Day 74 - Art of jungle plant medicine, night walk
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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After quite a walk we arrived at the Shaman house
We then headed back to the lodge for lunch and a rest. After a lovely storm and rain, we climbed into the boat and went for a cruise up river. Leo suggested that we return to the mouth of the river to see if we could find some pink dolphins. We agreed and were rewarded with an amazing dolphin show! Around six pink dolphins were feeding in the river mouth and we sat and watched for close on an hour as they surfaced and dived. There was even a mom with a baby. Leo then drove the boat in circles around them and they surfaced more regularly showing us the beautiful pink colour that makes them famous. It was exhilarating. They are incredible animals. We felt very lucky to end the day with them.
As it got dark, Leo and Plus took us for a short night walk. We grabbed torches and ponchos and headed out into the jungle just outside our lodge. We saw some big and hairy tarantulas, stick-like spiders, frogs, toads and great speckled geckos. The holes in each tree come alive at night with little creatures. To be honest our adrenaline was pumping at the thought of snakes and all the creepy crawlies but we really enjoyed seeing the jungle by night.
After much excitement we sat down to a traditional jungle meal. It was a piece of fish covered in a tomato and onion relish that had all been boiled together in a leaf. On the side was fried and boiled sweet bananas. We ended off with a purple jelly made from a purple maize plant. It was all delicious. We've had a super day and survived our jungle experience.
Tomorrow we make our way back to Iquitos and onwards to Lima. It's been a very interesting experience being in the jungle. We are totally out of our depth and have marveled at the local villagers who live in these conditions every day. Life is simple but definitely not easy.