I traveled to the Amazon via Amazon Expeditions back in 98. It was pure luck that I did as I found several ads in a magazine but theirs was the only one that I didn't lose. I didn't check them out or anything...just went. It was an amazing trip !! I am a world traveler "wanna be"..this was my first trip outside of the US except for Mexico and Canada. I am an avid naturalist..majored in biology in college and read "Bomba the Jungle Boy" series as a kid growing up. Bomba grew up in South America similar to Tarzan in Africa !!! This was a dream come true...I appreciate air conditioning and other niceties like most others but also love "adventure" and doing and seeing things I've never seen and experienced. I traveled alone, so, there were some tense moments for me as it took me several minutes in a very dim Iquitos airport for me to locate my guides. That same night in a hotel?? there in Iquitos...I wasn't so sure I had made a wise decision as I had no shower and the room had 5 beds...haha...I wrote in my diary to my wife, "I am soooo glad you did not come"....but, she was a "lie on the beach with a book type". Following my first day in Peru....I had an awesome time. Yes, it is sometimes hot, sometimes cold...always humid...my guides were awesome---nevermind that our group had no idea what we wanted to do each day, so, the guides for the most part got to choose...but, since we had never done any of it..it was cool. Rudy Lazano Flores was my favorite guide...he took things pretty serious but really showed us a good time and actually talked me into getting off my rope onto a limb about 65 feet off the ground.....I was terrified that I would have to swing back over "nothingness"....haha...we sat up on the limb way above the creek bank and enjoyed watching flocks of parrots fly beneath us !! The food was good and the amenities at the main lodge were great. I really enjoyed everything we did...I did go swimming with whatever, including piranhas(sic)...I have to admit I was not comfortable about it..but we did it...!!! We did see a rare tapir in the river one day on an excursion. We ate lots of good fish !! Two weeks, in my opinion is nearly too long..however, one week is not enough....sooo, just get over it and spend 2 weeks !!! After 2 weeks, I left the Amazon and went with Amazon Expeditions again on their 47 mile hike/horseback trek with Dr Peter Lerche....viewing Inca and Chachapoyan ruins in the Andes...this was THE most awesome trip, too....the weather was great and you would want it to be...as the places we traveled would have been a nightmare in bad/rainy weather !! Kuelap fortress was explored on this trip...not as awesome as Machu Pichu...but, still a very cool fortress...amazing, actually. Our horse wranglers carried live chickens in boxes on the backs of mules...one day they disappeared and we said, "well, we're having chicken and dumplings (rice) tonight !" !!! ADVENTURE !!!
- Also Known As:
- Amazonia Expeditions` Tahuayo Hotel Iquitos