Saturday, January 19, 2019
We left our ship, taking a zodiac to shore, in a downpour. During the 30 minute rain, we managed to get quite wet, in spite of our rain jackets. It appears that several items in our suitcases will be wet as well. Ugh! Mark’s phone was ruined. I think it’s time to invest in some longer rain ponchos. Also, I’ll be looking for plastic packing pods, which should help protect our clothing. Maybe a waterproof backpack as well.
We flew first from Baltra Island to Guayaquil on the mainland, then caught a flight to Lima, Peru, where we met up with friends for the next part of our adventure in the Upper Amazon. Our hotel is across the street from the airport, so very convenient since we’ll be flying to Iquitos early in the morning.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
When we arrived in Iquitos, we took a bus for a bumpy ride to the town of Nauta, where we boarded the Lindblad/National Geographic Delfin II. Delfin has three ships on the Amazon. The Delfin I has only 4 suites, two of them with private hot tubs. This ship offers 3 and 4 day cruises in the Amazon. The Delfin III has 22 cabins, but is limited in the areas it can navigate. The Delfin II turned out to be a very nice size for us, with 12 cabins, and we quickly became acquainted with the other passengers. Also, it could access more of the rivers and streams in the Amazon Basin over a seven day period.
Nauta is a busy water front town, with lots of 3-wheeled taxis moving people around. We stopped for lunch at Al Frio Y Al Fuego, a restaurant on the Rio Itaya.
We were greeted by some local children as we boarded the Delfin II. We had a brief orientation, including the schedule for the next day, then dinner and off to bed.