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Going home after fishing...

*The Amazon river is 6,470 km (4,020 miles) long and the world's mightiest river. The Amazon Basin has the longest extension of rainforest in the world and is considered a patrimony of humanity by UNESCO due to the biological diversity it contains.

In 1982, the Peruvian Government established the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with the purpose of preserving the wilderness resources and the beautiful landscapes of the area. The Reserve has an area of 8,042 square miles, which represents 1.5% of the total surface of Peru.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is located in Peru, at 180 Km. (115 miles) of Iquitos.

The name of Pacaya Samiria comes from the names of two rivers that run through it: Pacaya and Samiria. The Reserve has a great diversity of wildlife as well as aquatic life.

In Pacaya Samiria, the great extension of rainforest remains flooded most of the year.

In the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve there are 94 communities, 21 of them of the Cocama - Cocamilla ethnic group. The total population of the Reserve is 42,000 people and their main economic activities are centered around fishing, agriculture, gathering and hunting, being the first, their most important activity and main source of food. The closest towns to the Reserve are Nauta and Requena.


*Source:
http://www.pacayasamiria.com.pe/pacaya.htm

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