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Jul 5, 2007 - Amazon Jungle / Puerto Maldonado

We arrived back in Cusco yesterday after spending 2 days in a jungle lodge in the Tambopata National Reserve which is in the Peruvian Amazon region. It was a new lodge built only 3 years ago and it is run by a woman who moved to Peru from France. So the meals were very delicious. We arrived around sunset and went for an after dark walk in the jungle for an hour to see some animals at night. The next morning we were up at five thirty to embark on a 8 km trek to a lake where we had a packed lunch of native cooking, rice and chicken wrapped in...

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May 4, 2007 - Amazon Jungle

On friday 4/5 we got a flight to Puerto Maldonado, which is our gate way to the amazon. From the plane we got a truck to the river and we then got a motorised canoe to take us to our lodge. We arrived at our lodge 1 hour 20min later, its about 15km west of the Bolivian border. As soon as we got there we got lunch which was chicken and rice wrapped in banana leaf. Delicious. We then got ther key to our lodge which only has electricity from 5.30pm-10pm running on a generator and cold water for showers. We all had our own seperate lodges and...

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Kevin and Catherine

Oct 18, 2006 - The Jungle! (Tambapota River, Peru)

The flight to the jungle was quick (about 30 minutes) but kind of interesting because we flew from an elevation of 3,250m to 250m above sea level. So as you can imagine that within the first 2 minutes we started to go down! When we got to the airport we were greeted by the Amazon tour leader who drove us through the small town of Puerto Maldonado on the way to the jungle. Before we could enter the jungle we had to register our names with the authorities, a task that you do at an ice cream shop a few minutes from the airport. What a strange...

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Rob in the Andes

May 4, 2006 - In the jungle, in the jungle, in the jungle, in the in the jungle... rahhh!

Caught the flight this morning from Cusco to Puerto Maldinado in the Amazon jungle. Then got a riverboat down the river for about two hours to a remote lodge, Tambo Jungle Lodge! Met some really nice other people also staying at the lodge; Eric and Hannah from Amsterdam (really funny and slightly mental) and Nick and Binda from Canada (the friendliest Canadians i've ever met). By the time we got to the lodge it was just stating to get dark, and we set off for a late night jungle walk... scary!! The walk was really god fun, if not slightly...

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May 2, 2006 - Puerto Maldonado

Today we were off to the Amazon rain forest with a flight to Puerto Maldonado then off to our river boat for a 3 hour trip up the Tambopata river to our jungle lodge for the next 2 nights. After some lunch it was out for a walk in the jungle back to the lodge for a bit of down time, then out for a night walk in the jungle then back to the lodge and very nice dinner, off to bed with all the jungle sounds. On the 3rd of May after breakfast was off for another walk through the rain forest this one was a 3 1/2 hour hike, did a bit of fishing...

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Trip to Peru 2006

May 1, 2006 - Cusco

After a good night back sleeping in a bed I am off to explore more of Cusco on our last day here. I check out the Monument of Pachacuteg climbing to the top a nice view, then off to Sacsayhuaman. As today was a holiday a lot of things were closed, checked out some market places picking up a few last minute gifts, a group meeting about our trip to the Amazon rain forest.

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Trip to Peru 2006

Mar 6, 2006 - Viva Peru!

Hola! Our Peruvian adventures are off to a great start. It was a real marathon getting here but it went pretty smoothly. For some reason we thought we'd get an alright sleep at the Lima airport, which we didn't, but it was a memorable experience nonetheless. Lima's airport is very new, bright, and well laid-out. There was even an aiport employee who suggested where we should crash when we got in at about 1am! Lots of travelers sleep at the airport since most international flights get in very late and most internal flights leave in the early...

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Nov 21, 2005 - To Peru's Amazon

This morning I headed for the airport at Cusco to catch a plane to Puerto Maldonado; my destination being a lodge on Sandoval Lake, located in the Tambopata National Reserve. I had arranged the visit through a tourist agency in Cusco, and I had three days and two nights to look forward to spending in the amazon. The flight only took a half hour or so, and I stepped off the plane to be greeted by 30'C plus heat and a fair amount of humidity, which was a welcome change after Cusco's cold climate. The Sandoval Lake Lodge had a bus at the...

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Oct 21, 2005 - Two days in Puerto Maldonado

During the trip to Cusco, yesterday, I told Tumpé that my plan was to leave the group in Cusco, rather than fly back to Lima with it. I would stay for a few days in Cusco before going on to Lima myself after. He did not see any problem with that and we went on to arrange for a hotel in Cusco, through his agency and for their price, and see if the plane ticket could be changed. The latter turned out not to be the case since it was a flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima with only a stopover in Cusco, tant pis. Later it turned out that also...

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Oct 7, 2005 - Wild life I

Apologies for another big entry, not enough internet cafes in the jungle. So off we flew to the jungle, or more specifically Puerto Muldanado, a jungle town on the Peru/Brazil/Bolivia border. The area is called Madre de Dios, which is a curse in Spanish. A very short flight, and it is very humid and hot here! It feels quite exciting though, and Puerto Muldanado has quite a buzzy feel to it despite the heat. Bit of a frontier town, logging, gold extraction and probably smuggling. There is ocasional trouble (and people killed) between illegal...

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Aug 3, 2005 - Peurto Maldanado Amazon Jungle Peru

We finally arrived at Porto Maldonado after 8:00pm and expected to go to the port to catch the "special boat just for us." But the driver didn't know where we were going. Fortunately, one of the guys had the address of the Tambo Pata Lodge, so we showed up there after having stopped several times to ask for directions. Turns out this was the office for the place we were meant to stay. We were exhausted and bitter, except for Andrew who was happily chatting away in Spanish to other people in the office. They heard our nightmare and were kind...

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Jul 18, 2005 - The Amazon Jungle

After a journey up the river in a small boat, we arrived at Posada Amazonas our retreat that had open rooms facing into the Amazon Jungle. Unfortunately there was a rare cold spell during our stay, so not only was there no way we were going to have a cold shower for the couple of days we were there, most of the animals went into hibernation. We were lucky enough to find a family of giant river otters however (only about 200 in existence and now a protected species). These guys eat around 4 kg of fish per day with their paws and were hunted...

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