Day 1-2: Lima --> Pucallpa --> San Francisco de Yarinacocha
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Yay! This was my first trip (hopefully of many) to South America.
I met my sister at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Tuesday afternoon because we booked the same flight to Lima but she had to fly from Colorado. As usual, our Spirit Air flight was delayed for about an hour so we passed the time by eating, once again, as usual. The flight was about 5 1/2 hours long and it could not have felt any longer! The flight attendants were extremely rude and none of them spoke Spanish en route to a spanish-speaking country!! They were yelling at passengers who could not understand them and they would literally push people back from waiting in line for the bathroom. I guess you get what you pay for!
We arrived in Lima pretty late at night and had arranged to stay at some guys' apartments that my sister knows from Colorado who are in Lima trying to start a solar energy project.
The Shipibo family we were staying with met us at the Pucallpa airport. I soon found out that when you are with a Shipibo person, you pay for everything. Taxis, boat rides, food...you name it. This may not be true for every Shipibo community but I guess that whoever has the most money pays for everything and seeing as though the family's only income is from fishing and selling artesan handicrafts, I had no problem spending a few soles here and there for them and their hospitality! We caught a taxi from Pucallpa to Yarina where we bought large jugs of bottled water and got on the family's boat to ride down the Ucayali River to their home in San Francisco.
After an hour long boat ride in the hand-carved boat that I swore was going to sink, we arrived at the Yuimachi family port (ok, so it was an open area where they pulled their boat into). I got my first glimpse of the wood and thatch huts that were to be my home for the next 5 days! Their property had 3 houses and a kitchen - one house for the father (Javier) and his parents, one for Esther, her husband, and 3 kids, and one for Javier's sons Nixon and Doni. By houses, I basically mean a one-room house with no beds. Most people there sleep on the floor inside of a mowquito net. Some people did have bed frames but our room, however, was one of the only ones to have a mattress!