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... my forearm as testament to that. First the man fed him, he put the tongs up high so the massive jaguar had to stand on its hind legs to get the meat, he was a lot more aggressive at taking the meat from the tongs, his head was huge and his body was very muscular. When the man gave me the tongs I did the same thing, I held the meat high and the mighty cat launched onto his hind legs and grabbed the cage with his huge clawed feet, it was amazing. We then took a bunch of photos ...
... flew away.
Next stop was when we saw a family of monkeys playing in the trees on the riverbank, and then we were into the canyon proper where the walls reach up over 1,000m at one stage. Very impressive.
We stopped a couple more times, once to inspect a shrine in a cave and the other time beside an extraordinary "growth" on the side of one of the cliffs where the effect of drizzling water had, over the years, created a green ...
... dotting the river below. I found it especially difficult to see the beauty with all of the garbage. Empty water bottles, and soda bottles, plastic covers, jugs, sneakers, and other floating things littered the river surface in every direction, collecting in immense rafts along the edges and in the eddies. It was hard for me to focus on anything but the garbage, wondering how many bags of trash had sunk to the bottom, thinking what I was seeing on top ...
... save the jaguar which was numerous in the area not that long ago.
A hydroelectricity dam was constructed (in the late 70's, I think) which raised the level of the river in the gorge allowing it to be navigated by boat. Up until that time only 2 expeditions had been able to get down the canyon.
After 3 nights in Tuxtla it was back on the bus at 11.30pm to travel for 8 hours to Veracruz, on the Gulf Coast as we start to make our way towards Puerto Vallarta for ...
... was extreme - not one child asked us for a peso all day, infact they were quite happy just staring at us and smiling, very cute. We hung around and watched the women get bored, the men dancing and slowly dropping like flies as the pox flowed, and the kids making their own fun. I ate some awesome boiled peanuts, bananas, tacos and 2 icecreams all for $1.50, before we hopped in some taxis and headed back toward San Cristobal. We made a stop at the ...
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