Rurrenebaque, Bolivia

Trip Start Feb 13, 2007
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Friday, April 27, 2007

Well the flights did leave on the Monday.  The smallest plane I have ever been on, only seats 16 people.  As sonn as we landed you could see why all the flights kept on being cancelled if it rained.  The runway was grass.Got into town and found ourselves a hostel, then headed off to a bar called Mosquito bar for drinks and food with an American girl called Azeen.
The weather was really hot and humid, big contrast to La Paz.
The next day we got up and went to the tour agency to start our Pampas tour, basically a 3 day boat trip into the jungle.  3 english girls I had done the death road with where in our group, Rowena, Sarah and Jenny, and also 3 guys Josh, Seth and Mark, and a girl called Cara.
After waiting for an hour and a half we finally set off in jeeps for a very bumpy 4 hour ride to where we catch the boats.  The boats are actually long wooden canoes with a motor.  We all climbed into the boats and set off.  The very first stop was to swim with pink nosed fresh water dolphins!
We saw loads of different birds and eagles and condors.And then we stopped by a tree and fed little squirell monkeys!  So cute.
The whole place is really amazing and so remote, just going a long the river networks all day.
We arrived at our camp, a group of huts by the side of the river, dumped our bags and then dashed off to watch the sunset.  Absolutely beautiful, the best sunset I think I have ever seen.
We then went back and had dinner before going to search for alligators on the way to a ībarī, the bar was a hut on stilts in the river.
When we climbed into bed we caked ourselves in mosquito spray and climbed into the mosquito nets. 
Next morning we got up and had a massive breakfast.  We then put on wellington boots! (havent worn them since I was about 8) and headed of into the pampas itself to search for Anacondas.  We very quickly realised the wellies were just to protect your feet and not to keep you dry.  I was in water in the reeds up to my waist.We didnt think we would find an anaconda as they hadnt found one in 2 months. But after just 20 minutes, the walk was meant to be 3 hours, all the guides suddenly started running, ( very difficult in waist high water).  They had found one! Was only a baby so not very big but still pretty cool.  And after we washed any insect repelent off us, it can kill them, we got to hold it.
After that we headed back in the canoe, stopping of at a tree and jumped off into the water.
We spent a few hours relaxing in the hammocks and having lunch.  We then went to go and swim with the dolphins again.  Suddenly the heavens opened with the most torrential rain I have ever experienced.  I was soaked through within 2 seconds, and the rain was freezing.  So we jumped straight into the water.  Was like jumping into a hot bath.  It was also the right spot for the dolphins.  Was totally sureal, there we were swimming in the amazon basin in a massive lighting and rain storm with dolphins!  When the rain stopped all the girls hair started to stand on end, we guessed from all the electricity in the air.
We went back and dried of before having tea and cake.  We then went to the same bar as the night before to watch the sunset.  Again totally beautiful.  Unfortunately my camera had run out by that point.  Will be borrowing gemmas photos later to put on.
We then headed back for the evening with a crate of beer and spent the evening chatting.
The next day we got up at 5am to go and watch the sunrise.  Was lovely seeing the whole place coming to life.  Was not so lovely to be swarmed by mosquitos!  And then there was a massive spider on the boat! 
Went back for breakfast, and then we set of to go Piranha fishing!  Literally just bits of string with meat on the end.  And I caught the very first one!  Always thought fishing to be utterly boring, but its a bit more exciting when you are fishing for pirahnas.  Again, gotta get the photos of Gemma of me with my catch.
There was just enough time for another swim with the dolphins before lunch, and then we set off to go back and catch the jeep.
That evening back in town, if you can call it that, its smaller than Liss, we all met up and went for food and lots of drinks.
Just as I was walking back to the hostel there was a big bit of lighting.  I counted for the thunder but when I got to about 20 thought nothing was going to happen.  Then literally as I put my foot in the door it absolutley tipped it down!  It continued to do so all night.
In the morning I went to confirm what we thought at the airline office.  All the flights were cancelled.  So we all spent the day hanging out, having food and went to a bar/cafe called pacha mamas and watched a film.  It is actually a really nice little town, if we werent rushing to get out of the country before our visas ran out I would have happily been stuck there for a few weeks.
We then all spent the evening again eating and drinking in Pacha Mamas, was a really good night, as everyone was stuck so all just hung out together.
Next day we went to check on the flights and had to wait on a report on how dry the runway was.  Eventually we managed to get on a flight about 3pm.
Got back to La Paz and picked up my bag before heading straight to catch the bus to Copacobana on Lake Titicaca.
Absolutely loved the last few days, wish it had been longer.
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