Across the Andes by Frog Pt 3b

Iquitos Travel Blog

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Cruising down the Amazon.
Hola amigos
 
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.
Local Iquitos traffic
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:
 
 
 
 
hasta luego
Mark
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Cruising down the Amazon.
Cruising down the Amazon.
Local Iquitos traffic
Local Iquitos traffic
Locals at work
Locals at work
Jungle accomodation.
Jungle accomodation.
Jungle scenery
Jungle scenery
Sunset in the Amazon.
Sunset in the Amazon.
Climbing up a tree
Climbing up a tree
and sliding back down
and sliding back down
Up another tree
Up another tree
Tarantula!!! I declined the opport…
Tarantula!!! I declined the oppor…
Getting my make-up done by the loc…
Getting my make-up done by the lo…
Working the blowpipe. I was a hope…
Working the blowpipe. I was a hop…
After the show, the natives move i…
After the show, the natives move …
Me with a monkey (the monkey is on…
Me with a monkey (the monkey is o…
More monkey business
More monkey business
A personal role model, the three-t…
A personal role model, the three-…
Steve Irwin would be rolling in hi…
Steve Irwin would be rolling in h…
Tormenting another defenceless ani…
Tormenting another defenceless an…
The jungle is dirty.
The jungle is dirty.
Iquitos
photo by: Ileamel