One of the things we go to see on [poi = 403031] our expedition to the jungle [/ poi] was getting to see the beautiful wildlife. And by that I mean monkeys, some of them, you know, you offer them a banana and they'll do anything to get it. But generally, you have to fine tune the view, because this is not easy or not so easy as in the [poi = 68960] African savannah [/ poi], here we must sort through the dense vegetation. However, you will see many animals, rare, as the tapir, Huacamayos, toucans, monkeys a thousand different types, lazy cats, snakes, alligators, iguanas, piranhas, pink dolphins. All this in part of a million and a half of insects and arachnids, of all types, colors, shapes and sizes. You have to see this, it's awesome! :-)
The best part of this sustainable ecotour was enjoying the experience of people in this area of the Peruvian jungle, near the city of Iquitos, with people who do know the forest and its attributes, not people who are out there trying to sell you something. The people were great. We spent the night in tents that had mosquito nets, and with specialized jungle guides such as Mr. Luis Yoplack, who I highly recommend. The best way to get there is by road from the entrance of Zungarococha, an hour and a half from the Main Square of Iquitos.
One of the trips from the hostel when you spend a few days expedition to the jungle ,is for bird watching. Ideally, do it from a clear sky area, and around here, that means large rivers or lakes/ponds. We did it in the Lake Yarina. You have to get up very early, because the birds are early risers, and after sunrise, the task is greatly complicated. Finding them is difficult task, because you have to look between the thick vegetation, and the sound of the jungle does not help much, because they sound pio-ples everywhere, sometimes not even those who seem chirping birds, and other times, birds imitators make you think that "there" there are monkeys. It is advisable to take binoculars and a good zoom if you want to immortalize at least a silhouette.
Grau is the native community of the Peruvian Amazon's most visited place by tourists. In addition to its proximity (about 3 km) with Nauta, it has a viewpoint, the Mirador de Miguel Grau, from which you can see the Rated birth Amazonas, all the vegetation of the jungle from another point of view, and hopefully, the pink dolphins (for this you need to bring binoculars). The community is one of the smallest, but grew up around tourism that generates the viewpoint. They sell local crafts, and some of them are responsible for making excursions to Nauta Nauta-Grau, departing daily in season. And some brief forays into the jungle for initiation to the knowledge of the local flora.
A real, human drama should not under any circumstances become a tourist attraction in my opinion. However, this area of Iquitos is a stunning demonstration of man's resilience. It's a landscape of houses rising on log rafts floating in a water barely used to everything, even to walk in the distance a surprising enclave of Iquitos.
For our launch into the Amazon rainforest, we began on a motor boat which left Nauta, on the Maranon river and after about 2 km of relaxed navigation, we arrived to a huge letter Y, which formed with the Ucayali river, gives birth to the longest and mightiest river in the world, the mighty Amazon. There is a small haven in the confluence, perfect for watching the famous pink freshwater dolphins. On the right bank of the Ucayali there is an indigenous community called Castilla, and on the left bank of the newborn Amazon, another community called Grau. The latter has a great lookout with fantastic views of this point and of the jungle.
An outing to discover the flora is one of the activities on a several day jungle expedition. It's one of the first activities because they teach you to distinguish poisonous, toxic or hallucinogenic plants from edible fungi, roots and vines from which you can get water, and the medicinal benefits of many others. It's very important to know how to move through the jungle. Trips are usually about 2-3 hours long, around the accommodation or indigenous community, but you are always learning about the dangers and the benefits of the Amazon. Many of them are lessons that you won't ever forget. It's one of the most interesting activities, although almost everything is extremely interesting here. Any included and organized expedition is essential.
First get to Iquitos, a journey of one hour and twenty minutes by plane from Lima. At the airport its possible to contact travel agents to arrange to drive up to Nauta. There, you contact the people who drive the tourists to the Mirador de Nauta, about two kilometres away. You will make a trip by water on a motor boat. You get to the town of Grau. You will be taken to the viewpoint, where you can observe the union of the Maranon and Ucayali rivers to form the majestic Amazon, which is more than 6,800 kilometres long, taking over the Nile by 40km. After contemplating this wonder, and on your return from Nauta, you can eat typical local food. Huanchaco: A coastal port in the Department of Liberty a few kilometres from the city of Trujillo. It has a wide, clean beach. There is the possibility to have a go at surfing, guided by experts of an ancient method. You can stay overnight in any of the hotels in the port, that are convenient and comfortable. Don't worry about food, as fresh fish is mainly on offer here. Grouper fish is recommended. To get here you can take a flight from Lima lasting 50 minutes or eight hours by land travel, on a pleasant, scenic bus. Dare to visit this beautiful corner of the Earth.
