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Feb 22, 2012 - Peru Jungle Adventure #2

When I arrived in Iquitos on Friday with my fellow boat travelers, I was without a plan. I thought about continuing on to Tarapoto, but the idea of spending another night on a boat was unbearable. I hung out with my friends for a few days in Iquitos, staying in Hostal Charapas and eating food that wasn´t rice milk. They were all parting ways in directions I´ve already been, so I went out and signed up for a 3-day jungle trek. Luchi picked me up at my hostel at 8 AM on Monday. We walked over to nice hotel to pick up a Peruvian couple and...

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Feb 17, 2012 - The Launcha

The lancha deserves an entry in itself. Let me begin by directing you to the first photo. That is what I found when I arrived in Pantoja, Peru. It was my home for four days and four nights. At first I was optomiistic that the inside wasn´t as scary as the outside, but then I went inside. It was really like living in a tin can. I got to Pantoja on Monday morning, and the lancha wasn´t leaving until Tuesday so I had a day to hang out. After walking the entire town in three minutes, I found a bench to sit on for the rest of the day. We´re...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Amazon

Just some information .... I ran out of original thoughts: Less than 5% of the suns light actually reaches the jungle floor. The amazon contains the highest species of diversity in the world. A million years ago mankind had an estimated population of 50 000. That has now grown to 7 billion. In the course of the past century humans have destroyed half of the worlds rainforest. Europeans have long viewed the amazon as a storehouse of raw materials setting the stage for the vast destructive influence we have now. The quinine found in the...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Iquitos and Peru in general

Sorry, no photos again, just another rant. Jen and Ric are both in agreement that Peru does not seem like a place worth visiting. It certainly does have a varied landscape, from desert coasts, high Andean mountains all the way to where we are which is the hot humid climate of the Amazon rain forest. But, most people would say that it is the people and its culture that make a country and for this Peru should be avoided. All across these varied landscapes we have come across the same sort of people, the sort who would stand in your face...

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May 21, 2011 - May 20-21, 2011 Lima

When we arrive in Lima, we are met by our tourguide Corina. We are all very hungry by now, actually hungry for some familiar food since we have only been eating native cuisine, so after checking into our hotel, the Jose Antonio Lima, between 8:30 and 9 pm, Corina takes us on a walking tour to a Pizza hut. Boy, did that Pizza taste good. After a morning at our leisure, we meet the remainder of our group, who will be joining us for the rest of our Peru adventure. After lunch together we are taken on a tour of the Miraflores District of Peru...

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May 19, 2011 - May 19, 2011 journey back to civilization

This morning following breakfast we head out for another excursion. We pack up in our little boat down the Amazon and stop at a small village market where we hear pigs squealing that were be transported by rickshaw to a boat. This is where many local people shop for food for their meals and locals bring their produce for shipment on small boats to other centers. Here we transfer to a motorcycle driven rickshaw for a journey across land to a village center on the Napo river. Jerry has decided that if we run out of money he could become a...

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May 18, 2011 - Yagua Village and Rum distillery adventures

Today we visited the Explorama Lodge, the actual one we were scheduled to stay at but were so blessed to have avoided because of renovations - such as adding indoor plumbing and a private bath in each bedroom. But do notice in the finished rooms, the beds are still covered with mosquito netting. Explorama was started by Peter Jennings after he spent time here with the Yagua people when in the Peace Corp. His field was Anthropology. The first lodge he built was the Explorama lodge and it has now expanded to include the Research center,...

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May 17, 2011 - On to the Mighty Muddy Jungle

All decked out in our mud shoes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, rain panchos, safari hats, water bottles and cameras we boaqrd a small speed boat at 5:30 am for a 70 mile 1 1/2 hour ride up the Amazon and then the Napa river for breakfast at the Exploranapa Lodge and our jungle adventure. Along the way we saw children on docks waiting for a river bus to take them to school and houses on stilts. You can really see how high the water level is. At one point the Amazon was so wide it looked like a lake. Seasonally, the Amazon can vary in depth...

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May 16, 2011 - Exploration on Amazon river and tributaries

Today was a day on a small flat bottomed boat exploring the Amazon river and some of its tributaries for fauna, birds, and other wild life. The Amazon river is at a high level. Its depth varies from 30 to 45 feet. It is about 42 feet now.We went fishing for pirahna with stick poles and red meat. First we (actually our boat driver)caught 2 different species of catfish, but finally a pirahna. Ferocious looking little thing! The pirahna have a substance in their mouth that is an anticoagulant. If they bite you, you will bleed a lot. We saw an...

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May 15, 2011 - May 15, 2011 Iquitos and Ceiba Tops, Peru

After a predawn breakfast, we were transported to the airport to fly to Iquitos, PERU to start our Amazon adventure. We were met by our guide in Iquitos. On our trip through Iquitos on our way to our boat, we saw many interesting sites, including open produce market, a busy shopping market, some of the 2300 motorcycle driven rickshaws. The first rickshaw we saw was driven by none other than a reliable Honda. The Peruvians do know good transportation.:) We then boarded our boat for our 25 mile trip up the Amazon to our lodging. And what a...

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Sep 2, 2010 - Iquitos

Spent most of the day catching up on internet stuff. Then it was like leaving home, Joe, Neto both said goodbye at Flying Dog...Neto is going to France in a month to continue his studies, language and communications degree. Joe continues on with his very possitive attitude even tho his father is suffering from diabetes and they have no money to get a transplant or anything...just pray. We will miss them, so very helpful and just nice folks. Taxi to airport at 330 and plane here in Iquitos by 730 pm, we end up in LP hostal, Maflo which is...

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Jul 16, 2010 - Amazon Experiences

Our days at the lodge were split between early morning trips (6.15am) back for breakfast then a morning trip (back for lunch) an afternoon trip (back for dinner) and then a night boat trip to spot nocturnals. First walk in the rainforest: Was after lunch the first day. I plastered on the insect repellent, put long sleeves on and donned the wellies. Our guide took a machete (although he hardly needed it, this was a well worn path!). We saw pygmy marmoset monkeys, squirrel monkeys, strangler figs, termite nests, leafcutter ants, millipede and...

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