This is a demonstration of blow guns by Yagua Indians in the Peruvian Amazon down river from Iquitos. We hiked through this jungle to visit this village. These native Americans spoke their own language rather than Spanish. They would put some poison from a poison dart frog on the tip of a dart, then they can blow a dart to hit and paralyze a monkey to fall from a tree. Fortunately, with us they only demonstrated target practice.
A tapir came walking through our lodge. It looks like he wants to eat one of the huts.
This is a capybara, South America's largest rodent. He was not shy. He walked through the lodge where we ate lunch.
The Nazca Lines along the Pacific Coast of Peru, 4 hours sough of Lima, are amazing. They are giant figures, some of animal motifs and some geometric, made by uncovering the desert rocks to expose different colored stone. They were made between 400 and 650 A.D. This photo shows a hummingbird.
This is a spider in the Nazca Lines. There are about 70 of these figures. Some are 200 meters across in size. Some are lines that continue for miles. The only way to appreciate these figures is to fly over them in an airplane. They are barely visible on the ground, and certainly the shapes and patterns cannot be appreciated except from the air. This leaves most people to beleive that they were made for viewing by the gods of the Nazca culture.
This is our lunch break at a lodge in the jungle. Yes, it was hot and humid. My husband, Dave is on the left, and our good friend from Scottsdale, Tim, is on the right. He is an architect and artist, and we have a collection of his pen and ink sketches in our house. His work can be seen on the Leaf Dog Art website.
This photo shows the little motorcycle rickshaw vehicle that we used to portage across a narrow peninsula to catch a boat on the other side to continue boat journey into the Amazon. The Amazon around Iquitos, Peru has lots of fingers and tributaries. Traveling in the area involves a combination of boat trips on the river, portages across fingers of land, and hiking into the jungle.