The Amazon

Trip Start Nov 18, 2002
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Saturday, August 21, 2004

From Cusco, we changed our environment and booked a trip to the Manu Reserve in the Primary Rain Forest of the Amazon jungle. Primary meaning it had never been cleared, logged or drilled for oil and reserve meaning it was protected.
 Parrots at the clay lick Some of the non biteing insects
This was soooo increadibly different. There was 11 of us altogether with 2 fantastic guides who were full of knowledge and were constantly pointing out the wildlife for us. This included Cayman (crocodile type things), Howler monkeys, Black Spider Monkeys, Wolly monkeys, Emperor monkeys, Tamarin monkeys, Squirrel monkeys and loads of other type monkeys. Then there were the birds........Parrots, Parakeets, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Macaws, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Kingfishers, Toucans blarrr blarrr blarrr the list is endless.
Big guinea pig type things called Cuppybaras, wild boars called Pecarrys, rare Giant Black Otters, and then we saw........wait for it............a really wild JAGUAR. There it was sitting at the side of the river bank. We watched it (so close) for over half an hour before it moved off into the shade of the forest. AMAZING!
Just look at the photos and judge for yourselves!!
 A wild leopard resting in the sun Blue Macau Cappachin monkey
There was also the encounter with the billions of insects we would rather do without such as mosquito's, sand flies and 'No see 'ems' as they bite when you don't see 'em! Bites on your bum are not funny when you take a quick jungle wee!!! They itch for days!!! Having said that it was worth all the itching and scratching to experience such an incredible environment and one we will never forget.
Local tribal kids Tarantula that lived in out camp Army ants
Back in Cusco we spent enough time to get our smelly jungle clothes washed then we took off to our next destination of Lake Titicaca on the border with Bolivia. But that's another chapter until then chow for now
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