Amazonia Hostel 5th August

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


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Monday, August 5, 2013

Amazonia Hostel 5th August

We left the anaconda lodge and I thought we would be having a bit of a walk, but it turned out, all we did was next door, and it was from here we would be leaving the truck and getting a minibus to our new hostel, it's a 45 minute bus ride, then an hour boat ride, and they provided lunch and a snack for us

We went on a different river this time, but not sure of the name of it

We arrived at our new hostel, climbed up from the boat, all the way up these step (better than yesterdays steps) along a path, and we saw our hostel, it would be better calling it a lodge, and we were greeted with a cool drink, a cool cloth and a comfy chair, it really blew everyone away, none had stayed at a place like this on any overland trip, anywhere

We had our introduction meeting and were told about the events and things we could/would be doing, then we were shown our rooms

WOW, they were great; all I can say is look at the photos

I tried out the shower, HOT and cold water, no bugs to share it with, they provided the towels, soap, and if wanted a razor, we have been spoilt (I would really like to know who I have to thank for this)

We never had anything like this on UKtoOz

We had plenty of cool drinks, coffee and then went off on a nature walk around the grounds (they called it the jungle) but it had a cycle track along most of it

They had a 37 meter tower for seeing what is around and taking photos of the sunset,

We did find these bullet ants that are reputed to give a nasty sting, no one tried it to see if it was true though, we also saw leaf cutter ants on the track as well, then a surprise we heard the red howler monkey, but they were just too far and well camouflaged to get a photo, but there was a whole troupe going through the trees

Well, its dinner time soon, so I’ll see what happens next here

(but its an 'ecological’ lodge they have limited power, limited internet, but everything has to be bought in by boat, food water, staff, even the very stuff they used to build it, but they are trying to save the planet by saving power, so we have no points in our room, but they use palm oil lamps, they have hot water, but no solar power, it does seem a bit of a mish mash

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Our rooms are really nice, a double and a single bed with mozzie screens, they even come round and put them down for you, the shower isn’t bad either, but the hot water does run out, I grabbed the double bed, Mario had to make do with a single

Our dinner was served at 7 pm, and it was pretty good, you could have 3 or 4 courses, I just stuck with the 3, after that it was an update on our activities in the morning, we would be up at 4 am and breakfast at 4;30, and on the trail at 5 am

Danny had 2 ticks removed from his leg, I had one, and (mine bled for ages, so I put some DEET on it)

We went down the trail for our boat, we were going to the lake, see what birds they had around and a bit of piranha fishing, we could only catch one (unlike Brazil where we could catch all we liked) it was catch and release, we left it to those who hadn’t caught a piranha before, there was a lot of squeals when they did catch one

After that we went to see the ‘clay lick’ this is a mud wall where the macaws go to get various minerals they can’t get from fruit and aids with their digestion, there was a hide there, but only the one macaw in sight, but at least it was a wild one and seemed to be on its own, they are normally in pairs’, so he might have been there in the hopes of finding a mate, but as he/she was the only one around, he/she was unlucky

We returned later and there were loads of them, all socialising, making a row and just being colourful, it was great watching them

There are no end of colourful flies and insects here (just trying to get them still long enough to take a photo is hard work, but I have managed to get a few

The leaf cutter ants were good to watch, like little sailing boats go by,(there are lots of nests of them around here) we saw this ‘bullet’ ant again, it was a good of an inch long, he just wandered around though, he can give you a sting that can cause a lot of pain for 24 hours, its sting is 5% of that of a cobra, so a good thing to avoid, I could see someone having a nest of these for pets at home, daft but true

We saw a ‘blind’ snake as well, it looked like a very long millipede until I got closer to it, it was just making its way up the path, and it’s about 18 inches long, and didn’t look dangerous, but apparently they are

After that we had some free time to either have a nap or just wander about, I chose the latter and went round the gardens, there are lots of different lizards all running about, I even saw this big rodent thing run past me

There are no end of colourful flies and insects here (just trying to get them still long enough to take a photo is hard work, but I have managed to get a few)

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It was another early start we were going back to the clay lick, the other green parrots were  coming at this time, they must take it in turns there, I am really going to find out the names of these ones we saw, there were so many species there,

We set off back to our lodge and on the way, we found a monkey on a lodge, just sitting there, it looked really cute and didn’t disappear like some have at the sight of us (that is the problem with a large group)

We went off to see a mammal lick, (same stuff, just a different wall) but we were either too early or too late as there was nothing there

This was our last outing here, we shall be packing up and leaving in the morning, and it will be back to tents, bush camps and truck food, but this has been a really great place and a really nice break from our usual things, I really would like to thank whoever it was at Oasis for this break and getting us in this lodge (said it before, will say it again, this was a pipe dream on the UKtoOz trip)

(I will do a write up about this camp/lodge when we leave here,)

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Well this is it until we get to our next encampment, where ever that maybe, but this lodge and photos will be never forgotten, I can only hope the internet will get better so I can post my blog and photos
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Comments

Bob Cowan on

Good digs , looks like you having a brill time , like the pics
Bo.

Jim on

Great surprise, this stop! Looks as good as you can get, but top notch on this sort of trip. The organisers did well there. Like the Parrots, but those ants.......the bullet ants need to be avoided, I would certainly agree.
Bonus time , mate-
Thanks for the update

Martin Wild on

Pipe dream it would have been Derek, great pics by the way

Anne on

Well they have done you all great what a room
The photos are lovly those ants i bet if they bite you it would be very painful ,
And the grounds of the hostel well what can i say they have done you pround

DARYL on

Now thats a proper place to stay . They did well to find that place. Great pics
Those ants sound scary....Make,sure Rodney is safe.....

Peggy on

It was an amazing stop. Really first class.

rossport
rossport on

Looks awesome mate and good to see you found some good bird shots to get and the ants would of been interesting the Bullet ant looks a bit like our Bull ant you certainly know you have been bitten by one of them. The UktoOZ was not like this maybe they need to take a lesson from these people.

travelmonster
travelmonster on

Sounds like a wonderful place and a great break for everyone.

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