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Pucallpa, Peru

Pucallpa Reviews

ronindiana ronindia…
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Going to stay with the indigenous Shipibo Tribe in Pucallpa Peru. Mar 17, 2015
I have been to Pucallpa twice to stay with the Shipibo tribe. Ive been to Peru 5 times now in three years. Pucallpa is the second biggest jungle city in Peru. This city does have a road that leads from Lima,Peru unlike Iquitos (biggest jungle city in the world) which is only accessable by boat or plane. Pucallpa's road from Lima was built early in the last century because of the rubber trade. Many of the Shipibo tribe worked in rubber trade for really low wages. But the cost of living is very low since most needs can be aquired from the jungle itself. I opted for a 18 hour bus ride for my first adventure to Pucallpa to save money because Jonas (the man from the Shipibo tribe i met on my first trip to Cusco,Peru) didnt have much money and i was grateful for his company teaching me his ways and views of the world.) The Shipibo tribe is the second biggest tribe in Peru besides the Inca and the shipobo have 50,000 tribes members. I definitely optioned for flying when destined for Pucallpa the second time a year later. If i could do it again i would have flown and met my friend Jonas who wanted to ride the bus to Pucallpa. I was headed to stay with Jonas's family and venture where most tourists do not go. He was from the Shipibo tribe and was a shaman who understood plant medicine very well. Sometime i was intrigued with learning about. He met me in Lima because he has a child there. The bus ride was very scary in some spots because of dirt roads that were muddy on the side of steep cliffs. There are also was a stop we made and the bus stopped and paid a "toll" to a group who made the road safe for us. I was like wow this is "loco!" They were there to make sure no one robbed us. I thought of the mafia stories we here about in the US. I was the only westerner on the bus. There was chickens and much produce in the storage area of the bus that was for sale and consumption by other passengers destined for Pulallpa. I wanted a adventure most westerners do not see and boy i sure was getting one. When we arrived we were picked up by Jonas's family in Moto-taxis. Most people in Pucallpa didnt own cars they bought three wheeled motorcycles with a "buggie" in the back with space for three people and some luggage. We left for a small very humble house in the city of Pucallpa before we would head the next day to the actual Shipibo village which was a boat ride away on the Ucayali river (a tributary of the Amazon). The house we stayed at had dirt floors and had a hose through the wall to make the faucet for the kitchen sink. The water was hand pumped from a well and there was an "outhouse" for a bathroom. The meals they cooked were excellent. Surprisingly my favorite was the pirahna. This fish was very tasty. Also banana and plantains were cooked many ways since they are so abundant. The banana drink they made was delicious. Also rice and plecostomus fish was served many times on this trip. I do not recommend the plecostomus because it tasted dirty but i ate it anyway showing hospitality. I was grateful to have this experience in a non tourist style setting. A memory that will last forever. The next day we headed to the village which was about a 45 minute boat ride away. The villages ive stayed at were both very welcoming. There were free range pigs and chickens running everywhere. There were monkeys howling 24/7 and the sounds of the jungle was in fact its own sympathy. The sounds of the jungle will put you in a very meditative state. I have stayed about 20 days in the jungle counting days in Iquitos with just mosquito nets covering me from the wilderness of the jungle. The net were under huts with palm roofs and sometimes had a screen depending on which place i stayed. The jungle is actually very peaceful and was so awesome seeing these people so happy without the materialistic ways of my culture. They had each other and for most of them, that is all they needed. The women made very unique jewelry that had stayed in the same patterns for hundred of years. There culture was like being in a time warp for me but was perfect in its own way. I was very happy to be here. I wanted to adopt as much of the culture as i could on my trips to Peru and i was putting myself in a non tourist environment to do it. These trips have changed me forever. Each tribe member had there own "job" for the community as a whole and were a very proud group. You could tell not so long ago they hadn't had a need for money. They actually didn't need money now. I thought of how upset our western culture acts when they don't get what they want. How people complain so much about not having money. They had everything they needed from fish to vegetables to fruit to simple shelter that the jungle provided them. The toilets were just a hole in the ground with a palm tree made room built around the hole for privacy. The singing and the children are something ill never forget. For some of the trip i had no interpreter but a man named Diego joined us when we got back to Pacullpa. Diego could speak Spanish, English and Shipibo. Diego became a good friend and has visited Indiana and California with me. In connected with Diego better than anyone cause he was so knowledgable and could speak to anyone. I donated some money to Jonas's family who was struggling to take care of a few sick children. A little money goes a long way in this part of the jungle. One child named Ediberto who was Jonas's nephew had cerbral pasly who didnt have a wheel chair. I trusted they would get him one. This child Ediberto was special to me and i sat by him giving him massage and talking with him making him grin so big. They said he doesnt do that much. Bet just seeing me was special to him being so different and having a differnt voice and language. I donated money for a few children cause i have a big heart. Some say too big but i think not. I try to act in a way that if every person on the planet was like me, would it be a beautiful place? Some thing ive aquired as ive got older and definitely not the way of thinking i had when i was a teenager. A wise man once told me you spend the first half of your life making money and the second half giving. Something that stuck with me since ive had a fortunate life. The art, singing and hospiltality were unforgettable from a group of people who live so humbly. A trip ill never forget. One my second trip to Pacullpa i stayed with a man named Jaime who was also a Shipibo shaman. This man was friends with Diego. He was also Diego's teacher who has much wisdom that he is eagerly willing to share. His family was a separate family from Jonas's family but in the same tribe and they knew each other. Ill post some pics of my stays in Pucallpa. Pacullpa is a place to go if you want to see the jungle in its raw form away from any tourism. Many looked at me like i was a giant alien since im 6'2" and the average size may have been 5'2" for the indigenous. Many of these people never leave this area i guess just like some never leave there home town where ever you go. Most in Pulcallpa had indigenous heritage and not spanish like Lima. After these trips i wished i studied anthropology in school instead of business but know my goal in life is to study anthropology first hand by experience and not out of a book. These trips have definitely taken me different path in life changing how i view the world and what types of vacations i want for my future.
Getting through Pulcullpa
Where we slept on my first night i…
Baby tarantula
Puma, Jonas and his cousin.
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ronindiana says:
Thank you. I love your country and your people!

Posted on: Mar 18, 2015
Nana_gincin says:
To know a country must meet its people; I'm glad you found new purpose in life ... Welcome!
Posted on: Mar 18, 2015
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