Bena Festival

The Xina Bena Festival takes place in a remote area of Brazil, unknown to the majority of the western world offers a chance to gain an insight to The Kaxinawá tribe or Huni Kui, meaning True People, who inhabit the Amazon forest close to the Peruvian border in the state of Acre, in western Brazil. During this itinerary you will visit the villages of these indigenous lands during the annual Xina Bena Festival a time of celebration within the Kaxinawa community. For a truly unique experience in Brazil, away from the tourist trail then this itinerary is for you.

The Kaxinawá

The Kaxinawá tribe or Huni Kui, meaning True People, live in a collection of 22 villages along two converging rivers relatively close to the town of Jordão in Brazil’s western state of Acre, close to the Peruvian border in a rarely visited area that is far from the standard tourist trail on a holiday to Brazil.

The Kaxinawá are a tribe of 5550 people who live on 13 different indigenas lands. The Kaxinawá pride themselves on their strong cultural identity, while maintaining contact with the “white people” who they first encountered in the late nineteenth century. Still much of their culture is secretive such as their knowledge of language, painting, art and traditional medicine.

Children learn to speak Portuguese when they are about 11 years old and the official language spoken between the Kaxinawá is hãtxa kui.

The Kaxinawá have a strong influence from the Inca kingdom due to its proximity to Peru, especially on clothes and body paintings with geometric shapes known as Kenes. The Indians of Acre had a peaceful relationship with the Incas and would trade with the Indians of the Andes, where medicinal plants were exchanged for salt and other products from the highlands.

During the expedition you will sleep in stay in the local homes of the Kaxinawá in hammocks and all meals are provided.

The Xina Bena Festival

The Xina Bena Festival will take place from the 3rd to 7th September 2014.

During this time the Kaxinawá will be celebrating this time of plenty with art, singing, dancing, body painting, food and traditional medicines. Every cultural and traditional wealth will be shared in this magical experience in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

The Itinerary

24th August – Rio Branco

The trip begins by arriving in Rio Branco where on arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel where you will have a full briefing on the trip. Hotel options in Rio Branco are very limited so expect simple accommodation now and throughout the trip.

To get to Rio Branco there are two direct flights at day from Brasilia, one with TAM arriving in the early afternoon, and one with GOL arriving just after midnight.

If you wish to combine the festival with further travels in Brazil just let us know.

25th August – Jordão and Altamira Village

After breakfast you will be transferred to Rio Branco airport where you will board a small airplane and fly across the Amazon forest for a 90 minute flight to the small town of Jordão where you’ll have a lunch. After lunch you will take a boat and sail for 2 hours along the Tarauacá River to the Altamira village (the indigenous land of Kaxinawa). Here you will have a presentation meeting with the indigenous Kaxinawa community before having dinner. Here you will spend the night.

HotelIcon Life in the villages of the Kaxinawa

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Whilst staying in the villages, accommodation will be provided in hammocks or in tents.

All meals are included during the expedition and are cooked by the indigenous tribes.

26th August  – Xina Bena Festival

This morning you will wake up early and after breakfast you we go to Aldeia Lago Lindo, about a 40 minute journey by boat. On arrival you will receive a presentation of the Kacique (the chief) followed by the official opening of the Festival with a traditional dance of celebration: Mariri Dancing. Here you will spend the next 5 nights.

27th August – 30th August – Xina Bena Festival

You will spend the next few days in the Lago Lindo village enjoying the Xina Bena Festival and participating in many activities that happen spontaneously – body painting, dances, handicrafts, herbal baths, swimming in the river, hiking in the woods, singing, meetings, ceremonies and rituals involving typical foods and many other activities too.

31st August – Aldeia Nova União / Jordão

After breakfast we leave Lago Lindo village and head down river and stopping at the Aldeia Nova União village before continuing further down stream stopping at other villages as we journey along the river. We will arrive into the town of Jordão towards the end of the day where you will stay for the night in a simple hotel.

1st September – Rio Branco

After breakfast we will head to the airport around 11am giving you time to rest and organise your luggage before we fly back to civilisation arriving into Rio Branco at around 3pm. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for the night where dinner will be included.

2nd September

Following a private transfer back to Rio Branco airport you can begin your journey back home or let us help you discover other wonderful parts of Brazil on an extended holiday.

What’s Included

  • All internal flights
  • Private airport transfers
  • 2 nights in a simple hotel in Rio Branco with breakfast
  • 1 night in a simple hotel in Jordão with breakfast
  • 6 nights in the local houses of the Indian communities in hammocks
  • Contributions for each village that we stay at
  • Return private air taxi flights between Jordão and Rio Branco
  • All meals during the trip to the tribal villages, full board equivalence.(Prepared by the indigenous tribes)
  • Extra provisions for breakfast and snacks.
  • An English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • An indigenous local guide.
  • Activities, hikes and visits during the trip.

Not Included

  • Return international flights to Brazil (we can provide these on request)
  • Beverages and meals which are not specified;
  • Phone calls and personal expenses;
  • Travel insurance;
  • * All other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.*

From: £1,780 per person*.

*The trip requires a minimum number of 4 clients to run.

We can also operate the trip on a private basis. Please enquire and we will provide a full quote for you.

We can also combine this trip to one of our other tailor-made itineraries to other parts of Brazil.