A: Amazon Jungle Adventure - WHY?
One of my sensible and pragmatic daughters-in-law, on hearing my plan to cruise the Amazon River through the Peruvian jungle, looked at me bemused and said "why?"
Since heat and humidity, bugs and butterflies, moths and mosquitoes rank far below the bottom of my list of favorite things, while comfortable beds, hot showers, flush toilets and temperate insect-free environments place way over the top, I could understand her bewilderment.
Something that was so totally not me!
The other reason for my unusual travel choice came from an idea I had several years before when I was in Thailand for a few weeks working as a medical consultant for a department of the Thai Health Ministry.
The Amazon is second only to the Nile in the competition for the longest river in the world (Nile - 6690 km, Amazon - 6296). I had taken a cruise on the Nile years before when visiting Egypt and Lebanon for a conference, but had not until now visited South America, let alone sailed on the Amazon. This would be my chance.
So with conflicting emotions of excitement and trepidation, I signed up for a week-long Amazon River adventure riverboat cruise through the Amazon River Jungle in Peru, a travel program sponsored by the University of British Columbia Alumni Association.
Early in February this luxury-loving urbanite departed from a chilly, wet Vancouver to fly to Lima, the capital of Peru, from where I would travel to Iquitos, gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.