Friendly children at river towns
Whichever Amazon lodge you will be staying with, you will end up stoping at a one or a few of the many river villages near Iquitos for supplies or just some walking around.
The villagers are very nice and friendly. But make sure you don't start walking around and start giving money and coins away to the children like some naive tourist. Though it looks like your a generous outsider, it hurts thier outlook of tourism and desire to make a marketable product or livelyhood when they grow up.
Do talk with them and make meaningful conversation. They will run up to you and ask for money the first few seconds but kindly offer something valuable instead.
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When I arrived in Peru, I was greeted with a hug and kiss on my cheek. At first I was a little surprised, but then I was told by the lady I was staying with, that it was the normal greeting in Peru.
So when you go to Peru, be expecting a hug and a Kiss. That is how they say hello. :)
The buitful itaya river. we went up the river almost excatly 60 miles of pure buity. we found a house and they took us on a hike. there dinner was a tree which the incide was like a celery taking tree. we used there grill and cooked up some chickan. wild pigs andbird came up and watched us eat.
July 28 and 29 are the celebrations for Peru's Independence. In Iquitos on one of these days (I think the 28th, but I don't remember exactly), the city converges on La Plaza de 28 de Julio for a big parade. The edges of one street are packed with people, and schools, military units, and other Iquitos groups march past. It makes for an interesting sight, especially if you're packed in the middle of it. More Pictures
If you happen to show up for this, bring a hat, sunscreen, and lots of water. It gets hot. The parade goes on for longer than you probably have stamina for, so you might see some of it, then walk down the street where you can see the other groups getting ready. Walking around, there are lots of interesting vendors to try things from, and other things associated with large crowds of people. You might like it.
a village, a diesel power generator (broken)... Felice, our guest that was the "alcalde" of the village proposed several time to set up some solar cells as in his hut....
hmmm solar cell? porque mas?
porque mas literaly means " why more?" but means more than why more!
we are provided with a diesel power generator, if the generator breakdown omeone will fix it sooner or later... having solar cell will mean to clean them and to switch it from cell to batteries each day.... we don't need power after all....
How they build their homes in "belen"
Belen is a floating city in iquitos. they build their homes on stilts so they dont flood. This man is build a home for a neighbor.
DON'T DO AS THE LOCALS
Belen is trash-ridden and this is incredibly obvious at low-water season. When the water will rise, all this goes back into the Amazon.
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