Committed to promoting truth through storytelling, Jessica Yurasek regularly partners with nonprofits and social good startups. Her work has brought her to over 40 countries, including a recent river journey in Peru. Enjoy Jessica’s words and photos…

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. I set out from Iquitos, a port town in Northern Peru, for a river expedition up the Marañon into the remote jungle. River travel is contemplative, slow and steady. The great waters flow into the distance, weaving through lush green as far as the eye can see. It is from this vantage that I came to truly understand how important the Amazon rainforest is.

 

Made a few new friends on the boat

Made a few new friends on the boat

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The spirit of Iquitos can be seen in the details

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Collecting starfruit and curiously delicious camu camu at the market

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Rice, corn, fried chicken and plantains are staple foods here

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Welcomed into a village leader’s home for lunch

Before the sun sets along the river we stop in Maipuco

Before the sun sets along the river we stop in Maipuco

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The forest is thick, alive, and filled with curiosities

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Departing from Nauta to head up the great Marañon River

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The indigenous people of Cuninico

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Continuing down a small tributary

Again we set out on the river and go deeper into the jungle

Again we set out on the river and go deeper into the jungle

 

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