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May 20, 2014 - Clay Lick & Kuichwa Community

Clay Lick & Community (May 20) Our plan today was to travel on the river to the site of the clay lick where hundreds of parrots come to lick the mineral rich soil. These birds instinctively know that some of the berries and fruits they eat have toxins that are poisonous and even more amazing, they know that the minerals in the soil will counteract this poison! We arose early to catch the flock as it descended on the side of the hill. However, before these wise birds come down, they scan the territory to check for predators. If they see the...

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May 20, 2014 - Up a Lazy River

Up a Lazy River (May 20) Our last day and we took a slow paddle up a small tributary of the Napo. Crash (May 20) Big excitement when the riverboat was forced into the riverbank while avoiding a sandbar - the crash (and I mean crash) broke a window, bent railings, put a hole in one wall, and took off some of the outer surface lower down. Nobody hurt, motors unaffected, but quite scary, especially the big crash itself. We continued on after a few minutes after some clean-up.

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May 19, 2014 - Dolphin Lodge Bar-B-Q & A Tour of The Ship In Pictures

Lazy Sunday (May 18) A Tour of the Ship We got to sleep in today and tried to use the internet to post some of our adventures to this trip journal. However, it was a great opportunity to capture images of the interior of the Anakonda. Maurice left for Quito for his 10 days off and we got a new captain, Fausto plus a family of 5 celebrating their son’s 30th birthday. So now there are 9 passengers. Dolphin Lake Lodge (May 19) Today a single destination with multiple activities with lunch out “in the wild” was planned. Well, the “wild” is an...

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May 17, 2014 - Tower over the forest canopy

Tower & Lodge (May 17) Morning was heralded with a glorious sunrise and we headed out from the Anakonda in the motorized canoe early to reach the tower that extended over the tree canopy. Once docked, it was an easy hike on a boardwalk that had been built above the swamp. Along the way we saw swamp creatures including a large, iridescent blue butterfly. At the end of the boardwalk, we boarded a small canoe and paddled on a narrow stream through a jungle tunnel. A pair of tiny cute faced monkeys popped out of the hole in the tree as we...

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May 16, 2014 - Visit a Native's Home and a Nearby School & River Kayaking

Carlos Home and a School (May 16) The land along the Napo River is owned by the native people from the river edge and back almost as far as one can venture into the rain forest. They build their homes closer to the river, but not so close that the high water during the rainy season (we are in the rainy season right now!) does not wash them away. We visited with Carlos who first led a jungle walk in a loop which then ended up at his house. Along the way we sampled cacao in a pod that when split open revealed a few dozen white slimy chunks...

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May 15, 2014 - Jungle Bushwhack & Yasuni River & Dolphins

Jungle Bushwhack (May 15) Today we were outfitted with rubber boots for a deep jungle walk pat of which which turned out to be a machete bushwhack. Our boat took us to a large island that is privately owned. The owner has turned it into a monkey refuge and he accompanied us for a jungle hike. We followed him as he chopped down new growth on the trail he had forged. While we did not see any monkeys on this trail, Anne spotted a 6 foot long, black snake. It was in possession of a large rat which was saved by her exclamation. The snake...

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Apr 21, 2005 - The Amazonas

Hi all, Finally got around to finishing the Amazon story. I headed into the Amazon basin to stay at the Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station. Tiputini is located on the Tiputini River which flows into the Amazon River. Tiputini is a remote field research station 6 hours east of the Amazonian oil town of Coca, thats accessed via a boat trip down the Rio Napo a truck trip through an oil concession lease followed by a long boat trip down the Rio Tiputini. Tiputini is sited in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Even the...

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Oct 13, 2004 - Cururay 4

On our "last" morning we packed up camp and headed back to the main river. We stopped at la Victoria again and found the people there preparing for a get-together to finish the roof of a new house. They were also going to take advantage of the presence of the other families to have a party. So they offered us some aguardiente- firewater- with our lunch. Powerful stuff-you get a rough idea from the photos(!) and I think we did very well to get home in one piece. We arrived back at Lorocachi hours late, with the fortunately sober cook having...

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Oct 11, 2004 - Curaray 3

The next couple of days were comparatively uneventful, chasing the forest wildlife. We were in the "nuclear zone" of the reserve, eher noone is allowed to live or grow crops, and there was loads of it about but most of it is elusive and all those danged trees get in the way. Not surprisingly we spotted more birds than anything else. The macaws were fabulous and one of the circling raptors turned out on consulting the book to be the spectacular and very rare harpy eagle. Leo the guide also spotted a pair of yellow-headed woodpeckers, no big...

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Oct 10, 2004 - Curaray 2

As soon as we had packed up our tents and had breakfast we were on our way again. Aboiut an hour downstream we came to the community of La Victoria, the last one before we entered the "nuclear zone" of the ecological reserve where noone is allowed to live or cut trees or grow crops. The people there showed us how to use blowpipes and offered us some chicha, a local brew made of fermented yucca. If you´re lucky they have boiled it and pounded it before letting it ferment, if not they chewed it up and spat it out. Whatever, very sour. It can...

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