I write these words from my current luxurious quarters in Cali, (self proclaimed Salsa capital) overlooking the pristine pool, under the bamboo shed roof. Beneath my computer is sprawled a large map of South America, the Amazon basin, in particular. Under my left elbow is a 1993 map of the country of Ecuador. I have gathered these icons to cultivate a deeper level of awareness of my impending adventure.
The photo above is of the Rio Napo, which flows into the Amazon
Have scoured the internet for posts of people who have done the ‘boat’ journey as far as Iquitos. One of the denizens of the hostel, a Michael, from Australia, reported to me just this morning of his journey from Leticia, Colombia to Iquitos, Peru (upriver) aboard a ‘fast boat’. His boat got him from Leticia to Iquitos in about 12 hours. Other cargo vessels (probably what I will take) do the same journey in 3 days.
I will first be going from Iquitos to Leticia (downriver). On my ‘return’ trip, Leticia to Iquitos, (upriver). Not sure how far I will go before reversing my direction (upriver) back to my starting point. May go as far as Manaus, Brazil before heading back upriver. Undecided at this moment.
Have only a few options from which to launch the ‘boat trek’ down the Amazon if I wish to begin as close to the Eastern slope of the Andes as I can; which I do.
Peru: There are two such ports in Peru: Pucallpa (down the Ucayali) and Yurimaguas (down the Maranon). Both of the above rivers flow into the Amazon. I use the word ‘down’ as a simple means of referring to: going in the direction of the river’s flow.
Ecuador: One port is Misahualli, and further down the Napo river, the port of Coca. I have read of, heard of, and met others who have negotiated that route. On my map, I see that there is a relatively new road/track that leads from the town of Puyo that appears to intersect with the Rio Curaray. The road ends near that juncture. The Curaray flows into the Napo, which flows into the Amazon.
Interesting sidenote: My 1993 map of Ecuador shows that the town/cities of Jaen, San Ignacio, and Iquitos are parts of Ecuador; not Peru. Ecuador ‘lost’, or gave up, (depending on your frame of reference) about a third of it’s territory in negotiations that signaled the culmination of the longest lasting territorial dispute in the America’s. For those of you who care about such things here is a starting point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Ecuadorian%E2%80%93Peruvian_territorial_dispute
I envision a world where there are no borders. The need for separate ‘political identities’ being designated by artificial, arbitrary lines on a map are no longer necessary nor even beneficial to humans.
When we were first presented with the picture of earth from a spacecraft that was capable of giving us that perspective, we were presented with a picture much closer to what is so. There are no artificial, arbitrary, imaginary lines drawn on the actual planet. There is only one big blue sphere, in an orbit around our local star (OR: ALL spheres are simply the effect of vast galactic electromagnetic forces, we don’t really know)
Upon the surface of that beautiful blue sphere, plants and animals, (and other ‘creatures’) exist.
We are but elements of a symbiotic relationship. We are ‘part’ of a MIRACULOUS WHOLE.
It is from that context that my adventures and explorations extend.