Blogs from Amazon Rainforest, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru, South America - page 6


We spent 4 days and nights at a jungle lodge 2 hours up the Madre De Dios River from Puerto Maldonado. We spent 3 nights at the lodge and 1 night 3 hours further up river at a camp site.... read more
Jungle Fungus
Cutter Ants

Thursday we flew from Cusco airport to Puerto Maldonado for our three-day trip to the Amazon rainforest. The first thing that hit me when we got off the plane was the HEAT!!! Wow, what a change from the rain in Machu Picchu! A bus was waiting for us and took us to the Sandoval Lake Lodge office so we could drop off our big luggage and pack a smaller bag for the boat/hike/boat trip to the lodge. The bus then dropped us off for a 25-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River where we were served lunch along the way. Lunch was fried rice with vegetables served wrapped inside a banana leaf, and although it was a bit hard to eat while speeding along the river, I think it was the best meal I've ... read more
Sandoval Lake
Sandoval Lake Lodge

I woke up pleasantly surprised to find I had been able to sleep through all the crazy bird, monkey and whatever else noises in the night! I think everyone in our group was excited about seeing monkeys and luckily during breakfast, one of the guides came in and said there were monkeys right out side. We rushed out and spotted them climbing up the trees, they were really tiny and cute! After breakfast we took another walk through the jungle to an ox-bow lake. On the way there we stopped at a tree with a huge hole in the bottom. The guide started to poke around in it with a twig and eventually out came a massive tarantula!! It was so strange being so close to it, I thought id feel really scared but it was ... read more

We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazonnjungle this morning. It was the shortest flight ive been on, litterally as soon as we were in the air we began ourt decent! The temperature was so different, its been really nice weather the whole time in Peru so far but this was the hottest. It was really humid too which made it worse. We were given another duffle bag each wich I crammed full of stuff (we had no weight limit this time unlike on the inca trail!) including loads of insect repellent and sun cream! After that we got a bus to the Tambopata river where we picked up a boat to the lodge. The boat was really cool, totally open to the elements and it went really fast too! The guides had prepared ... read more
The boat ride to the resort
The boat ride to the resort

My first night in the Amazon was on June 20th and the sounds of things splashing in the river woke me oh, so many times. Where they sounds of things coming out of the water or going in? I had images of navy seals coming out of the water and bombarding my bungalo...or kapibari, which are HUGE, crazy looking rats! Yes, they are the largest member of the rodent family in the world & a big ol family of them lived on the river right in front of my bungalo. I arrived in Puerto Maldonado at noonish on the 20th and we boarded a boat down the river to the lodge. There were a handful of us in all...a couple girls from Quebec and three older folks from the Netherlands. There was already a big ole ... read more
Inside my Bungalo
The River

Well, I am out of the rainforest...BEAUTIFUL. I have some great pics but they will have to wait until I get to a computer I can use for more than a couple minutes. I must get truckin to the airport to fly back to Lima and then head down to see the Nasca Lines. Hopefully I will have some time in Lima to properly post photos. Until then, here is one to get started...... read more

After our trip to the Incas we decided to take it easy for a few days before beginning our trek across the Peruvian border to Brasil. So we headed down the coast to the Ballestas Islands to check out the wildlife. We stayed in Ica for a couple of nights and took a boat trip out to see what turned out to be a very interesting mix of Sea Lions, Penguins (sometimes sitting on the same rocks!) Cormorants, and many other birds that sadly the guide in the boat couldn´t help us out with. The sealions were making the most amazing noise together, reminded me of Paul Mcartney´s Frog Song, if not quite as tuneful.. We then headed back to Lima for a quick supper with our friends Jo and Ian from the Inca Trail before ... read more

So again when leaving Cusco i had to pay a departure tax and to be honest im getting pissed off that im paying so much for flights and its not included and also having to pay to use bathrooms that worse than some found in Asia?, well rant over i landed at Puerto Maldonao and no gap representative and then i was met by Fernando a guide for Amazona Rainforrest and apprently they do the trip i had booked and then i saw a flash bus and i was directed to a naff one and i was thinking hey between flights and the trip this has cost me nearly 500 pounds. The bus then went to the office and then we headed to the port to get a boat to the Lodge and we got a ... read more

From Santiago we took a flight to Puerto Maldonaldo in Amazon Basin, in Peru. We had to change our flight twice so by the time we got there we didn´t know our names... Following the Madre Dios river from Puerto Maldonado we found the best setting to enjoy the beauty of the jungle of the southern Peru. Corto Maltes Inn where we were staying creates relax and enjoyable atmosphere. We were spoiled by healthy and delightful dishes created by a French chef. The bungalows are very big, comfortable and safe in terms of all jungle species. We took few excurcions to the primary forest and the lake in the heart of the jungle where we swam. We learned fom the guide about faune and flora of the jungle and how natives are using it to live ... read more
Corto Maltes

Flying High and Bailing Out Boats I can’t believe that has been over a month now that I have been living in Cusco. I have had heaps of incredible experiences, and I have a few more to add to the list. April Fool’s Day this year was very special for me ~ not because someone pulled an amazing prank ~ but because I spent the day hurling myself off a cliff and flying high above Sacred Valley. Paragliding was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced in my life. It definitely bumped its way into top five….What are the coolest things I have ever done anyway? Hmm… Anywayyyys. Tuesday morning, Tara, Christina and I made our way into town and met with our pilot and his assistant. We drove for about forty five ... read more
Flying High
Puerto Maldonado
Walking Tree

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