At the end of 2019 and having done the 1st Scouting in 2013 for this French production company, we did a new scouting to the imposing and demanding Vilcabamba Mountain Range. The more traditional Ashaninka groups still and keep going through that area were, this time, the target of a journey of almost 2 weeks, was to walked and recognize the conditions and potentials of that area for this production. Our Premium guide was Michel Sáenz; an anthropologist with more than 40 years of shared life with all the villages of this area, and our local guides were the children of the traditional leaders of some Ashaninkas communities. Undoubtedly, our fixer could not have been better accompanied!
Thanks to Michels recommendations and experience, the trip had to get around the risks of illegal activities currently happening in the lowlands of the well-known VRAEM basin. The complex logistics responded precisely to the demands of moving ourselves in this area, and everything was managed impeccably and safely, happily!
The result was to have met groups of traditional Ashaninka families with enormous potential for the objectives of that production. There’s no doubts that we will have a 2nd scouting trip very soon, where we will finally finish details to, with some luck, bring that production in October of this current year. Thanks to all our friends who made this scouting possible and successful!
And it’s been 11 years since Ramita Navai came to Peru for the first time to cover the events of the unforgettable “Baguazo” in the Devil’s Curve (San Martin Region) for the British TV show on Channel 4; Unreported World! This time and after an exceptional journalistic career, she returned as a freelance writer, without cameras, interested in the “hidden” story of this basin and of course, who more than us to organize her entire trip.
So since October last year that we resumed contact with her, little by little, we were creating the local communications, contacts and allies and preparing the logistics for finally in February, maked this 20-day trip, which was projected as one of the more dangerous than we’ve ever done. The trip was long, to a basin unknown to us and we had many people and friends who recommended us to go very carefully, some even told us not to go, but finally, we did it.
This trip allowed us to evaluate the logistical and safety conditions and the true dimension of the real potential risks, given the need to return to the area during the year. With some luck, we were able to identify local key actors to Ramita’s interests and recognize, on-site, how to minimize any potential threat to the success of the trip. We’ll tell you more, later!!!