Drifter Diaries travel blog

Cock-of-the-Rock


My night sleep was quite unpleasant due to the local cuisine getting the best of me. We were meant to take a long hike through the cloud forest but I was unable to join in due to an angry gut. Jen was feeling a little yucky, or maybe just a bit tired from all the moving around, so she stuck around the lodge too and we rested. We were awoken by the bus driver telling us to wake up and join the rest of the group since we weren’t going to be sticking around there much longer. A very pretty Columbian girl who I believe worked for the conservation association yielding a very large machete drug us out for a short hike to look at the local wildlife as we waited for the rest of the group to return. She was quite good at handling that machete and we wandered around a bit, trying to locate birds in the trees.

We met up with the rest of the group and hopped on the bus to take a ride to the Cock-of-the-Rock lek before arriving at our next lodge. We took turns in small groups walking up to the closed in stand in the trees to attempt to see Peru’s national birds. After waiting for a very long time, one of the male birds finally appeared. It was pretty neat to see such a strange, yet beautiful looking bird. As the others took their turn to witness the national bird, we walked around on large rocks that were brought down from the hills through the landslides that occur during Peru’s wet season (fortunately we visited in the dry season!). As we wandered, someone somehow spotted a female Cock-of-the-Rock in her brown plumage.

We drove further and stopped to admire a very tall and beautiful waterfall, then drove through some extremely sharp turns in the mountains with some seriously steep drop offs in order to get to our next lodge. It was very nerve racking! What rattled my nerves even more was that earlier in the year, a number of landslides occurred right next to the lodge we were staying at next! Once again, fortunately we were staying during the dry season! However lucky we were, it was sad to know a couple of locals didn’t survive the disaster.

Once we arrived at Posada San Pedro Lodge, we took very cold showers, admired that we were getting in the thick of it with our beds wrapped in mosquito nets, and enjoyed the sights. We saw many interesting butterflies and a camera friendly hummingbird, and saw even more insects after setting up a white sheet lit up with a light in order to attract them at night.



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