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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

Dec 4, 2005 - Manu ecological reserve

Manu Bioreserve, supposedly the best preserved section of the Amazon rainforest. Part of the reserve is closed to any visitors and there are tribes living within it who still hunt and fish in the traditional manner and have no contact with the outside world. It's a long voyage from Cusco to the reserve zone, taking almost three days by truck, river boat and raft. Along the way we saw many birds including the Peruvian Cock of the Rock performing its mating ritual and Macaws flocking to a clay lick in search of minerals to balance their fruit...

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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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Nov 18, 2005 - Peru - Manu - Janes of the Jungle, Part 2

The Manu Biosphere Reserve contains almost 2 million hectares of virgin cloud and rainforest on the foothills of the eastern Andes, and is considered one of the planet's last great forest wildernesses containing the most diverse flora and fauna. It was declared a national park in 1973, elevated to a World Biosphere Reserve in 1977, and finally to a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1987. Besides the forest wildlife, the only inhabitants of this reserve are the park guards, a group of scientists at a biological research station, and a...

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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 14, 2005 - Three-day trek

Well it is now Monday and I am writing this, so I must have survived the Andean trek. I must admit that it was incredibly hard, probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, in terms of physical effort. Before we started out I was a bit concerned as you know, but at least the five days before we started we had already been at a high altitude so my body had more or less acclimatised. Friday morning we got up early, as usual, and started out on the first day of our trek at about 8.30 a.m. We walked up a valley along the river and...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Sacred Valley

Close to Cusco is the Sacred Valley, where the Inca civilisation lived and ruled. After all the lounging around recently, we decided enough was enough and booked ourselves onto a tour. Although we only paid rock bottom prices, we somehow managed to get ourselves on the best tour (good old Peruvian organisation again). When we say "best" we mean it would normally be the most expensive, the clientele consisting mainly of middle-aged toffs! We were in our element! It was more of the same as we came across Andean women and children at every...

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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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Aug 2, 2005 - Muzeca - then the journey from hell!! - Peru

"In the jungle the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee we mo mo moway..." The last part of our GAP Adventure, which we were also really looking forward to, consisted of spending 2 nights in the Amazon jungle. We're long overdue for a good adventure story, so this should tide you over for awhile... We had an early flight from Cuzco to Porto Maldonado. The airport transfer was fine and there was a GAP rep there to meet us. He immediately told us there was a problem with our flight and that it was canceled...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Cusco to Puerto Maladondo - The Jungle

We flew from Cusco to Puerto Meladondo. The heat and humidity hit us like a wall when we deplaned onto the hot tarmac. After a wait we got into a bus and went to the village where we had to unpack our belongings, (my overwieght luggage made it through no problem by the way) and repack for the jungle. We are only allowed 5 kg in a daypack for travel now. I did it. We got on a river boat and had a local lunch. we travelled for about an hour down river and then had to get out to hike overland for 2 miles to the Sandoval Lodge channel to meet...

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Jul 21, 2005 - 3 day Andes Mountain Trek

Somehow I ended up hiking the Andes mountains in Peru when my Inca trail hike didn't come through. The 3 day Andes hike was walked by the Incas on their way to the well known Inca trail that leads to Machu Picchu, but very few tourist do this trek, as opposed to the 500 per day that do the official Inca trail. It is rated as a more difficult trek than the Inca....something I was unaware of when I agreed to participate. However it happened, I ended up hiking and sleeping 4300 feet above sea level, surrounded by snow capped mountains, and...

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