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South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest August 13th 2013

De retour en ville, le petit groupe que nous sommes va se prendre une bonne bière. Après réflexion, nous décidons à l'unanimité de reconduire une expérience dans la jungle, mais cette fois dans une famille. Une agence propose ce type de séjour, à la base pour 500 soles, mais après âpre négociation, nous l'emportons pour 300 soles. Nous prenons donc le bateau le lendemain matin, pour nous enfoncer encore plus profondément au cœur de la jungle. Arrivée à San Antonio, petit village très typique, dans lequel on compte une salle de classe, une petite église, une minuscule boutique et plusieurs maisons, le tout en bois. Notre guide/hôte Gilberto n'a pas tout à fait fini la sienne à laquelle il manque les murs, mais l'essentiel est là : nous vivrons ici à la dure comme nous le ... read more
 Début de la session pierre-feuille-ciseaux

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest August 11th 2013

Iquitos - Ron '....I was watching a pirahna swim along the edge of a straight razor......swimming back and forth, back and forth....' Adams! Patch Adams! Everyman wants a mission in his life. I was holed up in this god-forsaken town at the edge of the jungle...Pucallpa...waiting for mine, subsisting on platanos and guinea pig, just counting the days till i could get back into the midst of it all when the orders finally came! Sheeeeeeet! Adams! I was to be transported downriver to the edge of the known section of jungle in order to search him out. Sheeeeeet! He's pissed off a lot of the higher ups that they would go out of their way this much to get him! I boarded the old rusty tin can that was going to be 'home' for the next ... read more

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest August 5th 2013

A l'arrivée dans le port d'Iquitos, le bateau galère pour se rapprocher de la rive, on nous fait alors descendre en passant par un autre bateau, sur un chemin fait de tonneaux. Moto-crotte jusqu'à l'hôtel, qui dispose d'une piscine et d'une salle de bain privée : bonheur ! On sort ensuite manger un bon burger, et à la sortie du resto, une armée de rameuteurs d'agence se rue sur le petit groupe de touristes que nous sommes, jusqu'à s'embrouiller entre eux pour s'attirer nos faveurs. On trouve rapidement une agence qui semble correspondre à nos attentes : séjour aventure dans la jungle avec machette et camping sous les arbres. Le lendemain matin, nous allons poser nos bagages à l'arrière de cette agence, dans laquelle règne une ambiance très « parrain ». L'un des lieutenants nous tient ... read more

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest November 20th 2012

Wow! I almost dont know where to begin with this blog! I have done and seen so much scince I last wrote. I am right now sitting in Mancora a costal town on the very north coast of mancora enjoying a guilty beer and relaxing. But let me start from the start.... From Lima I had a very comfortable flight to Pucallpa. When I arrived I easily found an overpriced hostel, but late at night in a city I didnt know I decided to treat myself to some air conditioning. It was 7.30pm and I was sweating, the jungle heat was strong here! I had a restful night sleep and in the morning enjoyed a free omellete for breakest. I had checkout time of 1pm and wanted to get up early to try and organise my ... read more
First Breakky

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest June 22nd 2012

A life-long dream realized. I finally make it to the Amazon Rainforest and the mighty Amazon river. From the earlist days of watching Creature from the Black Lagoon where scientists were convinced that the earliest form of life appeared to reading in National Geographic magazine about this mysterious place that has gone largely unexplored for many years, I could experience it all from my base in Peru, by traveling to Iquitos by plane, just North of Lima. I love the idea of being able to enter the plane from the tarmack - is it called a tarmack? It's kind of a throwback to when traveling was an adventure, really classy, like the flight attendants of Peruvian Air. Wow. Anyway, it's only an hour and a half-long flight and seems to go quite quickly. I was met ... read more
One of the main roads in Iquitos.
House of Iron, designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Two views of Sinchicuy Lodge.

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest March 6th 2012

Hola Todos! I have spent the last week in the Amazon rain forest. It was great! Although originally I had planned to go with my friend César, he couldn’t go at the last minute… But there’s nothing wrong with traveling alone. From what I have experienced, lots of people chose to travel that way (but not necessarily to the jungle, haha). The city I went to was called Iquitos. It is in one of the northern-most provinces of Peru and is adjacent to the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. Iquitos is the largest city in the world that had no land route; or in other words, you need to take a plane or boat to get there. Although the boat rides are dirt cheap, I chose to go by plane. The flight was only about an hour ... read more

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest November 6th 2011

So this past weekend I flew to Iquitos for a lil amazonian adventure. And it was AMAZING!!! I don't think this blog or any amount of pictures could do it justice. We flew from Lima to Iquitos, which is in the Northeast corner of Peru, close to the border of Colombia and Brazil. The second we stepped off the plane it was just this wall of humidity, like nothing I've ever felt. It actually wasn't that hot though, just really...moist and thick, almost hard to breathe. The town of Iquitos itself wasn't much, super loud and crazy at all hours everywhere. The roads were in rough shape, everything looked under construction, but overall pleasant. Lot of colonial architecture and lots of military training?...not exactly sure why. There were only a handful of cars but a constant ... read more
Still Breathing!
Jungle Medicine

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest October 17th 2011

I spent about a week in the Amazon jungle and it was a pretty amazing place. I had very nice accommodation considering it's the jungle. There were flush toilets, cold showers, meals prepared, and even laundry service! Though no electricity, no internet... which was good... but fortunately I still had my iPod! I couldn't have survived without listening to some of the music I love. In the clearings I saw countless butterflies and a variety of other creatures. In the jungle, it was a bit darker and, being non-native, I was kinda scared of just about everything around me. At one point there was a huge track of ants on the trail for about 100 meters. Others were bitten, but I was spared. Here are some pics of what I saw.... read more

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest October 9th 2011

Iquitos The view from the plane was spectacular during landing: an endless sea of green jungle with the wide, black Amazonas river snaking through the middle. Iquitos is the largest city unreachable by land, a hot and humid metropolis where you just can't get rid of that layer of sweat. The extent of poverty became apparent to us as we walked to Belén, the floating slums. Its currently the end of the dry season, so we got to walk around the dirt paths between the bare wooden houses on stilts. In the gigantic Belén market you can find absolutely everything, from chopped up turtle to giant slugs and snails and fish with what seems like crocodile skin as well as any type of fruit, vegetable or herb. The Amazon At 6.45am we were ready for the ... read more
20 de Enero
Peke-peke arriving in 20 de Enero
House in 20 de Enero

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos » Amazon Rainforest August 18th 2011

After one final, and very heavy, night in Mancora, I was on a 9am chicken bus (bad seats, no air-con) outta there. Long story short, so as not to dwell on it (I just deleted this paragraph as it sounded to negative!) , this, the next 15hour night bus, and the taxi rides (more the taxi drivers - they are just bad people) made me somewhat irate - more than any other journey I had taken this tour! Anyway I arrived at Yurimagus, and more importantly, I arrived at the time I wanted to, which is to say, I arrived in time to catch the boat. I did not even know there was going to be a boat that day, nor what time it would leave, so Lady Luck was definatly on hand for that one! ... read more

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