Peru Travel Stories, Page 4

New Levels of Confusion

New Levels of Confusion
I have no clear thoughts in my mind today, another plane came to Breu, Peru so I hopped on it and returned to Pucallpa, I had no desire to stay in Breu for another week or two or three...
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Pucallpa, Peru
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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I am overloaded and over stimulated mentally, I have so many small problems to solve or resolve, I have no desire to Blog. The Blog is good for receiving feedback on simple problems, however often just annoying when the situations are complex.

New Levels of Confusion


How much does your Camera cost

How much does your Camera cost?
Travel Tip

People in many countries of the planet will ask me,
“How much doe your camera cost?”

What do you say?

This question can make you nervous if you are aware that a 500 Dollars Camera here is about 3-5 months wages in countries similar to Peru. My guesstimate here in Breu, Peru the average person makes less than 20 Soles per day, or about 5-6 U.S. Dollars.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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I tell them the truth, if they are willing to ask the question, then I feel obliged to answer the question. In the USA culture, we often consider it bad manners to ask the cost of items, however, consider this, in other cultures is may be bad manners not to answer the person.

Nonetheless, to lie to the person is not a safe thing to do…

Think about it, would you rather rob a liar or a person you trust and like…

Photography

How much does your Camera cost?


Map of Village of Breu, Peru in Yurua District

Map of Village of Breu, Peru in Yurua District
Here is a map of the village of Breu, Peru, in the Yurua District of the Ucayali departamento.

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Breu, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Map of Village of Breu, Peru in Yurua District


Primitive Melting Pot of Cultures

Primitive Melting Pot of Cultures

Can you accept people & cultures just the way they are?
- Kirt, former Peace Corp Volunteer
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 23, 2000

I am surrounded by five strata of cultures, from the most primitive on the planet to the more educated in the developing world.

1. No Contact Tribal Group
2. No Contacted that have left and joined another tribal group.
3. Pure Tribal Group.
4. Mestizo of the Jungle Region of Peru
5. Mestizo of the educated sector of Peru

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Breu, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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My natural tendency is to ignore brute behavior, which is a subconscious attempt to change the culture. A person changes a culture the moment they enter, and it takes a strict rule of engagement to study one of these primitive cultures.

I have enjoyed my week in the jungles of Peru, I have observed the multiple ways culture fuse together or segregate here in Breu, Peru.

I will return to Breu again with strict rules of engagement.

In this venture, I have learned conclusively that the words uncontested and no contacted tribes are terms used by groups with an agenda. They wish to misrepresent the truth for their own desires, much like the Indians in the USA, the indigenous people here in Peru are just pawns in a game of power and control.

In this area of the world, all stakeholders are aware of the other participants, they voluntarily agree to make contact or avoid contact. The biggest reason there are tribes that wish no contact is because of the difficulty of contact, whether because of transportation problems, or language problems, there is no simple way for one primitive culture to interact with another primitive culture.

The melting pot that exists here is one-step above cave dwellers, this is how all civilizations lived at one time.

I will leave and reenter this primitive culture after I have carefully drawn up rules of engagement that would minimize accidental corruption of data collected.

Primitive Melting Pot of Cultures


WIFI Wires Moved Travel Tips

WIFI Wires Moved Travel Tips
People of the developed world are becoming dependant on the Internet, they do not know how to live without it. I have made a video to help people understand one of the major problems you will encounter in Hotels.

The connections to the router, the electricity, the Ethernet wires are moved and become disconnected because people move them.

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Breu, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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I was debating tonight which travel tip to present today, and here in Breu, the same problems as in Pucallpa happened today. Someone moved the router and unplugged it, there was no internet in this location until I found the problem, it was very simple, I need to plug in the router.



Thanks
Andy of HoboTraveler.com in Breu, Peru.

Internet, - Computer Problems

WIFI Wires Moved Travel Tips


Monday I go to Dulce Gloria

Monday I go to Dulce Gloria
I will take a boat from Breu, Peru to Dulce Gloria on Monday, I will be gone for about four days.

I have sat around asking questions enough days in Breu, Peru to know it is safe to proceed up the Yurua River to the village of Dulce Gloria. It will take about six hours by gas powered Peca Peca canoe, I do not expect it to be difficult to go, however sitting in a dugout canoe for six hours listening to the roar of Briggs and Stratton motor make a overnight bus trip seem like a piece of cake.

This is not my first trip like this; I took a similar boat from Coca, Ecuador down the River Napo towards Iquitos before connecting with a larger Boat. This time however we are going away from civilization instead of between two major civilized locations.

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Breu, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Sunday, February 1, 2009
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I am excited to go, the village of Breu is a mystery to me, there seems to be only two forms of employment here, working for the elongated arm of the Peruvian government, or maybe some workers in the lumber business. More or less everyone feels to be working on some municipal job here in Breu, and the same as in the USA or any other Government job on the planet, they are not very excited about moving. There is not a lot of activity in Breu, and I am becoming restless, I would like to encounter anyone doing anything.



Samuel who will steer the boat from Breu to Dulce Gloria, Peru.

