Iquitos, Peru: of motokars, art; close, yet far to the jungle

Iquitos- Peru While only a couple of decades ago it used to be all jungle, now Iquitos is a thriving city of nearly 500, 000 people. The closest city to the Peruvian Amazon, and can be reached by air or water only
Iquitos- Peru While only a couple of decades ago it used to be all jungle, now Iquitos is a thriving city of nearly 500, 000 people. The closest city to the Peruvian Amazon, and can be reached by air or water only
A garden we visited: as kids grow up in the city, their connection to the jungle and nature faces the challenges that all city children face. Even though, they are much closer to the biggest rainforest in the world. This garden is inside a school that is teaching children about conservation and pride in a heritage very rare, and unique
A garden we visited: as kids grow up in the city, their connection to the jungle and nature faces the challenges that all city children face. Even though, they are much closer to the biggest rainforest in the world. This garden is inside a school that is teaching children about conservation and pride in a heritage very rare, and unique
Motokars (my spelling) are the main mode of transport within the city
Motokars (my spelling) are the main mode of transport within the city
My Ferrari
My Ferrari
We just walk by it
We just walk by it
Art is everywhere
Art is everywhere
A market- indoors
A market- indoors

market

Open market: bananas, are only one type of food
Open market: bananas, are only one type of food
Moth- long antennae
Moth- long antennae
Heliconia
Heliconia
Heliconia-2
Heliconia-2
Excitement every time
Excitement every time

I am slightly crazy and totally sarcastic, with a nasty icing of cynicism. I exude pessimistic vibes every now and then. However, I do actively look for things that make me happy, like birds, damselflies and dragonflies, mountains and of course, books. Generous, inspiring people and people who enjoy what they do for a living while being good at it, make me feel like it is, after all, worthwhile being human. I hope to write about things in a way that makes them interesting.. and makes me more human-like. No matter how many times I rewrite this, still comes out corny. I give up

6 thoughts on “Iquitos, Peru: of motokars, art; close, yet far to the jungle

    • Hello!! If you are headed there very soon I would recommend staying with the explorama lodges. There are probably many jungle tours of varying lengths you can do with them. Their naturalists are very well informed and friendly. I am assuming you would like a nature tour. There is also a very large canopy walk ( where you climb about 60-70 stories and walk on rope bridges) that probably gives a wonderful view of the amazon rainforest from above. However, to actually see wildlife you should remember that small boat tours are the best. I went on a boat cruise with International Expeditions but that was booked from the US. They use explorama lodges’ local offices. I also recommend a ferry boat ride from Iquitos to Recana (takes about 14 hrs) to see how the locals travel along the Amazon. But cheaper that boat cruises. Ask for Johnny or Usiel as naturalists at explorama.

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