Coca -> Limoncocha -> Pañacocha -> Nuevo rocafuerte

March 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm 3 comments


Left the volunteer site in Salasaca two days ago, traveled 3 hours east to Puyo where i couchsurfed for two nights speaking only Spanish with my host and his family. Now in Tena, a small nice city on the foremost layer of the Amazon. From here i will go to Coca, about 5 hours further into the jungle and on the Rio Napo (which flows all the way to Peru and then becomes the great Amazon in Brazil). In Coca i’d like to take a cargo boat to Nuevo Rocafuerte which is on the border with Peru. However instead of going to Peru (read a very good description of the trip from Coca to Iquitos in Peru here) will return to Coca and then to Quito to meet a friend. On the way to the border i’d like to stop at the Limoncocha reserve, Pañacocha or any other village… the only problem is that i do not have a tent, or even a hammock, and as of today i’m still by myself.


expand to see more. the intended route is in pink on the right =)


There are many tour possibilities for trips to the Amazon, but i’m not really interested in the amenities included or spending much $ (although a good guide and group are welcome ideas). Something like this would be fun, although as the writer never seems to have any.

Stay tuned.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. chris  |  March 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Stay away from the Shamen’s! The link to the story where they ingest Datura is incredible. That experience could have involved hospitals, stomach pumping and IV’s.

  • 2. Lena Shuster  |  March 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    hehe yes but it’s too late. a shamen named Hitler gave me ayahuasca before he beat my head with twigs covered in his spit.

  • 3. Tory  |  March 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

    oh boy. sounds like a ball. stay safe. keep me updated on this jungle journey that’s sort of unprecedented as far as people I know.

    sorry to hear you only volunteered at that school for a few days. i bet that’s why they’re so unfriendly sometimes-people just come and go.

    how long are you staying in south america?

    i’m scared of those big drugs they have down there and how they give them to unsuspecting bus travelers.

    as for myself, i’ll be going to the mexico city area and some cities around there with my girlfriend in june, scouting out a place to live for a year. at some point, we should be spanish pen-pals.


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