Snakes, pink dolphins and alligators!

Trip Start Nov 07, 2005
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Trip End Apr 29, 2006


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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

After another brief interlude in La Paz and a slightly delayed and very turbulent flight, completed by the bumpiest landing ever (although we were basically landing in a field) we made it to Rurre, the main place for Pampas and Jungle trekking. Getting off the plane was like entering a sauna, the heat just hits you. Had decided to go with Fluvial Tours as our guide for the Chorro trail best friend (aptly named Jungle Jon) worked there and he had highly recommended them (plus shown us endless photos!!!). When we arrived we found Fluvial close but recognized the guy sitting outside as "Jungle Jon", I think he was a bit freaked out by two complete strangers running after him shouting his name, but once weŽd shown him photos of his friend in La Paz he helped us find a hostel, and took us down the bar to discuss getting on a tour the next day. Visited the infamous Mosquito bar and booked onto a 3 day Pampas followed by 3 day Jungle tour - just what we wanted!
So got up early the next day, and met the rest of group before heading off on a 3 hour jeep tour to the Pampas, managed to see a Boa and an Emu before we even got to our destination (Boa was wild, emu a pet in the lunch restaurant). Then loaded the boat and went for 2 hours down river to camp - the boat ride was gorgeous and got to see hundreds of turtles, birds and even a few pink dolphins! After tea had a ride to sunset bar to watch sunset with a cool beer before heading off for alligator hunting - felt like a proper explorer!!!!
Day two consisted of wading for forty minutes through swamp marsh land where the water was waiste high, Anaconda hunting. I was under the impression weŽd be doing this in a boat, but no we were actually wading in the snake water!!!! However we were assured that due to it being wet season there werenŽt too many!!! Waded over to an island with out a snake incident, but did manage to see a cobra and an Anaconda (up in a tree) on the island - unimpressed when the guide from another tour threw it from the tree into the water we were standing in, which lead to a mass stampede back onto the island!!! Then spent the afternoon swimming with the pink dolphins and water skiing behind the boat! Our guide was a dabhand at waterskiing - he also had an uncanny resemblance to a younger more sprightly version of Av (see photos!).
Day three got to end the tour by catching myself a few Piranhas - excellent!!!

Celebrated our return and Kevins Bday (which was the next day) by drinking our bodyweight in cocktails with Matt, Sonia and Susan from our tour, at the Mosquito Bar. The night ended in chaos with Matt and Kevin serving behind the bar and dishing out cocktails for $1 (half price) much to the dismay of the bar owner!!! Had a quiet day on Kevs bday!!!

Then it was time for Jungle tour, Us and Susan headed off to spend three days in the jungle - after 3 hour boating up river we came to our camp, which was set just in the jungle - seems a lot more humid here than pampas but there is meant to be less mosquitos. After being fed the hugest lunch on earth we set off for our first trek, the guide was excellent and pointed out all sorts of insects and fauna and monkeys. The jungle is actually less about seeing animals and more about just learning about your surroundings - it certainly put our Spanish to the test!!! After three hours of profusely sweating our first trek was done. After dinner we went out on a night hike, which proved to be quite eventful, as this is when all the spiders come out - much to my delight. Whilst purposely looking the other way as everyone stared at a couple of huge spiders, something caught in my headlight, which looked very similar to a spider descending on me. A lot of screaming, a small panic attack and a lot of tears later I was on my way again in the jungle wondering how on earth I was going to get through the next two days. But the guide was excellent and found loads of non-spider animals for me to look at, like night frogs and alligators, I actually ended up enjoying myself!!! Day two and three were spent exploring the jungle even more, seeing a stampede of wild boars, toucans and howler monkeys. Was actually sad to leave.

Tara
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helenandpaul
helenandpaul on

Jungle fun!
Sweet jesus you two - sounds like an episode of crocodile hunter!
We are heading there now and hoping we have as much luck in seeing animals as you had - although possibly not quite as many spiders!
Just seen the film Anaconda on a bus from Pisco to Arequipa - so we are a little apprehensive about wading through the water.

Take care,

Helen and Paul.

Me on

Such a Beuatiful country isnt it?I myself am From there and if you ever get a chance to go their again go to Chapare.

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