IQUITOS - Portal to the Amazon by Cliff Tulpa, Author

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Contents Part 1

Text Cliff Tulpa Photography Cliff Tulpa Artwork David (Slocum) Hewson Anderson Debernardi Contributors David (Slocum) Hewson Plant Medicine

Dr. Richard Bodmer Indigenous and Maritime Museums

Dr. Patch Adams Belen Clown Project

Introduction to Iquitos People of Iquitos Iquitos City Tour Neighborhoods of Iquitos To see around Iquitos Iquitos - Amazon Cuisine Jungle Fruits Jungle Tours - Wildlife Myths and Superstitions Shamans and Healing Plants Artists, Photo and Contribution Credits

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Part 2 Resources and Recommendations Healing Centers - Ayahuasca Iquitos Accommodations Amazon Jungle Lodges and Tours Iquitos Dining River Cruises - Jungle Transportation Bars - Entertainment -Nightlife Professional Services

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10-11 Native hunter travels by canoe with dogs through the jungle in search of animals such as capybara, majas, monkeys, deer, peccaries, rats, ducks and birds. 12-13 Traditional houses in villages along the rivers are built on poles to stay dry, as the water levels of the rivers rise and fall throughout the year. 14-15 Street scene from Punchana, a neighborhood in the northern part of Iquitos. Although mostly a poor neighborhood, Punchana is a busy and fast growing area of Iquitos with many new stores and houses. 16 opposite Living with the rivers, young children learn at an early age how to use and navigate their wooden dugout canoes. Lifestyle is controlled by the river water levels and annual flooding of the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya Rivers . 17 left Floating houses called “balsas� (rafts) - of the neighborhood of Belen. Lower Belen is usually flooded for several months annually. The use of floating houses prevents them from flooding and allows them to use their houses year-round. 18 next - map - Iquitos (red circle) is isolated and located in the northeast part of Peru, deep in the Amazon Jungle Rainforest and on the bank of the great Amazon River.