Written by jurgen on 24 Jan, 2001
On the Yurimaguas docks we had the choice between two riverboats, both boats would leave this afternoon (August 3). We bought tickets (ca 20 us$) for the one that would leave first; the Eduardo. But it didn't leave that afternoon. The captain and the captain…Read More
On the Yurimaguas docks we had the choice between two riverboats, both boats would leave this afternoon (August 3). We bought tickets (ca 20 us$) for the one that would leave first; the Eduardo. But it didn't leave that afternoon. The captain and the captain of the other ship had an argument, and the other captain would not let us leave. After some passengers had started negotiating and finally had gone to the police, we were allowed to leave late in the evening.
The Eduardo had three decks; the lowest deck was the home to chickens, porks and the machineroom and kitchen. The middle deck was for people, and on the roof was room for other cargo (bananas). Besides this, there was also a cow section; this part started to have a terrible smell later in our journey. Since we were one of the first people on the ship we now had pretty good spots for our hammocks. Far from the engine and not to close to the cows.
When the engine started the noise started, it wouldn't stop for 3 days. It would bring is to Iquitos via the Rio Maranon and the mighty Rio Amazonas.
What can you do on a ship, packed with people, cows and bananas? The most easy way would probably be to take a sleeping pill and only wake up after arriving. But we didn't bring those so we had to find other ways. The locals are generally very friendly and are in for a little chat; you will have to speak a little bit of Spanish though. If you don't speak Spanish, you can be lucky and find some other westerners and play cards or something. I spent most of my time reading, sleeping and helping some people with their English. The boat stops at some little ports on its route, and for a little while there is a lot of life onboard. People trying to sell fresh fruits, candy and all sorts of things. It would be a good idea to buy some of these fruits. You support the locals and you get some vitamines.
During this trip you get three meals a day. They are very much basic:
Breakfast: some sort of ricesoup with bread
Lunch: rice or potatoes with a piece of chicken and a banana
Dinner: same as lunch
One time we got fresh fish instead of chicken. The chickens are also very fresh, in the morning they still walked over the lower deck. I was very happy to have gotten friendly with a spice-trader, so I got some peppers to make my rice more tasty. Anyway, the meals are good; you just get sick of all the bananas.
Noon on the thirth day (august 5) we arrived in Iquitos. Close
Written by Zumi on 03 Jan, 2006
Fishing pirañas in the Amazon River the old-fashioned way was a pleasant experience. Although it took a lot of time, I'm not afraid of pirañas anymore.…Read More
Fishing pirañas in the Amazon River the old-fashioned way was a pleasant experience. Although it took a lot of time, I'm not afraid of pirañas anymore. Close