Iquitos & the Amazon
To get away from last weeks occurrences in the mountains I decided to spend a few days in Iquitos, the worldÂ´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 BelÃ©n (also called “the Venice of the Amazon” and one of the worldÂ´s toughest slums), the town itself doesnÂ´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:
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:
|fish piranhas,||Â||catch snakes,||Â||use levigated termites
as insect repellent,
|avoid scorpions,||spot tarantulas,||discover
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 donÂ´t know what you are doing.
And: that mosquitos suck – big time!!
There wasnÂ´t a single tree, fruit, plant, fish, animal, insect, bird, etc. Wilder couldnÂ´t explain.
I highly recommend his skills and knowledge about the jungle. You can get hold of Wilder through:
Emerald Forest Expeditions
For the 4 days I payed 500 Soles including the 4 hour motorboat ride to the camp, guide, food & accommodation.
To see more pics more pics more pics: