Iquitos

We flew into the fantastic city of Iquitos and spent a few nights there.

The main reason for visiting Iquitos was so we could explore the Northern Amazon Basin.

 

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The banks of the Itaya River which merge into the Peruvian Amazon.


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Locals on the river.


Iquitos_amazon

The point where the Itaya river meets the Amazon.


Iquitos_shacks

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Shacks along the Itaya river.


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Iquitos_village

Nothing better than just wandering around the world without a care in the world. I love seeing how other people live on a day to day basis.


Iquitos_Matts

Drying homemade mats in the sun.


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Iquitos town.


Iquitos_tuktuk

Iquitos_tuktuk2

The only way to travel. In the back of a Tuk Tuk.


Iquitos_bird

Loved this little fella. Just sitting there not giving a monkey’s who gives him a little tickle on his head.


Iquitos_snakeskin

Drying a snakeskin n the sun.


Iquitos_BoatMarket

Chowing down at the boat harbour.


Big cock

Stop looking at his hair.


Fanny sardines

Chortle – Sardines called Fanny (no comment). Sorry about the blurry pic. Serena took this.


Inca Kola

I drank shit loads of this stuff in South America.


Iquitos_jvboat

Heading down the Amazon to the animal sanctuary.


Animal sanctuary

I don’t visit zoos or animal sanctuaries whilst travelling unless I know the animals are well looked after.

This place deep in the jungle had a very good reputation so I was happy to go there. I think Serena just wanted to chill out in our hotel on this day.

I went on a very quiet day, in fact, I think there were only a couple of other visitors there so they allowed me in to some of the enclosures to get a closure look at some of the animals.

I couldn’t resist the offer of holding this magnificent creature. Its weight was immense and you could really feel the power of this snake so I didn’t hold it for too long.


JV Annaconda

Here’s me struggling to pick up a very heavy Anaconda. I couldn’t stand up straight it was so heavy.


Manatee

Manatees have incredibly soft skin which I didn’t expect. I could have stroked this little fella all day.


Manatee_Feed

Get that down yer neck son.


Iquitos_monkey

This little monkey looks like he’s been on the booze.


Iquitos_fish

Meet Terry the smiling fish.


Iquitos_fishmates

And, here’s Terry’s mates.


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