What was your most memorable experience outside of the country? Was finding inner peace in→
An American tourist decided to stay in Iquitos to help citizens clean the Itaya River.→
|Views of the jungle from the Ivy Mara Ey Lodge (Photo: FONDAM)|
By Fiorella Carrera/El Comercio
Translated by Susana Aguirre
Juan Gil, Executive Director of the Fund for the Americas of Peru (FONDAM) talks about financing the Ivy Mara Ey Lodge, part of the Yarina project in Pacaya Samiria and first lodge with this type of certification in sustainable tourism.→
|A walkway leads into the lodges of Ceiba Tops, part of the Amazon Explorama Lodges near Iquitos, Peru. (All photos by Rodney Dodig) See slide show.|
After arriving to the lodge Ceiba Tops down the Amazon River from Iquitos, Peru, Rodney Dodig’s rainforest vacation begins. (Read part one here.)
By Rodney Dodig
I had time to unpack before heading to the central lodge for lunch. Wooden elevated walkways lead throughout the various cabins and building. These eventually took you to the main building where the office, lounge, bar and dining room were located. It was large and comfortable with overstuffed couches, rattan furniture and ceiling fans. There was also a Jacuzzi and swimming pool just outside. A nice water slide ran between the two, which several guests really enjoyed. The lodge served all meals buffet style. They were delicious and the dishes served at the appropriate temperatures. Staff stood behind the line, waiting to help serve you and to explain all of the dishes.→
|The opening of the Amazon River in Iquitos, Peru. (All photos by Rodney Dodig)|
By Rodney Dodig
I looked down the long steep flight of stairs that lead to the boat with some trepidation. The Amazon Queen sat on the water at the bottom of those stairs waiting to take us down the Amazon to the Explorama Lodge named Cieba Tops where we would be spending three days and two nights. For some reason, I kept thinking of “Murder on the Nile” as I looked at the boat. We flew into Iquitos the night before, and were now getting ready to start our jungle adventure.→
A vacation in the Peruvian Amazon is exciting and the best way to enjoy it is staying at a lodge. But what about the city of Iquitos?
By Yadira Salazar
|A 19th century building in Iquitos, Peru displays the past wealth of the region’s booming rubber trade. (All photos by Yadira Salazar)|
The largest city in Peru’s Amazon rainforest is Iquitos, impossible to reach by bus. The only way to get there is by plane, unless you have time to take a four-day boat ride from Pucallpa. Recently I spent two days in Iquitos. If you arrive during the day, it looks like you have landed on a large, green carpet. When I arrived it was night and the only thing I could see was a bit of lightning. This type of weather is common there.
The first thing you notice after arriving is the terrible humidity. A hot air envelopes you completely. There is no winter in Iquitos; the temperature ranges from 21 to 36 degrees Celsius all year round (70 to 100 Fahrenheit).→
It’s that time again! To build your own log raft and race it 112 miles down the Amazon River, that is. Here’s the scoop on the 2010 Great River Amazon Raft Race. Click here to read an article about last year’s race.
Submitted by the Amazon Rafting Club
Since 1999 the Amazon Rafting Club, based in Iquitos, Peru has invited rafters, canoeists, rowers, paddlers and adventurers from all over the world to compete in The Great River Amazon Raft Race. The 2010 race is hoping to attract more teams than ever before and you are invited. Although it is tough, lots of rafters have completed the course; even some older people. In 2006 the Over the Hill Gang finished the race and their average age was 68.
Safety boats will be watching over you so if you’re tired, sick, or just plain fed up, you will be whisked off your raft and into the support boat before you could say Sarah Palin.
The three-day race will start in the town of Nauta on Friday, September 24, 2010, and finish at the Fishing club in the City of Iquitos on Sunday, September 26.→
Part of the beauty of Peru, beyond its wonderful people, history, and cuisine, is the diversity of its climates. From the stark coastal deserts to the stunning Andean highlands, there are few other parts of the world where a traveler can see such environmental variety. Each of these different climates brings unique challenges for tourists. The risk of serious illness is small, but mild illnesses are relatively common, and even experienced expatriates with long histories of residence in Lima can find themselves exposed to new and potentially dangerous diseases when moving around the country. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that one can use to reduce risk and enjoy their travels with a minimum of difficulty.→
I found something for you. I wish you and everyone that comes to Iquitos Peru could spend one day full of fun and future memories at the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. The biggest benefit for you would be to see and feel, and smell a lot of what you came to the Amazon hoping to see, and feel and smell in the first place. Let’s take an Amazon tour to the Butterfly Farm and let me show you what I mean.
You will find the Butterfly Farm in a beautiful barely tamed jungle setting with a riot of flowers, birds, monkeys, and yes of course, butterflies. As you hike the jungle trail, heliconias, ginger, and orchids are blooming, brushing up against you. Six species of Monkeys are climbing in the trees overhead. Two of the tamest monkeys, Junior and Tony want to climb on you.
Late in the afternoon on February 13th we tied up at the confluence of the Pacaya and Amazon Rivers. Dave and Dottie Bonnett already had the acoustical equipment ready. Pink and Gray Dolphins were nearly always breaching. Within minutes of turning the engines off Dave had the hydrophone in the water experimenting with depth, calling out instructions to Dottie to log into the records. Dave put on the headphones, turned the digital recorder on and excitedly called out, “We have communication! Ohh, the clicks,… The chirps,… What was that? It sounded like a fog horn. Did one just blow? Dottie write that down. Get the time. That was no catfish! Shirley, did you see it? Pink or Gray? Dottie write that down. Now it sounds like popcorn popping…”
That recording was exciting, the equipment worked, the technique was good, the boat was quiet, but what we wanted we could find only far inside Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Strange as it may sound for a scientist wanting to study Pink River Dolphin communication, there were too many dolphins at this location. Dave wanted only Pink River Dolphins (Inia geffrensis), with no Gray River Dolphins mixed in. He wanted no background motor noises or even the sound of paddling a canoe. Here, subsistence fishermen worked with the dolphins to net their family’s supper. Still, it was our first recording, and we were happy.
Early the next morning we officially entered the reserve to begin our scientific study. This was a hawk day. Some days are sloth days. This was a hawk day. We were amazed at the number of species of birds of prey. One expedition through this same area in late May and early June we saw over 50 sloths. I only saw one sloth this entire trip. If we had come to study sloths we would have gone home with no data.
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