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Our Honeymoon - Part 1
For Part 1, we decided to explore Peru, starting off exploring the Amazon and then hiking the Inca Trail.  Not your typical honeymoon.  Part 2 will be in the Galapagos Islands.
Date(s): August 11-24, 2004. Album by Michael Bang. Photos by Michael Bang. 1 - 24 of 70 Total. 2421 Visits.
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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.
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Marilyn & Buddy, Thu, 9 Sep 2004 5:56PM
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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.

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Explorama Dock in Iquitos
Here's us leaving the upscale dock in Iquitos for the Amazon.

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Arriving at the Explorama Lodge
Here's our first primitive lodge on the Amazon.  We stayed here one night.

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Explorama- Lodge
Outside of our accomodations.  We may have a door, but that's about it.  Just an open backside, with no windows!

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Explorama Lodge
Covered walkways, to the bathroom and showers.  But remember, no running water, no electricity.  Just bats and tarantulas around there!

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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.

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Amazon Shore Village
Here's how the locals live.  Pretty simple, eh?

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The Amazon
One of our numerous excursions down the Amazon by open boat.

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Dugout Canoes
This was the local means of transportation.

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Rest time!
After a long day, trekking through the rainforest, time for a rest in a hammock.

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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.

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The Amazon Rainforest
A shot taken during one of our jaunts into the Rainforest.  Nothing like taking a bath in DEET beforehand.

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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.

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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!

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The Amazon
Around our location, it was about 2.5 miles wide.

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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!

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ExplorNapo Canopy Walk
Here's a view of another span of the canopy walk.

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ExplorNapo Canopy
The view from the 118 foot tower on the Canopy Walk.  You could see for miles.

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ExplorNapo Canopy View
Another view from the highest tower (118 Feet).

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ExplorNapo Canopy Walk
Would you walk on this, 100 feet above the ground?

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Smile!
Another tour on the Amazon

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Elana At A Local School
Since she's a teacher, we had to take this photo!

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ExplorNapo Lodge
Me Tarzan.  She Jane.  Swing on that vine!

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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?

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