Travel professional and daughter of mine, Suzanne Meyers, recently returned from a trip with AquaExpeditions on the Amazon in Peru. Here are some of her observations:
During a recent trip aboard M/V Aria in the Peruvian Amazon, our group made a visit to a local village where we were greeted by a large group of eager children. They were ecstatic to see us and hopeful that we had gifts in tow. The village is one of about 20 in the area that Aqua Expeditions supports and visits on a regular basis.
A rare opportunity occurred. The village shaman was present when we visited and agreed to teach us about the properties of various medicinal plants (he spent 10 years in the Amazonian rain forest in order to become an official shaman). I lucked out and was given a spiritual cleanse!
Story and photos courtesy of Carole Terwilliger Meyers
About Carole: Carole Is a freelance travel writer and the author of 17 books, including MILES OF SMILES: 101 GREAT CAR GAMES & ACTIVITIES and WEEKEND ADVENTURES IN SAN FRANCISCO & NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. She is the founding publisher of Carousel Press and the editor of DREAM SLEEPS: CASTLE & PALACE HOTELS OF EUROPE. You can visit her blog at: http://www.travelswithcarole.blogspot.com/.