Peru Travel Stories, Page 22

You Have to Be Stupid Expats Apartments

You Have to Be Stupid Expats Apartments
I cringe when someone ask how much an apartment cost in any city on the planet. I know I can normally find an excellent apartment in the normal 80 percent of the planet outside the USA or Europe for between 50-250 U.S. per month.

However, you got to be stupid is King, therefore the other 90 percent of people are going to pay “You got to be stupid prices.”

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The way a person is stupid is because they rush, my guesstimate the average person who talks to people, inquires, is not a snob, actualy has friends, will and can reduce the cost of an apartment by close to 10 percent per week they live in a city, a person can continually find cheaper places to live for about the first three months, and if slow, and you got to be stupid it will take a year. There just is no reason to rush to be stupid.

There are a surplus of the “you got to be stupid people.”

Gary, used the phrase with me, not in the way I used…

You Have to Be Stupid Expats Apartments


Amazon River Balsa Wood Houses

Amazon River Balsa Wood Houses
Here is are some photos of a house being pulled by a boat to another area of the river in front of the city of Iquitos, Peru. The Amazon River rises and falls greatly as this river drains the majority of rainfall and snow in South America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_River

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The people probably are moving this house to from the area of Belen in Iquitos, Peru to an area with higher water because the water is receding.



This house is floating on balsa wood logs.



You could easily say they are nomadic, however not accurate, the river changes in depth, the width of the river changes, the banks along the river can cut huge swaths and force a village to move. As I observe the people of the Amazon River Basin, they are never far from water, it is a very hard place to destroy.

Amazon River Balsa Wood Houses


Not Really Uncontacted Tribes in Peru

Not Really Uncontacted Tribes in Peru
I have been studying the maps available on the internet today, as I try to interpret the website of Survival-International.org. I am not sure the tribes here on their very small map are uncontacted or even undiscovered, more along the lines of extremely isolated.

I tend to believe Survival-International.org released a very effective press release, believably sensationalized in an effort to stop Highway BR 364 from entering Peru, and to raise Donations.
NGO rule the world… hehehe, telling any story needed to support their cause and coffers.

This is a real area here though where the tribes are isolated, being on the other side of the Andes Mountains living rive floodplain.
http://www.survival-international.org/tribes/isolatedperu

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See on Google Maps

The red circles are where one group or a few tribes of people live. The stories I have read are permeated with misleading references or use of words. The word nomadic could be used with all the people on the Amazon as they have houses they move as the river moves, often making floating homes.

Hmm, I took a good photo of a house being moved on the river today in front of my room, I will try to show in next post.

Isolated tribes have no frame of reference to understand the outside the world clearly, whereby there are often superstitious and pure gossip can create hysteria in the groups. I speculate the owner of a helicopter or small plane could get photos of being shot at by arrows easily by low flying over the group. Truly not a nice thing to do to people who do not understand the world around themselves well.

I enjoy the primal behavior of humans, it helps me to understand the complicated motivated behavior of the developed societies, and I feel the simple motivations are the same, the overlay changes. A tribe member put color on his face to be recognized for his status, a man in the USA where a tie to be recognized for his status.

Not a leap of logic to see this is the same behavior.

This map shows the number of what I am presently interpreting as populated identified places, in the state of Ucayali of Peru.
http://digir.fiu.edu/images/UcayaliMap.jpg

Any way I do it, the only way to get closer to the truth is to go visit, I know I cannot trust an NGO or the Press, I would trust a Taxi driver more.

Not Really Uncontacted Tribes in Peru


Uncontacted Tribes in Brazil Peru

Uncontacted Tribes in Brazil Peru
I have written about uncontacted tribes a few times, this topic suddenly has clued it way into my consciousness again. Both my friend Gary and my Mother alluded about these tribes, funny that could only mean one things.

“They watched it on television.”

News is not news until is reported on Television.

However, I within a few arrow shots from the location of the story about uncontested tribes in Brazil and Peru, maybe I should boat or trek on over and see what is happening.

Prior Blog post on Uncontacted Tribes.
Uncontacted Tribes

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The Brazil Visa is the sticker; I suppose I need to go to Lima to get the Visa to Brazil, which I heard cost 100-150 U.S. Dollars. I think probably Rio Branco the city in Brazil is the strategic location to get closer to where the tribal areas become more obvious. In the end, I must study the maps, research and ponder until it gives up the best routes.

I do not wish to go and interrupt the tribes, I just want to step of the edge of civilization a few more steps than I have been before. The transition from civilized area to uncivilized or primitive tribes is not a jump, it is a continuum, a river that starts out civilized and ends up over the edge of the waterfalls in the tribal areas.

