Into the jungle
Trip Start Feb 04, 2011
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We reached Lago Agrio fine and were the first to be picked up. The bus then drove to a hotel to pick up the rest of our group. There were 10 people in the group, a Canadian couple, a Scottish couple, a Danish brother and sister, a German guy, a Dutch guy and us. The Scottish couple got on the bus with their bags all covered in mud and their clothes didn't look much better. We later found out they had had a nightmare bus journey due to the landslide
Our group had a quick lunch at the side of Cuyabeno river. Then we all got into a motorised canoe and headed down the river towards the lodge where we would be staying. Along the way we spotted some monkeys, our guide told us we were lucky because this particular type of monkey, one of the biggest in the forest, are rare to spot and he’d only seen them twice before during his time as a guide. The ride took about three hours. We arrived at the lodge, Jamu Lodge or Cabaņas Jamu - http://www.cabanasjamu.com , and went to our assigned cabins. Our cabin had a double bed and ensuite.
After some relaxation time we headed out on the river to the laguna to see the sunset. The lagoon has black water, which at night, made it feel very dark out in our little boat in the middle of the Amazon, but we had some amazing reflections of the sunset. The water is black because the leaves from the trees around and in the luguna, fall into the water and decompose, discolouring the water
Swimming in the lagoon was wonderful and refreshing. In the black water you could not see your arms or anything below you. It was like being in ink. Perhaps this was a good thing because maybe you don’t want to see what may be beneath you. We later found out there are piranhas in the water!
On the way back to the lodge we tried to spot caymans, but with no luck tonight. When we returned, we had our first candle lit dinner in the jungle with our group and the cicadas which liked to fly randomly around the table.
Our guide had told us that during the night there could be 'visitors’ to our cabin.... mice, incests, spiders, monkeys etc... "you are in the jungle, enjoy it.." he said. This was a little concerning for some people in the group. However the night came and went without any visitors. We heard birds, insects and a lot of tree movement during the night but that was it. We slept under a mosquito net and felt very small and in the middle of the unknown, but at the same time very privileged to be there.