Instagrameando Pucallpa

Pucallpa en el mapa del Perú.

Pucallpa en el mapa del Perú.

Hace unas semanas viajé a Pucallpa por unos días y luego hice una selección de fotos para la cuenta en Instagram de Global Voices, que no va tanto por el lado informativo si no funciona más como un espacio para que los miembros de la comunidad de Global Voices publiquen imágenes de sus lugares favoritos, sea de donde viven o adonde viajan.

Y bueno, antes que sea demasiado laborioso acceder a las fotos desde la cuenta, pues ya van quedando atrás con tanta nueva foto que se va publicando, las copio acá para poder tenerlas a mano. Ya ustedes dirán que tal me quedaron. Salvo un par, todas son fotos tomadas con celular, por si acaso. Ah las descripciones están en inglés, sabrán disculpar.

Iniciamos

Why we travel? there are lots of reasons. Mine is because I bore. I spend most of my days seated in front of a computer, so every two or three months I need to break the routine and see the world without the intermediation of a screen. Bad news are that to keep record of those travels I need the help of the cellphone’s screen. Some vices are hard to leave. I’m Juan Arellano @cyberjuan, GV Lingua Spanish Editor and invite you to come with me in my next travel. #dayinthelifeofgv #instagv #travels #traveler #travelphotography #viajes #airport #destination #peru #southamerica #blogger

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Volando

It is not because I am peruvian but my country has a lot of magnificient destinations. From all of them the Amazonia is my favourite one. It is not only its wonderful landscapes and perfect weather, it is its people’s warmth too, but overall, it is the enormous biodiversity that this land encloses. So here I am, just minutes from landing again in the Amazon jungle. Doesn’t it look great? #travel #viaje #peru #amazonia #ucayali #river #rio #jungle #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #igerspucallpa #greatdestinations #amazonjungle

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En tierra

Every amazon city, town or little village is near a river, not only for a food theme -fish is a very important part of the local’s diet, but for a communications theme, rivers are the veins in the amazon life system. Before we have highways and planes we had rivers, even now there are some towns that can only be reached by boat. So ports keep being a very important part of an amazon city, with boats and big ships offering their different services, like this “Llevo-llevo” used to cross to the opossite river bank or to reach close destinations. #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #rio #ucayali #river #pucallpa #puerto #port #boat #pequepeque #llevollevo #igerspucallpa #travel #amazonia #amazonjungle

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Like any other city, Pucallpa has its own share of street vendors. This particular lady went on selling “Cachangas” (Oreja de chancho / pig’s ear), a kind of pastry very popular among peruvians. #amazonjungle #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #streetvendor #streetphoto #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #cachanga #dustystreets #viajes

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The diversity of ethnic groups originating in the Ucayali region is represented in the beautiful decoration of the columns of the municipal palace in the city of Pucallpa. Among the best-known ethnic groups include the Shipibo-Conibo, the Ashaninka, the Yines, the Culinas and the Kakataibo or Cashibo. Many members of the various communities of these ethnic groups live in the city while others live in communities along the banks of rivers. #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #ucayali #pucallpa #igerspucallpa #travel #amazonia #amazonjungle #tribes #etnias #shipibo #ethnic #ethnicdesign

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There are different ways of fishing, and these young men look happy of having almost half body inside the river’s waters to get some fishes for supper. #instagv #ucayali #pucallpa #fisherman #river #rio #follow #ethnic #instagramer #instagood #dayinthelifeofgv #instadaily #instamood

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Haven’t had enough of outrageous animal print cars? Well, let me introduce you the animal print mototaxi. More similar to an auto rickshaw than to a motorcycle taxi, the peruvian mototaxi was born in the amazon jungle more than 30 years ago, and do not intend to go yet. This particular animal print resembles the Otorongo, the local jaguar, the largest feline in the Americas. The plastic cover of the mototaxi is, in this case, provided by a local beer brand as marketing. Let’s roar! #instagv #ucayali #pucallpa #follow #instagramer #instagood #dayinthelifeofgv #instadaily #instamood #amazonia #Peru #Otorongo #Jaguar #Mototaxi #motocarro #rickshaw #tuktuk #animalprint #cerveza #sanjuan #beer #igerspucallpa

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Walking down the hot streets of Pucallpa we found this mural that says “I want culture”. Art exhibitions, theater, dance, non-commercial music and films, even books are scarce goods in the city. Through this mural and others scattered in different streets, a group of young people expresses its request for more culture. Will they be heard by the authorities? #instagv #ucayali #pucallpa #follow #instagramer #instagood #dayinthelifeofgv #instadaily #instamood #amazonia #Peru #igerspucallpa #asaltocultural #quierocultura #cultura #culture #mural #graffiti #grafitti #streetart #urbanart #artecallejero #arteurbano #shaquito

