From the Andes to the Amazon
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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After a bit of a search along Computer Street (which seemed to sell mainly mobile phones) we found a relatively cheap disc drive so figured that was the way we had to go and then bought some dvd’s
It wasn’t long before we were due at the airport but we were both starving so we went to a lovely little cafe and ordered steak it was so cheap. The meal was amazing – very, very rare (almost too rare) with the most fantastic pepper sauce – it felt as though we were back in Argentina. We arrived at the airport and checked everything in along with a 2 litre bottle of Cuba Libre in our hand luggage. It would seem that the 100ml rule doesn’t apply in the jungle. There were 18 people on our flight (that was the plane full) and there was no door on the cock-pit so we had a great view of the pilots and the runway in front
We touched down and the airport came in to view, it was just like a detached house. The heat hit us as we left the plane and our bags followed us which we collected from a small room – no baggage belt here. A woman called our names and we expected her to be from the hostel but after a but of investigation it turned out that she was from Indigena and wanted us to go to her office to check in ready for the tour tomorrow. We took a car in to town along with 3 other girls (one ended up sitting on her friends knee in the back as the car wasn’t big enough for us all) which cost 6 Bolivianos each (60p) and organised the next day. We could only bring a small bag each with what we needed and we had to be at the office for 8.45am. We tried to arrange a jungle tour straight after the Pampas trip but with so many options and operators we decided to leave it until we came back – lets see if we survive that first. Luckily our hostel was just around the corner so as everyone else in our group had decided to stay there too we all made off in that direction dodging the many scooters en route and the open drains
Hostel Toucanes de los Rurre was basic but we had a private bathroom with shower which was tepid but we really didn’t want it any hotter (a miracle for me) we had a fan too which was much appreciated. As we had been given a voucher by Amaszonas for a complimentary drink at Mosquitto Bar (hating the mention of the M world) and it was happy hour we tracked down the bar and enjoyed our free drink, a delicious Caiprinha, along with some garlic bread to share – anything to put off those nasty mosquito’s. Not a mosquito to be found in the Mosquitto bar though which was great so we stayed for a couple more beers before we headed to bed to mentally prepare ourselves for tomorrow.