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Feb 14, 2010 - to the amazon

This morning I was picked up from the hotel at midday and taken to the airport for my transfer to Iquitos and the Amazon. The flight was pretty bumpy most of the way so I was not happy by the time we landed. It is very strange descending to the landing strip and seeing palm leaf houses and a few tin buildings as you are coming in to land. Usually you see the towns building up, the main roads and then the airport surrounding buildings. We approached the landing strip from the sea and made a quick landing just as we hit land. We had to get...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 18, 2010 - Rio Amazonas

Hello! Wow, it appears we have chosen the wrong winter to escape - we´ve been hearing reports of ABOVE ZERO back in Toon Town.....and here we´ve been bragging to everyone we meet that Saskatoon gets to minus 50 celsius! I realize this is an odd thing to brag about, but aren´t we all just a little proud that we can withstand such superhuman conditions? No? Well, anyways, since our last blog we have done too much to cover in one blog entry, so this entry is just on our experience in the Amazon. First off, let me say that if you ever want to...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Endlich im Dschungel! - Finally the jungle!

Als wir in Iquitos aus dem Flugzeug gestiegen sind, war es als ob wir gegen eine warme, feuchte Wand laufen wuerden und wir haben gemerkt, was es bedeuted im Amazonasbecken gelandet zu sein: Schier unertraegliche Hitze und 80% Luftfeuchtigkeitk, sprich konstantes, ekeliges Schwitzen :-) Wenn wir bisher Suedamerika recht modern fanden, haben wir uns hier zum ersten Mal ein bisschen wie in einem dritte Welt Land gefuehlt, denn in der groessten Stadt der Erde die nicht ueber den Landweg zu erreichen ist, sind die Menschen doch deutlich aermer...

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Jun 18, 2009 - San Mateo

Bertha and Osvaldo told me about this little town in the mountains named San Mateo, where the people are kind and the air is fresh. It’s about a two and a half hour bus ride up up up into the mountains. I convinced everyone (including Yrma who hates to travel) to take a little day trip to check it out on our day off. The drive was absolutely gorgeous, up these winding roads into the mountains. The sun started shining as we drove out of the city into Chosica (the mountain town about 30 minutes away that everyone loves). The trip felt lengthy...

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Vida en Huaycan

Jun 7, 2009 - Amazon - Day 4 and 5

Day 4 began by an early wake up to go to ExploroNapo to go see the canopy walkway. This canopy walkway is set up in the trees so that you can look down on all the trees and the amazon. Apparently it was built by the same people who made the ziplines in Costa Rica (which I - Karen - did with my family a couple of yrs ago) Pretty cool! The day was HUMID and so we were sweating a ton by the time we walked through the forrest to the first of many platforms. Ah yes the walkway - basically they were ladders which had been placed horizontally with...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Amazon - Day 3

Day 3 started out with a sleep in to 7:30 am, unfortunately I decided that I wanted to do the drums that morning to wake everyone up. They had these two huge hollowed out logs and beating sticks which you needed to smash the logs with to wake everyone up. I smashed, and smashed some more, but the sound was no where near how the locals did it. They then took them away to smash themselves and show me how it is done. I did it for round 3 and was much better. Karen was proud of me. After breakfast we went out on the crash boat to get ourselves...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Amazon - Day 1 and 2

Ok... this entry is to cover our Amazon experience. We woke up to our pick up at 730 in the morning. After boarding the bus, and then the boat, we realized quickly that we were probably the only young people going to the lodge. It was cool though becuase we got our own guide, Renillo Vasquez. He grew up in the jungle until he was 11, when he was sent to live with his uncle in some mining camps. He learned English and has been living in Iquitos for about 20 years, and has been a guide for 16. We really liked him as a guide, he was awesome....

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Jun 2, 2009 - To Iquitos

After a lovely sleep we woke up in Loki and had a random breakfast. Having not brought our entire backpack we were now wearing our clothes for 36hrs (me) and 60hrs (mike) respectively...we were ready to get new clothes! We left Loki in the AM - after stealing many packet of Coca tea (our new favourite...apparently you will test positive for cocaine after drinking this tea)- and made our way back to Monte Horeb to collect our backpacks. We checked in for our flight downtown and then mailed some stuff home. We hailed a taxi and were so taken...

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May 29, 2009 - Posada Amazonas

Posada Amazonas opened its doors in 1998 and has kept it's promise as an authentic eco-tourist experience. It is a rustic 30 bedroom community partnership eco-tourist project that is jointly owned by the Ese-Eja community of Infierno and is situated inside the community's private reserve. Using local materials and architecture, the lodge is community built and all profits go back into the community including those made by the boutique wares. It is awesome, there are no doors, no windows, at night you sleep to the sounds of the frogs,...

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May 28, 2009 - Amazon - Iquitos

We took an early 30 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, we then boarded a motorised canoe up river having lunch on board the canoe as we traveled to our lodge in the Madre de Dios Area. In the afternoon we headed into the jungle with our local guide to seek out the magnificent fauna and flora of the jungle. The guides taught us about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants along the way. The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but...

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Apr 21, 2008 - Iquitos, Peru

We spent our last day in Iquitos, the largest city in the world that can't be accessed by road. You have to either fly or take a boat to get there. Despite it's remoteness, it's a city of 500,000 people. We walked around all day eating from random food stalls and took a canoe tour through Belen, the floating city of about 15,000 people. The market in Belen is half on the water and half in the streets and it's huge. They sell everything...food, clothes, herbal concoctions, live monkeys, fish that are still breathing on the tables. It was...

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Apr 21, 2008 - Janice and Larry become intrepid explorers in the Amazonian jungle

As you may have guessed from the title of this up-date, we have decided to stay on a bit longer and have just returned from the jungle lodge. Larry is feeling a lot better and stronger though he is still rather thin but he has his appetite back so hopefully he will gain the weight back soon. We have just spent the last 3 days deep in the jungle. What an experience it has been. We flew from Lima at the ridiculous time of 4.00 am. It was still dark so we missed seeing the Andes from the air but did catch a lovely sunrise over the jungle with...

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