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A view of the wide Rio Itaya from Iquitos' Malecon.

Hello all,
I arrived into the Amazon region yesterday with my flight into Iquitos, Peru.  And true to it's reputation, the rain forest is hot, humid, and miserable.  The miserable part is certainly my own personal opinion, but I'm guessing that most people might agree with me on this one.  I slept very well in my air conditioned apartment, and after waking up I did not feel an immediate need to leave that environment.

I wasn't hungry, so I skipped breakfast.  I started doing some blog updates, and time started to really fly by.  Next thing I knew it was after noon, and I was getting hungry.  I left the room to microwave my leftover pork-fried rice from last night, and I was hit by the wall of humidity I recalled from the day before.

The Malecon along Rio Itaya in Iquitos.
This isn't going to help me to get motivated.  There is certainly something to be said for a relaxation day after the last few days of travel.

I got motivated by about 1:30pm, and headed into the downtown area to book a jungle tour for tomorrow.  I took a moto to the agency, and bargained a bit before booking the trip for 9:45am tomorrow.  I just booked a day trip, because I am a total wimp and would rather retreat to my bug-free, a/c coccoon to sleep.  I did a quick photo session around the downtown area and the malecon, and grabbed a moto to the Belen neighborhood.

Belen is a neighborhood that takes advantage of the Rio Itazi's massive 15m seasonal fluctuations by being built on land that is sometimes wet, and sometimes dry.  This is accomplished by building almost everything with the ability to float when the area is flooded.

The view across Plaza del Armas in Iquitos.
  Some of the other buildings are built very high, and some others are very high with a lower optionally occupied lower level that is useless in the rainy season.

I made my way to a street which angled downward, and eventually turned into a canal.  There were about six canoes there waiting for passengers. I haggled with a boatman and jumped in for my one hour tour of the area.  It is certainly a very unique experience.  The neighborhood is also very poor.  I guess all the  people with money prefer dry land.  The houses were very humble, and the people were out in force on this beautiful day.

We approached a bar, and I offered to buy a cerveza for the boatman.  We stopped and grabbed a few, and were back on our way.  I still can't decide if I am just odd, or don't get it or something.

The Plaza del Armas with a tuk-tuk in the foreground. My guide called them 'The mosquitos in Iquitos'.
..  You tell me.  I haggled from 10 soles down to 7 soles, then bought the guy a 5 sol beer.  I'm guessing that he would have much preferred to have 12 soles.  But I got some kind of satisfaction by showing I wasn't a mark, and then being 'generous guy'.  I need to lay off that kind of thing, and just stop being that way.

Afer the rest of the tour, I took another moto back to the apartment to retire for the night.  I will save my strength for the tour tomorrow.  I ate the remainder of the pork-fried rice for dinner.  Not bad, three dollars for three meals worth of food.  I got to sleep around 11pm.

Later, Phil

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photo by: Ileamel