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

Nathan Paluck

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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Achiles Amasifuen, right, is the man to call for a adventurous tour of Peru’s Amazon forest. All photos courtesy of Matthew Barker, shown on the left.

By Matthew Barker

As Peru continues its slow but steady transition from a low budget backpacker’s paradise towards the world of tour packages and luxury hotels, options for escaping the Gringo Trail into the Amazonian wilderness are fast diminishing.

Most visitors these days opt for a stay in one of the countless lodges in the tamed and controlled jungle surrounding Iquitos in the north and Puerto Maldonado to the south. The Manu reserve is still a genuine wilderness, but one that sees increasing numbers of travelers each year.

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A traveler catches a Peacock Bass on Peru’s Amazon River. (All photos courtesy of Ciro Moron)

By Douglass G. Norvell

“Good things just seem to happen by accident,” says Ciro Moron, formerly a full time mototaxista but now known as the Amazon Fish Eagle. “One day the Hotel Acosta called me to take this professor for a City Tour, and five years later, I am working almost all the time as a fishing guide.”

In the Amazon Basin there are two distinct markets for guide services. One is to take out aficionados, or very serious anglers who come from other countries to fish for Peacock Bass and other exotic species in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These anglers bring tons of equipment and expect to pay hundreds of dollars a day, and travel deep into the rainforest in search of virgin fishing grounds.

Ciro, however, focusses on giving the Amazon fishing trips for the recreational anglers.

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