Peru Travel Stories, Page 21

Am I Physically Prepared

Am I Physically Prepared
Travel in the Jungle, hopping on and off buses, a boat or two, travel is sometimes a lot of exercise. I was walking towards the boat docks of Pucallpa, Peru thinking about walking, wondering if my body is going to start to obey better.
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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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My body is getting older, it is Chronologically 52 years old, yet I know I can easily stay up with most 30 year old men. However, there are some parts that have been hurting more than normal, I think if I lose about 20 pounds my body will start to obey again, and not painfully complain. I am losing weight, however it is amazing how easy it is to gain weight and how slowly these pound leave.

Any way I do it, I need think about this, get a little more serious and keep my health in better condition. I ask a lot more of my body than the normal person, I am not in the same world. To carry my 50-80 pound backpacks around, then 20 extra on my body is like carrying a small girl on my back.

Am I Physically Prepared


What is a Jungle

What is a Jungle
There seems to be a few common aspects to a Jungle.

Water, lots of water!
Tropical or between 23.5 and 23.5 up and below the Equator.
Not easy to farm.
Size of Boats, canoe use means dense vegetation.
Required to walk with boots in the Jungle, so they sell boots.
People use canoes for transportation.
The vices disappear, Alcohol and Cigarettes are hard to find.
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Pucallpa, Peru on Amazon River
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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The word jungle is thrown around, I tend to think of the Amazon Jungle as a big swamp, I tend to think of calling something a Jungle only when it is swamplands or marshlands.

However, when there is too much water, it no longer is jungle, the swamp become a river. The Amazon River is an interesting body of water, the farther from the mouth of the Amazon in Brazil, maybe the more it is a swamp, and the less it is a lake that moves.

There are water animals and there are land animals, land animals need dry land, so the Tigers, Cats, Deer, etc need dry land, they could live in a swamp, however as the water becomes too deep they disappear.

The size of the boat tells me a lot about the density of the Jungle. Big boats cannot go into the deep jungle, a canoe can go further into the jungle, or swamp, however to really explore it is combination of walking and canoes.

Isolated people are isolated because they use canoes and walk, the normal population gravitates towards areas where motorized boats can carry the beer to the city, the civilized world needs it vices, hence more people always moving to the city.

What is a Jungle


Good Peru Jungle Energy

Good Peru Jungle Energy
I can feel my energy rising, as if the world gave me something fun to do, I have better reasons to wake in the morning. I am always ready to open my eyes in the morning; I find no pleasure in avoiding the day.

A jungle guide found me last night here in the Komby Hotel, and open the door to the homes of the people living in the Jungle.

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Pulcallpa, Peru on Amazon River
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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I was in Iquitos, Peru for a week, and never heard any noise from the jungle guides, I was not approached and only had a few people selling Canoe trips approach me, the first night here a man talks about villages in the jungle.

I am excited he is bringing some maps over today at 4:00 pm, whereby we can discuss the state of Isolated Tribes in this area of Amazon River or Peru.

Good Peru Jungle Energy


Arrival in Pucallpa Peru

Arrival in Pucallpa Peru
My Aero Condor flight for 109 U.S. Dollars arrived in Pucallpa, Peru without a problem. The city is a city, the smell of lumber attracted my attention, however the noise level competes with Iquitos for the worst on the planet.
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Pulcallpa, Peru on Amazon River
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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I am in the Hotel Komby, a good location, 30 Soles or about 10 US per night with a private bath and cable Television. This is the first time in many weeks whereby, I do not have Wireless Internet or WIFI in my room, it feels good off the wire.

My plans is to find the Port and walk around asking many questions on how to go East towards Brazil.

Arrival in Pucallpa Peru


Carrying Dangerous Liquids in Backpack

Carrying Dangerous Liquids in Backpack
Chlorine is the worst, cooking oil is second, insect repellant is bad, alcohol not so bad with shampoo and toothpaste following.

Clorox is easy to buy, and I am using it to soak vegetables and clean dishes, but I am not going to carry in my backpack.

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Iquitos, Peru on Amazon River
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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They sell travel bottles; I have yet to discover a bottle that makes me feel safe enough to carry Clorox in my bag, it is going to have to be a bottle inside a bottle.

I will think on this, I am interested in learning how to eat vegetable and fruits. Moving and traveling is the problem.

Carrying Dangerous Liquids in Backpack


Flying to Pucallpa Peru

Flying to Pucallpa Peru
I leave tomorrow morning at 11:50 with Aero Condor for Pucallpa, Peru, more or less I fly up river on the Amazon where I am hoping the river jungle overwhelms the river, and not the river overwhelming the jungle. The cost of the air ticket to Pucallpa, Peru one way was 108 U.S. Dollars.
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Iquitos, Peru on Amazon River
Monday, June 2, 2008
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I have been laughing here, I did a search on the internet and my friend Bob’s page comes up, now I have a Hotel Recommendation. I guess this is easier than just asking him, he is in Iquitos presently and leaves for Yurimaguas by boat today.

http://robertstravels.blogspot.com/2008/05/travel-update-from-pucallpa-peru.html

I wish it was easier to just talk about the Hotel I stay in, however, I truly do not like people knocking on my door just for kicks.

They say I can take 30 Kilos on the plane, so I feel good, I tend to always worry about the cheap tickets for airplanes. I had to pay 40 dollars for Airspirit.com for my two bags, annoying I did not know about this.

Flying to Pucallpa Peru


When am I Ready to Leave

When am I Ready to Leave
Time is not important, however sometimes I want to leave a city or country, I was ready to leave yesterday, and now realize I am not. I have not taken all the photos I wanted to take.

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Iquitos, Peru on Amazon River
Monday, June 2, 2008
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I was in Iquitos, Peru some seven years ago; I paid a person Wally to take some photos of Belen with his 35 MM camera. My camera at the time was not up to take the good photos. Well, this time I have a camera up to the job, so I will go and take some photos I hope today of this market.

I have traveled on the Amazon River from Manaus to Iquitos, seen a huge lake that moves, not really a highlight. As I traveled along the river I would look over at the houses on the side, wondering how the people lived. Well, the only place I have ever been near this river that allowed me to truly understand the people on the river is within minutes, 1.5 Solos of the Plaza de Armas in Iquitos, I believe 100 percent a true quirk of Anthropology. This is a place where I can walk around and see close up how people live on the Amazon River without annoying them greatly.

So when is it time to leave, when I have seen all I want to see, or when I have taken all the photos I wanted to see.

When am I Ready to Leave


Amazon River Foods

Amazon River Foods
If they can cook it, normally the world will eat it, if it moves it better run. Walked by some huge maggot looking worms cooking on a spit over a fire, they were pulsing as they cooked to death here in the Belen Market of Iquitos, Peru.

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Iquitos, Peru on Amazon River
Monday, June 2, 2008
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I have no idea why a person goes to the Zoo when you can go to the Market, buy it, and eat it.



Looks like over-size Maggots waiting to be eaten, fresh meat cooked over the grill.



Cooked Worm on a Stick, they called it Suyi or something like that, it is not easy to get people to clarify.



Tasty looking fish, aagh, this fish looks evil, does not feel evil, but I am not putting ugly fish in my mouth.



There is always a cat, the world will eat anything that is moving and they can kill. I often think not eating anything the move, being a vegetarian is contrary to our basic nature, a fight with nature, what is natural in humans.

Here is a video of the worms, the wiggle, a small video, but fun to watch.

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Amazon River Foods