What is it about the Iquitos, Peru you like so much? — A Reader.

There is little bull in Iquitos. Cops leave you alone. Nearly everything is legal. Everyone bribes but no a–holes. Jurassic Park is five minutes across the river. Safest town in Latin America because the people are simple and historically removed from civilization, plus there are no earth roads of escape. Can buy a house for $1500, or my room rent is $50/mo. Food is healthy, varied and plentiful. In ten thousand people I've seen two fat ones (they did stints in USA). The small ex-pat population are the best USA has to offer. There are animals everywhere in the air and underfoot. Natives deep in the jungle an hour and dollar away by boat are among the hardiest people in the world. Everyone laughs. Girl to boy ratio of 2:1. It´s a steamy place but cool by desert standards. Few clothes , and s-x is the leading spare time activity. There´s plenty of free time. A three-egg omlet is $1, soup 'n sandwich lunch $.75, and fresh fish dinner $2. Who needs to worry about making money? Myriad capitalist opportunities like my sawdust brick lab and guide service. Opportunities for esoteric study include the world's largest green pharmacy and jungle drugs like frog sweat, nunu and ayauscha. The group psyche excludes time and distance, giving someone like me a chance.





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  1. Mark Johnson on July 21, 2009 11:14 am

    Hi Bo, I enjoyed this piece. There are so many "Live like a Lord on $500 a month" pieces on Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and even Th—–d that are complete non sense. Everyone knows that the prices in the aformenetioned are the same as or close too the USA, Canada, England etc., Seems like a great place to stay for a year or a few years. It has not been overrun by gringo expats falling off the barstools at noontime. The only thing that i didn not like when reading about this is the open air animal market in Belen, where apparently all kinds of animals are sold to smugglers etc. Being a Vet what is you're opinion on this? No place is perfect though. The really low crime rate and really low cost of living mixed with great food, interesting scenery and many girls (I know Th—-d is on the forbidden list of words but has the word s-x been outlawed?) Bo can you post a few pictures of what 50 a month buys for an apt and what a 2 dollar fresh fish dinner looks like? Seems great and I am making this location a go too when i can. Best regards,

  2. manuel bravochico on July 21, 2009 3:10 pm

    Yes I'm laughing to Bo…."Everyone knows that the prices in the aforementioned are the same as or close too the USA, Canada, England etc.," … Categorically, quantifiably false with all goods and services.


  3. Randy on August 6, 2009 7:37 pm

    I'll be in Iquitos for 6 months starting Nov 09. Please send me the address of where you stayed for $50 / month.

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