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Day 9 Sat

Tour of Iquitos

sunny 87 °F

Day 9  Sat Ok I'm starting this a second time as I had to turn it off for the plane ride from Iquitos to Lima and I guess I didn't hit the save button properly.   We got up earlythis morning so we enjoy our last few hours in Iquitos.  We finished the packing and went up to the lounge deck to have coffee and view the happenings on the river front.  Soon we were joined by another early riser, Diane.  Diane and her husband have a home in Chicago, Lake Geneva and theTurks-Caicos, where they  spend most of there time.  We talked about the next part of our trip, Machu Picchu.  She said that they had altitude sickness pills in preparation. I hadn't thought of that... Oh oh. We talked to another couple from Kansas, Rich and Allysa, that had been there already and weren't continue with us. They said that you should stay away from alcohol and drink plenty of water.  Oh oh again. No alcohol? We're on vacation! Ok, I guess for a couple of days although I was getting partial to Pisco sours (a popular local drink).  They said to drink lots of water and just take it easy for the first day.  None of the rest of this group as far as I can tell, are going to climb Huayna Picchu so we may be on our own (as far as familiar faces goes).  Cheryl, the head of the Shedd group, said her friend just returned from Machu Picchu and had done the climb. She said her friend is terrified of heights but got through the climb by facing the side of the mountain when she got to the narrow paths. We'll see.  A little nervous about the climb itself as we were huffing and puffing up the 50 or so steps from the dock to the street level.   We were loaded on a bus for  tour of Iquitos. The people were so friendly. Even the construction workers who were working on replacing a street, stopped to wave.   They were proud of their heritage. The city square had a statue comemorating their independance from Spain.  July 28 and I forgot the year.  This ties in with that spbutecial Peruviandish we had for lunch of the mashed potatoes wrapped around tuna, avocado and mayo.   We had lunch at a very upscale hotel.  Hotel Dorado.  I had  shaved heart of palm and avocado  salad and a fish with a salsa mixture on top wrapped  in a leaf of somekind and cooked over a fire. There was also plaintain. For dessert I had passion fruit mousse. I didn't care for the plantain but everythiing else was delicious.   After lunch we headed for the airport for our trip to Lima.  once in the airport we checked in and got our tickets. The attendant told us gate one. That was funny since there was only one gate.  We said our good byes to Dennis, our guide, inviting him up to Northern Wisconsin to experience snow and cold and we'll do the guiding.     When our plane was ready to board, they lined us up, rows 1-12, 13-24, and so on.  We then proceeded out of the terminal, walked across the tarmac and climbed the stairs to the plane. I haven't boarded a plane from the tarmac in years.   As I'm writing this there was some comotion 3 seats behind us.  Appears that an elderly man was having a seizure. An attendant got on the intercom and asked if there was a doctor on board. Two in our group, Kathy and Rich are doctors. Kathy was in the seat in front so Rich let her handle the emergency.  They gave him some oxygen and he appears better.  We'll be landing soon so help is on the way.   We've arrived at our hotel which was across the street from the airport.  Costa del Sol Ramada.  Nice but paperthin walls. I hope George and Susan next door, don't snore.   Dinner at 7 and probably to bed as it's wakeup call at 6:15 and back to the airport for a flight to Cusco.   Update on the laptop. Turns out not to be the cord afterall.  Bad news is that it seems to be the computer itself.  We think it got moisture from the airconditioner condensation.  The first 4 days will have to wait till has can get the info out the hard drive.

Posted by Hanser61 15:16 Archived in Peru

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