Trip Start Oct 29, 2009
27Trip End Jan 26, 2010
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Hhmmm…..I really wasn’t convinced about the Amazon experience, I guess like most arachnophobes this a bit like throwing yourself to the lions but Sam was keen so I grit my teeth and went along.
Our plane was delayed so by the time we had taken the 3 and half hour journey down the river to the lodge it was dark - maybe that helped because when the paths are lit by nothing more than fire touches and your lodge room by only three pretty pathetic candles you really can’t see much to be scared about. That said the first night Sam found a huge cockroach in the bathroom and another on his mosquito net which meant he went to bed more restless than I did (he hates them like I hate spiders).
Up at 4.30 with the birds for our Amazon hike (I have never had so many early morning starts) and then we had to get our Wellington boots. In the boot room all the girls in flip flops had their feet savaged by huge biting ants, which the guides found mildly amusing, they hurt so much I jumped on the bench to avoid them, and one of the girls grabbed her boots and had a huge spider crawl out as she put her foot in - a lot of unhappy women by this stage!!!
During the three hour (each way ) hike we saw a squirrel and 2 monkeys from a distance, and that was about it until we went out on a lake to try and spot the Otters - we didn’t!! (spot them that is) although we did see 2 Stinky Birds (that is really their name) We also got savaged by another type of huge ant that bit my arm and Sam’s neck and bloody hurt. Then we hiked back in 40 degree heat and 97% humidity and arrived totally soaked in sweat - lovely!! You can tell this is going well for me can’t you……..oh and i think i forgot to mention the jungle trail was mud all the way.......
That night we saw a snake in a tree and then a huge tarantula the size of a dinner plate which Sam insisted on having his picture taken with, then two guys went back for seconds for our buffet dinner and gleefully told us tarantula number 2 had been on the post by the dessert and “boy it moved quick to catch a passing insect” - my mosquito net got tucked in extra tight that night.
In summery ……the jungle has big ants (that bite), squirrels, Stinky Birds, huge spiders mud and makes you sweat a lot ………the jungle won't be going down as the highlight of my trip!!!! But have to say that hunting for Caimen at night on the river and getting to enjoy the most amazing stars i have seen for ages were some high points for both of us - see i can see the good side as well.....
We left for an overnight in Lima . Not a lot to say about Lima apart from the fact we had dinner in a convent and the Nuns sang Ave Maria for us when we finished dinner. Next on to Chile ……