Iquitos - Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
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Olivia´s five year old daughter Jennifer Fabiana is enchanted by butterflies and I had a surprise for her for Sunday, to take her with Olivia to the butterfly sanctuary near Iquitos. They had never been, and had never even heard about it and I knew it would be a treat for them. We took a peque peque collectivo boat from the Bellavista harbor up the Nanay river, a tributary of the Amazon, on a perfect Sunday afternoon. They are called peque peques because of the sound of the motor as it putters away. We glided slowly up the river under a nearly cloudless sky and the heat wasn´t as oppressive on the water so it was an enjoyable ride. As we neared the village of Padre Cocha where we were to disembark there were some white sand beaches along the river and local families and a host of kids were already escaping the heat by bathing and sitting under makeshift enclosures of wood frames and palm fronds.
The walk from Padre Cocha to the butterfly farm seemed to take a long time becuase Fabiana was moving slowly and pausing every time she saw a butterfly flitting around to exclaim, ¨yo quero una mariposita de color naranja como mi amigita!¨(I want an orange colored butterfly as my little friend!) and other such variations on the theme of wanting many little butterfly friends of varying color. Every one she saw became her new ¨favorite¨color. At this rate it took a while to get to Pilpintuwasi but eventually we walked in and were welcomed by the Peruvian owner as a red-faced monkey scampered up and quickly jumped up on Olivia to toy with her necklace and earings.