Iquitos to Lima - Day 94

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Hitchhiker's Hostel

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

I was woken by the shaman at 10am not knowing where the hell I was. I was still heavily under the influence of the Ayahuasca. Later I realised the shaman had stayed with me in the hut where we performed last nights ceremony for my safety. The shaman put me in a boat and took me back to the village where the French guys slept last night. When we arrived back in the village I was given some fresh fruit to eat, I can't eat anything substantial for 24 hours after taking the Ayahuasca. Over breakfast the French guys told me how freaked-out they were during the ceremony. Apparently I was in complete control until an hour after taking the Ayahuasca they said. They told me they looked in my eyes when the Ayahuasca had taken it's full effect and said I looked evil and possessed. I didn't feel possessed at any point last night but I've never been in a mental state even close before. Was I possessed or just completely wasted?

After breakfast the shaman told me to go and wash in the river, he said this was the final part of the ceremony. To be honest I didn't fancy it as all the villagers waste is deposited straight in the muddy waters, so I declined. 10 minutes later I visited the toilet which was just a hole in a wooden blank at the end of a raised gangway above the river. As I walked along the gangway, I had sudden urge to step off the foot-wide blank and predictable fell in to the neck deep water fully clothed with my passport, wallet and PDA in my pocket. Does the shaman have control of me or was this event just a freaky coincidence! I don't really know, but the shaman got his way and I was cleansed in the waters. Really freaky!!!

I was worryingly still having complex hallucinations this morning on the boat back Iquitos. I'd see people I thought I knew in the small boat but I couldn't fully recognise them. They'd ask me a question, which I replied too, but when I turned to look at them, they'd vanish. It was only me, the shaman and the driver in the boat as the French guys are staying in the forest for another night. I knew this, but every-time one of these hallucinations happened I'd still verbally respond. This happened half a dozen times during the journey. My vision is very blurred too and I generally don't feel like my usual self. I was expecting the Ayahuasca to have worn off by now. I've been completely comfortable with the entire experience until this point. I think I'm still in some half-house between the conscious and unconscious worlds. Will these hallucinations stop or I'm now some kind of schizophrenic? To demonstrate my state of mind, he's an example of something I wrote this morning on the boat, 12 hours after ingesting the potent vine; Also it was a bright and clear nasty, same up more my tonight on nice out I.... "christmas party, BBQ sausage's and it's all the best you can eat the show which people walk being Buff!! This is slightly worrying I'm sure you'll agree!! Only time will tell whether this crazy state of mind subsides, I really hope it does!

I arrived back at the hostel in Iquitos, picked up my bags and caught a tuk-tuk to the airport. My flight was delayed by an hour which was no tragedy as it gave some more time to come round. When the plane finally took off the sun was setting over the Amazon forest. What a beautiful sight to see this majestic forest from the air. The low sunlight reflecting on the rivers and tributaries with thick dark green canopy as far as the eye could see. It was a nice farewell to the Amazon after almost 3 weeks in the biggest expanse of rainforest on the planet.

I arrived in Lima and caught a cab to Miraflores where I'm staying at the Hitchhikers hostel. Miraflores is apparently the safest place to stay in the city and is the upmarket area of Lima. The hostel is only 8 bucks a night, which isn't too bad. Hopefully I can began to save some cash in Peru after haemorrhaging a couple of grand in Brazil.
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