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Worlds worst drivers.

I took an evening flight from Iquitos to Lima so arrived at my Hostel late again. At the Iquitos airport they searched my check-on bag, but let me keep the bottles of jungle medicine I had bought from my Guide. They opened them and sniffed them to make sure there was no alcohol in them. Thank goodness I talked my guide out of adding fire-water to them. He wanted to do this to keep the plants from fermenting. By the time I get home they will probably end up being no good, but for the price I paid I figured I would give it a try.

I decided to spend a couple of days in Lima and see what I could see. It is a huge city. The drivers are terrible. Red lights and stop signs seem to mean nothing to them, and they are all blowing their horns constantly. It's all senseless, because they save no time by the way they drive. I must admit though that they don't seem to get into very many accidents. I mentioned this to a Japanese man I visited, and he figured they drove like this because they didn't have any challenges in their lives.

Lima is located along the ocean, which looks like it is 50-100 meters below. The cliffs along the ocean are made out of a very nice looking fist sized pit-run gravel. Something we would love to have access to here in La Ronge. There is a huge beach along the ocean, with people surfing, and also hang-gliding from the cliffs.


I did a city tour on a double-decker bus. I find these types of tours to always be worth it. With a taxi you have no idea on where to go and what to see, and these tours are fairly cheap. There where lots of old buildings mixed in with modern ones and run down ones. Lots of beautiful old churches to look at. And we did do a tour of one, and checked out the catacombs where they had all the human bones sorted and piled up. There was some old Inca ruins we drove by. And lots of people doing things that you would never see done by humans in North America.

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There was a modern mall within walking distance of my hostel, that I wasted a few hours at. It is hanging over the edge of the ocean and the locals all seem to flock there to eat at the American type restaurants. I had hoped to find some art galleries in the city, but no-one could direct me to any. Time to get moving again. Next stop, Cuzco.

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And Air-conditioning.

I spent 2 days in Iquitos and yes, I did get a nice hotel with air-conditioning. An Eskimo would have been comfortable in my room!

The first thing I did was stop in and pay a quick visit to the 9 year old boy that was helping the men cut leaves in the jungle. He is a real little business-man and had a cage full of about 100 Guinea Pigs that he raises. I think they use them for food, not pets.


I was able to check out a couple of animal farms. One was private run, and one government run. Everything I missed seeing in the jungle was there. Even though there where Blue Morpho butterflies there I still couldn't get a good photo of one. When at rest and their wings are folded and they look black. When flying the tops of their wings are a beautiful iridescent blue.

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As usual there was lots of interesting things to see along the river. Amongst other things, there was a navy yard. A boat building yard. And a barge where they parked ships on that needed fixing.

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I had Jorge (also a jungle guide), my Guides twin brother, and Victoria, my Guides niece as my Guides for the day. It saved me allot of time figuring out what to do, and where to go.


This is a photo of the my Guides niece. Sweet as can be. I understand now why North American men love to import their wives from these poor countries. Time to go!


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My last days in the jungle.

Thank God!

I was actually given some jungle medicine over the next few days. I drank some water straight from a vine that tasted like garlic one day. And other days the drink was made out of some bark that had been soaked in water, or leaves that had been mashed up. I did this three times a day, yet I felt no different. I am quite sure I would feel allot better if I had air-conditioning!


I wasn't the only one that was getting medicine. The locals would bring their sick children, and my Guide would make medicine for them for free. Some of it was plant baths, and the babies did not like it at all. I think they even made more noise than I did when I got mine!

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I got to see lots of interesting things during the last week there. Living amongst these people was quite a different experience. Well actually it kind of felt a bit like living amongst the natives back in Canada, but without all the social problems that they have.

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My Guide was in the process of building a new house, being that he figured his would be falling into the river by the end of the year form erosion. The crew had just about finished putting the leaf roof on this house.


Some days at my private lodge I preferred to go to the bathroom outside, being that my 'room-mates' where hogging my indoor one.

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Their 2 year old son Manuel, reminded me so much of my Nephews. He was always into something and I don't think he ever walked, just danced from place to place.


I do regret not knowing any Spanish. I really wanted to be able to talk to my Guides father, Julio. Even though I didn't understand him, I did enjoy his sense of humour.

Well it's time for my goodbye's and then off to Iquitos for a couple of days. Air-conditioning, here I come!


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Dugout Canoes.

Learning to Paddle.

My Guide never returned until 2:00 pm, so once again I never did any jungle medicine. I am about to give up on him. I wanted a trip with no itinerary and a leisurely pace, but now after 2 weeks of having things constantly changing I would gladly welcome a set itinerary.

I spend part of the afternoon paddling a dugout canoe up and down the river. Well to be honest it was more or less in a zig-zag sort of way. These things are hard to steer. One sits in the front when they paddle and you have to be careful on what angle you are pulling the paddle at. I had some old geezer go flying past me in his dugout canoe so I figured I better not give up quite yet.

I paddled around the big cruise boat that was docked in front of their yard. I had asked the crew earlier how much the passengers paid, and I had it figured out to be $400 per day, whereas I was only paying $60 ! All their excitement they got was to hop on one of their smaller boats and go to a village and buy some crafts, and here I was able to do whatever I pleased for a fraction of the cost. Mind you I never had air-conditioning.


You constantly see the darnest things along the river. Sometimes when you have to pee, you might as well wait for an audience!


We went for a boat ride to another village in the afternoon and ran into a heavy rain. Tarps are let down at the sides and front of the boat to keep everything dry. It is the rainy season here, but that only means that it rains a couple of hours a day. Some days the rain missed us all together.


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Day 15?

Or something like that!

Well I survived the night and was already back to eating by noon.

After some visiting, pink dolphin watching and swimming, Wilder took my 5 new friends back to Nauta. He figured he would get his motor fixed and be back in the evening , but I knew otherwise. The Peruvian people don't seem to have a very good concept of time.

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A huge tourist boat pulled up in front of their house in the evening and threw a rope around the tree on their front lawn. Tourists where taking photos of me, and I of them. I fell asleep to the sound of live music.


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