After a day and a half without any sleep we arrived in Iquitos Monday morning. Trying to sleep at the Airport was kinda un fruitful, our layover in Lima was only 5 hours, that’s not enough time to run into the city get a hotel and return, so we elected to just hang out and wait for our next flight. Everyone had their own little place to curl up and try to sleep but it just doesn’t work well.
We did have a little excitement getting through customs, every bag with medical supplies got red lighted. That meant that we received a physical inspection. I’m not sure why they let us through without duties, both the ladies working the counter weren’t too happy about us not declaring the bags of supplies we had; maybe it was our ONG, maybe our promises to be better the next time or our plea for the people of the jungle, but the head inspector just shook her head and said “You can go, just next time declare your stuff first.”
The flight to Iquitos was OK, we just had the oldest 737-200 still in the air, The two flight attendents had to put a little shoulder into it to get the door shut. Our original plan was to head straight to Nauta and be in Santa Rita Monday evening but we had some issues getting a permit to enter the National Reserve. Lucho was able to get the permit in hand buy mid-day, we thankfully used the day to rest instead.
Oh yeah, we also had to change doctors at the last minute, the original Doctor broke his leg.
Tuesday at 8am we will take all of our gear plus the doctor, and our staff to Nauta, get on the boat and be in Santa Rita around 4pm. If this post is a bit funny sounding its because I need to sleeeeeep.. So see ya and keep praying. Two more things, I’m still struggling with the Sat-Phone, it now connects but locks up my computer, some kinda conflict…I still think I will get it to work but don’t worry if we lose contact…..and we all are doing great! The group is doing well and I think I can say for each one of us that we are fitting together really great!
See ya soon…Tom