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Dec 20, 2005 - Peru - Amazon Rainforest

We landed in Iquitos on Dec 20th. Iquitos is called "Peru's Gateway to the Amazon". The Amazon basin begins there and connects to a plethora of other rivers. The basin so large it holds boats the size of tankers. We started our journey there, cutting through a small market on the shore to get to the "marina" towards our Jungle Lodge - Fresh foods cooking and venders selling last minute items for the journey. We took a long boat down one of the Amazon's offshoots - the Moman River. About 45 min to an hour by motorboat down river we hit our...

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Nov 26, 2005 - Down River to Iquitos

So we made our way through the cow pens and crates of chickens and strung our hammocks on the upper deck of a cargo boat heading for Iquitos. Two and a half lazy days swinging up the Rio Maranon (which becomes the Amazon), pausing at tiny villages to unload virtual trees of bananas, sacks of salt, cattle, chickens, Coca Cola and marveling at the incredible night sky. Iquitos is the largest jungle village in the world, a steamy town of 400,000 accessible only by river and air. We traveled by peki-peki through tiny tributaries where pink...

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Sep 9, 2005 - The Jungle

Hello all! We just returned from an amazing three days in the Peruvian jungle. We saw monkeys, caymans, trantulas, tons of birds, boa constrictors and more. We stayed in a lodge about a three hour boat ride from Iquitos. We travelled up river on the Amazon to a smaller river called Black Water. The lodge is up river on Black Water. Because it's dry season right now, the water is very low, and it took the driver of the boat some pretty tricky moves to get us to the lodge. Despite the water being low, the Amazon is HUGE. It seems more a lake...

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Chile and Peru 2005

Aug 15, 2005 - Boat to Iquitos, Floating slums

2 different subjects though....although our boat could probably of been called a floating slum. so.... Somebody had told them we were coming so they waited for us. The boat was bigger and busier than the last but also much more basic and dirtier. We put our hammocks up on the top, which was more open and less crowded than the middle deck. On the lower deck was cargo and animals mostly cows and pigs. We left straight away but had to go to an island which would take about 2 hours before we could head to Iquitos. I was so tired I slept...

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Gemma's RTW trip

Jun 10, 2005 - Huanuco - Pucallpa - Iquitos

Liebe Freunde, Inzwischen bin ich mitten im Oberlauf des Amazonas angekommen. Beim Zwischenstop in Tingo Maria, einem netten Staedchen nutzte ich die Zeit um die "Cueva de las pechugas" zu besuchen. Eine Grotte welche sich gegen den Dschungel oeffnet und Brutplatz fuer tausende von Oelvoegeln darstellt. Dementsprechend war dann auch die Soundkulisse drinnen. Die Fahrt mit dem Mototaxi dahin und zurueck war ebenfalls nett und mein Fahrer entpuppte sich als halber Reisefuehrer. Trotz anderer Passagiere hielt er es fuer unausweichlich immer...

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May 27, 2005 - PERU - Iquitos - The Jungle and the Amazon

We had an early start to Iquitos but flew over absolutely nothing other than rainforest it seemed almost for the whole flight. We could see the Amazon as we got close snaking its way through the forest on its way to the Pacific Ocean. Once in Iquitos, and after we rented the required wellies, we were promptly put into a rather small boat with an enormous engine that whisked us to Mayuna Lodge, 140 kms up the Amazon, and it took just over 2.5 hours. We quickly discovered that we were truly going into the middle of nowhere. We should have...

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May 10, 2005 - Iquitos, Peru

IQUITOS Arrived in Iquitos late at night, so grabbed a moto-taxi (essentially a weird 3 wheeled motobike taxi) and headed over to my hostel for the night. The moto-taxi was driven by a Peruvian guy named Johnny who decided to take a massive tiki tour around town before taking me to my hostel which was not greatly appreciated seeing as the delay meant we caught a tropical downpour getting some of my stuff wet along the way. Johnny's delay was largely due to his insistence that we visit his friend along the way to find out about jungle tours....

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Chris's rant fest

Jan 18, 2005 - Peru, Iquitos, Explornapo lodge

15-01-05 / 17-01-05 I yook a trip with Explorama tours, mainly because they own the canopy walkway, a walkway of 500 meters high up in the trees. From this walkway it is possible to watch birds from a different position. The trip to the lodge went over the Napo river by an converted public boat, and then by speedboats and even a mototaxi to make a shortcut overland to the Sucusari stream, a tributary to the Napo river. I had weekend promotion package, including an individual guide (Ricardo), no other guests. The guests did split up over...

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Dec 16, 2004 - Iquitos, The Amazon

Well, what can I say, wow, it was amazing! Arrived at 8pm at night, and the smell, the heat, the noise was different, it was jungle! Waiting on the baggage, it sounded like the jungle tribes were warring outside the wooden hut airport!! Luckily, it was only (?!) a political demonsration. I was whipped away by my guide(Gaftov) to a car, then thru the jungle city of Iquitos, where it all looked different, wee motorised rick shaws being the main mode of transportation, the usual Plaza de Armas, with a building on the corner made by Gustav...

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

Nov 28, 2004 - Peru - The Many Faces of Peru / Iquitos Photos

Picture this ... it's 3:45AM and you're woken by a soft knock on the door. Initially you're alarmed. Then you remember that you have an early boat to catch; the knock on the door is your wake-up call. Off in the distance you hear lively Latin music playing and realize that people are still at the discos. You're getting up before some people have gone to bed! 4:15AM, the taxi that is supposed to take you to the pier dies a slow painful death in front of the hotel, so you're forced to make the trip on the back of the hotel owner's motorcycle,...

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Nov 12, 2004 - Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos is a very cool jungle town on the edge of the Amazon. Thanks to the hundreds of motorbike taxis it's constantly humming and when we were there the weather was sunny and hot and on the humid side. While we were there we checked out a nearby zoo which had lots of monkeys and my favorite jungle creature, Capybaras (like a big guinea pig that swims), Pumas, Jaguars and Paiche (giant fish found in the Amazon which Charlie also had for dinner one night). We also checked out the busy market and bought some delicious and cheap avocados and...

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