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Nov 28, 2011 - Exploring the Jungle

A FULL DAY IN THE JUNGLE We were up by 4 am. We heard a really eerie sound like a jet engine. It would start quietly and get louder and then stop. It would keep coming in waves. We thought it was a generator of some kind. Turns out it was the Howler Monkeys. After breakfast we went up river 20 minutes. Then we had a 20 min. hike to the oxbow lake where we got on a raft that was moved in the water using only paddles. We spotted many varieties of birds here: the red throated Caracara, The pale vented pigeon, the Bat Falcon and Parakeets....

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Nov 27, 2011 - Amazon Jungle

OFF TO THE AMAZON JUNGLE! We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. The flight was really rough as we passed over the Andes. Luckily it was a quick flight: only 30 minutes. Puerto Maldonado is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region. It is situated where the Tambopata and the Madre de Dios river converge. It is in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. It is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Initially they harvested rubber. After the rubber boom, the principal activities became gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction,...

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Nov 18, 2011 - Tambo Jungle Lodge

Nov 18 Puerto Maldonado We arrived early via overnight bus from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado which is a small town northeast of Cusco in the amazonia region. We took a 20 min. boat ride fom town to our jungle lodge called Tambo Jungle Lodge. It was a nice resort in the heart of the jungle. Though we were told it was a new lodge we highly doubt that, as it was a little run down. We ate lunch then had naps in the main lodge until 4pm when we headed out to "Monkey Island". It was a short boat ride and a short walk into the heart of the island. We...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Jungle food

The food in the jungle lodge is amazing and plentiful. Within the first hour of being on the excursion, I had been given a lovely snack consisting of sugar coated brazil nuts, an orange and plantain chips AND lunch, which was chaufa rice wrapped in a massive vine leaf. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all done on a buffet basis and a vegetarian option is available each day. I was particularly pleased to be served pancakes for my first breakfast. In addition to all of this, free fresh fruit, tea, coffee and NESQUIK HOT CHOCOLATE are available...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Jungle activities

Most of the activities that I am doing in the jungle are, predictably, wildlife orientated. I have been on many canoe rides and jungle treks (including a very scary night time trek). Additionally, I have been birdwatching, I have climbed a thirty metre canopy tower and I have visited the local medicinal garden. This last trip was by far the most interesting. I was shown around by the community´s shaman and taught about all the different plants that are used to cure illnesses. At the end, I was given shots of various medicines, including a...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Luxury in the jungle (accommodation)

The jungle lodge at Posadas Amazonas is breathtaking. It was constructed by members of the native community of Infierno and is made entirely out of materials found in the jungle. The walls are bamboo stick, the roof is thatched palm leaves and the floor is timber. When you first enter the lodge, you come across an open air communal area with hammocks, sofas and a constant supply of fresh water and fruit. Turning left is the open air dining room and bar and turning right, there is an educational centre (with lots of biology A-level-type...

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Jun 13, 2011 - I arrive in the jungle....

During my flight to Puerto Maldonado, it suddenly dawned on me that my four day excursion to the Amazon was fairly expensive and thus the accommodation that I would be staying in must be a lot nicer than the simple compounds I had originally imagined. This made me very excited and was enough to power me through the fact that I hadn´t slept for many an hour. I was met at the airport in Puerto Maldonado by Silverio, my guide for the next four days (who, by the way, has worked with BBC on a fair few documentaries!) He ushered me onto a...

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May 5, 2011 - In the Amazon

Wake up call (knock) at 5am, breakfast at 5:30 am and then a jungle hike at 6am. Wow 5 kms - whew! At least it was all flat! Lots to see, cacao trees, elephant trees, walking palm trees, iron tree, lots of butterflies, more monkeys, even the smallest frog (the size of a small pinky fingernail) lots of birds… even finally the head of a caimen! About ½ way through the walk we stop at a raised canopy lookout to watch for birds and see the jungle from the top (11 meters high). On all jungle hikes you need to wear long pants, long sleeve shirts,...

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May 4, 2011 - into the Amazon jungle

6:30a and we are in the lobby with Christina and on route to the airport, she has our tickets sorted out and we get checked in, just enough time to grab a coffee and breakfast sandwich before heading to the gate for our flight. Airport security here is great… you can bring your coffee or drink with you through to the gate! Our flight has a short stop in Cuzco and then to Puerto Maldonado … and off to our Amazon adventure. The Tucan Travel guide is waiting at the airport for us (yeah) … and 2 others (Rob & Carli who are from just outside...

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May 1, 2011 - Peru, Amazon to the Altiplano

We are into the highlands of Bolivia so I wanted to get this finished. So it is rather sparce, and the fotos are without info. I hope you can make the connections. This section of the trip was totally unexpected and we had a great time improvising as we traveled along. Through the amazon basin was hot and humid. It is sad to see the remnants of the old forest form the trees that have been left in the pastures. We crossed two huge rivers and through some primary forest in Peru. Up the side of the andes was terrific and Paco did a great job,...

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Mar 18, 2011 - Wet, Wet, Wet!!!

EcoAmazonia Lodge, Puerto Maldonado, 110311 2011 – 2200 in Peru Here’s another piece of free travel advice – if you are going to visit a tropical rainforest, and like your comfort, don’t visit at the height of the rainy season! Or if you must, stay indoors! It’s just as well that we don’t mind being wet, as long as we can be warm (Darwin and Malaysia taught us that). The way the day started, we were expecting a drenching. We had a late start scheduled, but were up in time to wave goodbye to most of the people who arrived with us two days...

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Mar 16, 2011 - Row, row, bail your boat…

EcoAmazonia Lodge, Puerto Maldonado, 10 Mar 2011 – 2200 in Peru We did not much feel like getting up today. We woke, just before five, to the sound of lashing rain on our cabin roof. It was still dark and we were warm and snug in bed. Ahead of us lay the prospect of getting soaked, slipping in mud, being eaten alive by mosquitoes, and being thoroughly worn out by a 10 km slog through the jungle. Besides, some of those reviews we had read were critical of the lack of wildlife to be seen – was it going to be worth the effort? Rolling over and...

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