The second day we opted for a demonstration of how to pan for gold (a few little fragments) and fishing with a cast net. Angel our guide was much more adept at both activities than we were.
In the afternoon we motored upriver and tubed back to the lodge through two sets of rapids. We bought Pilseners for the boatman and our guide Juan and I floated home with a beer in hand and a smile on my face.
After dinner, we ended the day with a night walk by flashlight and headlamp. I saw lizards, salamanders, a tarantula and other spiders, tree frogs and too many cucharachas to count. There were leaf-cutter, fire and bullets ants. The leaf-cutting ants were fascinating. They march up trees with military precision, cut leaves and carry them back to the nest for their queen. Our guide mentioned that when you see such an ant carrying a leaf, it would be as if we were carrying a grand piano in our mouths. That’s one strong ant! This night jungle walk was an optional $10 tour and worth every penny.