04.22.2013 - 04.29.2013 85 °F
One day, my host had something to do in a city 50 kilometers west on the one “highway” on the island, which is 100 kilometers wide. The hour and a half wait for the bus on the busy street was tough on my body. My head and stomach felt sick breathing in the mototaxi fumes. After taking 2 buses we were in the countryside, where there were farms and a small town.
I had a coconut while there. It was really cool to drink and eat the real thing.
I have only been to a tropical region a few times so many things still have novelty value to me.
Some things about Peru are really beginning to get on my nerves. One is their obsession about money being perfect. They get picky about whether to accept bills and no none ever has any change. Today, I had 2 two sole coins that I gave to a mototaxi driver and he got out of his vehicle to tap me on the shoulder and tell me they weren’t acceptable (too worn or something). This trip has made me appreciate how convenient the US is.
Saturday in Iquitos, the city comes alive for dinner with the Parilladas. A bunch of places, restauraunts, houses, and random assembies on the block all around the city serve barbequed chicked with potato or yucca for 10 or 15 soles. There is beer and dancing too. My guide, Jose, his girlfriend and I ate at one after the end of the Amazon tour. Then I got a ride back from Jose on his motorbike, which was the most dangerous thing I have done one this trip (there are really no helmets here). I did burn my leg on the unprotected exhaust pipe.
Another day I went to a nature park called Quistucocha. There were many animals from the jungle including monkeys, lizards, and puma.
After getting through the first 5 days here including the Amazon without mosquito bites, they got me last night. I have bites everywhere and I think it was from one tiny mosquito in the house.
While on the topic of bugs, somehow these little ants seemed to have an affinity for my bag. Let’s say I am not living as cleanly as the picture I took before starting the adventure!
On Sunday night the city center was teaming with people. By the river there was some sort of street carnival. Here were some dancers and music performing.