Snakes, pink dolphins and alligators!
Trip Start Nov 07, 2005
29Trip End Apr 29, 2006
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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.