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Amazon Indian Tribal Dance, Pebas, Peru

 This video was shot on the first day of our Peru/Amazon rainforest voyage aboard Sea Dream 2. This Amazon Indian tribe rarely receive visitors and therefore were totally unspoiled by tourism. They were very friendly and excited to be able to entertain just a few travellers in this way. My favourite story of this day was when I was standing watching the dance and I felt a little tap on my waist. I turned sideways- no-one there! BUT, when I looked down there was a tiny Indian lady, one of the ones standing in the photo on the left, she was smiling and making signs saying how tall I am and how tiny she is. It did make me smile, she was just so lovely and friendly. This photo is of the same lady on the right and her Mum!

Amazon Indian tribal dance, Pebas, Peru

Amazon Indian tribal dance, Pebas, Peru

Iquitos Peru – Traffic MADNESS!

 

Iquitos Peru This video was taken after arrival at Iquitos airport, Peru! I thought I’d seen traffic at its worst, such as Cairo perhaps but I’ve never seen anything quite like this, even in Thailand, the home of the Tuc Tuc!

Today we left Lima to join Sea Dream 2 at Iquitos.

Iquitos!! What can I say! WHAT a place! We landed at a tiny airport, very excited to be finally in the Amazon rainforest,luckily, no rain as yet!
We drove through a local market that was right through the main road in Iquitos, I have NEVER seen as many tuc tucs in my life! Even Thailand has no match for this, we were moving, SLOWLY through a sea of hundreds of motor cycle engined tuc tucs, with open store fronts on the left and market stalls on the right selling all kinds of fresh produce, fruits, veggies, it was amazing! Noisy, vibrant, probably a bit smelly but totally fascinating!
Our destination before boarding the boat was to a local restaurant, what we didn’t realise is that the restaurant was in the middle on the Amazon! Fab! We took a local narrow boat about 500 yards out into the middle of the river to a floating restaurant that actually had a swimming pool attached to it. On the menu was treats of palm salad, bbq’d local fish with chips and cake for dessert. Lovely!
After a quick walk to explore the restaurant area, it was FINALLY time to embark on Sea Dream 2.

 

Iquitos Peru - traffic MADNESS!

I thought I'd seen it all.....but....

Are we mad?

My first thoughts as my alarm clock went off this morning at 3am were “are we MAD?”
Going on an adventure such as this to Peru and the Amazon rain forest when our combined ages are around the 120 years total ( and there are only 2 of us by the way) in search of what, adventure? Paddington bear?

It was dark, it was raining, we got to Heathrow at 4.30 only to find out that the check in desks don’t open until 5am! Could have had an extra 1/2 hour in bed!

I feel like I’ve been packing for about 2 months, trying to think through what we will need for a month in 2 different climates, mountains, then the rainforest, not easy when you know you can’t just nip out and buy something you might have forgotten.

Anyway, we’re on the plane now, ready to take off, the adventure begins!

To Madrid now to catch our connection to Lima, Peru!

More later!

LATER…..

In Madrid airport now, it’s really nice, very modern. Have another hour here before the flight to Lima which is about 12 hours.

I’m beginning to feel awake now and really looking forward to the adventure which will start when we arrive in Lima, somewhere totally different to anywhere we’ve been before. Watch out for pics…..SOON!!!

Altitude Sickness Remedies Cusco, Peru

I’ve done SO much research about what we might expect from having altitude sickness when we visit Cusco in Peru.

I visited my doctor today to check on various ways of stopping any altitude sickness before it starts. This is the link to the information on altitude sickness we found, she was actually very helpful and found alternative medication to ACETAZOLAMIDE ( Diamox) which I won’t be able to take as I have had previous reaction to sulphur-based medications. The medication plan for me will be Dexamethasone and Serevent ( an inhaler) . Luckily for my husband, NOT having any prior reactions to sulpha based drugs he will be able to take ACETAZOLAMIDE.

HOWEVER, my research into altitude sickness solutions did bring up the fact that Gingko Biloba can be an effective natural remedy to altitude sickness SO together with the circulation enhancing properties of Ginko Biloba and the ‘relaxing’ properties of chewin and ifg Coca Leaves and drinking Coca Leaf tea we should be in for a very interesting few days!

Limited evidence indicates that an herbal remedy, gingko biloba, may prevent altitude sickness when started before ascent. The usual dosage is 100 mg every 12 hours.”

“Altitude sickness may develop in travellers who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500 m, including those in previously excellent health. Being physically fit in no way lessens the risk of altitude sickness. Those who have developed altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents and higher altitudes. Symptoms of acute mountain sickness, the most common form of the disorder, may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by breathlessness and chest tightness, which are signs of pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), or by confusion, lethargy, and unsteady gait, which indicate cerebral edema (brain swelling).

Altitude sickness may be prevented by taking acetazolamide 125 or 250 mg twice daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side-effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling, nausea, drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence. Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy.

For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, an alternative is dexamethasone, which has been shown to prevent acute mountain sickness and high-altitude cerebral edema (but not pulmonary edema). The usual dosage is 4 mg four times daily. Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced. Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom steroids are contraindicated. For those at risk for high-altitude pulmonary edema, one option is to take oral nifedipine 10 or 20 mg every 8 hours. A newer treatment is prophylactic inhalation of 125 mcg of salmeterol (Serevent)every 12 hours, which was recently shown to reduce the risk of high-altitude pulmonary edema in those with a prior history of this disorder.

Limited evidence indicates that an herbal remedy, gingko biloba, may prevent altitude sickness when started before ascent. The usual dosage is 100 mg every 12 hours.

Other measures to prevent altitude sickness include:

  • Ascend gradually or by increments to higher altitudes
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Eat light meals
  • Avoid alcohol

The symptoms of altitude sickness develop gradually so that, with proper management, serious complications can usually be prevented. If any symptoms of altitude sickness appear, it is essential not to ascend to a higher altitude. If the symptoms become worse or if the person shows any signs of cerebral or pulmonary edema, such as breathlessness, confusion, lethargy, or unsteady gait, it is essential to descend to a lower altitude. A descent of 500-1000 meters is generally adequate except in cases of cerebral edema, which may require a greater descent. Travelers should not resume their ascent until all symptoms of altitude sickness have cleared. Supplemental oxygen is helpful if available. Acetazolamide, dexamethasone, and nifedipine may all be used to treat altitude sickness as well as prevent it. In most cases, acetazolamide is recommended as prevention, and dexamethasone and nifedipine are reserved for emergency treatment. Nifedipine is preferable to dexamethasone for high-altitude pulmonary edema.

Travel to high altitudes is generally not recommended for those with a history of heart disease, lung disease, or sickle cell disease. It is also not recommended for pregnant women.