Iquitos

Trip Start Jun 11, 2013
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Trip End Jul 12, 2013


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Flag of Peru  , Loreto Region,
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Arrived in Iquitos to the sound of a hundred tut tuts beeping their horns and walked through a market from the dock to reach the first roads we'd seen in a few days.

Met a healer called Jeannie she shared her story of why she only has one arm. When she was 14 she had terminal cancer, she convinced her dad to take her to the amazon jungle because she said she wanted to spend her last days there. When her dad fell asleep she jumped in the amazon and swam with caimans. One took her down for the death roll and ate her arm. She said she listened to a shaman during the whole experience and managed to get back on the river bank, hearing her screams her dad rushed over to find his daughter with one arm and shouting where is my shaman before she passed out. She woke up in hospital and the cancer had gone.
Jeannie was kind enough to set us with an amazing ayahuasca experience with a shaman called Don Lucho! We had a flower shower and trekked through snake ridden swamps.
The two day trip further into the jungle that incorporated a Shamanic Ayahuasca Experience, Pilpintuwasi and Serpienta animal reserves really was a huge highlight of my trip so far.

Pilpintuwasi is Quechua for butterfly house but the reserve actually included the worlds smallest monkey, Sloths, a Jaguar, Anacondas and howler monkeys screaming from the trees and jumping around everywhere.

Serpienta reserve...amazing experience! Unlike pilpintuwasi the animals were free to roam and you could hold them all!
Held baby monkey and it screaming when I had to go, had four monkeys on me and one cheeky chap decided it was a great idea to try and facefuck me!
Held a huge boa contrictor and a giant anaconda!
Sloths are amazing, the way they move in slow motion is so funny and whilst holding one he decided to spin his head 180 degrees! Watching them trying to grab branches was great and for no reason they go down to the floor to desecrate where they get eaten! Crazy creatures!

I met a naked tribe and took part in a native dance.

Myself, Shane and David visited Belen market where you could buy absolutely everything. Live parrots and turtles were only £15 and Ayahuasca and San pedro were in abundance. I ate some monkey as revenge for the little facefuck moment then felt guilty.

Iquitos is an anything goes, crazy town and the largest in the world unreachable by road.
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