puerto maldonado is a lovable little city in the south-eastern jungle of peru, located at the rivers madre de dios and tambopata near bolivia and manu national park. its climate is humid and warm, its biodiversity is magnitude. i instantly felt in the right place (refer to this poem). of course, i had to capture its beauty and medicinal plants in photos.
camera: lumix g2 (panasonic dmc-g2)
doesn’t mother earth sometimes create weird things?
the famous coca plant, life to the andean people.
the famous ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi), though this one is still too young to be used. once the liana has thickened up a lot, it is harvested and cooked with …
… chakruna (Psychotria viridis) for several hours in a ritual setting. the mao inhibitors in chakruna will activate the dmt contained in the ayahuasca vine in the consumer’s stomach, sending them on a powerful journey through their subconcious.
look at those awesome pineapples.
this giant lupuna tree has grown to be a wise being full of energy through its long life of over 500 years.
cute monking enjoying a banana.
let me introduce you to pepe.
isn’t this tarantula cute?? (not…)
weird jungle fruit whose seeds turn into jelly and water that tastes like coconut water, once ripe. the pulp taste like a mix of lucuma and almonds. delicious!