Having spent 10 days in Iquitos, Peru, I feel that it's time for me to attempt to blog about my experiences.
My main interest in traveling to Iquitos had to do with ayahuasca, as I've been anticipating trying the medicine for a few years now. And the people of Peru make it clear that they describe ayahuasca as a medicine, not a drug. After doing my research, I decided to spend a week with Pulse Adventure Tours, hosted by Dan Cleland, and Tatyana Telegina. While the medicine didn't work for me like I had anticipated, I can't say that I was disappointed since everything else about my trip was amazing.
"When you're out in the middle of the jungle, what can your really expect as far as web access?"
The retreat center was more than adequate. There are bathrooms and shower stalls, everyone has his or her own bedroom, as well as the option of sleeping in the maloca - a large, circular hut used by natives of the Amazon. Everyone at the center had access to a kitchen, gym, lounge area, as well as internet access, though that was severely limited. When you're out in the middle of the jungle, what can your really expect as far as web access?
I met a lot of great people, and I had two days to myself before the retreat began. Luckily, a tour guide introduced himself to me, and he opted to show me around the day before I had to leave for my retreat. He showed me around Belen Market, as well as the floating city. We fed piranhas and gators, and he took me out on a canoe/boat across the Amazon river. I got to hold a sloth, monkey, and domesticated anaconda. A few polaroid shots are now in my collection from the travels, and without my tour guide, I most likely wouldn't have seen a lot of the things that I did.
"I feel more humble, more relaxed, and more excited about traveling to other parts of the world in the future."
Going Cayman hunting late at night with a few members of my retreat group was certainly one of the highlights of my trip. The overall atmosphere and environment was absolutely incredible, and I will never forget the experience I had. While the ayahuasca's effects on me, or lack thereof, were disappointing, I still took away so much from this trip. I feel more humble, more relaxed, and more excited about traveling to other parts of the world in the future. This short trip to Iquitos has only wet my appetite to absorb more culture, and to connect with people from all parts of the world.
Nepal is next on my radar, and I fly out on July 2! It would be ideal for me to travel somewhere at least once per year. It would be even more ideal to land a gig with National Geographic, or a similar organization.... Until then, I live my life.