Amazon cruises

by Carlos Bafile

From Iquitos in Peru to Macapa in Brazil in twelve days of cruising. But no comfortable cabins, spas, swimming pools, playgrounds or romantic dinners on board: in Amazonia you travel among various kind of boxes and packs, sleeping in the hammocks, looking at the landscape that slowly flows around

Amazon cruises

Photography by Carlos Bafile
Story edited by Alessio Chiodi

From Iquitos in Peru to Macapa in Brazil in twelve days of cruising. But no comfortable cabins, spas, swimming pools, playgrounds or romantic dinners on board: in Amazonia you travel among various kind of boxes and packs, sleeping in the hammocks, looking at the landscape that slowly flows around

Carlos Bafile tells his photographic experience on board one of the many boats that cross the Amazon River, a water basin of almost seven thousand kilometers that wets three countries: Colombia, Peru and Brazil. A fragile ecosystem that supplies hundreds of villages along its tangle under the trees of the rainforest. Bafile tells how difficult is to embark along the Amazonas river. There are no comforts. You eat in the small spaces allowed, the brands are close to each other making forget any desire for privacy. You take a shower on the pier, outdoors. Time flows slowly. There are those who pass by playing cards, those listening to music curled up in a corner. It feeds on what the river gives, someone cooks on the pier on barbecues, others feed on rice and beans. In addition, the boats are not born for the transport of people, but of goods, so even the spaces are not designed for tourists. When the weather is mild, the cruise flows easily, but there are not a few storms. Also the controls along the river artery are many. At least three, says the photographer, during the crossing. Questions, document checks, normal border routines. The journey is interspersed with several stages. The boats dock in the small villages along the river and groups of people give change. Some people go up and some get off. However, it should not be forgotten that the Amazon also represents a business opportunity. There are more and more tourist and travel companies that offer navigations along the river and also with comfortable and luxurious transports. An intensive exploitation of a fragile ecosystem that is increasingly targeted by market needs


AUTHOR
Carlos Bafile - carlosbafile.com
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: 35mm and 50mm

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