Peru Travel Stories, Page 20

NGO Faked Uncontacted Tribe Photos

NGO Faked Uncontacted Tribe Photos
A headline in the Newspaper Ahora here in Peru, says,

“Supuesta no contactados dicen que ONG paga para fotografiario denudos”

Hopefully correct translation:
“Supposed to be an un-contacted says that a NGO paid for photographs nude.”

The article is saying that the WWF and AIDESEP, two NGO’s or ONG’s in Spanish paid for photos of what were supposed to be uncontacted tribes in Peru and Brazil.
WWF
http://www.panda.org/
WWF Peru
http://www.wwfperu.org.pe/
AIDESEP
http://www.aidesep.org.pe/

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
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This is the Ahora Peruvian Newspaper cover on June 5, 2008.



Ahora Newspaper
Pucalllpa Thursday, June 5 2008
- Pucallpa Peru in the department of Ucayali.



A photo of the groups of men from a village to the North of Breu in near the River Yurua that cross the Brazil Border that posed for photos nude.



The article, you would need to save as onto your computer, and enlarge with a zoom to read in Spanish.



Map from a post of mine the other day of the Yurua River in the Department of Ucayali.

Map to Less Civilized Tribes

Tribes Isolated for Reason

Map of Ucayali Region in Peru - Department - State
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ucayali_Region

Wikipedia.org on Peru
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru

I have no love for the tree hugging, say anything, junk science world of NGO's. Non Governmental Organizations that advertise continuously on BBC, CNN and other world class televisions news stations. They create an false urgencies, then the paid advertisers collect their snake oil money from the good will of nice poeple to do the business of selling scams.

Disclaimer: I hope that someone read this in Spanish that is better than me, and helps collaborate my interpetation of this article, as it is possible I misunderstand.

NGO Faked Uncontacted Tribe Photos


Banana Boat on Amazon River

Banana Boat on Amazon River
This is a video of Plantains or maybe Bananas being unloaded off boats in the city of Pucallpa, Peru. The river is part of the Amazon River, a headwater called Ucayali River or Rio.

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Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.



Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.



Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.



Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.



Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.



Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.



Plantains or Bananas in Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali or Amazon River.

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Banana Boat on Amazon River


Meeting Peru Missionaries Airplane Pilots

Meeting Peru Missionaries Airplane Pilots
Yesterday, Chelo and I went and talked with two pilots who work for Missionaries. It was interesting to hear real opinions on the isolated tribes who do not have regular contact with the civilized villages.

The price to fly is about 600 US Dollars one-way, however not simple and clear, and the Swiss Pilot said not possible because of rules.
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This is the hanger where a couple of planes are locate on the lake called Yurinacocha, a five Soles Moto-Taxi ride from Pucallpa, then a 15 minute boat ride from the village of Puerto Callao on the lake to this hanger. As best I can surmise they all have grass strips, and I do not think easily identified with Google Maps.



Airplane inside the Hanger



Chelo the guide on the left, and Alberto the pilot on the right.
http://www.peruprojects.org/




One of the planes at the Swiss Mission, we talked with a pilot from Fort Lauderdale, USA there.

This is the Swiss Mission at Kilometer 15 marker on the road going towards Lima. It cost 20 Soles for the Moto-Taxi and we paid 10 Soles per hour as a set fee per hour.

As I was entering these two Missionary type facilities, and I was thinking to myself about other travelers and how talking with Christian Missionaries could cause me a problem if they were with me. Many of the travelers are incredibly closed minded about the Christian Religion, yet would go to a Shaman here to do the drug Ayahuasca, hoping to have some spiritual something, yet closed minded on anything close to their own culture, a true I hate authority contempt before consideration situation.

I think half of the tourism here in Pucallpa is for people wanting to have a Ayahuasca Drug experience.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca

Meeting Peru Missionaries Airplane Pilots


Customizing My Camera Computer Bag

Customizing My Camera Computer Bag
I customized my camera, computer bag yesterday; this is the best bag I have ever had to carry camera, computer, batteries, umbrella and bread or other assorted things along the path.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Thursday, June 5, 2008
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I am having the camera bag sown into the bag, creating a small extra padded pouch that can hold the camera inside the bag, keep it at the top, allow it to breathe and allow me to quickly pull of the bag and put back in the bag without a problem.

