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Jul 15, 2010 - Iquitos and arrival at Amazon Lodge

The flight to Iquitos from Lima was around an hour and a half and I arrived about 12 noon. It`s hot here as you`d expect from the jungle. I got transferred to a hotel in Iquitos overnight before the Jungle lodge transfer the next day. Iquitos is the worlds largest city that cannot be reached by road...just accessible by boat or air. It`s a thriving metropolis that has real jungle encroaching on it`s edges. It is a mix of poor and rich with flashy bars and hotels for tourists who inevitably come here as the hop off for their jungle...

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Sue's Big Trip

Feb 14, 2010 - to the amazon

This morning I was picked up from the hotel at midday and taken to the airport for my transfer to Iquitos and the Amazon. The flight was pretty bumpy most of the way so I was not happy by the time we landed. It is very strange descending to the landing strip and seeing palm leaf houses and a few tin buildings as you are coming in to land. Usually you see the towns building up, the main roads and then the airport surrounding buildings. We approached the landing strip from the sea and made a quick landing just as we hit land. We had to get...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 18, 2010 - Rio Amazonas

Hello! Wow, it appears we have chosen the wrong winter to escape - we´ve been hearing reports of ABOVE ZERO back in Toon Town.....and here we´ve been bragging to everyone we meet that Saskatoon gets to minus 50 celsius! I realize this is an odd thing to brag about, but aren´t we all just a little proud that we can withstand such superhuman conditions? No? Well, anyways, since our last blog we have done too much to cover in one blog entry, so this entry is just on our experience in the Amazon. First off, let me say that if you ever want to...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Endlich im Dschungel! - Finally the jungle!

Als wir in Iquitos aus dem Flugzeug gestiegen sind, war es als ob wir gegen eine warme, feuchte Wand laufen wuerden und wir haben gemerkt, was es bedeuted im Amazonasbecken gelandet zu sein: Schier unertraegliche Hitze und 80% Luftfeuchtigkeitk, sprich konstantes, ekeliges Schwitzen :-) Wenn wir bisher Suedamerika recht modern fanden, haben wir uns hier zum ersten Mal ein bisschen wie in einem dritte Welt Land gefuehlt, denn in der groessten Stadt der Erde die nicht ueber den Landweg zu erreichen ist, sind die Menschen doch deutlich aermer...

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Jun 2, 2009 - To Iquitos

After a lovely sleep we woke up in Loki and had a random breakfast. Having not brought our entire backpack we were now wearing our clothes for 36hrs (me) and 60hrs (mike) respectively...we were ready to get new clothes! We left Loki in the AM - after stealing many packet of Coca tea (our new favourite...apparently you will test positive for cocaine after drinking this tea)- and made our way back to Monte Horeb to collect our backpacks. We checked in for our flight downtown and then mailed some stuff home. We hailed a taxi and were so taken...

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May 29, 2009 - Posada Amazonas

Posada Amazonas opened its doors in 1998 and has kept it's promise as an authentic eco-tourist experience. It is a rustic 30 bedroom community partnership eco-tourist project that is jointly owned by the Ese-Eja community of Infierno and is situated inside the community's private reserve. Using local materials and architecture, the lodge is community built and all profits go back into the community including those made by the boutique wares. It is awesome, there are no doors, no windows, at night you sleep to the sounds of the frogs,...

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May 28, 2009 - Amazon - Iquitos

We took an early 30 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, we then boarded a motorised canoe up river having lunch on board the canoe as we traveled to our lodge in the Madre de Dios Area. In the afternoon we headed into the jungle with our local guide to seek out the magnificent fauna and flora of the jungle. The guides taught us about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants along the way. The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but...

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Apr 21, 2008 - Janice and Larry become intrepid explorers in the Amazonian jungle

As you may have guessed from the title of this up-date, we have decided to stay on a bit longer and have just returned from the jungle lodge. Larry is feeling a lot better and stronger though he is still rather thin but he has his appetite back so hopefully he will gain the weight back soon. We have just spent the last 3 days deep in the jungle. What an experience it has been. We flew from Lima at the ridiculous time of 4.00 am. It was still dark so we missed seeing the Andes from the air but did catch a lovely sunrise over the jungle with...

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Apr 21, 2008 - Iquitos, Peru

We spent our last day in Iquitos, the largest city in the world that can't be accessed by road. You have to either fly or take a boat to get there. Despite it's remoteness, it's a city of 500,000 people. We walked around all day eating from random food stalls and took a canoe tour through Belen, the floating city of about 15,000 people. The market in Belen is half on the water and half in the streets and it's huge. They sell everything...food, clothes, herbal concoctions, live monkeys, fish that are still breathing on the tables. It was...

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Apr 18, 2008 - The Amazon, Peru

We traveled 140KM into the jungle where they don't have any electricity or hot water. The wildlife was amazing from the thousands of birds, alligator hunting by hand at night, catching frenzied pirrhana with raw chicken liver, and seeing the lazy bears (sloths). Our bungalow was truly a refuge from the mosquitoes and life in general. The local village was only a short boat ride away and the people live a very simple life, but seem to be happy. The Amazon is a must see!!! After a 3 hour boat ride along the Amazon, we arrived at Muyuna Lodge,...

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Jan 16, 2008 - Happy 2008!

Dear Family and Friends, It's been a while since the last time we posted. We finished the year surrounded by family from Peru and from MN! we have been truly blessed this year. We are very thankful for the opportunties we were able to take, the moments spent with my family and Jeremy's family that visited us and the love and support we received from family and friends after the terrible earthquake. I promise we will continue posting and upating you on our life in Peru. Jeremy finished the school year in December writing a hilarious and very...

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Los Perrin in Peru

Oct 16, 2007 - Iquitos: Dr Asigbetse I presume? Finally stepping out of the jungle

Travelling down the Amazon you know you are on a major waterway as it was plied by river boats of all shapes and sizes. Eventually we set eyes on our final destination, Iquitos. Famed for being the only large city not connected to anywhere by roads, boat or plane is the only way in or out of here. The port of Iquitos was huge with the row after row of river barges big and small, new to basically floating wrecks; even the Peruvian navy had got in on the act with naval barges bristling with guns. I was very hard to take them seriously though...

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EZ Duz it!

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