A July 2001 trip
to Puno by rhubarb
Quote: Exploring the Amazonian Rain Forest with local guides in traditonal dug out canoes, camping on the river banks amongst the floral, fauna and mosquitoes!
You are taken into the primary jungle in the Picaya Samiria reserve via traditional dug out canoes by your guide who paddles from the front. You wind your way into the lush green jungle along the narrow backwaters fringed by overhanging trees teeming with wildlife.
Creatures you will encounter include birds from hummingbirds, macaws to eagles, many species of monkeys, 3 toed sloths, anacondas, caymans, pink dolphins, piranhas, bats, beautiful violet butterflies and many many more all in their natural environment, along with jungle trees medicinal plants.
In the evenings, you eat and sleep along the river bank under mosquito nets in improvised camps, you hear the many strange sounds as the creatures of the night come out (along with the dreaded mosquitoes). A small price to pay for the wonderful natural spectacle.
The best thing about going independent is you have complete control of your itinery. I went for 5 days but could have stayed longer if I'd wished.
Drinking water is taken directly from the river so I reccommend taking purifying equipment. My guide boiled water for teas and coffees and he also had a Swiss made purifying filter pump but that will not always be the case.
For food, my guide supplimented the provisions by spearing fish as we went along but prior to departure, all the provisions are bought from the local market. You are more than welcomed to accompany the guide as he shops, especially if you have specific dietary requirements but you have to be up before 5am! A good stock of sweets is also highly recommended.
Clothing including a hat for the day and also long sleeved/legged clothing for the evenings to minimise mosquito bites along with repellent.
Also, learn some basic Spanish!
Hammock boats where you literally sleep in hammocks (have to have your own) can be taken either from Iquitos north and Yurimaguas from the south. The journey takes about 2 days and your food is supplied but beware, vegetarianism is not a concept the people of the Amazon pay much attention to.
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