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Otro dia

A new day begins in Pucallpa and we go to the market to have breakfast, and the keyword now is Ponche. This beverage is a kind of Eggnog, it is made with raw eggs blended for a long time, then milk and sugar are added and is finally served with dark beer. And this ladies from the Market Number 2 really know how to make it! #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #Food #charapa #peruvianfood #market #ponche #rico #yummy #Breakfast #blackbeer #cusqueña #travelfood #eggnog #travelpics #tourism #tbt #blender

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Strolling through Pucallpa’s market we found this dried fish stall. The rolls you see are large strips of Paiche or Pirarucú, the world’s second largest freshwater fish. Because this fish is an important part of the amazon jungle cuisine, it has been overxploited and there is a ban for its fishing, but despite that it is possible to find it the whole year in markets and restaurants because it is farm raised too. #paiche #pirarucú #arapaima #fish #driedfish #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #Food #charapa #peruvianfood #market #mercado #rico #yummy #travelfood #travelpics #tourism

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When we were leaving Pucallpa’s market we find this Shipibo woman selling her products to the people at a food stall. The Shipibo usually walk around the commercial parts of the city offering their handcrafts. And despite their costumes, and her non western shape, when they are not selling they usually sit round there, get their cell phone from their clothes and start talking to their family. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #charapa #market #mercado #travelpics #tourism #Shipibo #indigenous #peruvianpeople #vendor #handcrafts

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¡El zoo!

When entering “Natural Park”, Pucallpa local zoo, you can see large logs of seized illegal timber. One would think that when the authorities confiscate wood, then this wood is adjudicated to other government agencies that can benefit from it or it is donated for social good works, but it is not. It is “stored” in these outdoor environments and over time it rots. I understand that there must be legal considerations for this, but it seems like a major oversight of the competent authorities to leave the wood ruin like this. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #ParqueNatural #Zoo #madera #timber #wood

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Meet the charapas. This kind of turtle is found in the whole Amazon basin, and was once counted by millions, but the indiscriminate hunting and harvesting of their eggs has led it to be considered a Least Concern species. In colloquial speech charapa is also used to refer to people born in the Peruvian jungle, but may be offensive call them like that, so please don’t do it. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #ParqueNatural #Zoo #tortuga #charapa #endangeredspecies #animals #reptilesofinstagram #quelonios

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I ‘ve been a fan of ants since I was a kid, and I still stop to watch them wherever I find them, and that, in the Amazon, can be anywhere. This special kind of ants locally known as curuhuinsi, are the leafcutter, or Atta. And as seen in the video, we’ll always find them carrying bits of leaves to their nest or colony, which can be hundreds of meters away. This colonies may be compounded by one million ants each. In their colonies these ants cultivate a fungus based on the leaves, the fungus is the food of ants. And the fungus depends on ants to reproduce itself since it ain’t capable to produce spores. So next time you cross paths with these ants think twice before stepping on them. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #ParqueNatural #Zoo #animals #insects #ants #atta #leafcutter #curuhuinsi #insectsofinstagram #instacool #video

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Undoubtedly internet is the preferred place for kittens, and by extension for the big cats. So, let me introduce you not one but two big cats. The jaguar and the black panther. Actually both are the same species, there is only a slight variation of melanin in both specimens. The jaguar is locally known as Otorongo. In Peru, politicians are satirically known as Otorongos because like jaguars, politicians sleep a lot and eat even more. But unlike the politicians real otorongos are much nicer to see. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #ParqueNatural #Zoo #animals #pantera #jaguar #bigcat #bigcats #blackpanther #panther #bigcatsofinstagram #instacool

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Paseando

If there is a tree that can be called the king of the Amazon rainforest is the Lupuna. This tree often reaches 70 meters high and about 3 meters in diameter. Normally his figure stands out from the tree canopy of the rainforest, but it is increasingly difficult to find because it is subject to intensive logging. That’s why this particular lupuna has deserved a park for its own in Pucallpa. In fact it is the only lupuna left in several kilometers around. Indigenous peoples believe that in the belly of the tree lives the forest’s mother or spirit of the forest. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #instacool #amazonjungle #park #Lupuna #Ceibapentandra #arbol #tree #treesofinstagram #Kapok #Ceiba

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The first time I went to Pucallpa, more than 20 years ago, many of the now paved roads were like the one seen in the photo, from that land of a characteristic red color. In fact the word Pucallpa comes from the Quechua Puka-allpa, which means red earth. Shipibos call it May Ushin which also means red earth. Now, with the growth and modernization of the city this colorful land can only be seen in the suburbs and surrounding areas, but it remains the foundation on which Pucallpa is built. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #instacool #amazonjungle #mayushin #tierracolorada #campoverde #instamood

