This is the second part of photos from a four day trip up The Amazon river from Iquitos. More about the trip you can read in the first part.
Even four days on the boat in the Amazon seemed a bit too short. I would have easily stayed longer. You wake up early in the morning on a moving ship (and there's something extremely satisfying waking up on a moving "thing" whether it is a boat or a train), have breakfast, hang out on a upper deck reading books, then jump on a motor boat and go deep into creeks and explore rain forest, local villages or simply watch birds (was never a fan of bird watching).
Most villages do not have schools, so most of the kids have to commute by boat to get to class. Some kids stay with family members in the villages that have schools throughout the school year while their parents stay behind, only seeing them on the weekends.
What you see behind this kid is a school.
Family and their house.
Peru has the third largest extent of tropical rainforests in the world. These forests are some of the richest in the world, both in terms of biological diversity and natural resources.
We hit the rainy season, but luckily the rainfalls were brief. During the day we went by motorboat through the virgin rain forest to see the lush, natural pools which were covered with vegetation. When the boat moves it feels it is just gliding through a field of grass leaving a trace of water behind.
The Amazon is home to some of the rarest birds. One afternoon we spotted thousands of white herons fishing in one of the tributaries, all jockeying for the best position.
Prepping wish on-the-go.
We were advised not to swim in the Amazon. River has all kinds of stuff that can bite you, crocodiles, anacondas, piranhas, but according the locals that was not the reason. Mentioning any type of dangerous spices, they would always tell you "Nah, they are afraid of people". At some point we took a boat into one of the creeks where it was possible to swim in the river. Swim in the Amazon — check!