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South America » Peru » Amazonas September 2nd 2019

We were up at 4.15 am this morning so we could take the boat upstream to Tambopata National Park, where we went bird-watching. Tambopata is the local name for the Peruvian Amazon, the part we are in has the evocative name of Madre De Dios (Mother of God). In the National Park, there are two clay licks, areas of high sodium clay where birds gather to ingest sodium to balance toxins they take in from unripe nuts. Peru is the only place this happens as in other rainforest areas the nuts have enough sodium from the soil. We saw lots of beautiful birds: scarlet macaws, blue and yellow macaws, severe macaws several kinds of parrots and parakeets including the blue-headed pionus which is very striking. The guide set up a telescope to give us a good ... read more

South America » Peru » Amazonas September 1st 2019

I am sitting in a hammock next to the open fourth wall of our magnificent bedroom in an eco-lodge called Refugio Amazonas, two hours' boat ride into the Amazon forest from Puerto Maldonado in the east of Peru. I can hear the sounds of a dozen different birds, insects and monkeys, smell the sweet, damp soil and see a range of deep greens, red leaves and orange flowers. I am also breathing much more easily as we are almost at sea level and the cold I had when we were at Lake Titicaca (very bad timing) has passed. I feel very relaxed. To recap the past couple of days, we took a bus back from Puno to Cusco, which was a direct seven-hour journey, in fact a little longer due to a mechanical problem which required ... read more

South America » Peru » Amazonas » Chachapoyas February 24th 2018

Spanning nearly 4,345 miles—roughly the distance from New York to Paris—the Amazon River is an awesome natural wonder, home to fascinating creatures like pink dolphins, piranhas, Amazonian manatees, and crocodile-like black caimans. It snakes through a total of eight South American countries, including Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (to name a few), though its largest portion can be found in Brazil. On our trip to Amazonia, we probably saw less than 100 miles of this great river. When they say everything’s bigger in Texas, they ain’t kidding. At a length of 255 feet—just 15 yards shy of an entire football field—the massive car wash at the Buc-ee’s convenience store of Katy, Texas, is truly the leader of lathering ... read more
Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
Hong Kong Lights
Garota de Ipanema

South America » Peru » Amazonas October 14th 2017

September 7- We had built another free day in Cusco into our itinerary and it was so welcome to just be able to sleep and do nothing exertional other than get laundry done and walk to the Indian market. And then it was time to say good bye to Cusco and fly off to the Amazon with Star Peru. The Cusco airport is right in the middle of the city and Kelly had regaled us with stories of scary approaches and landings on his first visit here over 30 years ago, but the wind was in the right direction today and it was all a bit of a non event. We were met in Puerto Maldonado by the crew from Corto Maltes Amazonia and taken to their office where we left most of our luggage, taking ... read more
white caiman
Stink bird

South America » Peru » Amazonas July 9th 2017

The longer I travel, the stronger my feelings that I made the right decision to leave the UK get. I had no idea how long I'd be traveling for when I left for Indonesia in April 2014. I didn't even know whether I'd like teaching children or not. Now I seem to know the answer to both of these quandaries; for at least another 20 years, and 'I love it, and want to continue doing it as I travel!' Why do I still want to travel after having lived in four countries over three years then? I'd say the primary reason is that I don't like feeling too comfortable in life; I get lazy, I don't read, and I don't learn anything about the world or myself. I left the best-paying job I've ever had to ... read more

South America » Peru » Amazonas April 30th 2017

Bagua Grande is where I am right now, and it's been wonderful for a number of reasons; the food is simple and rich, I'm away from naughty commercial restaurants like McDonald's, there's nature all around, and the weather is tropical. The best aspect of living in new places is almost always the people, their lives, and their customs, and it's certainly been this way here too! One wonderful characteristic of Latin American people is that they are so accommodating and social, and once you get to know people a bit better, they just want to induct you into the family and have it done with! Living with my wonderful Mexican family has made me feel that I really do have two families now, and I missed them just as much as my friends and family from ... read more

South America » Peru » Amazonas October 28th 2016

The next morning we had a trip to Nauta, the local town. We had free time for a wander but it was so hot most of us went for ice cream. Then we took 15 tuk tuks on a tour around town. On the way we stopped to look at giant turtles and fish and fed them bread. One of the couples had a stowaway on their tuk tuk which was funny. The kid had clearly done it before as he ran alongside and jumped on the back as we were moving. He got off just as easily. In the evening we went wildlife spotting in the skiff until well after dark. Our enthusiastic guide jumped overboard caught a baby caiman (croc) for us to examine. The other boat saw more monkeys but no caiman. The ... read more
Stowaway
Heart of palm
Jungle walk views

South America » Peru » Amazonas October 28th 2016

The next day we started with a canopy walk through the treetops, along 9 rope bridges. It was really pretty and lots of fun - hard work in that heat though! We saw a poison frog but not much other wildlife. Lunch was a buffet feast in a local village where we had steamed catfish, huge piranha, mashed plantains among other things. Oh and an absolutely disgusting warm local jungle beer. Eww. We ate with our fingers in the traditional style. The food was surprisingly good. In the afternoon we started a village visit which after 10 minutes became a flooded village as we experienced our first Amazon downpour. Within minutes the ground was under 15cm of water! We took shelter and watched on from a local house as the kids continued to play soccer in ... read more
Poison frog
Village lunch
Piranha

South America » Peru » Amazonas October 24th 2016

Onto day 2. We awoke early for a pre breakfast cruise in the skiff. Weve been told the majority of the activities will be early morning and evening to avoid the heat of the day. After lunch is reserved for siesta, which suits me fine! The temperature is lovely that time of day, so even though I'm not a morning person it was an enjoyable ride. We saw lots of colourful birds and just cruised wround enjoying the morning. Then it was back for breakfast before we took the skiffs to a local rum distillery. Upon arrival at the rum distillery we were shown the still, it's pretty old fashioned but obviously works a treat. We met some baby buffalo which are farmed for meat. By this stage we were all dying of heat exhaustion so ... read more
Morning cruise
Rum distillery
Baby buffalo

South America » Peru » Amazonas October 23rd 2016

Ok so the Amazon is amazing. Muggy, sweaty, full of bugs but truly amazing. And I kinda enjoyed having no Internet for a week, it was peaceful. I couldn't possibly fit everything we did into one post! So here are some highlights. Firstly my group. The tour started off and I was thinking that the tour was going to be terrible. I was the baby of the group. The first person I met was 75. At first it seemed the entire group was made up of privileged white Americans who treated the staff like dirt. A lot of people were wearing crocs or moccasins and the rest were dressed for an African safari. I was getting worried. I couldn't even meet my roommate as she was sick so I got my own room before we left ... read more
Safety first!
The Amatista
Dolphin spotting




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