Trip Start May 04, 2011
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The lodge is heaps better than I expected. I was expecting something like a run-down caravan park, but it was very comfortable and clean. Each pair/couple had their own cabin. Pool, but we never swam. A bar with pool table etc and a look out. As expected, electricity was limited to just a few hrs at night. 10 pm, lights out. The water was cold, so the showers were very brief!
We had lunch on arrival. Interesting dish of chicken and rice, wrapped in a banana leaf. I didn’t really like it, but that is not surprising for me! Following food we went with our tour guide across to 'Monkey Island’; a place where the lodge supposedly rescues monkey’s and releases them onto this island in the river for rehabilitation and eventual release. Not sure if they ever release any, but it is a good opportunity for the tourists to get very up close and personal to the animals. Some people had them sitting on their shoulders! Returning to the lodge, Melissa and I had a well earned beer and cocktail before dinner and then another trip in canoe up river to spot for crocodiles
Yep, 530 am breakfast, then 6 am departure for a jungle walk. It doesn’t appear to have rained here for a while and the forest is relatively dry, which was a bit disappointing for me as I wanted to see lush moss and a typical rainforest environment. It was still spectacular though. Our guide explained various plants used by the native people for weapons, food, insect repellent, clothes etc. all quite interesting. He even coaxed a tarantula out of its hole by using a bit of saliva on the end of a shaven palm leaf – it was massive!!! We had a paddle canoe trip up a lake. I did not like this much. Kept thinking the boat was going to tip over, plus the group was not very good at steering us away from the shore-line. We turned around and I took an oar and that helped with my ‘fear’ and I was actually having a good time rowing. Some great scenery to admire, but didn’t see any significant animals which was disappointing.
Returned to the lodge about 11 am and slept for a couple of hrs before lunch (buffet), then another canoe trip to do some fishing and visit a native family
Overall, the Amazon Jungle component of the tour was good. I think it would be different in the wet season. I was expecting a bit more of targeted animal spotting. But we still crammed in a lot in a short space and still managed to have a few hours here and there to relax and have a drink or chat to the other members of the group. From here we go to Cusco by flight...