Address: This place is accessible only by boat. It is about 22 miles (35 km) from Iquitos. (Iquitos is about 2 hours by plane from Lima, Peru.) The speed of the small boat that I took was presumably 11 mph as it took two hours to reach this place from Iquitos Central Market. Iquitos itself is known to be the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by car; it is accessible only by boat or plane.

Are they mirror images of each other? No, there are actually two parrots in this picture. In Spanish they are called “guacamayos”; these macaws are native to Central and South America (also Mexico). I learned that these parrots were going to be sold at 10 soles each in the Central Market of Iquitos; thankfully, they were rescued. So this place has been used as a refuge for wild animals illegally extracted from the Amazon. Neiser Foundation is providing all the funding.

All animals here have a name. I forgot the name of this one, but I think he looks like me; the difference is that he is young, fit and healthy.

Monkeys need to take a nap, too.

El mono ardilla común (“common squirrel monkey” en Ingles) es el mono mas lindo que he visto en mi vida. His name is Coco; thanks to Manu & Sandra for reminding his name! All rescued animals have a name.

I forgot the name of the species on the left. It was the first monkey to approach me when I arrived at this place. But I remember being told that the one on the right is a spider monkey. It has exceptionally long limbs, thus its name.

And, of course, there is the anaconda. It doesn’t produce venom but it can get really big. This one is a baby.

What I like about this part of the Amazon jungle is that the wild animals are not kept in captivity. They are free to move around, as they would in their natural habitat. And they don’t leave the place, even as they are not chained or caged.

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