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Trip Start Nov 05, 2009
Trip End Apr 26, 2010

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Flag of Peru  , Loreto,
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Iquitos is a great is slam bang in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon and is the largest city in the world not accessible by road. Which kind of explains why there are very few cars and millions of 3 wheeled motortaxis....there is no where else to go beyond the city except into the forest. The motortaxis are great fun, although crossing the road when there is a wave of them coming towards you is an interesting and slightly scary experience.

I spent a day wandering around the immense Belen Market which is a total assault to the senses in every way. Everything you could possibly want (and quite a lot you would happily never see again in your life} is sold here. There are stalls as far as the eye can see of colourful, exotic fruits, tables piled with ''meat" swarming with flies and endless amounts of tat...all watched on by flocks of vultures and the sorriest looking dogs I have ever seen. The "'meat" including such tasty morsels as a spatchcocked armadillo and half a Caiman with its feet still on.

My favorite part of the market was the natural medicine section where there were stalls filled to the brim with lotions and potions to cure all ills, using both plants and in all likelyhood highly endangered animals from the rainforest. Totally fascinating place...I came back laden with little bottles of god knows what that will hopefully give me eternal life, youth and make me smell nice. I also invested in some Coca leaves to chew on to help with the altitude sickness when I get to Cusco. Slightly concerned about getting on the flight to Lima carrying a bag of what is in the UK a Class A drug...eeek! It should be fine though as Coca is a huge part of life in Peru and has been for thousands of years. Anyone know a good lawyer?

On my last day I visited a Lake called Quistacocha where there is a walk through the rainforest to a beach on the lake shore (and unknown to me also many sad specimens in cages along the way}. My favourite was the pink river dolphin which was a total attention seeker (no wonder as the poor bugger was all on its own in a horrible little pool}. If you looked as though you were about to leave it it would dive down to the bottom and pick up some mud in its mouth and try to give it to you as a present. If you turned your back to walk away it would flick its tail and splash you. I ended up being there for ages because I felt so sorry for it and didn't want to leave it on it's own, especially when it kept resting its head on my leg and smiling up at me. Poor thing.
Next stop Lima to meet Nic for 3 weeks of adventure through Peru and Bolivia.......

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Julie on

Great to see more words from you & hear you're ok - and read more about your adventures.
That poor wee river dolphin. Hope the wild ones are doing ok...

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