Canadian father and son safely home after Amazon adventure

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A Canadian father and son are safely home after an epic, Indiana Jones-style journey from the heart of Peru’s Amazon basin to quarantine in a North Vancouver AirBnB.

Alexander Boldizar and his son Samson, 14, landed in Canada Friday after first flying on an American evacuation flight from Iquitos, Peru to Miami.

Alexander (Alex) Boldizar (right) and his son Samson look out a window of their North Vancouver home on March 30, 2020, for Ottawa Citizen and National Post. Credit: Mike Bell/PNG
Alexander (Alex) Boldizar (right) and his son Samson, Vancouver, March 30, 2020 Topher Seguin/Mike Bell/PNG

“It was a huge relief to be back home. The fear was being locked out of our own country,” said Boldizar, 48.

“To be honest, I was in planning mode the whole time, so I didn’t have much time to think about it. But I did have that ‘Thank God’ feeling when my cellphone service flipped and I realized we were over Canadian airspace.”

The pair had been caught on a river journey into the jungle when Peru unexpectedly imposed martial law because of the coronavirus outbreak. Suddenly they found themselves trapped in an isolated village, among a hostile population that thought foreigners were carrying the virus.