Peru, June 2005, the Amazon

The Rivers and the Rainforest

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Each day Luis would arrange a couple of trips along the river to various points of interest. The river itself - the wide Amazon, the tributary of the Napo, and the little streams that feed into them, are teeming with life, human and animal and insect and of course, and particularly, plant life...
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on to the forest ..          

The Rainforest

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When we went ashore, into the rain forest itself, we saw ever more exotic plants and insects up close. We didn't see any snakes, though, except in the light of a flashlight in the dark dark nighttime ride. And we didn't see animals close enough to photograph, though there were monkeys high up in the trees, and we found the footprint of a tapir.
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The Ethnobotanical garden

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One of the highlights of the visit to the Amazon was the visit to the Ethnobotanical Garden. My English friends were surprised to learn that others before them had thought of finding value in Amazonian folk medicines.
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©Clare Durst 2005