Hi! Terrific photos - glad to see you made it to Machu Picchu. Did you miss the tarantualas? We are tickled to see we made the photo show! Great memories. - Marilyn & Buddy, Thu, 9 Sep 2004 5:56PM
1 Iquitos Bus Ride To get to the Amazon, we flew into Iquitos. It's the largest (500,000) city without road access. Everything comes in by boat or plane. We took a bus to the dock.
2 Explorama Dock in Iquitos Here's us leaving the upscale dock in Iquitos for the Amazon.
3 Arriving at the Explorama Lodge Here's our first primitive lodge on the Amazon. We stayed here one night.
4 Explorama- Lodge Outside of our accomodations. We may have a door, but that's about it. Just an open backside, with no windows!
5 Explorama Lodge Covered walkways, to the bathroom and showers. But remember, no running water, no electricity. Just bats and tarantulas around there!
6 Dr. Linnea Smith For almost two decades, Linnea Smith has been practicing medicine for the locals. She came down from Wisconsin and decided to stay and help out. She's considered a savior, doing all this for measley donations.
7 Amazon Shore Village Here's how the locals live. Pretty simple, eh?
8 The Amazon One of our numerous excursions down the Amazon by open boat.
9 Dugout Canoes This was the local means of transportation.
10 Rest time! After a long day, trekking through the rainforest, time for a rest in a hammock.
11 Local wildlife At Explorama, the parrots and macaws were extremely friendly. It was a tough choice for this one, between a peeled banana that Elana was offering, or her beer.
12 The Amazon Rainforest A shot taken during one of our jaunts into the Rainforest. Nothing like taking a bath in DEET beforehand.
13 Amazon Rainforest Tour Here's our guide, Willy, talking about the rain forest. It's amazing how much is actually used by the locals for food, shelter, medicine, and everything else.
14 Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Not sure if you can see it, but there's a huge ant next to Elana's foot. And they're pretty painful. I just wish I had taken a picture of the tarantula that was in my shower!
15 The Amazon Around our location, it was about 2.5 miles wide.
16 ExplorNapo Canopy Walk One lodge had a canopy walk, based on ladders and rope bridges. Due to weight restrictions, only 2-3 people can be on a span at a time. And you definitely feel when the other person steps on!
17 ExplorNapo Canopy Walk Here's a view of another span of the canopy walk.
18 ExplorNapo Canopy The view from the 118 foot tower on the Canopy Walk. You could see for miles.
19 ExplorNapo Canopy View Another view from the highest tower (118 Feet).
20 ExplorNapo Canopy Walk Would you walk on this, 100 feet above the ground?
21 Smile! Another tour on the Amazon
22 Elana At A Local School Since she's a teacher, we had to take this photo!
23 ExplorNapo Lodge Me Tarzan. She Jane. Swing on that vine!
24 ExplorNapo Lodge One of the local residents is "Charlie" a capybara. The largest rodent on this planet. So why does everyone feel inclined to pet it?