Into the Amazon

Trip Start Feb 04, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bolivia  , La Paz Department,
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Flying out of La Paz to Rurrenabaque (the jungle) was crazy. When you fly out you are lower than the surrounding mountains. I had some great views of the glaciers flying in between these two massive mountains. Coming in to, land there was the amazon jungle as far as I could see with the river running through it and a tiny little landing strip in the middle of it next to the town.

 From there I went to the hostel which had a real mellow scene to it with a hammock hut to chill in. The town was very small. I spent a day there before heading to the edge of the jungle, the pampas, for a 3 day boat tour up the river. We took a long bumpy 4x4 drive to the river which was the Beni river that flows into the Amazon. From there we got in these long thin canoes which took us to our hut we stayed in. Along the way we saw a lot of wildlife including monkeys, pink dolphins and heaps of different birds. Our accommodation for the 3 days was a couple of huts on the river surrounded by water, really cool set up. Caymans, which look like alligators, swam around the water under our huts and monkeys were everywhere in the trees around us. It was great and we were only at the edge of the jungle. At night there were so many mosquitoes, I was covering myself in mossie repellent every hour just to keep them away, lucky there weren't many around our hut.

The next morning we were awoken at day light by what sounded like demons crossed with a cyclone but was actually the howler monkeys. Really creepy sound. In the morning we went anaconda hunting but didn't find any. Because it was the wet season they're hard to find. Then we went more wildlife watching and seen Capybaras ( giant rodent guinea pig things) and a giant ant eater that was swimming across the river and tried to climb in our boat. In the afternoon I went swimming with the pink dolphins. They were really playful swimming around me. It was amazing to see them close up. That night we went to a bar that someone had set up on the riverbank for beers with other tour groups.

On my last day I went piranha fishing in the morning using steak for bait, caught nothing though. Then went back to the 4x4's to head back to Rurrenabaque. I flew out that afternoon to La Paz. We all got to stand right next to the runway as our plane came in to pick us up, pretty crazy but a good view. When I got back to la Paz I caught an overnight bus to Uyuni.
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