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May 26, 2010 - The Amazon at Puerto Maldonado

The last two nights we have been staying in the Amazon and have had a fabulous time. The bush is very lush and dense. The Amazon River itself is a fast moving and mud coloured. We stayed in a gorgeous lodge where we ate amazing food and were treated like royalty. On the boat coming to the lodge we were given a lunch of a rice mixture served in a banana leave.The main businesses in the area are gold mining,Brazil nuts and tourism.Alot of people still live very simply and traditionally in the jungle.But there is a town in the area that has 45...

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Adios Amigos 2010

May 21, 2010 - Magnificent Sandoval Lake - Amazon Basin

What a place! Within this fabulous jungle and it´s jewel of a lake, a few of the sights we saw included; caymans, macaws, various herons, parrots, ¨stinky chickens¨, ever-present vultures (of course), giant fish, tiny fish, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, massive tarantulas - including a bird-catcher, brief glimpses of agoutis and most excitingly a family of giant river otters. They were happily making a meal of several big fish and displaying their wonderful gymnastics. Out on the canoe for hours at a time we were only a few metres from...

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Feb 24, 2010 - Puerto Maldonado

As there was nothing more to do in Cuzco I took the chance to get to the peruvian jungle by staying four days in a lodge close to Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is nothing special, typical jungle city, everbody here seems to like riding his motorbike - whereas they are usually occupied by 2+ people ;-) You can go there from Cuzco with bus in some days, depending on the road state, especially suring rain season, that is now. So I preffered much go there by an one hour flight ;-) Arriving there is like another world after Cuzco, its...

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Mar 31, 2009 - The Amazon

We made it safely to Lima and started our tour with Intrepid. We have a fairly young tour group which is surprising for Intrepid. The group is made up of 3 Aussies, 1 Kiwi, 3 Brits (but ones lives in Oz and the other in NZ), 2 Danish, 2 Norweigan and 1 Canadian. Our guide is a Pervian called Pedro and on our first night he gave us a tour of the centre of Lima and Miraflores. We then all went to a nice restaurant and had dinner - MS tried the alpaca and said that it was quite tasty. We had an early start the next day as we travelled into the...

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Dec 24, 2008 - Puerto Maldonado

In the words of G´n´R, welcome to the jungle. After two hot and sweaty days in the Amazon, I can safely say Australia has the best insect repellant (at least better than Ireland´s, Canada´s and Switzerland´s). It worked wonders, but we´re taking the Malarone (anti-malarial) drugs anyway. Boy, do you have some kooky dreams taking those things! The tour group has turned out to be quite small - just 3 of us going all the way to La Paz, and 3 others with us to the end of the treks. We flew into jungle on the 22nd and stayed for 2 nights in the...

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Sep 21, 2008 - Travel Update - Amazon Jungle (Puerto Maldonado)

Our first adventure out of Cusco was to the Amazon jungle... We made our way to Cuzco airport and were surprised to board a modern boeing aircraft. Although we felt slightly relieved, I think we had both secretly had expectations of donning parachutes and jumping into an open air twin propeller plane, heading deep into the jungle, like so many of the exploration films we have seen. We landed at Puerto Maldonado airport which comprised of a single tarmac runway in a clearing in the dense jungle. Ours was the only plane there and we...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Amazon Jungle Day 2

The lodge we are staying in itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity). Local community members make up the majority the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. We woke up before 6:00 AM to catch a canoe up the river for an Amazonian nature walk. Our guides divided us up into two groups to enhance our...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Amazon Jungle-Day 1

We flew from Cuzco, high in the Andes, to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. We traveled by motorized canoe to our lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. About half of Peru is located within the Amazon Basin, however, due to its isolation, not a lot of it is available to the casual traveller. Puerto Maldonado is the region’s principal city and is serviced by air from the capital and from Cuzco. The town is situated at the confluence of the...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Amazon Jungle-Day 1

The Tambopata Rainforest Area includes habitats ranging from the Andean highlands around the rivers' headwaters through some of the last remaining intact cloud forests to the lowland rainforests of the Amazon basin. The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species - 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve. Some of...

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Jun 29, 2008 - The Rain Forest - June 26-28

The jungle was amazing, a truly magical place. Here finally (from Cuzco) are a couple of photos from our past four days at the Refugio Amazonas Lodge on the Madre de Dios River in the heart of Peru's Amazon Basin Rain Forest, technically in the Reserva Nacional Tambopata. More photos will be added. These were probably the most active four days of my life. We spent practically all our waking hours with our guide, Donell, hiking through the forest to see and learn about just about everything that is there. Donell was a brilliant guide, and...

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Jun 28, 2008 - Amazon Puerto Moldonado

The rest of the people arrived this morning which was another family from Ireland...mom and 2 older kids as well as two girls from the states one of which has a very obnoxious personality...no wonder we get a bad rep! Well it was an early rise to leave Lima and hop on a flight to the Amazon. It was a short one hour flight to get to Cuzco. As you fly into Cuzco, you see a ton of mountains and villages in the mountains. We stayed on the plane to go further to Puerto Moldonado which is deep down in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. It's...

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May 26, 2008 - Amazon Jungle: Puerto Maldonado

hey everyone, today we arrived at the jungle. it was quite an experience. the town of puerto maldonado is a quite bustling city with motorcycles going all over the place, women riding on the back of them, while their husbands are driving while they are holding their children, it is awesome to see, but at least they are wearing their helmets, haha. so afte we took about a 45 minute ride to the jungle, through lush forest, that you see in national geographic on a dirt road, we arrived at the eco lodge. this eco lodge is my dream. its hot...

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