Iquitos to Pucallpa on the river Ucayali

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Peru, South America

I know it has been a while since I posted but I still haven’t been able to fix my macbook. I just realized though that I still had some pictures uploaded on Flicker so I’m able to use those for 1 or 2 more posts from Peru.

Last post was about Iquitos, this large city in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon separated by water and jungle from all other civilization. After spending a couple of days there, I got on another boat to ride down another river for a week to Pucalpa where I was going to meet an Ahyawaska doctor. Not another Shaman, but this time a healer who uses this intriguing plant.

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This boat was bigger and cleaner than the last one. It also had better toilets and showers.

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I had the best spot in the house this time. From my hammock I could see the back of the boat and both sides of the river.

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The lancha was called the Henry 10 and it had some sweet graphics.

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But who cares about the graphics when you have these views?

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It’s forbidden to pee overboard

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More small towns where we would stop to load and unload along the way.

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These guys were working on the ship

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I wonder if these guys were on the passenger list? They were going to be sold to a restaurant to be cooked. One of the guys got bit taking them out to show them to me. Lucky they were not venomous! I ended up getting them back into the bucket nice and easy by holding them by the tail. The guys were looking at me as if I were crazy, but it was a small trick I learned on TV… weird that they didn’t know how to handle snakes better than that since they were supposed to be “professionals”.

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Nightfall and I am prepared for mosquitos. I bought this net cause I knew the river was going to be low and we’d stop over night in a few places.

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We were “prepared” in case we’d get uninvited visitors over night.

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Finally we arrived in Pucalpas. I met some guys on a boat and they told me about a super cheap hostel in the city. I believe the cost was about 3$ for the night. I didn’t get a picture of the room cause the camera might have got scared but I did take a picture of the wiring and the guard dog.

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The owner’s wife made some of the best Chicken soup! And super cheap too!

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And here is the owner of the “hostel”

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This is the guy who told me about the hostel on the boat. He was staying there too.

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The next day, I went to San Francisco, a town close by in order to see a Herbal Doctor called Eduardo. One of my good friends, Alejandro from Argentina told me about him and since I was around the corner, I thought it might be a good experience. More on that later…

  1. E- says:

    Hey, we see you are in Chile already. Have a great time and take care!

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