During one of my holiday breaks while studying abroad in South America, I spent one-week in Iquitos, Peru. It was always a dream of mine to explore the Peruvian Amazon. Being able to travel through the Amazon river with a local native was so surreal. The small canoe we traveled in might have been fine in the smaller tributaries, but when we were in the middle of the large Amazon River, where you cannot see land on the other side of it, I felt a bit meek and scared.
Along the way, we would pass small villages and get to see the daily happenings of the locals which included washing clothes along the river. Some folks even were swimming and fishing. I was terrified of swimming in the river as I was scared of the piranha that might be lurking in the brown water. I hardly set foot in the water unless it was only a foot away from the shoreline.
Every evening we would stop at various resting spots. One of my memorable ones was with a family who had a parrot as a family pet. Our guide also took us to meet the shaman who lived next door. Since many of the homes did not have doors, it was quite easy to go in and out and visit with everyone.
My visit to the Peruvian Amazon was very memorable and to say the least, I have never experienced anything quite like that one-week of living out of a canoe.
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