Sunday, 30 June 2013

Off to the jungle! - Iquitos, Day 1.

So I'm gradually catching up on posting about all my adventures over the last two months- I've been so busy that I haven't had the chance to even update you all about it! 

Anyway, the month of May for me was a month of travelling. The first trip was to Huaraz (see here), and the next to Iquitos, a Peruvian city located right in the middle of the dense Amazon Rainforest. The only way to get there is by plane or boat- unless you want to walk for days and days through humid, thick jungle. Thankfully, we flew - though at 5AM in the morning- thus, I was quite sleepy all day, even slipping down the plane stairs on my bum and on to the tarmac. Classic Elise. Anywho, I survived. 

The change in the climate was immediately noticeable- as soon as you stepped off the air-conditioned plane, you were hit with a wave of humid heat. Turns out I wasn't the only one who felt the heat - even the buses there didn't have windows because it was so hot! 

We didn't waste any time in exploring the area - we first headed to a manatee reserve. They even had a baby sloth and it's mother, which was so ridiculously cute - forget Sid from Ice Age, the real thing is so much better! We learnt a little about the endangered manatees- they have a lot of trouble in the wile because people either try to keep them as pets or kill them for medicine or meat. Poor things! We got to pet them all, which was definitely an experience! They have hard, husky whiskers around their mouth which I definitely wasn't expecting!

Next stop was a street stall to try 'suri'- or, in other words, barbequed worms. I wasn't crazy enough to do it. I had considered trying a little bit just for the experience, but after seeing the lady pull them out of a bowl, still alive, and spear them on to a skewer and then slowly cook them alive, I couldn't bring myself to do it. Apparently the head was the worst bit- mmm, crunchy!

We then paid a quick visit to a zoo with all sorts of Amazonian animals. The cheeky little monkey pictured above in the enclosure provided us with some evtertainment- first stealing my water bottle to drink from, and then slapping Cyprien in the face after he teased it. Gold!

That evening we walked to the Plaza de Armas to have a quick look around- I say quick as we were getting eaten alive by mosquitos, despite having repellent on! There wasn't really much out of the ordinary to see, so we headed back to the hotel in the hope of getting some much-needed rest!

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