Welcome to the jungle!
Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
162Trip End Dec 18, 2011
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Where I stayed
Our hostel there, Mahatu, is owned by an eccentric guy called Gustave who has been living in Leticia for a long time. After telling us his views on the world and giving us some advice on our onward travel (specifically recommending us to take the boat from Iquitos to Yuirimaguas, not to Pucallpa) he recommended a place for is to go the next day as we didn’t have time to actually head into the jungle. Mahatu is a really cool place to stay, set in a large complex there is a lake, lots of areas to wander around and a nice outside area
The next day we went to Mundo Amazonas (Amazon World) as recommended by Gustave. It doesn’t take you into the jungle so may not be of interest to everyone, however it is very educational and probably more worthwhile than one of the expensive but rubbish day tours into the jungle (so I’ve heard). The brother and mother who own it have gathered together native Amazonian flora into a 'garden’ in order to educate visitors on the variety of plant species to be found in the jungle. It was very interesting and even for people planning on going into the jungle it would be good to go to in order to recognise some of the plants in the wild. In addition to the flora they also educate you on the medicinal uses of the plants, still used by many of the indigenous communities, as well as providing information on the communities themselves. It is a very well thought out and run operation, and is delivered in a fun, friendly and light-hearted way. They are helping their local community by having their own recycling plant (reusing materials for planting and building) and are also involved in a project to rehabilitate amazon fauna that have been found in captivity/badly treated and eventually releasing them back into the wild. Whilst we were there he had a macaw, two types of monkey and a Coati (small, like a racoon). All in all I would highly recommend.
That afternoon we had to get ourselves sorted for our departure the next day into Peru