Castilla is one of the native communities that you visit when you take an expedition to the jungle, from Nauta and Iquitos, for as short as this, Castilla is a safe place. It is located on the right bank of the Ucayali River, just where it joins the Marañón to form the Amazon nominal birth. Right from the shore, we see the famous pink dolphins. It is a haven of peace in 2007, and despite its proximity to Nauta (about 3 km), it had no electricity. Children played soccer in a field, and veneers, marbles, etc.. And the girls jump to gum and plays hopscotch between chickens, ducks and piglets. The casting is done with river water and it is certainly an example of life in the "street".
The Grau viewpoint is in the indigenous community of the same name on the left bank of the newborn Amazon. It is an iron tower built 30 meters high with 10 floors. There is a low floor, 3 intermediates and wood floored platforms for observation of the environment. It is a great place to watch the source of the Amazon under its own name, in the shape of Y, which is formed from the union of the Ucayali (left from this viewpoint) and the Marañón (on the right). If you have binoculars, and some luck, you can see the pink dolphins of the Amazon. Also we can see the dense jungle from above, and the houses of the Grau community. This is a compulsory stop if travelling to the Peruvian Amazon.
Somewhere vague the Peruvian Amazon , before our astonished eyes, a "white" light green, aquatic daffodils, promised to communicate with our austere hosting jungle . The lagoon is navigable in "micro-balsitas" that is constructed in a lowered trunk and carved. If you're lucky and use four horses, with the propeller at the end of a long tube, which must be adapted to the depth and vegetation of the lake. All accommodations and communities of the Peruvian Amazon, are located near rivers or lakes, which are formed because at the time "dry", the lower the level of the rivers, crop pieces of land left isolated water tanks of various sizes. In the rainy season the lake is just Yarina arm Yanupara River (tributary of the Amazon). Our hostel was located right outside, towards the bottom of the lake, which we use in days for bird watching(there are endless), for piranha fishing, search crocodiles at night (tiny) and swim someday.
Situated on the left bank of the Itaya River, southeast of Iquitos. Its origin dates from the early 20th century and consists of houses constructed on rafts of encounters that float on the water in flood season, the traditional style of the area. With time and the increase in the town's population, the pattern has been changing to houses which are constructed on posts that are fixed and on wooden piles up to 2 floors: during the dry season both floors are used but sometimes the second floor is used, but the whole area is flooded and the villagers are mobilized in boats and canoes, which is why they consider it the "Venice of Loreto". They offer sightseeing by boat on the Itaya and Amazon rivers. Bethlehem comprises of two areas: the upper area, which houses the same name market leading supplier of products, and the lower, active informal port and trade center of forest products. Currently, we see noble material constructions.
Llanchama-Iquitos is a place that's beautiful and different from a lot of other sights. This on the border of Allpahuayo-Mishana about 25 kilometers away from the city of Iquitos and approx 50 minutes x road. It has a unique vegetation of the area of white sand moist forests, with species that can only be found there. It has many varieties of birds, even unknown to science. They can also swim in its beautiful blackwater streams with sand. I recommend that you go to the llanchama!
I invite you to visit Peru, especially Loreto, in the Province of the Alto Amazonas and the Balsapuerto district. This place houses the world's largest stone that was carved by ancient Indians. I hope one day you can come here. My work address is Progress No.124- Yurimaguas. It's a Photo Lab.
The nights out are another activity jungle. There are 2 types: Terrestrial and fluvial. Both are designed to go in search of these "bugs" that came up and were found by surprise. In the land there are tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, although the occasional feline can give us a surprise. Hopefully you only see its eyes glowing in the dark, or you may hear its roar ... Yes, that's when you "shit in your pants", excuse the expression. In the river there are are crocodiles. They are actually alligators. The fact is that you only see red eyes, when illuminating with headlights. They are much more elusive, but if you see any. In both cases it is obligatory to maintain a silence, so you do not to frighten the "bug". If you think you can not be with your nerves, fear, disgust, yu-yu, or whatever, better not go to the tour, you can put in danger the lives of the entire group.