Many of my childhood memories are linked to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, because I used to travel to Iquitos during my summer holidays in order to visit my grandparents and aunt:

The sweat on my skin as soon as I got off the plane due to the jungle´s hot air. My watering mouth before local and delicious food such as juane and tacacho. The musical accent of the local people. The wild carnivals on february full not only of water but also of mud. The unpaved streets filled with soft sand which became compact after the rain. The smell of wood from the wooden roof and the old and heavy furniture at my grandparents´house. The hammock where I swayed gently underneath a cloud-studded sky at my aunt´s house. The huertas or orchards at the back of each house. The bite of a huge ant while walking barefoot through my grandparents´orchard. The glazed tiles of the Casa de Fierro or Iron House on the main square.

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The pleasure under a pouring yet refreshing rain. The excitement watching and hearing lightnings, thunders, and thunderbolts. The Quistococha zoo with restless monkeys and macaws among other animals such as otters, peccaries, capybaras, tapirs, and jaguars. The fear of listening to myths and legends of the jungle such as the Tunchi and the Chullachaqui. My walking by the Malecon or promenade along the Amazonas river or around the neighborhood of Belen. Going down or up the river on a pequepeque or small boat to visit a town or lodge. Swimming in an oxbow lagoon. Rubbing onion through all my body before jumping on the lagoon so no snake would bite me.

Years later, I have also visited the cities of Moyobamba (in the department of San Martin), and Pucallpa (in the department of Ucayali). Nonetheless, I would like to come back to the tropics to visit the National Reserve of Pacaya-Samiria in Iquitos as well as Manu and Tambopata in the department of Madre de Dios, east of Cusco.

Relatives, friends, and readers who have also visited the jungle: which memories could you share here?

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