Across the Andes by Frog Pt 3b
Iquitos Travel Blog› entry 6 of 12 › view all entries
August 24th, 2007 – by: markjam
I´ve just got back in to Lima from Iquitos, which is a river port on the Amazon. Iquitos can´t be reached by road - the only way to get there is by boat or plane. And just to be a bit more inaccessible, I didn´t actually stay in the town, but in a jungle lodge about 40km down river. Though a little remote, the lodge had reasonable amenities (though electricity wasn´t one of them). It was hotter and more humid there than Satan´s armpit, and any sort of exertion would leave me bathed in sweat. Got to do a whole bunch of jungley activities - swim in the Amazon (very briefly, and made sure not to take a leak whilst in there); hike through the jungle; swing on vines tarzan-style; visit a native village where we danced with the natives (well more like ran around in circles with them) fired blowpipes and then had them try to sell us trinkets; drink the local firewater; get up close to the local wildlife; and go piranha fishing (unfortunately the only one I caught got off the hook as I was bringing it into the boat.It was approximately 4 metres long I believe...). All in all it was pretty neat (if a little staged at times), if only it wasn´t so damned hot (though it did mean the Itiqueñas - the local beer - went down a treat).
Just starting my last week on the archeological site, and I think that´ll be more than enough for now. At the end of the week I start my tour around Peru. The itinerary hasn´t been impacted much by the earthquake - we´re just skipping one town which is basically a pile of rubble at the moment.
I finally managed to get videos of the Lima street parade and lucha libre wrestling online - probably not worth bothering, the file quality is appalling but anyway:
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