Browsing: The Jungle

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Squirrel monkey. All photos by author. 

By David Dudenhoefer

Ox-bow lakes crowded by exuberant foliage, multicolored macaws squawking in the treetops, squirrel monkeys skittering along branches – the Tambopata National Reserve, in the Madre de Dios region, brims with such varied and abundant wildlife that it’s easy to forget how many of its species are threatened. Yet the region’s spectacular biodiversity faces pressure from mining, hunting, deforestation and even poorly managed tourism.

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Rafting the Amazon River. From left, Nathan, Adam, Andreas and Isis.
 

Nathan Paluck
LivinginPeru.com

Last year, three friends and I built a wooden raft and paddled 200 kilometers down the Amazon River in Peru. The Amazon River Raft Race. The only one of its kind in the world. It was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done. It was also, at times, similar to mild torture.

Adam, Andreas, Isis and I took off at the start of the Amazon River in the small town of Nauta with 40 other teams. Three days and 20 hours of raft time later, we arrived to the finish line in Iquitos, Peru’s largest jungle city. We were exhausted but happy.

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Only the Pan-Himalayan line in Tibet beats this 4,000-plus meters above sea level experience.

By Susana Aguirre

I remember one morning at a Starbucks in Hyde Park, Chicago a couple years back, I met a nice man sipping coffee and reading a newspaper who said he was Lara Flynn Boyle’s uncle. I was sitting at the table next to him studying for finals, so the distraction was all the more welcomed. After a few minutes of chit chat he found out I was Peruvian and began to tell me about his youthful adventures.

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