Peru Day 16: Fishing in the Amazon/Humid Iquitos
Up, and to brekkie after packing up our stuff and having a (brisk) shower. At breakfast it seemed the ingredients were generally "ham'in it up", so I picked around and got some eggs and some toast carefully minding the swiney business.
|Off we go from the lodge for a day of fishing|
|Frank and Jess fishin' it up|
|Fishing with my branch! I caught 2 fish, a small one (which we put back) and a big one!|
|Time to let the inner Canadian out: canoeing time!!|
After some time I caught a small "Sabato" fish. I kept calling it "Sabado" ("Saturday") and Oscar kept correcting me. haha. I had just caught a small one so we kept it for a while, still fishing. We moved around to a new spot again, and not a second later my line started pulling... I caught a much bigger Sabato!! We threw back the smaller one. "Nice one!" said Oscar, and he said this fish is quite expensive in the markets - the one I caught would have sold for about 30 soles, about $12!!
We then headed back to the lodge, cleaned up and got ready for lunch and packed up the remainder of our rooms.
|Frank at the lodge|
|The walkway from the front area to the boat dock|
|Alicia catching up on journaling|
|Fish that we caught|
|A funny lizard|
|Back we go to Iquitos|
|Excited to get back to land!|
The 2 poor Bostonians were worried as it was already taking much longer to get back to Iquitos than it did to get out to the lodge the other direction, and they had a connecting flight back in Lima they were hoping not to miss. We were hugging the egde of the water in case we had to jump ashore at some point?! Oy. :) Eventually when we were running on fumes (basically), we found a boat driving near us and Oscar yelled something out to them. We them paid them some cash, jumped aboard a'la pirating, and literally siphoned gas with a big tube over into our boat!!! Haha, crazy. Some Johnny Depp-like character with long hair and a mustache was looking at us from the boat, and there were so many people on there, it was so funny and such a weird experience.
This experience got us enough gas to get closer to Iquitos, but not all the way. Rather, we stopped at a floating gas station most of the way back to town. Some kids were running along a (perhaps somewhat slippery) concrete surface off the edge of the dock and right into the water. Yep, right beside the floating gas station. Another reminder of how kids around the world tend to be just fine without parents way over-worrying about them. :)
|Kids jumping off a dock into the water at an Amazon-side gas station we stopped at|
|Camu-Camu AND Maracuja gelato. This is so magical it can't be real|
|Mototaxi shop. We NEVER saw a Mototaxi on the road in this good shape!|
|The grocery store was awesome, and said "Cohen and Co." on the front?! Apparently, a very small Jewish community here!|
Anyone who knows me knows that I *love* wandering around in grocery stores in foreign countries, so I was super psyched to see this store... "Cohen & Son?!!!" So awesome. As amazing as the Jewishness of the random Iquitos grocery store, was the stuff inside of it. We found actual CAMU CAMU BERRIES hollllllllllllly craaaaaaaaaaaaap!!!!!!! Also some Camu Camu Liquor, some Mango Maracuya juice, Lucuma cookies, and funny chips made out of bananas etc. We bought everything to try it. Most of the peeps in our group politely tried one of my very tart/sour Camu Camu berries, and put up with me completely freaking out about how awesome it was to try them for real. You can apparently only get fresh ones in the Amazon because they only grow here, and they live underwater for 6 months of the year?! Amazing. They were SO SOUR and SO FREAKIN' AWESOMEEEEEEE ahhhhh!!! I loved them and ate the ENTIRE PACKET. So says Wikipedia, they are an incredible source of Amino Acids and have something crazy like 30x the Vitamin C of an orange. Crazy! I ate the entire pack and it tasted like a dream come true.
|Kids playing soccer on a road that was under construction|
|Lomo ("Bro-mo") Saltado for dinner|
|Humid Iquitos at night|
|Cooling off with the Aussies and a frozen Maracuja juice. YES it was AMAZING|
I got a "Bromo"-Saltado for dinner, and then we met up with the Aussies Antony and Craig from the lodge. We headed to a random bar called the "Yellow Rose of Texas" which had all this Texas stuff up. Since most of our group is Texan, they were super surprised. It was weird but cool. They had huge ice creams there, and a few of us got them and shared. Since it was still a bazillion degrees outside, I got ANOTHER Maracuya juice, but this time it was a frozen one!! It was frickin' delicious.
Back we went to the hostel, ahhhh Air Conditioning!!!!!!!!!! That was very much needed at this point, we were so glad to have it. Had an awesome sleep with the AC and clean sheets, internet... perfect. Even clean toilets, a warm-ish shower?!?! Truly amazing. This was pure luxury after sweating like champions for the past several days. I slept like a fiend.