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Monkeying Around in the Peruvian Amazon | One for the Road

Monkeying Around in the Peruvian Amazon | One for the Road

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Hopping from mototaxis to riverboats on the Amazon River, Jen explores the vibrant jungle of Peru, and its lovable creatures.

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- I'm Jen, and I'm on a mission to nourish my hungry soul with adventures around the world, one bite at a time. I'm headed to Peru on an incredible journey across desert cities, the jungle, and mountains. You gotta open yourself up to the experience and just live life. I've made it to Iquitos, and now I'm about to hop onto a boat and see some wild stuff. The Amazon River, yo. That was such a fun boat ride. Now, I'm headed to a paiche farm, and I'm super excited because paiche is the, well one of the largest freshwater fishes. Fishes. Fish. It's one of the largest fish in the world. I've made it to lily pond, and the paiche are just swimming. I'm seeing glimpses of their scales. Here's your breakfast. Measuring up to nine feet long, the paiche is truly a majestic beast. All of this right here is La Isla de Los Monos, which is Money Island. Got off the boat, but first, bug spray. Also, this is DEET-free because I'm a play around with some monkeys. I'm so excited the visitor center had refreshing coconut juice because it is hot out here. That's what I sound like when I'm excited. Meet Luca, a baby wooly monkey. I think this is love at first sight. He loves grapes. We got a lot of things in common. You're nice and furry. I'm nice and furry. I'm getting a lot of love here. Let's see if I can speak monkey. I hope I'm not saying a bad word. I think food is more my kind of language. Best day ever. Best day ever. Me and my monkey, playing with my monkey. No, that doesn't sound right. He's taking a nap. I think I'm gonna cry again. We're going on a little walk, a nice stroll together. All right. I'm gonna let this little guy take a nap while I explore some more. The wonderful humans here at Monkey Island rescue, rehabilitate, and release monkeys who were once victims of illegal trade. While most are free to swing around the island, some are rehabilitated in spacious cages until they're ready to join the others. Where else can you see so many different species just monkeying around? And just like that, I'm back in the city of Iquitos, ending the night with some camu camu ice cream. Good morning. I'm waking up today at a hotel called Casa Morey, and this place is massive. Along with gorgeous tiles, their ceilings, you think they're tall enough? Yeah. The view is not too shabby. Just outside, over there, that's the Itaya River. That leads straight to the Amazon River which I will be on today, but first, I gotta get me some grub. Literally. The easiest way to get around the city is to ride a motocarro. This is Belen Market. It's full of delicious, colorful, vibrant foods. I am here for one particular thing, and I'm a little scared to try it, but let's go find it. I found it. Suri, it's a grub that you find in the palm trees here. It's trying to be my friend, but little does it know it's gonna be in my belly. It's been grilled and seasoned with just a little salt. This is my first time trying it. Mm. When it bursts in your mouth, perfect. It tastes a bit like grilled seafood. Oh, that sharp part. That was the head there. Yep. Oh! I'm super excited because I am on my way to see a butterfly farm. It's called Pilpintuwasi, and in Quechua language, pilpintu means butterfly, and wasi means house. it is no joke when they say the Amazon is hot. There is sweat coming out of every single pore of my body, but it doesn't matter because to be surrounded by all this beauty, doesn't matter. This is Gudrun, an Austrian conservationist who founded Pilpintuwasi. She's a wealth of knowledge, and I could listen to her for days. There is so many butterflies here, and you kind of have to watch out for where you step so you don't crush them, and there are about 23 different species that they're currently breeding. They're usually more active in the morning, but right now they're just flying around, doing their thing. In addition to conserving butterflies, the site also acts as a wildlife rescue center. I'm leaving feeling inspired by all the care and devotion I've seen here today. Sometimes, if you're really lucky, you can catch some pink dolphins out here. But today's not our day. We've been searching and none so far, but that's okay. There are plenty more fish in the sea. Yes, I know how bad that was. Oh, we found one. Aw. Today was a good day.

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