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Seeing someone strictly black dressed with long sleeves and almost no exposed skin is very rare in Pucallpa and the Amazon jungle in general, where temperatures easily exceed 35 degrees Celsius. So when I saw these people round the port area I could not help but photograph them. Then I saw more of them in downtown. When I had the opportunity to ask a local about them I found out that it was the Mennonites. It turns out that in a fairly remote Ucayali Jungle area there is a Mennonite colony, Vanderland, which has been established for less than year. Religion does not occupy a place in my mind, so it is a bit difficult for me to empathize with people that has religion in a prominent place in their lives, but at the same time all the religious theme fascinates me from other points of view. I was told these Mennonites, from Dutch and German origin, mainly come from a large Bolivian colony. It is estimated that there are about 270,000 Mennonites in South America. When local media interviewed them they said they want to live in Peru but ask the government to respect their customs. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #instacool #amazonjungle #instamood #menonitas #mennonites #religion #christians #colony

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Many families in Pucallpa and the peruvian Amazon region in general have the habit of opening their doors or windows and put a few little things for sale, in a way to help level the family budget. Sometimes it’s fruit, sandwiches or sodas. In the mornings you can also find a blender, so you know that there they can prepare you a juice, in the evenings it can be visible a grill, then you know you can ask for a grilled chicken or fish. To me it was like a good way to meet the next door girls. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #Food #charapa #peruvianfood #rico #yummy #travelfood #travelpics #tourism #fruit #fruta #platano #maduro #banana #papaya #ventana #window

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In the Amazon people often have jungle animals as pets. It isn´t hard to find houses with parrots, parakeets, turtles, lizards, sloths, agoutis and of course monkeys. Walking round there we found this girl in a motorcar with his brother and a little monkey. When we first saw the monkey he was cradled in the neck of the child, but when he saw us assumed a position of defense without being aggressive. Despite how fun they can be, these animals are still wild animals, besides many of them are endangered species, so please do not try to take them out from their natural habitat. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #animals #instacool #monkey #child #niña #mono #pet #onthestreet

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Voluntariado

A day before saying goodbye to Pucallpa we had a volunteer activity with the NGO “Alianza Arkana” working in Pucallpa to build capacities and improve the living standards of the Shipibo communities. It was not one but three workshops that we conducted that day, focused on internal knowledge of the organization, the uses of social media by them and their allies on the ground, and finally a social mapping for which we had the presence of some local activists. It was a very intense day in which we all learned from each and were very pleased. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #charapa #travelpics #tourism #volunteering #volunteers #volunteer #workshop #socialmedia #socialmapping #AlianzaArkana #CasaAmetra #voluntariado #talleres #mapeosocial #mediossociales #dofa

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After a successful but tiring day, we went to relax to Yarinacocha, a lagoon near the city of Pucallpa. It is a very touristic place and quite visited. Unfortunately, its port is in the midst of renovations, but we rented a boat and took a small tour of observation of local wildlife, especially birds. Then, with time being propitious, we stayed to watch the sunset. Don’t envy us. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #sunset #atardecer #charapa #instasunset #instamood #Yarinacocha #laguna #lagoon #amazonjungle #sunsets #sunsetsofinstagram #today

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Finalmente

Before leaving please let me introduce you to The Ronsoco Azul, or the Blue Capybara. Capybaras are peaceful animals that were the inspiration for my pucalpean friend Carlos Cavero @carlos1cd to create the Blue Capybara webcomic, based on the adventures of a Capybara and his Amazonian friends. The environmental issue is one of the topics that moves the Capybara, as seen in this comic strip translated into English: https://www.facebook.com/ronsocaturas/photos/a.218250844863532.65880.161044223917528/1089429927745615/?type=3 In fact the picture accompanying us, where you can see a worried Capybara, is titled “How many more times?” referring to frequent oil spills polluting the Amazon. More on that in this Global Voices post: https://globalvoices.org/2016/02/23/residents-of-the-peruvian-amazon-denounce-oil-spills-contaminating-local-rivers/ Let us know if you want more from the Blue Capybara in English! And well, thanks for your attention this week, if you want to keep seeing stunning images from Peru, please feel free to follow me at @cyberjuan, now, goodbye! but stay tuned because my friend @cnevint will be taking over next. #amazonia #travel #igerspucallpa #pucallpa #ucayali #peru #instagv #dayinthelifeofgv #viajes #travelpics #tourism #charapa #instamood #amazonjungle #today #RonsocoAzul #comic #comicart #webcomic #comicstrip #Carpincho #capincho #capibara #Ronsoco #Chigüiro #chigüire #piropiro

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Los que conozcan Pucallpa se darán cuenta que no hay fotos de muchos de los lugares emblemáticos de la ciudad. Mi criterio al seleccionar las fotos fue encontrar las que daban pie a contar algo interesante y no tan al estilo travel-blogger, y obviamente dirigido a un público foráneo. Pero no se preocupen, si quieren más fotos de Pucallpa y alrededores aún estoy posteándolas en mi cuenta personal. ¡Síganme! Y si quieren ver algo de la gastronomía pucallpina chequeen mis fotos de comidas en Footspotting. También algunos videos en Vine y YouTube.

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