The ‘Mashco Piro’ tribe is one of few tribes that still survive in the Manu region of the interior Amazon jungles and have no contact with the outside world. They are similar to the Jarawa tribes of the Andaman Islands.
A category of Tour operators exploit this situation and take tourists on what is known as ‘human safari’ – to see human life in the raw. To them, these human beings are no better than ordinary animals – hence, ‘human safari’ is just an extension of ‘tiger safari’.
This group of unscrupulous operators takes advantage of these innocent tribes and organizes tours to take tourists to see them in their natural habitats.
The Mashco Piro people live in the Manu national park near the border of Brazil. They had been driven out of their normal settlements in the Upper Manu river areas more than a century ago by the rubber tappers. They were forced to move into the remote jungles.
In spite of caution to people to maintain a safe distance from communities who want to remain away from the outside world, tour guides are least bothered and flout the advice.