Blogs from Amazon Rainforest, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru, South America - page 8


"There are 200 species of snake in our jungle, 4 of them are deadly. We don´t stock any anti venom in our lodge and if you are bitten by a bushmaster you have 4 hours to get it administered. I have to warn you now, that you won´t get it in time and you will most probably die." You gotta love these introductionary pep talks! Nothing like putting the mind at rest. Yes, we are in the jungle baby, and as Axl Rose once howled "we´re gonna die!" OK so melodramatics over, there is actually no (known) history of anyone being killed by a deadly snake in this part of the forest, so we were in relatively safe hands. This part of the adventure finds us in the Tambopata Reserve in the Peruvian section of the ... read more
We learnt how to weild machetes from Pico the master
We weilded machetes and saws
We pumped water

There are few words that can accuratly describe the jungle, but I will do my best. To start off with its hot. Not only is it ridiculously hot, it is also unbearably humid. The entire day from sunrise to sunset you spend sweating, you are always sweating. We arrived in Puerto Maldonado around 11 am where we met our guides and ditched most of our luggage before the hour bus ride with no air conditioning to the river town Inferno or Hell town. (side note: The town was settled by people immigrating from the highlands. They found the weather so unbearable that they names their settlement Hell. I think it fits) We took a boat down the Tambopata river 2 hours from Hell to our lodge. The lodge itself was georgous. Each hut was covered with ... read more
Life in the Amazon
River Boat
Tambopata River sunset

It seems like yesterday that I was in the Huancayo bus station with the family and volunteers cheering "Karencita! Karencita! Karencita!" as I got onto the bus to begin my next adventure. Now I am in Cuzco, returning from the remote Amazon Basin (no electricity, no internet, no phone). In fact, I did not know about the terrible earthquake, south of Lima, until Thursday. It is a tragic event. All the major tv stations are airing live, with family members begging for their loved ones. I have only spoken to a few travelers about the earthquake. One said he was 20 miles south of Lima and was in a bus, in a parking lot when it started. They ran out of the bus, just in time, because all of the windows burst. Travelers could feel it ... read more
¿Te gustas cake?
Group PIcture
Group PIcture 2

Oliver was the only one in our Group who elected to go on up the forest watchtower at 5:30am. He was rewarded by many bird sightings. After breakfast it was a trip to the forest airport for our flight back to Lima via Cusco. The day was a bit of a lazy one, we had a walk around the Miraflores area of Lima to look at some jewellery shops. In the evening we had a "farewell dinner" at a Chifa (Chinese/Peruvian,) restaurant with a bit of a mixed buffet. Our flight earlier was Aerocondor 222. ... read more
...another one

A 4am wake up call, followed by an announcement that the winds from Patagonia in Argentina had blown in overnight, so the original schedule had to be put back 3 hours. Eventually we got to go downriver to an oxbow lake just off the Rio Tambopata. On the lake we spotted numerous birds and a caiman. But we were out of luck when we took up piranha fishing! Just before lunch, we took a hike through the jungle to a clay lick where evidently Macaws come to feed on a regular basis, unfortunately we were out of luck again! However, after lunch we had a trip downriver to a Medical Centre. This was no ordinary Centre though! We were introduced to a Shaman dressed in a hand-made bark costume. Through an interpreter we were introduced to ... read more
Piranha fishing

An 8am start today with a trip to Cusco Airport. Aerocondor flight 221 to Puerto Maldonado was a short flight into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. We took a motorised canoe-like boat to our Lodge, but on the way we were treated to an eco-friendly lunch of rice and vegetables within a huge leaf which we threw into the river after we were finished. After settling into our "open-plan" rooms, we took a walk into the forest and up a 120 foot tower which took us above the tree canopy. There we observed a couple of brightly coloured Macaws and some Spix birds, but it sooon got dark. After dinner we had an early night due to the fact that we had a full day ahead of us!... read more
Tambopata River
All orange!
Amazon Rainforest

The next day is another 5am wakeup call. It gets easier every time. Alli sleeps in for this one, but Michael, Tricia and I head out after an early breakfast. The day before, we had fitted ourselves with wellington boots, knee high rubber boots, to wear into the jungle. It was quite a comedy trying to find a matching pair that fits. The reason for the boots is that, after a 45 minute peke-peke ride to the dock, there is an hour and a half hike to Lake Sandoval along a muddy trail. Sometimes the mud reaches up to mid-calf, or depending on your height, to your knees. At first, it seemed quite fun to step into the sticky mud. But after a while, we started to look for the dry paths around or above the ... read more
Lago Sandoval
Lago Sandoval

(Post-Dated - this was written originally on my Palmpilot) When we arrived in Puerto Maldonado, Inkaterra picked us up in an open truck. This was the beginning of a very different phase in the trip. For example, there would only be English from here on out. Even if you spoke Spanish to some of the staff, they would reply in English. All tours were given in English, no matter how much of a strain it was for the tour-giver and how much easier it would be for all of us if we just all spoke Spanish. Also, instead of me being in charge and driving the day’s activities as well as coordinating everything (as the person who spoke the best Spanish as well as coordinated the trip details), the responsibility would come to rest wholly on ... read more

We have just returned (filthy and stinking to high heaven) to Puerto Maldonado after nearly 2 weeks in deepest darkest Peru looking for Paddington. We didn't find Paddington but we did find a baby capybara, a crazy spix's guan and more cockroaches than we ever hope to see again in one place! Picaflor is a research centre on the banks of the Tambopata river in the Amazon Basin. As a research centre and a family home Picaflor is trying to create a model for sustainable living in the rainforest with the hope that local farmers and landowners will follow in there footsteps. The centre doesn't have much to do with biological research at the moment as some illegal loggers have moved into their conservation area and they're currently fighting a legal battle to keep the ... read more
Simon and Ron
Simon in Puerto Maldonado airport (with socks on his hands)!

I tagged a 3 night “jungle stay” onto the end of my tour. Sadly no one else from my tour was doing the same, so we said our goodbyes in Cusco, and I joined 2 very nice couples (one from Canada and the other from Australia) for this next leg of the journey. The lodge where we were staying, although in a lovely lakeside location and with great food, wasn’t quite as deep in the jungle as I was hoping, and the walks were not as adventurous as I would have liked. However, we did see a few animals, birds and insects...... read more
Scorpion on nighttime walk
spider spinning its web
Creature on nighttime walk

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