Life Goes On…

#84 Apocalypse

Iquitos is one of the strongest standing city's in existence. Located in the heart of the Amazon jungle, the largest city in the world unreachable by road yet untouchable in spirit. This unsuspecting village continues to flourish regardless of its environmental stance. Somehow, enough supplies manage to land here to fuel 500,000 residents through their annual struggle for survival. Every year, the town floods - destroying homes, wiping out businesses, creating mass epidemics and basically running the city into the river. But you'd never know it. Completely naive and unaware to this ongoing devastation, we cruised into town only to notice every structure was drowning, just bobbing out of the water enough to keep its breath. Thinking this was the 'budget Venice,' it wasn't until we caught the headline 'Child taken from living room by Anaconda' that we realised this was something bigger. Next we heard of the Cholera outbreak that had come as a result of the rats dying in the water all the locals were dragging their feet through, drinking from and bathing in. One would imagine that in a place stricken by such grief, the tragedy would be apparent. But no, not Iquitos. Hotels turn into floating hotels, shops simply move their stock onto higher shelves, planks of wood are laid down as foot paths and anyone with a canoe flourishes. Whatever disasters or challenges float by, Iquitos manages to overcome and even prosper - proving the world out here is indestructible.