Rio Branco

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
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Trip End Aug 27, 2013


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rio Branco

We were off to Rio Branco next, so it was to be a fair drive, but as things go, it shouldn't be too bad

We arrived in Rio Branco to find that the hostel didn’t have our booking, which was a bit of a disaster, considering the time, but Danny and Colin were out trying to find another hostel, which they did, but it wasn’t the usual hostel that we have been used to; this was definitely not a bag packers hostel

Well hey ho, we were staying here for 2 nights, but then they moved the goal posts and told Danny they had quoted for one night instead of 2, so we wouldn’t be here the two nights, just the one

Everyone made full use of what facilities they had, (hot showers, comfy chairs, free coffee, some even found an English channel on the TV

I had a long hot shower and then it was time to find out what Rio Branco had to offer, so it was a case of wandering around and just taking photos

There was a rodeo in town and some had booked seats or bought tickets to go and see the show, they all went out buying cowboy hats (I never went, sorry) but apparently it was a good night had by all (but I am a day ahead of myself now)we all left the 'posh’ hostel and moved to another more fitting of our status, but it was nice, clean, the owner a nice guy, a great TV, internet room, and they did go out of their way to make us welcome

I can’t recall all that I did in Rio Branco, but I did take  photos

It was an early start as we were off to Peru next, so it was breakfast at 6 am and on the road for 6;30

We knew this was going to be a mammoth drive, there was a lot of Km’s to cover, so we set off, and it was just the usual stops for a pee and grab a few snacks, Danny had made chicken rolls for lunch, we ate them on the move, rather than the normal hour stop for lunch

We were about 2 hours into our drive and we joined this long queue of traffic, there didn’t seem to be any reason for it, but with no other choice we joined the line, got off to stretch our legs and wander around, a couple of us went down to see what the holdup was, it was a demonstration, the locals had put a few logs across the road and were making some kind of protest, seemed rather silly, as there was no one from the government there, just Joe public and car/lorry drivers, there was a lot of flag/banner waving, and shouting, all people wanted to do was carry on with their journeys, a couple of rather pointless fights broke out, I found someone who sort of spoke English and he told me they were protesting as they got no help from the government or help, and the protest would last 2 hours (what that was supposed to achieve, beats me)

A big security truck kept pushing and pushing, and of course the protesters put their flags and bodies in the way (bloody daft) but the truck kept inching its way forward, in the end they put a log in the way, but the truck made rather short work of it and carried on inching forward, the protestors werent as brave as they thought when the truck got near them and of course they banged on the truck and shouted (as if these guards are going to take notice of them) the truck ground up the log, moved the protestors and just put its toe down and sped off this of course opened the road for the rest of the traffic and even though they tried standing in the way, it never lasted long and we were on our way again, but we had lost 2 hours

Somewhere along the trip, we caught a ferry, but I can’t remember where or when it was, but I got a couple of photos of the crossing

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We eventually got to the Brazilian/Peruvian border and getting across was a easy affair, but one of the immigration guys showed a lot of interest in all my visas, which ended up with everyone waiting for me

We had a group photo which Colin took with the entry/exit for Brazil, which he took from the Peruvian side, it didn’t look much different to me, but Spanish is the chosen language here, not that it makes any difference to me, I don’t speak either, but I still get the message or the gist of what they are on about

It was another drive to get to our bush/jungle type camp, and it was dark when we arrived and I don’t think they expected us, we got our tents and the owners started hacking grass and leaves away to let us put up our tents (no mean feat in the jungle) everyone got lost turned around and mixed up, I was surprised that some never had a torch of any kind, and were making up the tent with a light from a phone or iphone, mmm, strange

I gathered up a lot of the leaf litter and piled it under where I would be putting my tent, okay it would be like sleeping on a bag of crisps, but it would stop any twigs or branches and insects getting through the ground sheet

As it was a warm (sweaty) night I just put up the inner of my tent (last time I tried this it rained) but fortune smiled on me this night, looking through the trees, it was a cloudless night, so I had a decent night’s sleep, well until 4-5 am when the cockerel decided we had all slept enough and tried to wake the world up, there was quite a few and they all tried out doing each other

I got out of my tent, it was 5;15 and there didn’t seem much point in my staying awake, so I went back to my tent and ‘tried’ to go back to sleep, it never really worked, so when the sun came up and I could see where everything, I got up and went off for a wander, we hadn’t really moved far from the truck, but the path we had been shown made it a lot longer, there are all the usual trees you would expect to find here, but it’s all secondary bush and this is the Anaconda Lodge and we aren’t bush camping or jungle camping, we are now Botanical Garden Camping

(What is that? I can’t find the difference; we are still in a tent)

In the morning I found the truck and Danny had laid everything out ready for breakfast, I was greeted by what I thought was 2 pigs, but they turned out to be dogs, they are  Peruvian hairless dogs and look really strange,

How do you stroke a dog with no hair? (It looks like someone overdone it with the Veet or wax)

There are monkeys and birds and of course domesticated jungle fowl all over the place

The monkeys are friendly and hand tame, in fact a bit too tame, if they sit on your shoulder, you have made a friend for life and getting em off can be difficult, they wrap their tail round your neck and hang on as if their life depends on it, but it makes for some great photos

I have only seen the four of them here though; they seem to be pets of the owners, I think they were orphans and have now been ‘adopted’

Seems everyone is worn out from the travel, as I am the only one up having my breakfast with Danny

The owners of this lodge seem a bit ‘strange’ to me,he has a Thai wife who does everything around the place,  I don’t think they cater for campers very much, there is no grass, just areas covered in leaf litter and pathways that lead nowhere, there are some pretty ratty looking lodges scattered about, but look in need of a bit of a tidy up, I don’t know if they have guests here

They have a pool here which looks pretty clean, and the monkeys drink from it, but the monkeys are dirty and seem to scratch an awful lot, (having a white tee shirt and a monkey on you don’t really work well) they spend a lot of time sleeping on people and play fighting, even Lindsay (the screamer) has had one on her lap without going scatty and running about screaming

I am going into town later today, see what they have (haven’t seen anything of it yet)

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(There is no internet here or Wifi, so I don’t know when this will get posted or the pictures uploaded) but today is 2nd August and I am finding it hard to keep track of the days and where we are or supposed to be
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rossport
rossport on

sounds like a fun time mate especially the monkeys

Jim on

Thanks for the update. Del- Monkey hanging on the neck seems different, but another experience you probably would not get on a real tourist route, so a bonus.
They do their best to recover when the lodgings are not taken properly, and try hard to keep you all 'comfy', despite the little hickups - that has been a lot of help on this trip, I notice. I had worst experiences on a Thompson holiday years ago, and they never cared as much as your hosts do..
You would have thought a torch was an integral part of their pack, but some never learn, do they.

travelmonster
travelmonster on

Yep, sometimes they get 'funny' if you have too many visas - happened more than once on my last trip!!

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