Published: June 15th 2012June 14th 2012
The flight to Rurrenabaque was an experience, well apart from the fact that i fell asleep almost instantly and woke up as we landed, was so confused i felt like we had flown for 3 minutes! The plane was a 15 seater and was pretty small, we were at the front and were 1 metre from the pilots! We landed and i felt we were on the island from lost, the taxiing runway was grass and mud then the backdrop was jungley hills, was pretty cool and the gang. At the airport a woman came up to us and said , "are you hector and emily?", no idea how she knew this because we hadnt fully booked it and hadnt been given any details for our tour...... nevertheless she was the tour operator for the one we were looking into and we got an entertaining taxi to the tour office. The taxi was a motorbike each, slightly surreal but mega fun, got lots of snaps! We checked into our mega cheap hostel (which was reflected in the beds, lumpy pillows and granny pillow cases) and went out for a meal then hit the hay.
We set off relatively
early and drove for a few hours on to our pampas tour hq, on the way our guide was picking out animals that we couldnt see at all, he seriously had hawk eye! we saw some aligators and a slothe and some cool birds. After settling into our accomodation and chilling on the hammocks for a bit we set off down the river on a long boat. Was so tranquillo, we saw some more birds, loads of turtles (loads mounting each other) and some aligators. Then we went swimming...... We kept asking so many nervoues questiona nd the guide found us hilarious! We were also told that there were piranhas around, but would be ok if we werent bleeding or on the blob so all was coolio. the swimming was with pink dolphins and they were pretty playful, but coz we had seen an aligator 100 metres before. it took em a while to get in, adn when she did she thought she touch something so had another failure to launch (she managed in the end tho) and george lost his shit not enjoying the fact that we were swimming where piranhas and aligators were! So i accompanied em and
she lasted a while. Not really got any good photos, just have loads of bubbles after the dolphins had come up. We then headed back and chilled in the accomodation, had some food and went to bedfordshire, our beds had huge mosquito nets over them so felt very posh!
The next day we got up quite early and went annaconda hunting, this was nerveracking stuff and along the way we saw sooooo many jumpy aligators. In the end we didnt see any anacondas, but at the end of the path there was a 6 foot long aligator in the middle and we managed to get pretty close to it, before it made us jump and ran into the water. That was hot work so we had another swim with the dolphins and got ever closer this time. We went back for lunch had an incredible nap with george in the hammocks and then set off for some piranha fishing. We literally just had crapping equipment and dipped steak bits into the water and yanked when we felt a nibble. we certainly got a lot of nibbles and all managed to catch something. Em and george both got a sardine each, i managed to get two piranha, but the guide got about 5 and they were way bigger than mine! On the way back we stopped to look at the sunset and get some travellery photos. WE had another great dinner then dinner caymen hunting at night. This involved shining lights into the water and tress and hoping it would reflect in their eyes. We only managed to see two but was prettyy cool and the stars and fireflies were pretty incredible! the accomodation had sooooooooo many mopsquitos, so we moved two frogs outside our room to defend us from them, genius.
The next day we had pancakes for breaky and went hunting fopr squirrel monkeys, it took quite a while but we managed to find two groups! they were very cute and jumpy, and never stopped eating! We were sat in the sun looking at them tho so we soon got burnt and wanted to head back to find some shade have lunch then set off back to rurrenabaque! We had had a pretty good haul of animals that we had seen, and the only animal we missed out on, the anaconda, we saw on the drive back. It was 3 metres long and literally in the middle of the road, was crazy and definitely was not expecting that!
we checked into the same hostel, swapped stories with soph and honesty, had some pizza at mosquito bar then went to bed for our flight early the next morning and onward to Copacobana!
Hector the Erector