Published: November 13th 2008November 9th 2008
This is our Home for the trip
This was our first day of the tour and it was mainly a drive day. We travelled 8 hrs to our jungle lodge beside the river which made for a great location. After settling into our dorms we headed down to the river for a swim and the swing that the owner told us about. The swing from the main land into the water was about 30 m long and then about a 5 m drop into the water which was just over 3 m deep. It was fun but a few of the guys who had a bad landing so after a couple of goes we decided that was enough. After dinner we stayed up drinking and playing card games and really getting to know the group well. We also met our new best friend that evening who was a 6 months old wooley monkey Mona who had been rescued by the owner of the lodge after her mother died. She was very playful and with us for the entire 3 days.
The next morning the group was split in 2 and we visited an animal rescue centre down the river where many animals like turtles, monkeys, parrots, anaconda’s birds
and many more animal were being looked after. In the afternoon Stefano went tubing which means he went upstream and sat in a rubber ring and let the current carry him back to the lodge while I relaxed.
Next day we went for a trek in the jungle with Miguel the guide who was fantastic and taught us so much about Ecuador and the environmental effects on our planet.
Later that evening we were visited by a Sharma which is a local man who has healing powers given to him from the spirits of the river and the land. He carried out a general blessing / cleansing of the group and some people went for individual sessions hoping he could solve there problems in life regarding health and future issue’s. Neither Stefano or myself went as we were a bit concerned he mentioned his training and studying to become a Sharma involved him taking drugs stronger that then LSD since he was 12 yrs old. Also he told us the story of one evening that he had a vision of a ota talking to him in the river, he fainted and then the Ota saved his life...enough said
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