Iquitos & the Amazon

To get away from last weeks occurrences in the mountains I decided to spend a few days in Iquitos, the world´s largest city inaccessible by road, deep in the Amazon jungle.

With its massive pollution, noise, almost half a million inhabitants & its only “attraction” the floating neighbourhood of Belén (also called “the Venice of the Amazon” and one of the world´s toughest slums), the town itself doesn´t have a lot to offer.
But there are dozens of tour operators offering prime rainforest get-aways with full equipped lodges or the real jungle experience:

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So… I survived the following 4 days with a young local fisherman called “Wilder
about 100km south along an Amazonas branch called Rio Yanayacu learning how to:

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fish piranhas,   catch snakes,   use levigated termites
as insect repellent,

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avoid scorpions, spot tarantulas, discover
prehistoric creatures,
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or how to ambush caimans.

Further I learnt that some trees & plants can save your life when injured or sick while others will kill you within minutes if you don´t know what you are doing.

And: that mosquitos suck – big time!!

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There wasn´t a single tree, fruit, plant, fish, animal, insect, bird, etc. Wilder couldn´t explain.
We built shelter in pristine jungle, canoed to his village in a dugout canoe and he invited me to his house to meet his family and to join the sunday football match.
He only speaks Spanish but knows all the things you can see, smell and touch in English. Wilder will find a hundred crawling things in the square meter you´re standing on.

I highly recommend his skills and knowledge about the jungle. You can get hold of Wilder through:

Emerald Forest Expeditions
Iquitos, Calle Putumayo Nr. 263 int-3;
e-emeraldforestexpeditions@yahoo.com or  jcpalomino_9@hotmail.com

For the 4 days I payed 500 Soles including the 4 hour motorboat ride to the camp, guide, food & accommodation.

Return flight (Lima <-> Iquitos): 120 – 160 U$ with LAN Peru or Star Peru.

 

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