This city is an armpit. Over 2 million people huddle into this squalid (and once glorious) city in the middle of the jungle. At every street corner a scammer crouches waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting tourist. Crafty men known as touts offer Amazon tour packages at inflated prices. The art of negotiation serves as the capstone for every transaction. The streets are narrow and clogged with vendors, their carts and wares. Each morning it rains, the warm water accompanied by thunder and lightning. We are in the midst of the jungle, and it is a desperate and unpleasant place.
Last night, after surveying the situation we decided to get out of here as soon as possible. Therefore in a couple hours we will hop on a boat headed down the Amazon. The boat ride takes 36 hours and there will be no internet access. As soon as I have connectivity again I will post about our experiences. Until then, eat some vegetables for me.