PERU with Brian and Marisha travel blog

Street market at the Harbor. Base of the Amazon River

Food vendor at the street market

Iquitos Plaza De Armas. You can see moto taxis in background. 90%...

Church in Iquitos

Eiffel Building. Made of all steel

Typical Building in Iquitos - you can picture how the city was...

Street in Iquitos. Left side overlooks Amazon basin. Just approacing high water...

Street folks on our way to the Beln Market. A parade and...

The outskirts of Belan. Poor man's Venice. Floods every year at high...

Upper Belan Market. The nicer part...far cry from the lower.

Upper Belan market. Herbs and medicines made from Rainforest plants.

Salted fish at the upper Belan Market

Lower Belan Market - black market parrots and monkey (top of cage)

Wow, a mural on the side of a building. Peru's statement of...

Moto Taxi. Pretty much same as a Thailand Tuk Tuk.

Family of 8 jammed into Moto Taxi.

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What its like to ride in a moto taxi. Similar to a...

After we left the Jungle on day 4, Our guide took us into town.

Ahh, civilization (sort of). For the last day he showed us around the city of Iquitos. An island formed by 3 large rivers, the Amazon being one of them. Maybe one of the most surreal experiences yet. We were led WAY off the tourist trail. We found out Iquitos was once a rich city during the rubber boom of the 1920's. One main building in town was build by Eiffel (as in tower-Paris). After the boom, the rubber barons took seeds back to Europe to plant there and abandoned the beautiful city. You can tell by walking around that it still retains its old world charm. Along the banks of the Amazon basin is Lower Belan. A floating city (the poor man's Venice of the Amazon). There he took us to The Belan Market. The upper market is where most locals shop. Still huge in size and very real, you can occasionally see a tourist. We had the opportunity to venture deeper, to the Lower Belan Market along the waterfront. Where ONLY locals and Amazon villagers come to trade. We were the ONLY tourists there. A mass of stalls, people, smells, black market goods. Haircuts in the streets, people starring at us, splayed open dead monkeys, live monkeys alligators, parrots, men sleeping on tables , food, oh and did we mention the smells (some good, some not so)..... Very overwhelming. Nothing we would have ever experienced on our own. Or dared to. So far from what we experience in daily life it is hard to imagine it's real. Even compared to other countries markets..or the upper Belan market, they even seem Modern compared to what we saw. Didn't get too many pictures down know, didn't want to stand out... hahahahahahaha

This whole jungle experience was the craziest thing either of us has done, name it. Absolutely insane. Ate things we never knew existed...played can't wait to tell you all about it. For now, we are recouping and heading to our room to shower and sleep...we have a 6am flight in the morning. Ahhhh....busting out the Speedo and heading to the beach - Brian that is.

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