Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
46Trip End Jul 31, 2008
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In the jungle it is hard to see anything as it is so large and dense but it was great just to be there. The trees towered above us, some of which were many hunderds of years old. We saw enourmous fig trees which are parasitic and killed other trees by constriction, we saw trees which shed their bark like skin every 6 months, and trees which were fiecely protected my millions of fire ants
We also went fishing every day. The fish here are enormous, with the piranha reaching up to a metre long (so swimming was out of the question). My hook simply got bitten off, but Dave actaully hooked a real whooper but it escaped at the last minutes as he did not haul it up onto the shore in time. This is something the Bolivians merrily took the piss out of him for the rest of the tour, calling him Fisherman!!
Another highlight of the tour was the night trek. With our torches we walked for an hour through the jungle. This gave a new sense of perspective, with the shadows of the trees and ferns towering above us, it felt like we were going through a prehistoric jungle. There were also bats all around, flitting within milimeteres of us, and even touching us at times. Bat Fact: These were Bulldog Bats, and apparently they can eat 1200 insects a minute. We then arrived at a pond/lake where we could pick out the glowing eyes of the Caimen but when we turned our torches we couldnīt believe our eyes as hundreds of little lights gleamed in the dark like stars in a sky - apparently these were little luminescent water spiders and an occasional firefly. Magical.
We were so sorry to leave the jungle, but the trip much continue.