Bienvenidos a Iquitos! Our group of students arrived today, a bit jet-lagged, but excited. After a necessary nap, students and staff laughed and chatted over lunch at a local bistro. We took a short stroll to the Amazon flood plain, near our hotel, before retiring for another siesta; we want our group well rested for the next couple weeks of exciting activities! Local and international staff look forward to sharing this beautiful country and culture with these amazing students!
After breakfast, our day started with a brief stroll to one of the historical European-style buildings for a tour. Then we headed down the street to the Belen Market, which was referred to as the “black market”. I doubt there were any drugs there though– just a handful of illegal animals such as cayman and tortoises used for their meat, skin, and shells.
Next we hopped on a bus to the much anticipated manatee rescue center. In addition to manatees, there were also many other exotic animals such as cappucin monkeys, sloths, and baby pythons. The day ended with lunch, some free time on the promenade, then dinner.