15 Jun How to Catch Pokémon in the Amazon Jungle
Written by Jonas Brandenburg, 2014 Peru Amazon Adventure.
And now, here we are, the most important place of our trip. Iquitos – the biggest town that is not accessible by car. A town that rose to importance during the rubber boom in the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Town of the Amazonian jungle, la selva, but also the emplacement of Pampachica, the community we work in.
Transportation in Iquitos (and in most of Peru except Lima) is based on so-called “moto-taxis”, a sort of motorbike with three wheels and an enlarged rear part, giving space for three people to sit in the back. Usually, the drives in those moto-taxis are quite adventurous as one of the only rules on the streets is: “if there is space, you pass”. It also is not too uncommon to see those moto-taxis running out of fuel. In this case, one can only push!
When we arrived in Iquitos, we spent our first days discovering the surroundings. A really amazing activity for this was the Pokémon- Scavenger hunt. Professor Joke and Ash with the Tash sent three teams out in the city of Iquitos to discover new Pokémon. Apparently, one of the best places to find them is the Belen market, where one can buy next to everything: from raw chicken to coca root, from jungle fruits to meals, from juice in plastic bags to boat rotor propellers.
After another boat ride (we start getting used to being on the water) we arrived at Pilpintuwasi. This non-profit organization originally started as a butterfly farm, but then local people started bringing injured and illegally captured wildlife. Thus, today this place is home to a jaguar, monkeys, an ocelot and other Amazonian wildlife.
We’re off to do some more community service and exploring. Until then…
2014 Peru Amazon Adventure