Peru, South America (Part 1)

Dec 24th, 2018 – Jan 5th, 2019

Peru is a country located in South America. The country has various terrains such as desert, rainforest, mountains, and coasts; it also carries rich cultures of the Inca Empire and the Spaniards. Most importantly, Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World is also located in Peru. This exotic country has been on my bucket list for a while, and finally I got the resource and opportunity to explore this magic land.

The first stop I went to is Iquitos, which is the gateway to the jungle lodges and tribal villages of the northern Amazon. After a brief tour of the port city Iquitos, my 4 day 3 night jungle tour officially started from the famous Amazon River.

The small boat I rode for 2 hours on the Amazon River before arriving at the jungle lodge
The intersection of the local river and the Amazon River. Yes, the brownish one is the Amazon River. Locals call it “Cafe con Leche”, which means coffee with milk. Accurate, right?
This lotus looking plant grows everywhere in the Amazon River

Our first stop after 2 hours boat riding is an Indigenous Amazonian Tribe. The indigenous people inhabit a large portion of the Amazon rainforest, and they still practice their culture beliefs and traditions from centuries ago. They live in the rainforest and feed on the forest animals and plants. They also only speak indigenous language. They used their traditional ways to welcome us for the visit, which includes face painting and tribal dance. We also learned a lot about their culture during our short visit.

I was invited to participate in the welcoming tribal dance. The man who is holding my hand is the tribal chief. He can be identified by his headdress. He has 5 wives and plenty of children. The dressing style in this tribe is topless, for female and male. And for your reference, I am 5’4 in height.
Indigenous boy with his pet – a baby sloth

Sloths are arboreal mammals noted for its slowness of movement. They spend most of their lives hanging upside down in the trees of the tropical rainforests of South America. The indigenous people do not eat sloth. Instead, they keep them as pets.

Close shot of the baby sloth. She is posing and smiling at the camera!!

The indigenous people still use their traditional way to hunt animals – Blowgun. A blowgun is a simple ranged weapon consisting of a long narrow tube and light projectiles such as darts. The indigenous people use piranha’s teeth to sharpen the dart and dip it with poison from snakes or rainforest frogs to make it a lethal weapon for animals.

The tour guide showing how to sharpen the darts with piranha’s teeth
I am trying the blowdart. Wearing the chief’s headdress highly increases my accuracy

Bye indigenous village! Stay tuned for the day 2 adventure…

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