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  The Xavante Indian Tribe - 3 Days
  Vip Tour Group has prepared this special 2 night / 3 day expedition to the reservation of one of the most special remote Indian Tribes of Brazil - The Xavantes People. This tour is a very special excursion that can be an add-on to any of our tours in Brazil. A private transfer by plane from Goais directly landing on the reservation will allow you to experience this remote area without enduring a 12 hour overnight transfer by car.

VIP Tour Group suggests no fixed departure dates, however, with this program we must choose the dates the Xavante people will receive visitors. We plan One-of-a-Kind Luxury Travel completely designed for you. Call our travel planners now to see how easy it is... 800.772.9188.

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The Xavantes have a word for the warrior that leads in front and scouts the territory, it’s “Wazu´ri´wá”. One learns from his journey, cultures, nature and prepares a path of the rest of the village. He teaches them what he has learned on his journey and shares his knowledge with everyone. The sustainable tourism project appropriately called “Wazu´ri´wá” allows for special select visits to the Etenhiritipá village (about 300 people in Indigenous Land Pimentel Barbosa, Municipal District of Canarana, Mato Grosso). The Xavante people call themselves “A'uwe Uptabi”, the true people. There are about 12 thousand people living in several villages, in 6 different reserves: São Marcos, Sangradouro, Parabubure, Couto Magalhães, Areões and Rio das Mortes. They speak the language “A' uewe”, from the linguistic trunk Jê.

The Xavantes People helped create this experience and proceeds will go to a fund that manages the community for Sustainable Tourism Project. Xavante People have a strategy to keep their culture, traditions and territory for the future generations. We, the “warazu” (the foreigner) need to understand in this 40th decade of physical and cultural survival, need to understand, help maintain, and promote their way of living. The decision to create a visitation program is a result of a lot of preporation and planning in association with the 'Faculdade de Turismo e Hotelaria do Senac' (Senac School of Tourism and Hotel Business) and today takes form in this initiative that is coordinated by IDETI (Indian Traditions Institute NGO in partnership with Indian nations in Brazil). Until almost halfway through the last century, the Xavantes lived in a territory between the rivers Araguaia and Tocantins. Because of persecution, they moved to a land located between the River Coluene and Rio das Mortes (River of Deaths), in the state of Mato Grosso. Their territory is a region of fields called "cerrado" (savannah) where the seasons are well defined: dry and wet season. We must visit in the dry season, as they travel to meet other families during the wet season.

The traditional Xavante Village has the shape of a horseshoe, with the open side in the river's direction. In the centre there is a great square, the Warã, where the men gather and where the big decisions are made by the Ancient Council. At one end of the Village there is the Hö (House of the Adolescents), where the traditions from the A'uwe Uptabi are passed on. The young people stay in the Hö for about 5 years. During this period they learn from their godfathers to make their own ornaments, survival practices like hunting and fishing, the myths and traditions. In a circular shape, the traditional Xavante house is made of tree trunk and bamboo that sustain the walls made of "babaçu" leaves. The door is located to the centre of the village. In the centre of the house is the fire, burning almost all the time. In the old days, the house was rebuilt every 4 or 5 years in a new place. One house shelters one couple and up to 2 or 3 recently-married daughters with their husbands and children. It is the kingdom of the women. The women are responsible for preparing and distributing the products from hunting and from the harvest. The men stay most of the time in the court or hunting.

The village is divided in two clans: öwawe (big water) and poreza'õno (tadpole). Weddings are only allowed between members from different clans, reinforcing their conviviality. Besides this, the Xavantes have a hierarchical division based on age categories.

Nowadays, many villages are experiencing the weakening of traditions, suffering the disfiguration of their rituals, of their way of thinking, and of the way they build and live. The reserves 'Rio das Mortes' and 'Areões' are one of the few examples of villages that managed to preserve their ancestral memory, passed on generation to generation.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Goiânia – Aldeia Ethenhiritipa

Arrival in the airport of Goiânia and board a private charter plane to Aldeia Ethenhiritipa indigenous village in rural Mato Grosso. Following the project developed by the community, the visitors will not be accommodated inside the village, but in a close area, where a traditional house (oca) was specially built for tourism purposes with some modifications, such as bathroom and kitchen. During the visitors stay, there will be a cook preparing all meals, according to the traditional Brazilian menu (rice, beans, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables) more familiar to them. During the week, a dinner inside the village is programmed, following the indigenous traditions. Accommodation in the 'oca' in sleeping bag or hammocks. In this first evening, the leaders of the village will recieve the visitors and invite them to a first visit to the village. Dinner in camp. Overnight in oca. .

Day 2 - Aldeia Ethenhiritipa

Activities with the community getting to know a little of their rich culture. It is part of the Brazilian indigenous culture the interpretation of dreams as a determinative factor to their routine. This means that the daily activities are established at dawn, according to the dreams of that night. During the days of visits, we'll perform hikings in the savannah, go up the 'Serra do Roncador' (Roncador Mountain Range), have festive activities in the village, fishing and cultivation, always on the presence and guidance of indigenous guides and a bilingual Ambiental guide. Dinner in camp. Overnight in oca.

Day 3 - Aldeia Ethenhiritipa

Full days activities again established at dawn, according to the dreams of that night. Then late afternoon we board our private plane transfer back to Goiânia, connecting home or to your next destination in Brazil.

Departure Dates for 2009

April - 19 to 21
May - 10 to 12
June - 07 to 09
July - 12 to 14
July - 19 to 21
August - 09 to 11
September - 06 to 08
October - 11 to 13

Rules and recommendationsNever walk alone.
It is strictly forbidden to take or consume alcoholic beverages inside the indigenous area.

What to take:
hiking shoes, electric flashlight(bring back the batteries used to give them an appropriate end),light clothes, Warm clothes for the night (temperature drops in the evening), sleeping bag or hammock, sheets and blanket, towel for bath, soap and other personal objects.

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Package Prices and other details
Category Hotel Prices  
  Four Star Xavante's Visitors Hut
$7,360 price quote

Price per person based on double accommodation.

* transfer from Goiania Airport on chartered airplane (Seneca III) to the Village; aircraft and pilot will stay 3 days in the village during clients stay.
* 2 nights in camp close to indigenous area, with full board (all meals included).
* all activities;
* Private bilingual guide during trip.

Not included:
* International flight to Brazil
* domestic flight to Goiânia.

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