South America is a good place to alter a backpack, to customize, to change and get it up to speed. Why?
“Because they wear shoes.”

In Asia, they wear sandals; they do not have many shoe repair places, while I have found at least five in the city of Pucallpa without looking.

If I can find some mesh?

Oops, I know where some is, the rather worthless mesh on my Kelty Backpacks, I can scavenger off the bags and make a mesh side panels or air flow method for the bag.

I have some mesh, I can take this mesh material from another backpack now and install window of mesh so the air can enter or leave the bag. I want it to breath and allow the camera to acclimate to the outside air, I think I will also make a solid cover that cover the mesh, maybe I can figure out a way to make a small backpack cover to pull out and cover this bag. I have one of them I can modify also, for my other bags, the camera bag that also holds a computer is much more important.

I also could install a strap to secure my umbrella better, the mesh pockets on the side of the bag are wearing out, stretching and really just decorative, I am not a big fan of mesh pouches.

I often wonder what bags are on the market that I could just buy, if there are any bags that truly allow me to use my bag properly as a photographer. I do not want my bag to look like either a computer or camera bag; I do not like to be a soft target, like many wankers walking around with their cameras around their neck. I do thank them for having their camera stolen, making my life by default easier.

I put my large, completely waterproof, no joking poncho down in the computer pouch to take this boat trip to see the Missionaries. This is a great location for the poncho, now if I had to computer pouches I would be ready for a bear of rain.

Jungle and taking photos is myriad of water problems, my room here in the Komby for 10 U.S. is not air conditioned, but has the standard too noisy old ceiling fan, not my first choice in fans, but the room is nice. If I had air conditioning, I would hand the bag in the window under the curtain to allow to be outside, yet in the room.

With a few more modifications, I could maybe get this bag up to rough travel standards.

I have a great new system for batteries, I have five extra sets now, I can take photos for about two weeks off the grid, maybe about 1000-1500 photos without needing to recharge.



This is the shoe repair person, he refused to be paid, said to buy him a beer. I am really happy with the city of Pucallpa, it is my type of jungle city, everyone is helpful, they really do not know Tourist, contrary to the city of Iquitos where there is always a jade by the tourist person walking around who wants nothing to do with you. The Belen part of Iquitos is great; however, the whole city of Pucallpa has the Belen hospitality and not the tourist trap mentality.

NOTE: Notice the long protruding small bottom part where normally there would be a bobbin, this allows him to sew up the bag better. It is helpful to find this type to have a backpack repaired.

I sometime use fishing line or net repair line to fix my bags, sewing them up by hand.

Customizing My Camera Computer Bag


Coca Leaves Sold in Pucallpa Peru

Coca Leaves Sold in Pucallpa Peru
I was walking along in front of few what I feel are Wholesale Food Vendors who sell food to people coming to restock the other villages up and down the river when I saw some Coca Leaves.
I thought, “What are Coca Leaves doing here?”

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Each bag cost one Sole; there is some black gummy stuff they sell also to help activate the chemicals in the leaves that give you a small numb feeling. I was surprise to find this, forgot all about the Coca or Cocaine business that thrives.

Coca Leaves Sold in Pucallpa Peru


Map to Less Civilized Tribe

Map to Less Civilized Tribe
I have been talking with a Guide by the name of Jose Silva Nube, however goes by the nickname “Chelo.” He has a good collection of maps drawn by him, and a few purchased of this area of the planet Earth.

He described a tribe called the “Ashaninka,” who he calls the “Menos Civilizados,” or the Less Civilized.

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This map shows the location in the Peru state of Ucayali where a group of indigenous called the “Ashaninka.” They use bow and arrow to hunt and he says paints their faces like the photos on Television recently.

