Moonbeam: Inspired by – The Amazon by cargo boat

Moonbeam Hammocks are inspired by my adventures.

The Eduardo I and the Eduardo VI.
The Eduardo I and the Eduardo VI.

In early 2010 I backpacked through Peru with my friends Morgan and Tim. One of the most memorable experiences was taking a cargo boat through the headwaters of the Amazon, from Yurimaguas to Iquitos.

Before we boarded Eduarado I, our home for three days and two nights, we bought supplies from one of the local stores.

We were advised to buy:

Hammock tied up with life jackets.
Hammock tied up with life jackets.

Hammock

Cup & Bowl with utensils

Beer for the duration

playing cards

The hammock would be our bed for the passage.

Ready for adventure on the Amazon!
Ready for adventure on the Amazon!

The boat had three floors: the first floor was packed to the ceiling with everything from bananas and live chickens to rubber boots and three-wheeled tuktuk motorbikes.

A pen of live cattle on the deck.

Cattle on deck of the Eduardo I.
Cattle on deck of the Eduardo I.

Food was served in the galley twice a day.  The rest of the time we played cards with other passengers, or kept lookout for pink freshwater dolphins, or just watched the Amazon jungle slip slowly by.

We really wished we had brought binoculars or a camera with a good zoom.  The river was very wide, and we were rarely within a stones-throw of the bank, usually we were hundreds of yards away.

Life on the Amazon.

A local.
A local.

Luckily, we did stop often at villages and outposts along the way.  The biggest developments we saw were oil company compounds, either for drilling or exploration.  The razor wire, low concrete buildings, and flood lights were a stark contrast with the thatched long houses on stilts of many locals, or the green rectangle of soccer field surrounded by thatched houses of the bigger villages.

One of many stops at villages along the river.
One of many stops at villages along the river.

The sunsets were spectacular!

Sunset on the Amazon
Sunset on the Amazon

Stay tuned for more…

Moonbeam: Inspired by-

In the weeks to come.

moonbeam logo black on white

Colorful Places, Colorful People, Colorful Hammocks 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *