Day Two - Iquitos & The Tahuayo Lodge by Shannon Sullivan.
Sunday morning we arrived in Iquitos and headed to the Amazon CARES clinic.
|Local street dog waiting for someone to let her in the clinic.|
While we were waiting for the rest of the group to arrive, we were given a walking tour of the Boulevard and the Belen Market by a man who owned a jungle tour company just a few doors down from the clinic.
|A little jet-lagged, but happy to be in Peru!|
|A tributary of the Amazon River.|
Within minutes it was easy to see why we were there...to help the numerous street dogs.
The Belen Market was a bustling place with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, chicken, and so much more.
|A smart street dog hanging around the market.|
|Our impromptu tour guide out in front.|
After heading back to the clinic, we were off with all of our supplies by MotoKar to our jungle lodge's city office.
|The first of many awkward transports of the dog kennels.|
While we waited at their office to head to the jungle, we enjoyed a quiet lunch overlooking the
|We had our first animal encounter during lunch.|
Eventually we headed the 90 river miles to the jungle lodge we would call home for the next four nights.
|Where the brown and blue water meet.|
|Our jungle home...|
|...the Tahuayo Lodge.|
|The view from the lodge.|
|The hammock room. Unfortunately, we were too busy to spend much time in there.|
|In the center are the solar panels that provided the lodge with electricity for a few hours each night.|
After arriving at the lodge, we hopped back in a boat and cruised the river.
|Spot the sloth?|
After dinner we headed out for one more river cruise, this time in the dark. We spotted a number of birds,a frog, and at one point a fish jumped into our boat.
Back at the lodge, a new guest had checked in.