What was a total surprise is the growing of Coca in many of the isolated regions of this state. This I think called "Cocaleros" makes it more difficult, even dangerous because they are suspicious of people visiting these areas. I have not heard of any comments about the existence of Coca Laboratories or Jungle making of Cocaine.



This is a photo of Chelo sitting in the Komby Hotel, explaining the maps he has, and many maps of the State of Ucayali on the walls inside the Hotel.



This is information on his tours, I have not went on one of his tours, however I am impressed with the drawing of maps, and his ability to on-the-fly explain all the names of the villages along the river. I am not sure if he speaks English, I have never tried to speak to him in English, I speak rather fluent Spanish, therefore not a big need, and I will test his English today.

Email of Chelo: (Remove spaces and fix.)
chelojo AT hotmail.com



Today were going to take a one-hour trip by boat to find some North American Missionaries that have a plane. They use the plane to fly to the village called Breu on the River Yurua. There is also some Swiss Missionaries, maybe Swedish, I need to clarify the word in Spanish.



This is one location where we could fly, there are a few options, and we are about 250 - 400 kilometers by plane from both the village of Breu and another father to the South called Esperanza.

Chelo said the first price to rent a plane was 5000 US to fly one-way to Breu, I think this number is nuts, this may be a Military airport in Breu, I do not fully understand the situation yet, I am hoping the Missionaries are there, and they are willing to explain more details.

I am not planning to fly to this region now, I would want to have a satellite internet system called BGAN with me, and be able to blog as I go, and publish photos. The cost is high, not sure I can afford this presently and dwelling on the issue. I will pay 120 soles or about 40 U.S. to Chelo today for the one day trip to the missionaries, I am sure could go myself, however his explanations are educational and this is what I am paying for, less for the guide, not on how to travel.

There is also man that is a Peruvian Missionary that may speak the language somewhat of the tribes on the Yurua River, and we may look for him to find help.

There are maybe many tribes in this area, Chelo has a map he will bring today that has the names of tribes, and there are other topographical maps in Lima to purchase. Every location we would need to find boats, probably dugout canoes to travel from location.

This is all fun stuff; it would be great to go and live in few villages and take a month to explore this area of the planet. It is best to not have any time restraints in this type of venture, taking my time to learn, listen and document correctly all the photos and information.

To properly study the tribes I must continuously type in the names, get Chelo to repeat, and then have collaboration by other people. I need or want to take every photo and label, continuously making explanation maps to do a good job. It would be great if an Anthropology department would step up and come along. On the other hand, I would need to interview them, making sure they are emotionally, mentally and physically capable, and then have some skills that would benefit the trip, whether writing, photography or an over-abundance of knowledge. I am not going to a dodgy part of the world with people not making the grade.

This is an expensive venture, could cost up to 10,000 U.S. Dollars to spend a month, whether one person of a group, the cost is about the same, I am not presently prepared to pay this much money, and like my Iraq trip, a person should not enter without enough money to guarantee no trivial dangerous shortcuts are taken.

I would think this fits my definition of Adventure Tourism, when it is possible to be killed, than it is an Adventure.

Map to Less Civilized Tribe


Peru Gas Petrol Station on Ucayali River

Peru Gas Petrol Station on Ucayali River
This is a photo of a gas station on the Ucayali River, maybe the Amazon River in the city of Pucallpa, Peru.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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I went down to see the boats, they lined the river for as far as I could see, then I spotted this colorful and strange sitting boat in the water. When I focused on it, I realized it was a gas or petrol station.

Peru Gas Petrol Station on Ucayali River


Sprayed My Hotel Room for Bugs

Sprayed My Hotel Room for Bugs
It is becoming a regular system of mine, I purchase a can of Insect Killer Spray and spray my Hotel Room for Bugs.

I wish one time I would not find a cockroach lying around after they kick over and die.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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As best I know, I have never step on one with my bare feet as I walk around, but I assume one day I will, whereby I will hear,
“snap and a squish.”

Then get a weak in the knees feeling when I think what is on the bottom of my foot.

Sprayed My Hotel Room for Bugs