For about half the year, the water levels are so high the town is on water. I found this to be sad and yet inspiring considering how little families are able to survive on. While the conditions seem difficult, there is a bond among families that I find admirable.
The next generation of the small Bora tribe watch their parents engage in a dance. Eventually they join in with their mothers, making it all the more special. Also notice the pattern of the young girls' dresses. The pattern is common in the crafts that the tribe produces.
The Amazon has a ton of plants that are said to heal just about any and everything. I am reminded of Angela Lansbury in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and her bottles of stuff like dragon's liver or something so. While some vendors are more reputable than others, the mysteries of medicinal plants and their properties is something I wish we knew more about. I don't think I'm brave enough to try the ayahuasca but I do believe some of the shamans out there do know what they are doing.
Previously looking for sloths up in the trees, hoping for a glimpse, I came across this one hanging off a young girl's hip like a purse. Ha!
One of my favorite paintings by Grippa that was hanging in his showroom. I kept seeing hummingbirds throughout my trip. The colors remind me of their freedom and happiness...something I felt while in this amazing place.
His house/studio can't be missed if you happen to sail down the Amazon in Pevas. It's the largest and if I'm not mistaken, has the highest outlook point in this small city. His artwork epitomizes the wonders of the Amazon. From the hummingbirds and pink dolphins to the foliage and mysteries one might come across from ayahuasca enlightenment, his artwork is simply beautiful. If you happen to stay at the El Dorado hotel in Iquitos, it's likely you'll come across some of his work.
The men here are performing a ceremonial dance. We visited the Bora, Yagua, and Huitoto tribes, each with a unique dress and makeup. The dances are done not only for ceremony, but for entertainment. I watched their children watch and do their best to join in after a while. Entertainment is possible without modern technology!
This kinkajou was one of the cutest animals I'd ever held. She was young and teething and wanted to bite everything. We took her back with us to the reserve my professor owns. She has since found a family of kinkajous on the property and I'm told she lives very well in the protected area.
The size of the river was something I couldn't picture until I was there on this tiny canoe. I was so scared we would tip over but you learn quickly to just balance your weight and hope your friend is doing the same. I will likely stay hesitant on the getting on and off for a while but the experience was amazing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Amazon...I really did. Except, of course, when it came to the king-sized bugs. Thankfully I was only eaten by big mosquitoes that could bite through my pants instead of this big f'n ant. We were told a bite by one of these bad boys would put you in extreme pain for 24 hours. The 'sole' dollar is larger than our quarters, and perhaps almost as big as the old half-dollar.