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Peruvian Amazon Travelogue

From a trip to the Peruvian Amazon in April 2018. We flew from Cusco, Peru, to an airstrip in Puerto Maldonado, on the Rio Madre de Dios. The flight descended from the Andes into the incredibly vast landscape of the Amazon basin. From Puerto Maldonado, we took a longboat downriver to the Inkaterra Riserva Amazonica, with boating being the only way to get to the eco-lodge compound. The first shot is of the screened-in hut, on the river, where we stayed for four days. The compound had a cluster of buildings made from local trees, including a nicely designed dining room and a Nature Center, which exhibited creatures captured on the premises (note the bushmaster snake). You could walk within the compound, but did not go into the hot, dense jungle, teeming with wildlife, without a guide. The guides were locals who grew up in small towns on the river and were very well-educated about the natural environment. Anywhere else had to be accessed by boat. One day, we took a longboat trip to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, seeing all kinds of wildlife. Another day, we kayaked on the river near sunset. On our last day, we arose before dawn and took a boat, in the dark, over an hour upriver to where parrots flock to lick salty rock exposed on a cliff, at the river's edge. Many the other animals shown here were local to the compound where we stayed.
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