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Responsible Tourism

 

Though the Boiling River Project does not endorse any one specific tourism service provider or venue, we do have a vested interest in promoting responsible tourism to the Boiling River.

 

As the Boiling River and its jungles comprise an ecologically and culturally sensitive area, in close proximity to modern, globalized Amazonian urban centers as well as high-poverty zones, we strongly urge those interested in visiting the site to exclusively coordinate directly with either Mayantuyacu (www.Mayantuyacu.com) or Santuario Huistín (www.santuariohealing.com). Each of these groups supplies tourists with their own internal travel tips and recommendations, which should be followed.

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Tourism is a double-edged sword. If properly managed it becomes an essential conservation tool and a vital economic lifeline for local communities that incentivizes them to keep the jungle intact. However, uncontrolled or mismanaged tourism can directly lead to site degradation and exploitation. Both Mayantuyacu and Santuario Huistín have a long history of serving tourists in the Boiling River area, and giving them your business empowers these native communities to expand their efforts and protect their land from clear-cutters.

 

The Boiling River Project receives no financial benefits of any kind from Mayantuyacu or Santuario Huistín. With this tip, we simply want to inform tourists of the most responsible way to visit this sacred site.

Personal Safety

 

The Boiling River is a stunningly beautiful natural wonder, and the overwhelming majority of people who visit the area have safe and unforgettable visits, without harmful incidents. Many tourists have even brought their young children to visit, with no issues.

 

This being said, please remember that this large thermal river can be extremely dangerous. Our desire is not to scandalize, but rather to inform tourists of the real, potential dangers inherent in visiting the site.

 

The Boiling River presents the biggest risk, particularly in the Mayantuyacu area. “Boiling alive” is an absolutely horrible and painful way to die—we really, really don’t want this for you.* Please use extreme caution, and “mind the River.” For much of its flow, the river is hot enough to give serious second- to third- degree burns in seconds.

Visiting this site is not for everyone, given the difficulty of access and rural living conditions. Prepare for very hot (both from the sun and the river) and humid conditions, lots of hiking, bug bites, no air conditioning, no internet or mobile reception, as well as being about an hour away from the nearest clinic, and at least three hours from the nearest hospital (in Pucallpa).

 

As a friendly reminder, check your shoes every morning—as there are many poisonous spiders and scorpions that call the jungle home. Furthermore, there are many venomous snakes and poison dart frogs in the area, so please watch your step and stay on hiking trails!

 

Your personal safety is entirely your own responsibility and when you enter this jungle you do so at your own risk. There are no boardwalks, no ropes, and no handrails. The Boiling River area remains (for the most part), wild and untamed— and we hope to keep it this way.

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*As a historical note, in a 2012 interview Maestro Enrrique of Santuario Huistín reported that while exploring the river many years back they found “mineralized human bones.” They collected the bones, and later lent them to a “German anthropologist” who came to visit. Unfortunately, this unnamed anthropologist took the bones and never returned them to Santuario Huistín. Though it is unclear how these bones got into the river, the possibility exists of a Boiling River-related fatality.