Yes I know it´s a RAINforest but..................

Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
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Trip End Aug 06, 2007


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Monday, July 16, 2007

Being an early riser by nature, I was awake before the projected wake up call and was devastated to see rain pouring down.  Yes, I know itīs a RAIN forest but this is supposed to be the dry season!  I waited for the guides to come around and wake us up to see if we wanted to still go out there.  The rain had eased up and there was no way I was going to pass up my last chance to see the parrots, I had waited and saved too long for this trip and I wasnīt about to let a little rain get in my way!  Finally I caught a kitchen worker outside the bathroom and made her wake William who drowsily trudged out.  He said they usually cancel the clay lick if it rains because the Macaws donīt go there.  It was easing up and I was willing to take the chance and at least see the birds in the trees.  I said that I would be very upset if he refused to take me out there so he gave in and took Ina and I alone.  Shortly after we arrived and set up, we saw a few Macaws flying around and  William recognized the Chicos.  He called out to them  and one came and perched in a tree right overhead.  I wish we had brought some treats but no one had anything.  The Chico stayed with us about half an hour clearly checking us out, you could see in his expressive face how curious he was.  None of the birds landed on the clay lick buet we did see lots of Mealy Amazons and Blue-headed Pionus.  It was absolutely worth going out there, especially with no other tourists around so we got to spend time watching the birds in peace,

We went back to the lodge for breakfast, none of the Chicos came this time.  No one wanted to go on the midmorning hike so the guides set an early departure back to Refugio Amazonas.  I lay around in a hammock with nothing to do and all of a sudden two Chicos showed up!  I rushed over to offer them some treats and easily got one on my shoulder.  One of the researchers who was leaving with us got one on her head and was very uneasy about it.  I canīt believe in 6 weeks she didnīt get more friendly with the Chicos!

We took the boat back down the river and had another leaf lunch arriving at Refugio around 2pm.  Our last activity was fun!  We went to an Ox-bow lake and paddled around in a canoe seeing some small bats and water birds.  Then we went fishing for piranhas, William caught one and showed us the unlucky piranha up close.  He wasnīt so unlucky as he was let go after we all took his picture!  Then William caught a baby caiman (alligator) and passed him around for pics.  Ina actually held him! 

After dinner, we had a lazy time watching documentary DVDs until they turned the generator off.
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