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May 26, 2008 - Amazon: Tambopata Rainforest

After we landed in PM, our GAP guides were waiting for us. Our small group of 4 had now swelled to 12 as 8 more people joined us for the jungle portion. We rode a bus about 15 mins into PM where we stored some of our unnecessary luggage and repacked light (daypack and duffle bag) for the trip into the jungle. We got on another small bus and headed into the jungle. It was a basic dirt road with some muddy areas, one lane at times. We traveled like this for almost an hour...not seeing more than about 5 or 6 primitive residences (grass huts)...

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May 26, 2008 - Amazon: Tambopata Rainforest

so this is our second day in the rain forest and let me tell you, this is probably my favorite part of our entire trip. i forgot to mention that on our first day here, in order to get to our camp, we had to take a boat ride down the tambopata river, a tributary of the amazon and it is exaclty like national geographic. the river is all muddy, and brown with gorgeous lush vegetation all around the banks of it. we were on this boat for about an hour and a half before we got to our camp. so this is our second day here and we woke up early, had...

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May 2, 2008 - Day 19 the Rain Forest

Amidst growing dismay of our dwindling holiday – and our time with our group which we have come to really enjoy we begin another fascinating day. After breakfast, we borrow wellies again and trudge down to the motor launches. We find the river water level is substantially lower than yesterday. This also has an unfortunate side effect. I means the motor launches sit lower in the water meaning we have to climb down more stairs to get to them. That by itself wouldn’t be a problem normally but when the stairs in question are covered with a...

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Ally & Maddy in Peru

Aug 20, 2007 - Lima to Puerto Maldonado

Today we take a morning flight to Puerto Maldonado which is the gateway to the Amazon River Basin. Upon landing, we are taken up river in a motorized canoe to the lodge we will stay in for two nights. There is no electricity and no hot water. Light is by kerosene lantern and we will sleep in open air huts. Mosquito nets a must. The Tambopata 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.

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Peruvian Adventure

Jun 9, 2007 - Amazon: Tambopata Rainforest

The farther west you head in Peru, the closer you are to the jungle. From Cusco, where the jungle just fringes the outer landscape, we flew west, deeper into it, to a "city" called Puerto Maldonado. PM's elevation was much lower than the areas I had just visited a few days before (which spelled trouble for my sinuses). As GAP points out, Puerto Maldonado is located in an area referred to as the Amazon Basin, which is quite isolated, and not "available to the casual traveller." I can see why. The climate is severe, vast tracks of land are...

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Viva Peru

Mar 25, 2007 - Amazon Jungle, Peru

March 25-27, 2007 A flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado brought us into the amazon jungle. On arrival at the small airport it was a 20 minute bus ride followed by a 2 hour boat journey that brought us to our accomodation for the next two nights (Eco Lodge), not far from the peru/bolivia border. Welcome to the jungle, after a 2.5 hour boat ride up the main river we stopped at the ecolodge, after quickly settling in and having a meal we made our way across the river to the island known as "Monkey Island", as you can tell by the name it is...

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Feb 23, 2007 - Posada Amazonas Lodge

Hello Everyone, Here we are back again in Lima. I am writing this on the 25th, but will go day by day as it happened. On the 23rd we left our Cusco hotel at 6.30am for the airport. It was then about 14 degrees celsius. Our flight left at 8.30am. The flight was uneventful and we arrived in Puerto Moldonado at 9.15am. Here it was 38 degrees celcius - quite the difference!! The sun was shining after eight days of rain!. It is the rainy season after all!! We got picked up by a well-worn jungle bus. After a 15min. ride to the the GAP office...

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Sep 15, 2006 - The Amazon - Birds, Bugs and a Pesky Rat

K: The amazon was pretty impressive - lots and lots of trees, that's what we could see from the plane. It was as I had expected but it didn't feel as dangerous as I had thought, it was warm and humid though but the bugs weren't too bad. We travelled down the river, a big brown one, to get to the place we were staying. I was very impressed, each couple had their own guide and we had a proper little guest hut with mosquito nets for the bed. We also got fed very well but the program was pretty intensive and we saw lots of things. We went...

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Jan 1, 2006 - Welcome to the Jungle

Happy New Years everyone!!! We've spent the intervening days since the last entry in the Peruvian Jungle! Wonderful, and very much incommunicado. None the less, Tom and I want to apologize for not keeping up during our trip. We had a very busy schedule and as a result, failed to get to an internet shop due to fatigue, digestive issues, birding, hiking, machu picchu and such!This entry is actually being made as we spend our last few hours together in Lima. Tonight, Tom heads back to OR and I to Buenos Aires. I know you're thinking Tom's kind...

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Peru 2006- Amy & Tom

Jun 7, 2005 - Puerto Maldonado: In the jungle!

From Lima we flew out to Puerto Maldonado a town on the edge of the eastern Peruvian jungle. When we walked off the plane we thought we were standing next to the aircraft's turbine because we were hit with such a blast of heat, but no, it actually is this hot here and incredibly humid and sticky. To get to the lodge it was an hour by jeep down a track to the river, and then another hour in a boat into the rain forest. We had come here to spend a few day in the rainforest at a jungle lodge, a trip that we'd arranged whilst we were in South...

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