Published: October 28th 2012October 28th 2012
Leaving Cusco on a beautiful sunny day we arrived at the airport and checking in was fine but not much once you got through security, so if you ever go to Cusco domestic airport don't go through until you have to. It was a 30 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado and we were met there and transported to an office where we exchanged our bag and had to repack just taking valuables with us. Then another car journey to a river where we boarded a boat just the two of us, our guide and driver and motored along the Mardre de Dios river a tributary of the Amazon. The river was about 150m wide and caramel coloured. Most people using the landing stage were bringing in Bananas to sell. The boat trip took about 45minutes and we were served a delicious lunch of a rice dish wrapped in banana skins.Got dropped at the riverbank and took a 2mile walk along a jungle path with our guide to pick up the next canoe to paddle us across the lake to the lodge we were staying in. It is so peaceful and quiet, just the sounds of the birds and cicada's.
the walk was through the rainforest and we saw lots of butterflies feeding on the minerals in the ground, it was as if we were walking through confetti at a wedding. The oxbow lake is massive and quietly paddling across we saw cormorants, vultures and black Annie's . We settled in to the lodge and went to the edge of the lake to see the sun go down with a G &T (for the malaria) and then went for a night walk in the forest at about 6 it's dark then. Our guide showed us leaf ants, solider ants, a tarantula which he managed to entice out of his lair, a pseudo spider-scorpian, a tiny rainforest frog and fireflies, I can't ever remember seeing those before, like tinker bell and the fairies. After a delicious fish supper with our group of 6 + guide we settled down for an early night as we had an early start in the morning.