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May 26, 2008 - Amazon Jungle: Puerto Maldonado

Well, we are up bright and early and ready to catch a flight to the jungle today. We had a briefing about what to expect during our stay there last night. It sounds like its going to be a blast! Not counting the 85 deg temps, 90 percent humidity and mosquitoes!! haha! We take a 2 hr motorized canoe ride to the ecolodge after flying to Puerto Moldanado from Cusco. After we get there, they have several outings planned for us...night and day jungle hikes, slideshows, a catamaran shore trip to view wildlife at a nearby lake, and a caimen (like...

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May 1, 2008 - Day18 Puerto Maldonado

We start at 9 for Juliaka minus Manolo who had a late night and is feeling poorly. If he feels better he will join us otherwise we will catch up with him when we return to Lima. At the airport I realise I can’t find my mobile. I think I’ve left it in the room. Julio calls the hotel and checks with them but they say there is nothing left there. The only other possibility is that it is in the main luggage which I have already checked in. The only thing to do is to wait till we get to Puerto Maldonado and check. The flight from Cusco to...

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Ally & Maddy in Peru

Apr 26, 2008 - The Amazonian Jungle

When we last wrote we were in Arequipa in southern Peru – Peru’s second largest city. A few days ago we left Arequipa at 5.45am, 8.0deg Celsius , dry, alt 3000m >>> flew to Cuzco 10.00am 15deg Celsius, dry, alt 3800m >>> flew to Puerto Maldonado 12.30pm, 30deg Celsius, , humid +++, alt 200m >>>15 mins in a bus>>>30 mins in a speeding longboat on the Madre de Dios River >>>90 mins for a 3km walk along a muddy jungle track in gum boots, and finally a 30 min paddle in a long canoe across Lake Sandoval brought two dripping (and it wasn’t...

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Jan 8, 2008 - No sloth for me... ;(

Well today was kind of a bust. We had a full day with Carlos and it turns out that the reason he is so grumpy and unhappy is because he hates working at this lodge and he is really sick and needed to go to the hospital. So our hike today was neat but slightly uneventful. We rushed through the jungle and I didn't even bother trying to take any pictures (we didn't see any wildlife anyway) and took an even more uneventful boat ride back. That being said, the trail that we walked today was great! It was narrow and deep in the forest. We had to...

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Jen's year off

Jan 7, 2008 - Swinging from the vines

What a day Brea and I had! Last night we went to sleep around 10:30 but the bugs and jungle were so loud that it was really hard to fall asleep. Yeah, and the spider images too. It was weird because I had ear plunges that can easily drown out the sounds, but as much as I wanted to sleep, another part of me really wanted to listen to the sounds of the jungle. I mean, when else will I have a chance to sleep on the outskirts of a tropical rain forest? But that lead to me only getting about 5.5 hours of sleep because our wake up call was 5am!...

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Jen's year off

Jan 6, 2008 - Jungle Girl!

Today we flew from Lima (where we had about an hour drive for a quick city tour, and an 8 hour stay at an AMAZING hotel) to Puerto Maldonado, home to the Peruvian Amazon jungle. YES! I am finally here! I have always wanted to come to the amazon, well at least since 7th grade when I did a research project about it. And as we were on our boat drive from the airport to our eco-lodge I was imagining exploring the dense jungle, machete in hand, during the 1800s, and running into indigenous tribes, or something. And I thought, I would have loved...

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Jen's year off

Nov 3, 2007 - In the jungle, the mighty jungle....

I wish I was having a day of rest, but I prebooked the optional side trip to the Amazon jungle. There is only me and one other from the group going - the rest have 3 days to relax in Cusco. It takes a while to get there - a plane, bus and boat ride, but we do spot a sloth from the bus then capybara and several birds from the boat. The lodge we are staying at is fantastic. No electricity so lots of candles and oil lamps, hammocks on the balconies and hummingbirds flying around the paradise flowers. We do a night walk the first night in the...

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Oct 31, 2007 - Puerto Maldonado

Fly from Cusco today for our 3 day venture into the Amazon jungle. Doubt whether there'll be any internet connection at our Lodge but you never know. Happy Halloween to all. A& M PS Vanessa: Please opt for the treats not the tricks at No 6! Update: as we were leaving our small Cusco hotel, we gathered from a flutter at Reception and two large bodyguards outside that a VIP was in residence. It turned out to be Princess Beatrice plus fella who had only been given a standard room as compared with our upgrade suite!

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Oct 11, 2007 - Puerto Maldonado - Rio Madre de Dios

Die letzten beiden Tage haben wir im Paradies verbracht! Eine gute halbe Stunde Flugzeit von Cusco entfernt liegt die Kleinstadt Puerto Maldonado inmitten des Amazonas. Von dort sind wir mit einem Boot rund 30 km flussabwärts auf dem Rio Madre de Dios gefahren. Schon die Anreise hat uns einen Einblick in die faszinierende, für uns neue Welt gegeben. Nach einer guten Stunde sind wir dann in der Eco Amazonian Lodge angekommen. Ein Paradies auf Erden! Mitten im Regenwald stehen rund 50 kleine Bungalows mit eigenem Bad und kleinem Wohnzimmer....

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Sep 23, 2007 - Back from the Jungle

The journey to end all journeys. After leaving Cusco 4 days ago, it was time to start making our way back via, various boats, various cars, vans and finally a plane. As we got up at 4am we knew we had a long 2 days ahead of us. With our torches held aloft we waved goodbye to the wonderful staff at Manu Lodge, and began the walk in the dark to the river to get our boat to begin the first part of our journey which would last a mere 7 hours. We boarded the boat in the dark and headed back up stream and gradually out of the jungle. It was...

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Sep 3, 2007 - Puerto Maldonado/Amazon

I made it to Puerto Maldonado in one piece early this morning. It went from very cold weather in Cuzco, to about 100 degrees when we landed in Puerto Maldonado! There go the layers again- just in reverse! And we are back at sea level, so if the air wasn't so hot and thick, I might be able to breathe again! The airport is hilarious- one landing strip, one baggage claim, one big room basically! It is actually an international airport! - one flight goes out to Bolivia, which we are very close to. I met my group this morning- I actually...

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Aug 20, 2007 - Amazon Adventure

Amazon - amazonica We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado...which scenery speaking is radically different from Cusco. The mountains end abruptly and give way to utterly flat lands entirely covered in rainforest. We descended a long way and flew over this forest for sometime, just wondered if the pilot was trying to find the airport, which when he did turned out to be something out of an African Mission air strip...goodness knows how we got into there it was so short. From the airport in Puerto Maldonado we were taken a short way by bus to a...

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