Amazon River Journals

Adventures in Peru

A January 2003 trip to Amazon River by Globe

Quote: Peru should find its way onto the dream itinerary for any traveler fond of off-the-beaten path destinations. This South American country offers astounding nature, archaeology, culture, and some must-see sites such as the Amazon River. For those with an adventurous spirit, this land holds an array of exciting experiences.

Adventures in Peru

Overview

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My trip to the Amazon River and rainforest in Peru was unforgettable and unlike any experience I had ever had before. While such a trip may sound a bit intimidating to the traveler with an affinity for comfort, cleanliness, and safety, all "sacrifices" are well worth the rewards of the trip. The Amazon Basin offers remarkable nature found nowhere else on earth, and should not be missed during a trip to South America. The most memorable moments of my trip were taking the three-day boat ride on a tributary of the Amazon, piranha fishing, and hiking through the rainforest. This journal will include an entry on each of these topics.Quick Tips: A trip to the Amazon takes a bit of preparation in...Read More

Rain forest excursion

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Attraction

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In Iquitos, my friends and I decided to arrange an excursion into the rain forest. If you go to the Plaza de Armas (the main square) in Iquitos, you will be surrounded by salesmen promoting different tour companies. We found one that tailored to young travelers on a budget, and it turned out to be a good choice. For the price of about $30 per person, we got a private tour with a guide, a speedboat(don't think too fancy here--more like a wooden rowboat with an attached motor), food and water for two days, mosquito nets for sleeping, and more jungle expertise than we could have ever imagined. Our guide met us at the boat, and we hopped in to start our adventure. We sped down the Amazon River for t...Read More

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Rain forest excursion
Iquitos, near the river
Amazon River, Peru, Peru

Piranha fishing

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Although I am not usually an avid fisherman, I jumped at the chance to try my hand at catching a piranha. Our rain forest guide gave us each a cane pole with a small hook. We used the flesh of another piranha as bait. Our guide told us that piranhas are attracted to blood, including that of humans, so a swim in the Amazon is not wise if you have a cut anywhere on your body. Standing safely on the shore, I felt a few tugs before I landed my first piranha--at a whopping length of three inches! I caught a few more of similar stature, and called it a day.

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Boat ride to Iquitos

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After deciding that a trip to Peru must include a view of the Amazon River and the surrounding rainforest, part of the adventure was simply getting there. We chose the destination of Iquitos, a large city along the Amazon River in northern Peru, with many rainforest expedition guides and tour companies. Despite its large population (exceeding 300,000), Iquitos cannot be reached by road. Plane and boat are the only options, due to its location in the heart of the rainforest. Due to a lack of time, we booked a flight from Iquitos back to Lima, but we chose a more adventurous method for going to Iquitos. Starting in Lima, we spent a week traveling north, stopping to enjoy the cities of Trujillo, Chic...Read More

Taxis in Iquitos

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In the city of Iquitos, one thing you will notice is the noise. The source of the racket is the taxis, nearly all of which are glorified three-wheelers with a bench in the back and a plastic tarp as a roof. As with most service providers in Peru, taxi drivers are generally willing to bargain, which is a good idea because prices seemed to be elevated for tourists. If you can speak Spanish, you will be able to bring down the price significantly. Another idea is to hire a taxi for a day. Although this may seem extravagant, the price may only be about $10, and a taxi can hold two to three people, plus some luggage.