"Rio Napo Expedition" Iquitos Off The Beaten Path Tip by rickvdb
Iquitos Off The Beaten Path: 14 reviews and 18 photos
I had a great time exploring the Amazon from Iquitos. Amit ,Eyal and yours truly organized from Iquitos an Independent Jungle Guide called Gerson to take us up the Rio Napo like the locals do it in a Peka Peka over 8 days.
What an adventure spending all day going up the river heading to Equador.
Sleeping on the beaches along the river exploring the jungle at night.
Calling in at small homes along the way.Meeting locals and exchanging rice and petrol for deer meat and fruit.One village we called into claim we where the first white people to visit.The kids actually run away from us when they first saw us to the amusement of Gerson our guide.When we showed the the pictures of them taken on our digital cameras they wanted to know how we shrunk them and put them inside the little box.
We feasted on exotic jungle fruits many I had never seen before.
The fishing nets would come out before dusk to catch some fish for dinner.
The slow pace on the river and being so removed from the gringo trail is something I will never
forget.The thunderstorms that built up in the afternoons and the rain that followed.
Gerson our guide has a great knowledge of the jungle`s flora and fauna.His English language was just as good.Never once where we concerned about our safety as we where in good hands.
We had our own tents and I ended up just sleeping with a sarong over me.
So this was a customized trip to our requirements.We planned to make it to Ecuador but going upriver it ended up going to take a lot longer than expected thus like the way travel often goes.
Just go with the flow!!!!!