Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Iquitos, Peru's Wet Season

The wet season in the Amazon doesn't mean it rains much. It means the river is swollen to the point that now, like every wet season, the folks at Belen get around in canoes where in the dry season they walked. It is dramatic. Walking with ones best gal, it's also romantic.

When I came to Iquitos back in late July I didn't think about photos of the dry land and the river a long way off. I had to take a mototaxi a few miles to town back then when the boat docked. Now the water laps against the retaining wall a block away.

 Around Oct. I noticed the water filling in some spots closer to town.

By early Nov. it was clear the water was getting closer to the houses on the flats.

 In Dec. it was just a few feet from houses below the wall.

And in Jan. it the water was all around the houses down below.

By late Jan. the place was flooded, and the water is still rising.

It keeps on rising till April or so. And year round it all stays romantic.

Yes, even Belen is romantic in the wet season.

A gentle reminder that my book, An Occasional Walker, is available at the link here:
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