Cultures become more primitive as you travel farther from the larger cities. These tribes are close to impossible to contact, the cost, the time; the money needed is beyond the average person. University Professors and Anthropologist for the most part are not stereotypically the jungle survivalist. The combinations of travel skills needed to enter these areas and thrive are rare.

Location of these tribes on the news, there are many on the planet, some toward Borneo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre_State

A good articles explaining the big picture.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,360942,00.html

A little on the weak side, however offers some threads of knoweldge to pull on and follow.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncontacted_tribes

Research Mine, however discontinued because of SEO conflicts search engines: Has a lot of clues to researching this topic.
http://www.wikihobo.com/uncontactedtribes/blog.html

Uncontacted Tribes in Brazil Peru


Iquitos Peru a Good Reason for Perpetual Travel

Iquitos Peru a Good Reason for Perpetual Travel
In the last two month I have returned to visit two locations, as my friend Bill call them,
“End of the Road Locations.”

Where Travelers go when they stop traveling.

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I returned to visit Panajachel, Guatemala on Lago, Atitlan the third time, I am now in Iquitos, Peru for the third time. I am not sure I have any reason to ever return to Panajachel, however, anyway I do it, Iquitos is the entrance to the West end of the Amazon River, impossible to avoid.
What happens is this, if a person is lucky, they accidentally enter a city when then Moon, Stars, Travelers, People, and good Gods agree to give good Juju to the place. The good Karma is at it peak for the first time, life is better than normal. When I return on the next visit, it is as if the energy went down the tubes, someone pulled the plug out of the tub and all the great Bathtub Beer being made is going down the drain.

It is the people, it is not the place
It is the people, it is not the place.
The people have changed.

I remember the people I meet, more than the places I go.
Any long-term traveler knows a few places where the good Gods were watching out for them, where they went for a day and stayed a month.

The problem is this, I almost never can return and find the same people, the same alignment of the stars, and I cannot guarantee life is good. Therefore, I have a great argument in my mind for never stopping this travel life, to perpetually travel to find the next place, that next special time in life, where for one fleeting moment in time, I was in Paradise.

There are locations where the Expats are increasing and there are places where the Expats are decreasing, ether progression or a recession. This has nothing to do with the business in the areas, many very popular growing tourist places are in an Expats recession.

Expats start to flee locations when the good times end, I have been here in Iquitos, Peru for less than a week, and I am already planning my escape. I think I may head West with Bob, the Buddhist Chef by river to the city of Yurimaguas.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yurimaguas

I am a perpetual traveler, searching for those moments in time when I entered Paradise, and sadly never to return, Paradise Lost.

Iquitos Peru a Good Reason for Perpetual Travel


Expert of the Amazon River

Expert of the Amazon River
There are guides on the planet, I ignore them, try to not to talk with them and for the most part have zero respect for tour guides. A tour is an easy way to visit a country, meet a few people, and I hope somebody with me on the tour knows about the destination.

I do not expect a tour guide to have a brain.

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The requirements to be an Amazon Tour Guide are generally the person has to speak English; they do not need to know about the river, just normal knowledge, not expert status.

An expert of the Amazon River would make a good guide; I have been looking around trying to find books written about the Amazon, after I became concerned with this idea. What is an expert, are there experts of the Amazon River, and is there anybody in Peru that has studied this river well enough to deem me thinking or calling them an expert?

It is not that easy, the river is huge, the tributaries are vast, and the river goes up into Bolivia, over to Colombia, into Venezuela. There are specific areas, fish, plants, trees, people, this place is a continent travel destination, and the Amazon is like Oceania, maybe called Amazonian.

Where to start to be an expert?

Seven years ago when I was on the Amazon, the resources, especially the internet was newer, Wikipedia.org did not exist.

I studied Real Estate for years; I had four blue filing cabinets full of files about real estate information. I had files on all the Real Estate Companies in my cities, I knew more about the competition than they knew about themselves. I read five papers daily, clipped every article and filed it under the subject. The five newspapers, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and News Sentinel. Then many magazines, later in the career I used the internet.

Books are needed to study a subject, there is on paper written knowledge and online now that is weak, not clear thought and overwrought with crap.

I need to learn about SEO, Search Engine Optimization, I subscribe presently to about five newsletters, or dauly Blogs. If I really wanted or felt pressure to update I increase this up to 30, if I was trying to be an expert I think I would increase this to 50-100 Blogs or information sources.

I enjoy SEO, fun to learn about, a challenge to study this abstract art.

How does a person become an expert, and at what point does a person feel he or she is an expert.

I was talking to what may or may not be an Expert Photographer yesterday, I was not able to conclusively learn or say this person is an expert, I conclusively he has taken more photos than others have.

Well, this is the point, when you meet an expert, and you cannot bleed off any information of value, cannot get an over the edge answers, then you compare, hmm, maybe I am an expert.

