Coca (Puerto Francisco de Orellana)
… named for Francisco Orellana who explored the confluence of the Coca River and the Napo River. It is believed that he set sail from the current location of the town eventually making his way into the Amazon River seeing the “Amazon” or tribes in which the women also fought. Eventually Francisco de Orellana made it to the Atlantic. He made a second expedition leaving but died on the Amazon delta unable to find a way through.
It looks like this. A very favorable shot. It’s rough
It’s a port of small boats, mainly servicing downstream towns and villages as far away as Iquitos, Peru. I even saw one boat marked with Manaus, Brazil, which may be a two-week journey across the continent.
There’s no tourist trade in the streets so it makes for an interesting walk. You can see fisherman with nets on the river everywhere, so naturally the fish market is fun.
This look like a bit like Parana, but actually it’s Pacu
Tilapia, which is a basic you eat the whole time in Latin America
Tilapia for lunch
A lady selling oils, bloods and extracts
Even oil from boa constrictors
It’s sometimes more like this
Getting my gringo flipflops repaired
Later, out to find dinner. The walk from the hotel
Past this corner
Up this street
To Las Delicias! The best restaurant in town, our hotel told us. Good but not so good ceviche. Peru apparently is the best at that.