I just returned from a week in Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. To get to this expanse of lowland rainforest I traveled over the Cordillera Escalera to the port city of Yurimaguas on the Huallaga River. From Yurimaguas I traveled on an old river boat for twelve hours until I reached the small city of Lagunas. Power only runs for a few hours each morning and evening in this sweltering town carved out of the rainforest. Near Lagunas I entered the reserve via a small stream. For a few days a local guide and I paddled downstream in a dugout canoe loaded with our food and gear. The forest was immense and inconceivably full of life. Eventually we made our way back upstream to Lagunas, and I made the day and a half long trip back to the apartment where I am staying in Lamas.
Above are a selection of my photographs from the trip. I will be posting a longer reflection on this adventure and my experiences so far in Peru - stay tuned for this installment in the next few days.