I have hired Samuel to commodore the boat from Breu to Dulce Gloria and back to Brue. I was pointed towards Samuel by Rider and Walter, I think Samuels needs something to do to help support his family. His wife has some important job of being the register of the village or area of Yurua. I truly wish anything was clear, however this is why I am here, it is like being in the fog and each day I can see a little clearer.

How prepared are we on a 100 point scale to leave for Dulce Gloria?

I would say 50 percent, I do not expect it rise much higher than that today, I am fully aware, my eyes are wide open that this venture up the river should be miserable. I do not know where I will sleep Monday or Tuesday night, I have no idea what I will eat.

I only know one thing for sure; Samuel says we need six gallons of gasoline to go there and back. I will buy eight, and check this gas closely to make sure he is correct. We are going up river; therefore, it is possible to float back down the river to Breu easy enough.

I am perfectly safe, we can always go up river until the Boat dies, and float back to Brue.

I am not sure how to explain this form of reasoning, however a person must take care they never go with a guide or other person believing all is under control. While I try to maximize my chances, the world tends to minimize their chances, they survive, they do not thrive.

Thriving is maybe the wrong word, today is ok, tomorrow is ok, and the world is ok, the world is ok, providing you are able to stop asking yourself irrelevant questions like,
“Am I safe or not.”

If course we are safe, and if we are not, then so what, we will die, dying is normal and the reason we die are not noble, it is always something stupid that happened.

Here is a good example of life here in Breu; I have learned yesterday that a man died. I finally learned he was about 50 years old. What happened was a big pole or beam fell and hit his head, a couple of days later he was dead. This is life in Breu, people do not wrestle around talking about all what if this and what if that speculation of life, they are sitting around talking about Football, the same as the rest of the planet.

I believe Dulce Gloria is a bigger city than Brue; every city on the planet tends to feel their city is important. It will be interesting to see how they compare, I think a lot of the Mestizo people wish to be within or only one-step away from Pucallpa, therefore Breu is close, while Dulce Gloria is two steps away from what people would consider very safe territory. It is not really safety, it is knowing that is one of them small problems like a beam falls on your head, you do not die, and you just go to the hospital.

Humans can only travel as far away from their perceived safety net, when they are too far, they will come up with many excuses to not go further. I have a faith in destiny; I believe that what is meant to happen is guaranteed to happen. There is no way to be safe, it is an illusion and fear based people never have the capacity to thrive or live, they are always asking too many questions and not accepting life on lives terms.

Monday I go to Dulce Gloria


Sliding Button on Alarm Clock Travel Tip

Sliding Button on Alarm Clock Travel Tip
There are many Travel Alarm Clocks that have a built in defect you should know about before you purchase one. There are buttons on the back of some of the clocks that protrude outside the body of the clock. When you have thie wrong type of Alarm Clock inside your backpack or luggage this button will slide over, the alarm will be set and the next thing you know you have an alarm going off inside your bag.

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Breu, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Sunday, February 1, 2009
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This is my present alarm clock, I prefer the type that folds up like a box, and cover both the front and the back, however this one works ok. I like the dial and not the digital, it is easier to see.



I can stand this Alarm Clock up, however the little stand is not stable, and small jostle of the table will knock it over.



All the buttons are recessed, this is the Travel Tip, you want all the buttons on the back of the clock difficult to reach, they should not protrude out, whereby sliding against another surface will set the alarm clock.



As you look down the flat surface, you cannot see the buttons protruding out.

Another small problem with this alarm clock is that it looks like a cell phone, people steal cell phone so, when I take it out of my bag and someone is watching I show them it is a clock.

I have to be careful with my GPS and WIFI detectors, people think they are cell phone also, or and worst yet an IPOD.

Sliding Button on Alarm Clock Travel Tip


Sounds We Try to Ignore

Sounds We Try to Ignore
Chickens are ok compared to the sounds of death, someone has died or is dying and a woman from the Yaminawa tribe is pushing out sounds of death, these sounds awoke me this morning.

A low wailing sound that resonate into the darkness of early morning, now two people have started crying as I am writing I feel certain a person has died. Now there are three people singing the death dirge here in the village of Breu, Peru, the family is joined the others as they should in the responsibility of morning the loss of life.

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Breu, Peru
Isolated Tribes Expedition 2010
Yurua River a feed river to Amazon River
Saturday, January 31, 2009
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The volume is increasing, nothing is clear here, we try to ignore these sounds, however they cannot be ignores. Someone down below has awoken next to a dead body.

My neighbor came out of his room prepared to bath in the community shower; he explains to me they will sing these sounds of death all day today. My room is within 100 feet of this building, it is a sad sound.

What appears natural to me is the village will go on with its life, however, there will be one or two families of the Yaminawas tribe today that will cry away at the walls of their house, trying to stop their sadness, and eventually they will tire and accept that a life has ended.

This is not a good day; it is a sad day here, life is important. I wish to understand how people live from the day they are born to the day they die, I know I am the same, one day I will die, we will try to ignore the sounds of death today, but because of these sounds I will never forget this day, I will remember that someone died today in Brue, Peru.

Sounds We Try to Ignore