Hotel Don Carlos Puerto Maldonado
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We were up early for a rainforest walk and visit to an oxbow lake. We learnt that the trees in the rainforest don't have deep roots as the nutrients they need are in first 50cm of soil so they have adapted other ways to stabilise themselves eg wide bases like a buttress. The trees don't have any rings to tell their age because there are no seasons in the rainforest so trees grow all year round unlike trees at home that stop and start growing to ...
... fishing with the group in total darkness in a wooden boat. One of the guides stands up the front with a spotlight running off a rusty car battery. (Looked just like my uncles). He looks left and right close to the banks for tiny red flecks. This is the light reflecting off the caymans eyes. Then the boat drives over and lingers about a meter from the Cayman until it swims away. It was difficult to believe how good the guides were at spotting them from 30-50m ...
... deforestation and other developments that compromise the biodiversity in the area.
The lodge sat right on the edge of a river bend. Perhaps dangerously close... much of the land looked like it was about to crumble into the waters below. I looked up at the darkening sky and heard a distant rumble of thunder. But I was prepared to take my chances. My lodge was furthest away from the general area. I walked along a patio-bridge-like path that was sheltered from the ...
I woke up after my first night's sleep in the jungle covered in sweat (yum) because the electricity had gone off during the early hours of the morning. The fan stood sheepish and limp across the room from me. The humidity was unreal. The air was so stagnant that it was almost foggy. Poor Hannah had surrendered her room to me and adopted another room for the night. She didn't have the best night's sleep but took it in her stride. I suggested we share her double ...
... and more familiar during my stay. It seemed like the radio station only had access to 12 songs and what was once "OH YAY THIS SONG" became a "OH MY GOD REALLY AGAIN?!"
Towards the end of the first day, I had seen the local market and bought myself a dench bag of bananas which I would spend the next few days devouring. I saw heaps of unknown fruits, vegetables and grains. Among the new fruits was aguaje. Apparently aguaje, otherwise known as Maurita ...