This tiny settlement at the mouth of the Valeria River was a stop during an Amazon River cruise. The ship's tenders pulled up to a small dock at the base of a church and small schoolhouse. The interesting part of the village is out of sight but easy to find. There are children everywhere wanting to grab your hand and lead you to where they live.
You'll be surprised to see many of them dressed in native costumes wanting you to take their picture for "one dollar". Bring lots of dollars because there are plenty of photo ops' along the way. Many of the kids are proud of their pets and want to show them off. All sorts of birds, reptiles, slithering things and sloths. Quite a sight to see. One family invited us into their home, a hovel of a place with no electricy or running water. It's a little tricky following a narrow uphill trail through the village but well worth it.
Before returning to the ship, take a ride through the jungle in a small motorized skiff. They're located at the tender pier. It's worth the $5 fee to see parts of Amazonia not visible from the ship.
Our stop here was one of the highlights of our 21 day cruise. Don't miss it!
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