A Journey along the Amazon River Iquitos, Peru to Manaus, Brazil

The waters of the Amazon begin with many rivers throughout South America, stretching as far south-west as the Bolivian jungle and as far north-west as Columbia.  If one has music at home that forces one to understand the depth of things, now is the time to play that music and think of this jungle:  Species of plants that have not yet been discovered, insects that don't have names, curative medicines from trees that are not yet scientifically explained, never before seen amphibians and fish....

Small hallowed out jungle trees make river worthy vessels that transport habitants throughout the Amazon river and its many tributaries sitting only a few inches off the water especially when transporting goods.. 

Stopped at a small village on the river one can see how much the river fluctuated between summer and winter, by the color of the support beams on the extended houses. 

This sunset was a common view every evening around 6 P.M.  In silhouette one can see the immense thickness that surrounds us.  The Amazon jungle is infinite.

Uncommon insects fill the air on the Amazon river.  This Mantis makes its greeting on our slow boat in route to Manaus, Brazil.

Near to Manaus, the river Negro merges together with the Amazon, which formed a distinct and separate line between the two. 

It became apparent why our skin was scorched within minutes after we looked at a map and determined the Amazon river had a direct heat less than three degrees from the equator; and when the sun finally fell into night it was a good feeling.

Feature written and photographed by Phillips who spent many hours on the Amazon River.  Information about hollowed boats was supplied by the Native Cocama Indians of Iquitos, Peru, as well as equatorial positioning and medicinal plants.


Boats (both Speed and Slow), travel from Iquitos to Santa Rosa, Peru at least twice a week. Once arriving to Santa Rosa, you are within minutes of borders into Laticia, Columbia and Tabitinga, Brazil. These towns are very quaint and good for a short stay while you await your next boat trip from Tabitinga, Brazil to Manaus, Brazil. Expect to pay between $60 and $100 US Dollars for your total trip. Prices are negotiable and boat vendors expect negotiation. If you take a slow boat to Manaus, Brazil it will take between six and eight days. All boats include three meals a day. To find a boat along this route of passage, simply go to the boat dock and look for the boat. It is very simple and hassle free to find. Take care at these ports, people are their specifically to steal and scam, this is the way they survive. 

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