One of the highlights of a riverboat tour in the Upper Amazon was the opportunity to visit remote villages that sit beside the many rivers in the Pacaya-Samiria government reserve near Iquitos, Peru.
During daytime village visits, our small tour group from Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, off the riverboat Delfin II, seldom met any of the male residents.
“Out working,” said our guide, Juan Luis.
Daytime villagers mostly were young people, children and babies, and teenage mothers.
In Urarina, they gathered to greet us in a covered concrete meeting space in the center of the village.