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South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos January 17th 2023

(Day 201 on the road)I am back from an adventurous week in the Peruvian Amazon. It was a fascinating glimpse of life on and along the mighty river. But after a while I realised that this was not the life for me. Call me spoiled, but life there was very, very basic, the infrastructure was poor to non-existent, the heat and humidity were oppressive, as were the mosquitoes. It was great to experience it, but to be honest I was not too sad when I left after a good week. I entered via Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon. Fun fact: Iquitos is the largest city in the world that is not accessible by road. It has a whopping 500,000 inhabitants, but no road access. You can only get there by plane or boat. I ... read more
Noisy Iquitos
Life by the water
At the Monkey Rescue Centre

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos July 28th 2019

Dear All Greetings from the Amazon jungle! Wow, it feels so amazing to be able to write that! I am currently in a city called Iquitos, and with nearly half a million inhabitants it is the world’s largest city unreachable by road. The only way in or out is by river or by air, and since the former takes about five to seven days by riverboat from the nearest roaded settlement, Yurimaguas, I chose the latter. On Thursday morning, I took a taxi to the airport and flew LATAM airlines the one-and-a-half hour flight to here, and what an amazing few days I’ve had here exploring the jungle! The adventure kind of started at the airport, however – not really an adventure, though, I’d say. The hotel I was staying in booked for me a “taxi” ... read more
Lima to Iquitos Flight
Amazon Jungle
My Piranha!!

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos November 6th 2013

Hey all, I nearly wept as I left Taraoto, i have come to love it so much! The skies were weeping though... so much they nearly cancelled my flight. I made it, however and am enscoonced at Casa de Clarita in Padre Cocha. It is wonderful living so close to nature while I am here. There are screens on most of the windows but no glass so you hear everything, including the dogs and the roosters at 4 am. We haul water into the house from a spring in the yard. The water table is very high here. We do boil it and I love that Clare keeps a thermos of hot water at the ready for tea and washing. The toile is a very nice outhouse with buckets of water for flushing...never put TP in ... read more

South America » Peru » Loreto » Iquitos August 14th 2013

We fly 4 hours north to Lima, the capital of Peru, than 2 hours more to Iquitos. The weather has changed dramatically. It is 30 degrees with 90 % humidity. Abreast the Amazon River, lying just below the Equator, Iquitos is surrounded by The Amazonian Rainforest. Only 120 meters above sea level. The largest city in the world only accessible by boat or plane; it has a population of 450,000 hot blooded locals. With a mix of Columbian, Brazilian and of course Peruvian backgrounds. Tuk Tuks dominate the streets, with fewer cars and the odd bus which have to be seen to be believed. The traffic is best described as Asian; speed, skill and prayer necessary to negotiate the streets. The smiling, laughing people spill from every house, shop and bar, adding colourful life to this ... read more
our group
The Amazon

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 July 21st 2013

Longing for some warm beach weather and a change of scenery we have changed our original route and made a sizeable detour into the Amazon in Leticia, Colombia; on the tri border with Brazil and Peru. From here we will head to the Caribbean coast and finally warm up. Leaving Paracas, the sky was still greyed out with the humid misty fog that had been with us since getting down to Sea Level. It was a 4 hour bus ride to Lima, the shortest bus trip in recent memory, and it wasn't long until we hit the outskirts of Peru's sprawling capital. We stayed in the suburb of Miaflores, Lima's most affluent area near the beach. Apart from housing Peru's elite, it is also gringo central with expensive hostels and restaurants aplenty. Despite being a bit ... read more
House in Iquitos
Kids playing football in Iquitos
Our transport across the river

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 July 31st 2012

Yurimaguas to Iquitos After a shorter than expected trip on the minibus (2.5 hrs) we arrived at Yurimaguas from Tarapoto, greeted by a number of motor taxi blokes plying for our business. The winner told us that there was a boat leaving for Iquitos tomorrow at mid-day so off we went. After a whirlwind 15 minutes we found ourselves booked on the Gilmer leaving the following day at 5.30pm, in a camarote (cabin) for S150 each. Spent the rest of the day watching some tough blokes heaving cargo on and off the boat. Sleeping was easier than expected despite the spiders, funny looking flies and our two cockroaches. Got a little cold in the night but apart from that all went well although Mrs P reckons her mattress could do with being a little bit thicker! ... read more
Amazonian sunset

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