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Monday, November 02, 2015

Over the Andes, to the Amazon!


It was a bright and early wake up call that jump-started our day.

No time to waste!  Get breakfast, and head out the door back across the street to the airport in Lima for our flight to Iquitos.

Our ultimate destination?

A 25 mile ride up the Amazon River surrounded by jungle on all sides – we have 3 nights and all kinds of activities planned at Cieba Tops resort!

We flew in to Lima in darkness, so I had no idea how incredibly large Lima is.

Take a look at this photo as we ascended to our cruising altitude!


Lima by air!

If you haven’t ever flown over the Andes mountains before, let me assure you that they will take your breath away.

Range after range of vastness..with heights growing every higher until finally they become snow capped.

It is a sight to behold!


The snow capped Andes.

I made a quicky video….I can’t believe it.  I’m in Peru!



As we got closer to Iquitos, the mountains ended and became jungle covered valleys – and winding rivers were the next focus….was THIS the Amazon we were seeing?


No! This was the Napo, but it does flow into the Amazon!


Boarding our boat for a 25 mile Amazon river cruise!


Lunch on the boat..with Inca Kola!!

We discussed it.  It’s a cross between a banana snowcone, or a banana flavored popsicle, with  maybe a bit of juicy fruit gum thrown in.  Whatever it is, it’s ultra sugar and ultra caffiene!  Oh yes, we were feeling no tiredness at this point!


See where the brown water starts?

This is where the Napo flows into the Amazon. 

We are now on the Amazon!


45 minutes later we are at our lodge!


Just a few stairs to get up to the top!

This day was filled full to the brim.  We took a long nature hike through the Amazon jungle, and I have all of those photos on the BIG camera –I need to do a transfer with the memory card to get the photos on here so I can edit them down. I need more time!

We had a great evening gathering, a wonderful Peruvian meal and then it was off to bed early for everyone, falling asleep with the sounds of jungle-song all around us.

things I’ve missed talking about above but included in the slide show below:  IQUITOS!!  Such a colorful bustling vibrant little city.  I was sitting in the center of the bus not near a window so my photos are, well – what I could see from THERE!  But you’ll get the feel of it.

So click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.

Peru 2015, Day One






just before sunset on the Amazon.

Life is amazing.  Just Amazing.

This morning we are up and at it again.  This post is posting at 5am Peru time, and at 5:35 am we are taking a sunrise river ride up to another lodge for a special breakfast and then off to do the canopy walk way, visit a shaman and see what else the Amazon has in store for us today.

Sunrises are so very high on my list of soul centering experiences.  To experience the dawning of daylight right on the Amazon?

Priceless.


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15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! So much fun and sights to see! I don't honestly know where you get your energy! Kudos to you that you are going to your cabin and having YOU time! I'm sure you are waaaaay past overdue! <3 thank you for writing about each day and sharing!

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  2. Gorgeous! So much fun and sights to see! I don't honestly know where you get your energy! Kudos to you that you are going to your cabin and having YOU time! I'm sure you are waaaaay past overdue! <3 thank you for writing about each day and sharing!

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  3. I can FEEL your EXCITEMENT....have fun!!!!!!

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  4. Next year are we going to see a mystery quilt inspired by this Peru visit?

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  5. Oh boy give me one of those hammocks.

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  6. You are so blessed to have all these opportunities to travel and meet so many people. Also you have been blessed with amazing stamina and energy, a very supportive family and incredible passion for what you are doing. You are an ambassador for the quilting world. Thank you.

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  7. Loving your posts and pictures. Need help from your crew at home. Facebook has stopped my Open Studio link. I want it back. I have been part of the group from the beginning. Thanks for your help.

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  8. You are so blessed to have all these opportunities to travel and meet so many people. Also you have been blessed with amazing stamina and energy, a very supportive family and incredible passion for what you are doing. You are an ambassador for the quilting world. Thank you.

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  9. You go places I've not ever dreamed of going. Thanks for taking us along with your pictures. I don't think I would sleep with all the jungle noises. How was it? The map shows how wind-y the rivers are in Peru. Be safe in the Jungle!

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  10. What journey of a lifetime. I think a canopy walk would be so cool! Enjoy your time and THANK YOU for sharing!!!

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  11. Anonymous10:58 PM EST

    Tiles and colors on the buildings, I see a quilt in the making. Love your posts!! Take Care Caligirl!

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  12. Wah artikelnya sangat menarik sekali, blognya juga bagus.
    OBAT DISENTRI AMOEBA
    SUPLEMEN MATA KATARAK

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  13. OH, What JOY! I am glad you get to do a trip like this. Is this a purely pleasure trip, or will you get to a pot that you will be teaching, too? I am glad you are in a group, but please do be careful! We Love You, and want you back amongst us, too!

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  14. I'd of jumped right in that gorgeous pool! Then a hammock! Looks hot but it IS the Amazon...
    Have fun and look forward to seeing more. I

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  15. Thank you for sharing your experience for those of us at home. The world is an amazing place!

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