Regrouping in Sydney after nearly 6 months of hectic travelling in the US, South America, Fiji and New Zealand.
Currently facing the run-out-of-money/dont-want-to-go-home-yet paradox. What will happen? Nobody knows....... full info
Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1...more info
Cesna to RurrenabaqueI took a small 12 seater plane to Rurrenabaque which took a mere hour, opposed to 17 hours on the bus. Best of all, the scenary was amazing. After fling over La Paz we flew around huge snow-capped volcanoes...
Cesna to Rurrenabaque 2...The mountains gradually gave way to as we descended from the altiplano via a region know as the Yungas into the jungle.
RurrenabaqueRurre is a beautiful, vibrant, bustling little town. The people are friendly and there is the perfect gringo/local ratio. I met an American who is planning to settle down here, and I can see why.
Motorcycle DiariesEveryone gets around on motorbikes, which sometimes cary a whole family. When my plane landed a motorbike with two guys on darted across the grass runway and I was immediately put in mind of Che Guavara's epic journey.
The Rio BeniThe river is the lifeblood of Rurre, for transport, tourism and for fish. Here a local chico is fishing with a simple length of line and a hook.
The JungleOn my second day in Rurre I took a 3 hour boat trip upstream to spend 2 days in the jungle. I felt like Michael Palin.
Medicine ManI went on a number of short treks into the jungle and my guide provided plenty of information about the medicinal qualities of the plants. Here my guide has made me a rather handy carrier for my water bottle from some vine. Top bloke.
OwlWe went on a night trek along the beach and came across swarming spiders, lots of disturbingly large insects, and these small Owls.
The PampasAfter the jungle I spent 3 days in the pampas - an area of boggy grasslands and rivers infested with gators and crocs, pink dolphins, pirahnas, and countless species of birds. I've never seen so much wildlife.
Big SpiderSomeone found a tarantula which was nice, until it jumped into my hand and ran up my arm with its fangs out. Actually it was quite cuddly.
Snakes Alive!Its a shame this photo is a bit dark, because that thing I'm holding is a 6 foot long Anaconda.
Another...Here's another one we ame across whilst walking back.
Swimming with pink dolphins......and alligators, pirahnas, catfish and other nasties. I swear I felt myself being bitten but the bites were magically healed by the time I got out and inspected myself. Luckily the crocs seemed to keep there distance, but it was disconcerting seeing them licking their lips on the bank.
SunsetWhat you cant see very well is the vulture sitting in his nest near the top of the tree.
Pirahna fishingThis is one I caught. I'm proud to say I got quite a few. At one point I hooked a small catfish, which in the process of being wound in, was half eaten by Pirahnas. Nature can be cruel sometimes.
Pirahna cookingQuite yummy actually. Taste a little like cod, not a strong taste, but very bony.