The forest hike on the Iricahua Trail was pleasant enough, but a bit meh. Could have spent my time better with a sleep in. I think Cath did. There was a departure briefing: off the boat at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Went into a market that had more of the raffia creatures that had […]
Breakfast at the “Hoatzin Picnic Café”. Cabin staff demonstrated how they made the towel animals. In the afternoon we went swiming in the Yanayacu Lagoon with piranha fingerlings and dolphins. Some claimed that the fish nipped, some claimed that they had a nice manicure – I didn’t feel a thing. On the way back to […]
Forest hike in Llanalpa trail (did I skip that for a sleep-in?) Steamed off for the Dorado River. Had a cooking class by the ship’s chef: preparation of the local dish “juanes”, which was a mixture of rice and spices with a peeled, boiled egg, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed (or perhaps baked, […]
Skiff ride along Marañon river. Visit Amazonas community vilage, with demonstrations of cane sugar crushing and local cuisine. Met some school children, who sang us a song. Learned to make Pisco sours. Saw the merging of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, where the Amazon is formed. In the afternoon we went on another skiff ride […]
According to the running sheet for the day, we had a skiff ride for bird watching in the morning, and in the late afternoon we went on a forest canopy walk.
The first day’s outings were a morning walk in the forest, along the Marañón river. In the afternoon I took up a free spot on a kayak for a paddle, while Cath relaxed (on-board sleeping was easy and plentiful!)
Iquitos is in the middle of the Amazon jungle, connected to the outside world only by the river and by air. There are no roads in or out. Lima and the cities of Peru are to the west, across the Andes, so it is unlikely that there will ever be a road or rail link. […]