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Readers, What can I say about the Amazon? Pros: Alligators, tarantulas, monkeys, and cold beer. Cons: 100% humidity, mosquitoes, and jungle heat... Mike and I just wrapped up a 4 day, 3 night trip to an Ecolodge outside Puerto Maldonado, 12 hours outside of Cusco right up near the border to Brasil and Bolivia. On day one, after the night bus, we accomplished very little as we acclimatized to the new climate and surroundings. We met our guide, Jackson, who brought us to the lodge and deposited us to be fed and sheltered. We then proceeded to make use of our free day by ploughing through Game of Thrones (I had book 2, Mike read book 1) and taking ourselves on a short self walk around the land in the ecolodge. The short walk was quite ... read more
Rockin the Wellies
Giant River Otters!
Wild Cayman (aka Alligator)!


Left the hotel at 6.45 and caught the bus out to the airport to catch the 6.45 flight to Puerto maldonado. The flight went via Cusco. Flying over the mountain looked wonderful. The mountains are so steep. When we arrive In P M and it was quite humis and hot. Left most of our luggage at the local office and then took a bus for a 45 min bus trip down a very rough road which had some very dodgy bridges. We then caught a canoe for a 2 1/2 hrs trip up the river to our lodge. It was getting dark by the time we arrives there. There was a steep climb up and then a 10 minute walk to the Lodge. It really was a nice surprise. The rooms were open one side and ... read more
James in hammock
James at the top of the tower
The tower


It's been about 7 hours since we got back to our hostel in Cuzco from trekking the Inca Trail (see "Inca Trial to Machu Picchu"). It would be glorious to get to sleep in. To rest. But we don't have that luxury. We've booked a 4 day expedition in Manu National Park with Manu Explorers (http://www.manuexplorers.com/). We probably should have put aside a day of rest between the two tours, but we have limited vacation days and need to get as much done as possible. It's Sunday November 19th, 2012. This will be our second week in Peru. Richie is not coming with us to Manu though, as he has to fly back home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Mason, Cory, Sarah, and I are "thankful" for the US having two holidays this week so ... read more
Ninamarka Tombs
Entrance to Manu National Park
Waterfall in the Cloud Forest


We traveled from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, a town in Southeastern Peru and the jumping off point to the Amazon jungle - 55 kilometres west of the Bolivia, residing on the Tambopata and Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon River. The jungle was R's favorite.... read more
To our lodge
Important netting!
View from our window

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado December 28th 2012

Karien voel of sy water pokkies en die black death plaag het met al die muskiet byte. Ons waai net betyds voor die muskiete ons letterlik leeg suig! Dit het die hele vorige aand gesous en vir die eerste keer wil mens nie doodgaan van die hitte nie! Ons het 'n lekker breakfast geëet, toe's ons oppad terug na die beskawing....weg van al die muskiete! Die 200m terug van die lodge na die rivier se voetpaadjie het in 'n water stroom verander. Dit was weer so uur terug met die boot, dit terwyl dit katte en honde gereën het, toe nog 'n uur met die bussie tot op die lughawe. Al die vlugte was vertraag as gevolg van al die reën. Ons vlug was gelukkig net 'n uur vertraag. Ons het die aand in Lima aangekom, ... read more

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado December 27th 2012

Weereens vroeg opgestaan, die keer is ons oppad na Tambopota Reserve se oxbow lake: Cocococha. Dit was omtrent 15 min rivier op van ons af, toe begin die sports. Dit het die hele vorige aand gereën, hence the name rain forest.Ons begin toe ons 5km , one way, na die lake toe stap. Os het gestap, en gestap, en die pad was ongelooflik modderig, gelukkig het ons gum boots aangehad. Op plekke was die modder seker 20cm diep, dit was 'n vuil spul gewees, en intussen reën dit ook nog so aan en af. Maar dis so drukkend, dat jy nie nat reën nie, maar nat sweet. En agter elke persoon het so kolonie muskiete aangevlieg, en bewaar jou siel as jy gaan stilstaan. By die lake aangekom, het ons groep op so klein catamaran gaan ... read more

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado December 26th 2012

Ons moes al 4:30 opstaan, en het toe vir so 15 min rivier op gevaar. Ons klim toe by so moddermass af, gelukkig het ons gum bootse van die lodge aan. Ons het geloop na so uitkyk punt, by 'n 'clay lick'. Dis 'n wal waar makoue, parekiete en pappegaaie klei eet vir ekstra aanvulling vir hulle dieët, en hulle kom elke oggend vroeg daar verby. Daar was eers net so paar toe ons daar aankom, en binne minute was dit oortrek met voëls en dit het geklink soos 'n kerk bazaar! Ogelooflik! Daar was honderde groen en blou voëls, die mooiste kleure. Ons is toe weer terug, en het 'n heerlike ontbyt gehad. Van daar af het ons toe weer so 15 min op die rivier gevaar oppad na 'n oxbow lake. Ons het seker ... read more

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado December 25th 2012

Ons is laat oggend lughawe toe vir ons vlug na Puerto Maldonado. Die vlug was onder 'n uur, ons het net begin opstyg, toe begin ons al klaar weer sak. Toe die deure van die vliegtuig oopgaan, slaan 'n hitte ons, ek dog nog ewe dit was die warm wind van die vliegtuig se enjin....toe nie....dis maar die weer. 'N humidity van 80% en 30 grade, dit laat Durban soos antartika voel. Ons was kom optel op die lughawe, en van daar af het ons so uur skutterige grondpadjie gery, tot by die Rio Tambopota. Ons het toe vir nog 'n halfuur op die rivier gevaar tot by ons lodge: Inotawa. Op die boot het ons 'n packed lunch gehad: rys en hoender wat in piesangblare toegedraai is. Dis 'n ongelooflike breë river. En wow, dit ... read more


Day 5: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012- Peruvian Amazon Today we spent our time fishing, visiting an Amazonian family and feeding baby caimens. The river where we went fishing was very low . During the dry season the river water level diminishes significantly, making it more difficult to catch fish. Only one person in our group caught a fish. The fish were very smart and 2 times they were able to chew off the bait from my fishing rod. I definitely, would not pass of as a fisherman ;-). Our guide told us that we were not going to eat the fish. We put the fish back in the water. Apparently, the people in that region, put mercury into the water to look for gold, polluting the water and making the fish poisonous to eat. Good to ... read more
Can you spot the Caimen now
Fishing expedition
The lone fish catcher


Day 4: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012- Puerto Maldonado (Peruvian Amazon, EcoAmazonia Lodge) Today our guide took us into the jungle where he described the many types of trees and what the Amazonian people used them for. Each tree was given a English name based on a unique property that set it apart from other trees. The first tree that we came across was the garlic tree because it smelled like garlic. The next tree our guide showed us was the iron tree. This tree is magnetic and attracts lightning. The tree we saw next was the blackberry tree because if you hit it hard you can hear the echo throughout the forest. If you hit it 5 times that means you are lost, 3 times means lunch is ready. We then saw a round tree called ... read more
Garlic Tree
Iron Tree
Iron Tree




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