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The Amatista, our boat for a week

We were driven to another nearby port, Nauta, to board our ship, the Amatista. This was to be our home for a week. It had space for 30 passengers in air-conditioned cabins on 2 levels, an air-conditioned dining room, and on the top deck an open space with a bar at one end. You could go up one level higher for a better view, and there was a library/lecture room at the end of the top deck. I missed the engine room tour so I don't know what that was like. It had two 15-passenger skiffs - one on each side - which we used to take trips up narrow inlets.

Iquitos is approximately at the head of the Amazon which is fed by two good sized rivers: Marañón and Ucayal. Our trip include time on each of the three, (I note that Google maps calls the Marañón the Amazon.) We returned to Iquitos, not Nauta.

We had two guides who were both interesting and very well informed and accompanied us everywhere. The boat crew included 2 waiters and a barman who were also musicians; entertained us every evening before dinner and the wake up calls were singing and guitar playing by them as they wandered about the boat.

Amatista

As you can see the boat looked a little like the boat in Fitzcarraldo, the fascinating fascinating movie about that was christened SS Molly Aida because of Fitzgerald's/Fitzcarraldo's obsession with opera.

We saw several other abandoned boats that suggested the boat in Fitzcarraldo to me.

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