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Riverboats of the Amazon Rainforest, Preservation and Conservation, Peru

By November 22, 2016 March 8th, 2019 Amazon Rainforest

img_5848In a few days, we will board our riverboat to explore deeper into the remote tributaries of the Amazon Rainforest basin.  Today,  I take this photograph of a riverboat while we explore the largest city of the Peruvian Amazon by bus and foot.  Our guide, who will accompany us on the riverboat cruise, is in his fifties. He tells us his mother convinced him to learn English when he was a school boy because tourism would become an important source of jobs to raise awareness about conserving the rainforest–and because it gave him an incentive to avoid the drugs that were being peddled to the youth of Iquitos.  Today, the Amazon River is still the major water route for drug runners from Columbia and Ecuador to the Atlantic Ocean.  But good jobs, including ecotourism, give today’s young people an incentive to avoid the temptation of drugs and addiction, too.  We will meet many hardworking young people, with a variety of talents and skills, when we cruise the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on our riverboat.  With this global photo story, I salute mothers with the foresight to encourage their children to learn the skills that will benefit the best jobs of tomorrow.