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Amazon Cruise
 

Our trip with International Expeditions took us up river on the Peruvian Amazon starting in Iquitos traveling some 640 nautical miles aboard the boat and 180 nautical miles on the skiffs. We were on the newly launched La Estrella Amazonica which is a beautifully designed boat. Our room had a floor to ceiling sliding glass door which led out on to a private verandah. Every morning we opened our eyes and looked out on to the Amazon River--what an amazing sight. Each day with our naturalists we took at least 2 trips off of the boat to bird and animal watch, go ashore for a jungle hike and visit the local villages. We traveled on the Amazon and many of the tributaries along the way. One of the trips was a nighttime venture (yes, no street lights or headlights on the skiff) looking for frogs, night flying birds and Cayman. We got to try our luck at fishing for piranha, sardines and cat fish, also watched and listened ot a piranha eat another fish. After identifying some 140 species of birds, I discovered there is a huge difference between being a bird watcher (see it, identify it -with the naturalists help- and check it off of your list) and a photographer (try to find it, get it to hold still and end up with something you can identify). The people in this country are unbelievably warm and friendly. The children want you to take their pictures on a digital camera then show it to them as they don't have mirrors and don't know what they look like. International Expeditions is very involved in helping supply fresh drinking water and filters in the villages so the river water can be used, taking school supplies and a garden project in Lima. This was an amazing trip which hopefully will be seen in the pictures I share. *** I tried my very best to identify the birds correctly, but I don't guarentee it.

 

Lima, Peru

 

 

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Lima Peru traffic
Cathedral in colonial Lima square

 

 

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Cathedral in colonial Lima square
Building protected for the Colonial wooden balconies

 

 

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Inside the cathedral

 

 

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Inside the cathedral

 

 

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Inside the cathedral (someone got beheaded)

 

 

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Arm prothesis
Ceramic tile work

 

 

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Ceramic Tile
Inticate wood carving

 

 

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Individaul shrines within the cathedral
Inlaid wood carving

 

 

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Painting of Saint Francis of Asisi
Front alter of the cathedral

 

 

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1478 Casket of Govenor Pizzarro
Market Place

 

 

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Entrance Casa de Aliaga - Oldest mansion in Peru
Indoor garden in the center of the house

 

 

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Geranium in pots
Beautiful tile work throughout the entire house
 
 
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