Our main reason for flying to Iquitos was of course to experience the Great Amazonas. After searching for different tours and offers from the many tour operators in Iquitos we settled for a five day tour to a lodge located approx. 2 hours upstream from Iquitos. We got picked up at 10.00 am at our hostel and drove through the streets of Iquitos to one of the many small ports. We boarded the speedboat together with another guy from our hostel, one of many tourists that was heading to one of the indigenous villages for an ayuhuasca retreat (a highly psychedelic naturemedicine used by the Amazonas tribes in order to connect with the jungle and to cleanse the body and mind).The Canadian guy got off in one of the villages and our guide for the next couple of days, Raúl, boarded the boat and we continued along the Amazonas for another 30 minutes before we left the Amazonas river for one of the many small rivers that connect to the Amazonas.
Being the start of the dry season, the water was still high and we were able to go by boat all the way to the lodge. The lodge was simple but more than enough for us and we were told that during high season they use to host up to 20 people every day. It turned out that we would be the only guests for at least the two following days before a smaller group will arrive. Describing our five days at the lodge is hard because we had such an amazing time. I have heard people talking about the Amazonas as if it was magical but I could not really believe exactly what they meant. However already the first hours at the lodge a strange feeling of calmness settled in me and everything just seemed to make sense. I would never believe that I would walk calmly though the jungle day and night-time, eat bugs and hold Caymans without hesitation as well as spend hour after hour on a small boat just listening to the nature and contemplate how fortunate we are to be here whilst pink and grey dolphins surrounded the small boat.
Needless to say we had a great time much thanks to the people from the local community working at the lodge as well as our guide who shared his deep knowledge about the animals and plants with us. This people- holding a silence and authority that is not common in our society. The last night we and another German guy took part in a ceremony led by the community’s schaman. Slightly nervous we entered the mosqitero where the ceremony was to be hold and what happened the next hours is impossible to describe. The schaman and his icaros (a form of healing songs/whistling) led us to another dimension and introduced us to something that at least I am truly grateful for. I do not know when, but we will return to the Amazonas and learn more about this fantastic place, holding such a beautiful nature and immense knowledge