Money is the normally the score card, people pay experts, however it is easy to portray yourself as an expert, and just have an above average knowledge.

Yes, I think also critical thinking is needed, and expert without an incredibly ability to slice and dice, drill down the fact, separate into categories is needed.

I meet extremely few experts.

There is always someone who will stand up and nominate themselves as an expert to an association, club, and organization. I see themselves as people who want to famous, to be known as an expert.

Fame and flattery stops brains from functioning, becoming mired into muck as large as the Amazon River. Does an Expert like fame and to be listed too?

How much does it cost to have books shipped here from the USA, this seems to be the cost of being one of the cost of becoming and Expert of the Amazon River. I keep trying to up my knowledge on a few subject, at about 75 U.S. per book, it takes some real cash to research subjects. I am not in the USA, I do not live in the USA, and the internet still is 99 percent inadequate for learning properly.

The knowledge of resources, the awareness of every source of knowledge on an existing subject is a problem. I find the Germans are good on Computers, I think about learning German so I can read their webpages.

I do not know many experts...

Expert of the Amazon River


Who is a Professional Photographer

Who is a Professional Photographer
I used to think people with huge camera were professional photographers. Now I realize there is no connection between a large camera and being a professional, or even having a clue. I then went to the next level of trying to define and talk to Pros.

Who is a Pro?

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Second level of trying to figure this out, I just asked,
“Are you a professional photographer?

I do not ask, are you a Photographer, they all say yes. The problem with asking if they are Pro is the same, they also say yes. Therefore, the second level asking of questions does not mean anything. Photographers seem to be natural born liars, so onto my third level of learning to figure out who is a professional.




I looked over to this photographer; he had two cameras in front of him, two bigger ones, not the small toys, but the ones with interchangeable lens. I suspect he is a Professional, he also is wearing the uniform that give it away to everyone, the hunting vest thingy, something genetic about wanting to wear uniforms. I suspect he likes to be thought of a Photographer, I personally like to sneak up on my game and not tell them I am shooting them, or in that fact, to even care…

I forget his name, I am sorry, however, I again went back down to second level question, he said, “I am professional Photographer.”

I proceeded to ask,
“Magazine, Newspaper?”

He said
“New York Times.”

Ok, paydirt, maybe I found one who is in the game, a real player and more than average knowledge of Photography.

Hehehe, I want to ask some questions, which continually bother me.

1. How to deal with condensation on lens after leaving an air-conditioned room and entering the hot humid air?

2. How to package and keep batteries ready and charge, ready to put in the camera?

3. How he uses two boxes?

He fielded the questions well, the best so far, he answered them quickly and understood the serious nature of why. I did my best to hide in plain sight, to not allow him to do more than underestimate me, better to keep the game feeling the upper hand, if you want to get the open comments and shoot the game… or win this funny game.

Iquitos is at the edge of the planet, the world comes here to stare over he edge and look out into the abyss.
a.k.a Also Known As…
sitting in bars and talking, sometimes stepping down off the edge and climbing back on to the edge.

A great place if you want to use the word explore, maybe sometimes adventure, and for sure a great place to go fishing. Fishermen and Photographers, natural born liars.

Note, I do not call myself a Photographer, I am not obsessive about Cameras, it is a tool of explanations, I enjoy the angles though, the perceptions, the ability to see.

Who is a Professional Photographer


Who is a Charapa

Who is a Charapa
Sitting in the Airport in Lima chatting away with a group of Semi-American, Semi-Peruvian people, one asked me,
“Are you going to Iquitos to find a Charapita?”

Oops, went outside my realm of Spanish knowledge…

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She was talking about the Amazon River people, and as best I understand, she was calling them the water turtle people. I knew the word for turtle was Tortuga, however the word for the ones living in the waters of the Amazon is a Charapa, and Charapita means a little turtle. She was playing, serious jokes by asking if I was going to look for a little turtle, a female one.

Well, I have yet to confirm this is not an insult, however, I doubt I go around calling people Charapas. There are nicknames for groups of people, I am more or less a Gringo, while they will call the people form the Coast Monos, or monkey, Using these new word is not a good idea, mostly a slight or insult of the other culture.

Well, when I was walking around the Belen Iquitos, Peru market, I instantly looked for Charapa, and maybe I got the tail end.



This is the rear end of the Charapa, guess I will need to return until I find the whole turtle.



These are cut up parts of both the Charapa and the Tortuga and being sold in the Iquitos Belen Market, the little round things are eggs in different levels of development.



This is the vendor called a Tortuga.

I suppose I can walk up to a girl and ask,
“Eres ti me Charapita?”

I will then understand the full implications of this slang.

Who is a Charapa