a homemade bamboo-raft down the mighty Amazon River, unsupported.
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Pebas and the Bora Tribe
Coca to Iquitos, part I
Coca to Iquitos, Part II
The Jungle around “Coca” and Local Friends
The creepy jungle floor of the Amazonia
Everything appears oversized in the jungle
Stunning isolated jungle waterfalls, where you can swim, bathe and relax. Far, far away from civilization, deep inside the magic of the jungle
Dark, moist, quit places in the bottom of the jungle
Our local friend, Jaime, is explaining about the weird tree that walks, as it keeps growing new roots and can move across the junglefloor
Love the details of the jungle
The beautiful green expanse of life
Millions and millions of insects in Amazonia
Colorful jungle flowers
Butterflies are rarely shy and love to pose for my camera
Peycho to the left, Stephanie and Jaime next to him (our hosts and local friends) and a bunch of friends/travellers on a great day excursion
Our base while constructing the raft: Coca, Ecuador
Cute facial expressions from a parrot
Strong, spacey eyes, huh?
Lurking in the water, the Caiman is trying to hide
Family Picnic !
GOTCHA ! The Ozelot is twinking his left eye to the photographer.
Climbing the new home for the monkeys and some sloths
Ants are transporting pieces of leaves to their habitat
Entering the interim cage of a sloth in the local zoo. It sleep 20 hours a day and hardly cared that I was locked into the cage together with him
The Civil Engineer is considering his card-house design as he is relaxing in the bar
Jaime, with his cardhouse construction
The local tarantula who lives in the bamboo at the bar
Local kids showing freeride tricks in the poor neighborhood that we live in
The Construction of a Jungle Raft: “La Balsa”
The first construction materials that we buy: 34 sticks of bamboo, approx 10m long.
Considering various designs for a raft…
Finding some large 200 liter used plastic barrels at a local scrapyard in our poor neighborhood
Peycho, proudly presenting our first joint
The local family from whom we rent the land during the construction have been helping us a lot with the construction. Here they are showing us how to tie the bamboo joints in a very strong manner
Carrying materials: the 10m bamboo sticks weigh up to 50kg each.
And the raft is floating! We have to get it into the water early before it gets too heavy
Installing the barrels
The local Father, Jorge, is helping us tie the bamboo joints
A machete is great tool for construction.
Slowly, it is taking from…
Discussing the option of a sail…
The wonderful local family, from whom we are renting some land during the construction. The father and his two 20-something sons help us construct the raft while the women cook lunch for us. The family belong to the Shuar Trinbe who have lived in the Amazonia jungle for milennia. The father is preparing some fishingnets in this photo.
The rood support is ready to be installed
A proud owner of a jungle raft
Jorge, the 55-something year old father of the local tribal family
How do you make a cheap fireplace/grill?
… you go to the local Ecuadorian scrapyard and buy the bottom 20cm of an oil-barrel and a old metalframe for a table, then weld it together. In the bottom of the photo is our two anchors, also made cheap from the local scrapyard with the help of a car-mechanic who could cut and weld metal.