One of the first excursions we took outside of the Cumacebe Lodge was a boat trip to the tiny village of Sinchicuy. This place is accessible only by taking a boat along the Amazon, about 22 miles (35 km) from Iquitos.
Outside this small village were a group of native Indians, called Yaguas. They are an indigenous people living in northeastern Peru, though this small tribe had immigrated from Chile. The word “yagua” in Spanish means “royal palm,” which may refer to the clothing they wear which is made of palm fiber. The Yagua have their own language, though they also speak Spanish, and the children attend the Sinchicuy primary and secondary schools. By law, children must attend school until at least age 12.
The men use a punaca (a blowgun) to hunt animals for food.
I’m a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I’m exploring the world and you can come too!