Rooted in the Amazon

The Amazon Jungle

Claverito Belén, 1902
Port of Belén, 1902
Peru Cultural Association
Britanica (2017)
Photo: Manuel Rodriguez Lira



Three Communities  
  The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse and environmentally important ecosystems in the world. It is also home to 34 million people including 51 Indigenous groups. People in the jungle have adapted their architecture, agriculture and community structures to live in and along the river floodplains for thousands of years.

Rapid jungle-to-city migration has caused significant urban development struggles in the jungle city of Iquitos. Limited space draws migrants to the familiar floodplains at the edges of the city. Building on traditional knowledge of their ancestors, an estimated 120,000 people live within the dynamic urban river floodplain that rises up to 5 meters (16 feet).

This project examines life and landscape within two communities on the floodplain - Claverito (a primarily floating community) and Bajo Belén (a primarily stilted community) - and a government-sponsored relocation community in the highlands - Nuevo Belén.

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