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What you always wanted to know about Iquitos

Marty’s photo of the day #2592: Today’s photo certainly isn’t the prettiest one I’ve posted, but it provides the answer to a question that’s difficult to answer without local help: What do the rooftops look like in Iquitos, Peru? Luckily, Deb and I befriended a motorcar taxi driver, who took us to the parent’s house of his dead friend, and they invited us up on their rooftop to see for ourselves. Yes, when you visit a foreign country, it’s always good to make the effort to get to know the local people.

This is the poor section of Iquitos because the houses are on the bank of the Amazon River, and therefore subject to annual flooding.

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