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Oct 8, 2019 - Start of the Madre de Dios River Journey
We have descended down to river level (still 500 meters above sea level) at Atalaya where we boarded our boat for the river journey into the Peruvian Amazonian Basin. The river route will take us along the southeastern border of the Manu Nacional Reserve. This Reserve is 6,627 sq. miles in size (17,163 sq. km.); in comparison the whole state of Connecticut is 5,543 sq mi. We will stay at two different Ecological Reserve sites before reaching the end of the journey at Puerto Maldonado. The boat has comfortable seating, everyone has a good...Jump to full entry
Jun 6, 2010 - Bad Day!
Letters to Home: " Sunday morning sucked! I was awoken by howler monkeys, which wasn’t all that bad. If you can find audio online you should hear them, they make the strangest noises. I think the red howler monkey is the kind we’ve been hearing. My stomach was still bothering me since the Imodium hasn’t worn off yet. We ate breakfast and got ready for a hike and to see the wallow in which peccaries make that collect fish and other creatures. We spotted some spider monkeys and brown capuchins nearby the offices at the beginning of our hike...Jump to full entry
Jun 5, 2010 - Arrival at Cocha Cashu
Letters to Home: " We packed up our tents and bag and heard howler monkeys during breakfast. We also noticed a dead tarantula near our tent! We got back on the boat for 2 more hours and finally reached Cocha Cashu where we’ll be staying for about 10 days! We set up our tent and just in time because it started pouring down rain shortly after! My stomach is hurting from taking too much Imodium since the bathroom at the ranger’s station was gross and I didn’t want to use it, haha! We met up in the office building and discussed what we’ll be...Jump to full entry
Jun 4, 2010 - Boca Manu & The Ranger's Station
We got up around 4am and loaded up the boat with our belongings. We left around 5-5:30 and it took us 3 hours before we stopped at a small town called Boca Manu. Along the way we saw a lot of birds, another sea otter, and three peccaries. Boca Manu had nasty bathrooms, I mean feces all over the place and no toilet seats, so we had to pay to use another bathroom located by the store which was clean. There we a lot of chickens, dogs, and a few guinea pigs running around and we found this huge beetle the size of my fist! We left, and went to...Jump to full entry
Jun 3, 2010 - Nature Walks
We took an early morning boat ride to see the macaws eat the clay cliffs, but we didn’t get a good look since we were so far away. Prior to that we got the boat stuck on some rocks and a few of us had to pull the boat out. When we returned, we ate breakfast, saw some howler monkeys in the trees, then I rested in the hammock for a while. We met up with everyone after that to present our proposals; our project is the “size, frequency, and distribution of black caiman among different habitats.” After that, we saw a lot of lizards and...Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2010 - Finally in the rainforest!
We hopped on the bus but the ride was short lived because one of the tires blew out right in front of some village woman’s house. While we waited for the driver to fix the tire, we wandered around admiring the scenery. After the tire was fixed, the bus driver pretended to drive past us, which we all found funny after the fact. I guess there can always be humor even when there’s a language barrier! We passed through several small villages, and saw how they made all the sweet bread we’ve been eating. For a while bread and cheese was about all...Jump to full entry
Jun 1, 2010 - The Cock..... of the Rock!
My night sleep was quite unpleasant due to the local cuisine getting the best of me. We were meant to take a long hike through the cloud forest but I was unable to join in due to an angry gut. Jen was feeling a little yucky, or maybe just a bit tired from all the moving around, so she stuck around the lodge too and we rested. We were awoken by the bus driver telling us to wake up and join the rest of the group since we weren’t going to be sticking around there much longer. A very pretty Columbian girl who I believe worked for the...Jump to full entry
May 21, 2008 - Day 3 - Mountain Biking
More biking today and for the most part it was really cool. More bumpy rocky roads though that kept the speed down but the views today were amazing! Jo also had turned a corner and was taking no prisoners as she barrelled down the hills! There was some screaming but she did fantastically well considering she hadn’t been on a bike for 15 years! We got back to Cusco around 6pm after quite a bit of time travelling on the bus which got a bit hard towards the end. It seemed as though the day was more about travelling in the bus rather than...Jump to full entry
May 21, 2008 - Manu National Reserve -- The Amazon!!
We were picked up and around 5 am (after returning the night before at midnight!) for our trip to Manu by our guide, Juan. We all basically passed out for the first couple hours out of Cusco, except when we made a stop at the bread village to pick up our bread (yummmmmm…). We stopped for breakfast at t a small roadside town where Claire and Laurie had rice, tomatoes, and fried eggs, and Josh and Jeff had Caldo (a steamy bowl of lamb soup). A few hours in, we went for a quick hike among these cylinder shaped pre-Inca tombs built into the...Jump to full entry
May 20, 2008 - The Jungle Lodge!
Today was a free day at the lodge and everyone did what they wanted which was great! I spent the time reading my book and sleeping (similar for Alison as well I think!) Geoff, Jo and Bruce went walking with Manuel (our biking guide) in search of monkeys and birds! There were no tracks, just Manuel and his machete cutting a path for them! No monkeys to be seen unfortunately but Geoff enjoyed his bird watching!! Another chilled evening and another great sleep – best I have had in a long time!!! It was soooo relaxing listening to the river and...Jump to full entry
May 19, 2008 - Mountain Biking - Day 1
We were up and away at 6am to drive on the famous Peruvian roads which aren’t the best for 4 hours to start our mountain biking adventure! Once at the top of the Manu National Park we sorted our bikes and got all our kit sorted. After a quick lunch we were ready for the 50km downhill ride through the rainforest to our accommodation at a jungle lodge... Jo wasn’t a happy camper at all to start with as the road was rather bumpy for the first quarter. I stayed with her for the first part then couldn’t control it and put the pedal on the gas to...Jump to full entry
May 21, 2006 - Hello from Quillabamba **NEW PHOTOS ADDED 06/06 ***
Hello! well it has taken me quite a while to find another access to the internet and there is so much to fill you guys in on! it has been quite the week. after a few days in Cusco we started the Inca trail for three days, it was just fantastic. it is an amazing walk that is 500 years old, mostly consisting of the original stone steps set into the path by the Incas. starting low in the valley, well low for peru, 2000m you wind your way into the mountains passing ruin after ruin. it is an amazing experience, so much culture to take in in the...Jump to full entry