Last day of canoe boat travel and it's a long one of about five hours which wouldn't have been so bad if the weather hadn't turned nasty. Spent most of the time cowering under my rubber poncho which was fantastic for keep you dry but totally unbreathable so you slow cooked in your own sweat inside. As well as being wet and miserable it was impossible to do anything like read to pass away the hoursm all in all not a great travel day.
Was such a relief to finally step off the canoe for the last and final time when we got to the docks at Mazan although I've never felt so conspicuous as it seemed like the whole town was out on the main pier watching us get off the canoe. Mazan is a small river port town that occupies a narrow stretch of land having the Rio Napo on one side and the Rio Amazonas (Amazon River). The plan is to save ourselves a whole day of navigation by crossing overland twenty minutes in motorized rickshaw taxis rather than following the Napo round til it meets the Amazon. This means we have our second night in hotel accommodation and was so nice to lay in a bed and have a shower although I the word shower loosely because we had no running water so had to use a bucker and sponge but it still felt great compared to river water. All freshened up we had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant which was delicious and more importantly huge
. The girls were back to leaving food spare so I was a happy man :-) Although I did have to force the issue on one occasion
The next day we had the last two phases of our twelve day marathon. All packed up and ready to leave we board a group of motorized rickshaws
and spend a fun an occasionally terrifying twenty minutes zipping around the narrow paths at breakneck speeds to the docks on the Amazon side of the river
. Next was a 1 hour speedboat trip along the Amazon heading for Iquitos our final destination.