Ruffin' In The Jungle Business
Trip Start Jan 08, 2007
139Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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Just as this road changed into a tarmaced road we got held up by a sprite truck which, had bailed and shed its entire stock onto a filed of cows. The rescue attempt used a digger to carve a new road up the slope and 2 lorries pulling in seperate directions to try and salvage what was left of the truck
We got to Tena met Dan had Tilapia ( a local fish), bought wellies to prevent snake bites then mooched through a market to pick up supplies: Wild Boar, Plantains, apples, Starfruit and rice then onto the local village of Pano with Nixon (one of the jungle guides).
On arrival some of the local women insisted we drink "Chicha" a drink made from Yuca and fermented over a few days. It kinda tasted like a alcoholic cider type drink quite tasty. Next was a quick wander through the village trailed by numerous children who took a great interest in Camille and helped carry her mountains of stuff. We got held up by a group of men who again offered us a drink. This was "Drago" the local fire water a kind of locally brewed legal moonshine made from sugar cane and it burned all the way down!
After collecting Dans bags and plastic for this roof we caught a short bus trip and then the adventure began.
After a 40min trek through the jungle (la Selva) cutting across the river a few times we arrived at a camp made by Nixon and some of the village folk. The construction took about a year and 10 people to complete; a truly amazing building. This small camp is the 1st stop off point used when people taken on guided treks. Dan collected some jungle fruit which kinda like a mango but tasted like a white grape. My face was sticky for hours afterwards even after trying to wash it off in the river!
After a quick dip me and Nixon prepared a dish named "Mas Amora" which ithink roughly translates as rich meal. This consisted of Wild Boar (boiled in salty water) with grated Plantain thrown in, Yuka (bioiled) and fresh tea from leaves picked from a tree growing near the shelter(apparently this helps to keep mossies at bay).