Signs that the wet season in the upper Amazon (starting in Iquitos, Peru) has started are the flooded rivers and luring freshwater dolphins swimming through the trees.
Unlike marine dolphins, botos (Amazon dolphins) have fat foreheads, elongated beaks and neck vertebrae that allow them to bend at up to a 90-degree angle, these facilitate grasping fish from unraveled branches, digging in river mud for crustaceans, and gliding through trees.
The Amazonian folk wisdom describes botos as encantados (enchanted beings who sometimes take on human form, coming out of the river to lead men and women into their magical underwater city.)
Unfortunately, boto population in the Amazon has declined by half over the past seven years. There is an urgent need to establish conservation policies to avoid fishermen hunting botos for bait or killing them accidentally in their gill nets.
I was born a globetrotter. My mother, an afro-peruvian, born in the sandy dunes of Trujillo (the third largest city in Peru), and my father, a mestizo born in Iquitos (the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest) took my brothers and I around the country since we were born. I have been lucky! I can say that I have tasted the many “flavors” of Peru.
Now, my husband and I travel the world not only by air, land and sea, but through the books we read, and the friends we have, so I just want this to be a channel to share with you my experiences, and I hope you feel free to share yours. After all, we are all citizens of the world.