20 Jul Already Knee Deep in Iquitos…Literally!
Posted at 19:15h in South AmericaHola from Iquitos! After traveling up Peru for several days via a grueling 30 hour bus ride, a quick sleep in an eyebrow raising hostel in the bustling town of Yurimaguas, and an endlessly surreal 3-day ferry ride, we have finally arrived in the jungle city of Iquitos! We have had a few days of settling into our routine, cooking delicious meals, exploring the fascinating city by 3-wheel motorcycle taxis and preparing for our major volunteer projects. The weekend ferry ride up the Amazon was peaceful and relaxing with hammock lounging, clusters of diamond stars, and beautiful green scenery. But of course, we faced a few challenges, such as cold winds at night, questionable boat food, rain that soaked everything, and adjusting to the whole no shower thing. However, tried and true backpackers that we are, we prevailed through it all and arrived in Iquitos pumped for the next phase of our adventure! Our time volunteering with the people of Pampachica has only just begun, and we can already tell that the experience–though long, muddy, sweaty days are ahead–is going to be impactful and mutually rewarding. In this community just on the outskirts of Iquitos, we will be working with Kallpa Iquitos, a local NGO working on a healthy living campaign for the nine small towns there.