A land tour of Peru, beginning in Lima, then to Cuzco, Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands, and of course the the beauty and culture of Peru...what an experience.
Featuring the 1,540 hectare "Tapiche Ohara's Reserve" situated 340 km up river from Iquitos. This area of the Amazon rain forest is seldom traveled by humans and offers an enormous storehouse of pristine biodiversity.
The 1540 hectare Reserve is situated 340km up river from Iquitos, Peru on the Tapiche River in the district of Requena, accessible only by waterway. The Reserve comprises several types of lowland Amazonian forests, including igapo, varzea, and terra firme during dry season. The Reserve represents one of the few areas in the Amazon Basin where these forest types can be found in close proximity. Among the animals found here are Pink River Dolphins, Manatee, Margay, Giant Otter, Red Huakari Monkey and Paiche, and an amazing variety of birds, including the Harpy Eagle. This area is an exceptional storehouse of biodiversity containing several onboxes and lagoons of considerable size. Other than the Tapiche, which is a black river, all the other rivers are full of inorganic material, which is generally typical of Andean sources, but not typical to the Amazon rainforest. These factors, along with the Pleistocene Refugia and river dynamics, contribute to an exceptionally diverse assemblage of wild life.
Backpacking for 8 days has Sara and Ryan are feeling a bit burned out -- nothing copious amounts of alcohol can't fix! Also, Ryan is bit by what may be a radioactive spider and they run into Dr. Octopus.
One of the three "official" hikes you can take at Macchu Picchu, the Inca Bridge Trail is great for seeing wildflowers of the high amazon. The bridge itself is slightly disappointing, but the last part of the trail leading up to it is rather dramatic. This is a video of my walk along that last part.
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About 140 km upstream from Iquitos is Muyuna Jungle Lodge, an Eco-lodge that is reached by boat up the Yanuyacu River (a Tributary of the Amazon).
Returning from a trip on the Amazon, we ran into a group of farmers who were floating their crop of watermelons down to the Amazon. There they would sell them to one of the many boats heading down the Amazon to Iquitos, where the watermelons would be sold at one of the markets.
A one-night homestay with a Quechan family on Amantani Island on Lake Titcaca, Peru. At 3,800 metres, the air was thin and the breathing was getting a bit laboured as we had to climb up the island to our host's mud brick house.