It had been a full five days since we started our Amazon adventure. It was a really nice trip, even though we happened to be there during the rainy season. The zoo had been great fun, as had the manatee rescue center. We all got to hold sloths, pet snakes, and feed monkeys, and Monkey Island was the highlight of the whole trip. We also had finally made it to the real Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and seen some great animal conservation efforts in progress.
After being taken to the “wrong” Monkey Island, we were indecisive at first as to whether we should take another day and see the real Monkey Island. We were so glad we did though! It ended up being the highlight of our trip. It was different than we expected. We got a guide who took us to the first boat. This one was through a local market and was definitely more of a local boat, rather than a tourist one.
One of the highlights of our five day trip to the Amazon, was taking a day to see the local zoo. It is located up by the airport, so a good half hour from the city’s center where we were staying. Basically the only vehicles in Iquitos are motorcycles and mototaxis (since it’s not reachable by road), so we grabbed two mototaxis for the six of us, and headed out.
Our second day in the Amazon just happened to be Easter Sunday. It was a very quiet morning in Iquitos and we had a little trouble finding an open place for breakfast. We managed to find one though, named for the movie that was filmed in the Amazon, Fitzcarraldo. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the restaurant was not much to write home about. Still, at least we had satisfied our hunger and were ready for the day. We grabbed a couple snacks and some blended coconut drinks and decided to hop on a boat for a tour.
This post is a little different than most here on our blog. I’m deviating from the travel aspect of our lives and talking more about food for our littles since a lot of people have been asking me about this lately. Feeding kids can be challenging. Feeding kids in a foreign country can be downright scary.
Our much anticipated trip to the Amazon had finally arrived. When I used to think of South America, that’s what usually would come to mind. That huge river with wildlife so diverse and exotic that documentaries and books hardly did it justice. We hadn’t originally planned on taking the kids on this trip, but after living in Peru for nine months, we’d adjusted to the idea of traveling into more adventurous places with our littles. We talked to a few people who had done it successfully with children and found (not much, but some) information online as well. We got a great deal on flights when LAN was running a special, and though we waited on the Tarmac for about an hour, the savings was still worth the mediocre flight.
I haven’t blogged as much about the things we’ve been doing in Lima because, well, life gets busy and sometimes it’s just hard to find the time! But we have seen some really wonderful places here in the city, and even just outside the city. So I’ll be going back and documenting some of the sights to hopefully serve some good information for those visiting or moving here in the future. Hope you enjoy!
We made a wonderful discovery a couple of weeks ago. Well, we’d actually been hearing about the “water fountain park” from friends for a while, but had yet to make it out there. It’s near central Lima, so it’s a good taxi ride away from Miraflores. We went in the evening on a day when the kids (miraculously) both got a nap. It was about 5pm by the time we arrived. There were people lining the outside of the park with bags of popcorn, habas and cotton candy. We grabbed a couple bags of popcorn to hold us over till dinner. The entrance fee was S./4 per person, and was totally worth the beautifully manicured lawns and clean paths.
Our last full day in Huaraz, we decided to visit the weekly mercado in the heart of the city. We had our empleada with us, who is from Huaraz, so it was great to have her guidance as we made our way through the crowded streets of vendors. On the way there we saw a couple trying to guide their pig along the street to the market. Never seen that before! (more…)
Our third day in Huaraz, Olivia ran a fever during the night, so I didn’t think we would make it out to the lake like we had planned. However, she slept in late and when she woke her fever was gone, so we decided to get out despite the late start. It was going to be a pretty low-key day anyways – mostly driving.
The lakes we were headed to were high up in the mountains, Lagunas Llanganuco.