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Oct 14, 2019 - Puerto Maldonado - End of the River Ride

Our Audubon Journey ends with a rapid ride down the Rio Madre de Dios to Puerto Maldonado; where the Rio Tambopata joins the Madre de Dios. Why Rapid ? The boat for that ride had a 150hp outboard motor; for the previous two river sections our boat had a 60hp motor. Consequently this last boat also had a windscreen which prevented our clothing from being removed when the driver accelerated and flew down the river. No wasted time, or leisurely floating with the current. Arriving at the make-shift docks we disembarked, boarded the minivan, and...

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Oct 8, 2019 - to the Amazon Basin

After breakfast, we went by bus to the airport and flew to Puerto Maldanado. There, we got into a bus to go to the Tambopata River. We needed to arrange our luggage to take a bag with only our warm weather clothes and gear. The other stuff stayed at the office until our return. For some reason, we were delayed so ate lunch there instead of in the boats. That was just fine, actually. Lunch was a meat and rice dish packaged in what looked like corn husks. We filled up a boat that took us to the Refugio Amazonas. It was a 3 hour ride! We saw...

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Oct 29, 2018 - Amazon

A slight sleep in and breakfast at 6:30am before heading off to Oxbow lake. It took us a slow walk of around an hour with checking out plants and stuff along the way while trying to avoid the fire ants and bullet ants on the path (very painful if you get bitten by these). At the dock there were monkeys climbing in the trees but very hard to get photos of them amongst the branches. We took out a canoe and saw some very prehistoric birds on the bank and some Tucan in a far tree. Liberty had brought some bread and we fed the parana but they...

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Oct 28, 2018 - Amazon

Up at 4:30 to meet our guide Liberty for our Macaw clay lick activity, it was just Kelvin and I. It was a cool 2 hour boat ride up river and when we got there it started with a light rain. We walked around to a couple of spots where other tourists were bit the want much to see to start with, some distant green parrots and then we could see the Macaws gathering in the tops of trees. After just a little patience they started to come down to the clay lick. They were on the other side of the river so the best view was through the binoculars or...

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Oct 27, 2018 - Puerto Maldonado

Devided our gear so we had our small bag to take to the jungle lodge and were then collected for the airport at 10 am. Once dropped off we had a porter help us get all sorted with our boarding passes and luggage tags and placed in bag drop. He was a god send amongst the kaos but I'm not sure I tipped him enough. Our flight was delayed by 20 min but no big deal and only an hour flight. Getting off the plane or was hot. We were met outside by one of the staff and were added to the mini bus with other travelers. Made a note to all says try...

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Moore's do Peru 2018

Feb 7, 2018 - Moving day - no more mosquitoes- the most hated things ever!

So this is the end of our Amazon adventure. The heat is unbelievable the mosquitoes are relentless- I have more than one hundred bites and as a lot merge into each other it could be nearer to 200. If they had malaria around here I am not sure how anyone would survive. No rain since our journey into the jungle so water levels have fallen and mosquitoes have been breeding like a plague. Also all of our trecks have been in wellies. As it has been so hot we have had soaking wet feet and starting to smell! I think trench foot cannot be far...

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Feb 6, 2018 - I hate mosquitoes - official. Or rather another day in the jungle

Day three of our jungle experience. Just realised that I have not mentioned how hot it is. Normally this time of year it should rain a lot and although humid should not at bad. For some reason the rain has stopped and it is unbelievably warm and humid. Just laying down brings you out in sweat. Also the mosquitoes are horrible even the smallest ones seem to think it is fair game to attack pale white people that dare to venture into the jungle. I have hundreds of bites and even Irene has a fair few. The worst of it is that they are even...

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Feb 5, 2018 - Another day in paradise with some little devils in the background

Day two in the Amazon started at 4:10 when the alarm went off. Eyes half closed we cleaned our teeth as the least best cleaning before getting dressed and sampling jungle breakfast. We had fruit and a few rolls and some scrambled eggs plus crisps made of plantain. After this we trecked into the jungle which was still pitch black. First thing we saw was a toucan and some frogs which were still about. We reached the river and the daylight was starting to come through. The guide then took us up river for about fifteen minutes and then we got...

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Feb 4, 2018 - Rumble in the jungle

Another early start to leave Cusco for the jungle. Up at 6 and pick up at 8 so packing bags for a flight. Disaster ensues as the zip breaks on our big suitcase bag and the clothing nearly falls out everywhere. We manage to sort it and Alison lends use a bungee so we can add a bit of security to the contents. Off to the airport and then the flight to Puerto Maldonado which is in the middle of the jungle. We arrived at the smallest airport I have ever seen. It makes Norwich look positively massive. We picked up our bags and walked straight...

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Aug 12, 2015 - Into the Amazon

Nothing to do on Saturday morning, other than pack our bags and wait for our transfer to the airport. The kids and Mick played in the hotel pool, but as it was half open-air I really wasn’t particularly tempted! We transferred through the frenetic Lima traffic to the airport and were very happy to have a guide as it was a bit of a bun-fight checking-in - although according to our guide Lima is one of the most efficient airports in Peru. Lunch was unfortunately a MacDonalds, which made the kids happy, before we boarded our plane to Puerto...

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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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