South America tourism – Where on earth is the most concentrated flora and fauna? Where is the roof of the mysterious tribes – the desire to come to know of so many discoverers? The general answer is that Amazon, the world’s most spectacular tropical museum, extends to 9 countries, has the world’s longest river and flow.
Having experienced moments of lusting for thirsty people, due to the intense heat during the camel rides, wandering in the Gobi desert; At times of construction, I want to collapse because of the lack of oxygen on the 5,000-meter peaks in Tibet; the days of going to the forest, going to the forest to hunt with the Si La people (one of the most ethnic minorities in Vietnam) in the Northwest mountainous area … but to me, explore the Amazon jungle, find the Aboriginal people is a longing even knowing that it is a challenging journey.
The “exercises” wearing backpacks of nearly 30 kg walk for several hours, survival skills, how to look, see the direction … I pulled out to practice again a few months before I left. Although I had been in Peru for 2 months (in 2008) when I worked on the Inca series, but when I knew I was going to Amazon, the consulate at the Peruvian Embassy still asked for a yellow fever vaccination book and a host of other vaccines such as cholera, malaria … agree to issue a visa. “For your safety. Go to Amazon, there is no extra preparation,” the consul took the passport with the sign of a new Peruvian visa and a smile: “Have a safe trip”.
Iquitos – ecological capital
Located near the border of Colombia and Brazil, dubbed the eco-capital of the Amazon, Iquitos (a city of Peru) is isolated from the outside world by forests and large rivers. Wanting to go to Iquitos can only be by air or by water (about 4, 5 days). This is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road.
From Lima (Peru capital) it takes nearly two hours to reach Iquitos. The same country, but recently I still have a bunch of warm clothes, a wool scarf or a cold wind, just less than two hours after I got out of the plane, the heat has come in. 36 degrees Celsius, 90% humidity. The wind blew but the people were still sticky and uncomfortable.
Discovered from the middle of the 18th century, Iquitos was just a small city hidden in the jungle. Since the beginning of the 20th century, when the fever of rubber latex (which has a lot of Amazon) exploded, Iquitos became one of the busiest cities in South America. Located in the Amazon River, Iquitos has become the trading center of Europe and the Amazon residents.
Then the rubber fever passed (because the synthetic rubber was invented and the Europeans were able to “buy” rubber plantations in Asian countries), like just having a dream, Iquitos returned. with my poverty. The bustling commercial port of foreign boats now has only small boats exchanging and trading fruits and products of residents around the region. A time of prosperity and prosperity is only reminiscent of old and old architectural works that exist today around the central square.
I took a motorcycle (a passenger trailer with a passenger car similar to a tow truck) with a few foreign tourists to start exploring the city. If most South American countries use cars, then in Iquitos most people ride motorcycles (mostly old cars) spray smoke. The drivers of the motorcycle ran fast, and were quite skillful. As a Vietnamese, I am not strange, but it is an interesting experience for foreigners. They howled, someone covered their eyes with fear.
Iquitos people are still poor, many regions do not have electricity and clean water. On the street corners, every evening, housewives sat together for eight stories. The children of the same ceiling chase each other running around, to the television program, to catch the gathering chair to see the same old domestic television. Here, television, phone, internet are not very popular. The 3G USB bought in the capital of Lima is advertised to be able to be used anywhere, but it is so crowded. I lost 200 soles (about VND 1.4 million).
The purpose of my trip this time is to meet the Matsés tribe – the warriors hidden in the jungle who are famous for kidnapping other tribal women about getting married and eating meat. A local tour guide immediately said: “Go away for far? Right here, there are tribes of Bora and Yagua very good. Many newspapers, stations also go there to write articles, filming already”. To prove it, he showed me a series of bare-chested Aboriginal images (including women), face-painting and mottled wielder holding a gun blowing names (a weapon of the Amazon to hunt animals). “Oh, really attractive!”, I decided immediately. Yes, go …