All photos by Scott Sporleder
In early March, I set sail solo traveling in South America, a continent that has always promised me so much in terms of culture and landscape and has never once failed to deliver. During my trip, I was lucky to be offered the opportunity of helping a friend photograph and film in the Peruvian Amazon.
No words can describe the feeling I had when I first stepped on board the Aqua Expeditions boat in Iquitos, knowing I was about to be part of a 7-night trip cruise. The impeccable quality of service and professionalism of the staff made for the most luxurious trip I have ever had — and probably will ever have the chance of experiencing. The wall of humidity that hits you as you set out on daily river excursions is just one of many things that remind you of the exclusive comfort that the boat offers its guests.
When I reflect back on my impressions, some of my favorite moments were spent capturing the sounds of the wildlife, when the motorboat engines were cut and voices silenced. There was also a particular moment when I remember eating my breakfast and looking out across the Amazon to see four pink dolphins swimming alongside us. Finally, my visit to see an Amazonian shanty town — an entire community built on stilts — was an experience that I will never forget and a way of life that really shocked but inspired me. Whenever I travel, I always try to ask myself whether I could live in the places I discover and this is one that I was in two minds over – it’s beautiful and simplistic, but at the same time somewhat claustrophobic.