Carry on - Up the jungle.

Trip Start Oct 10, 2009
Trip End May 18, 2010

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Got up early today – Don’t know why, I wasn’t being picked up until 9 !! Today is the first of a two trip up the mighty Amazon,  for 120 usd (about 80 quid) I got picked up from my hotel in a motokar, taken to the small ferry port, and put on this amazing fast boat which was going to take me 100 kms up the river to Chullachaqui Lodge , a huddle of huts placed in a clearing chopped out of the jungle, me the only gringo ans a load of natives. An hour and a half later, after a couple of stops to drop of the natives in remote villages en route, we pulled off the Amazon and into the river Tapira, 10 minutes later we came to the lodge – When I say we, I mean me, I was the only gringo in the place, in fact I had the whole lodge to myself.

After being issued with a pair of wellies - Standard jungle wear and VERY neccesary ( I once tried explaining to my guide that they were invented by a certain Duke... I dont think he understood !!), I put my gear in my huge cabin, shared with a friendly, tiny, luminous green frog, (apparently it was harmless and eats mozzies)  and went to meet my guide for the duration, Raul, a local native from a village 1 km across the river Tapira , in fact all the staff were from the same village (including Ling, the cook who was really the only gay in the village) – Centra America (that’s the name of the village, not the continent). Raul took me on a quick tour of the very local jungle and then we went back for food. After lunch we went on an amazing trek through the jungle, across rivers and down lakes, he even took me to meet his family - these Peruvians are sooooo friendly. We found snakes, spiders,butterflies, monkeys, sloths, beetles, beautifull birds, grubs, termites, ants, wasps, bees and just about everything else you would find in the jungle … All the creatures I’ve just mentioned were nothing like the ones you would find down Reddish Vale by the way… They were ALL effing enormous !!!
We stayed out until after dark when the jungle sounds changed totally, there were some weird noises coming out of the blackness, we tried fishing for Pirahnas, the intention was to take a canoe but we ended up having to dangle a line from the shore cos some thoughtless Peruvian neighbour of Rauls had paddled the canoe across to the other side of the lake and left it there – Didn’t catch any fish, but I caught a snake, about 2 foot long with black and white checks !! Raul said “never in my life do I see such a thing” – He’s Peruvian you know !! We then plodded on through  “deepest, darkest jungle”  back to the Tapira river where we did a slow paddle back in total darkness except for Rauls little miners torch.. Raul kept stopping, saying shush and pointing to dark corners of the riverbank,he was looking for Alligators – Thank F**k we didn’t find any!! The river was alive with little jumping fish, a couple actually jumped into the boat – and fireflies … Millions of them, in the trees, in the river lillies and even in the bloody boat .. An amazing sight.
After  eating a massive late meal, my head was on the pillow by ten, earplugs in both ears. Managed a decent sleep considering the noise.
Day two consisted of a morning boat ride, this time with a small outboard on the canoe, down river to the Amazon, where we watched PINK dolphins jumping out of the river, we then had a bird spotting trek, there are some amazing and beautifull birds in the jungle.Back to the lodge for lunch and then waited for the return boat journey whilst watching the rain come down, I know now why this is called the rain forest, it rains EVERY day, usually around one o’clock and only for about 15-20 minutes, but we are talking rain here, it makes an English downpour seem like a shower, after the rain the heat builds up to a steaming humidity, I have never sweated so much. Fanbloodytastic !!!Got back to Iquitos in plenty of time to pick up laundry, have a couple of beers in the Yellow Rose of Texas and get this typed out .. Tomorrow its adios Iquitos and Hola Cusco. - I will return !!
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timotay on

David's Dunn the Dingles
it's great to track your progress, however, I suspect you have not actually left Stockport - those pics of the house you stayed in look suspiciously like the back of your place on Turncroft Lane - and that golf course is definitely Reddish Vale!!!
Seriously, good luck on your travels ( some people will do anything to avoid bulb planting in Oakmeadow Park!).
We had a great day today as Rovers beat the Dingles 3 - 2 at Ewood!!
Take care
Tim and Kay

countyman on

Re: **Request**
Your having spiders or nothing

countyman on

Re: David's Dunn the Dingles
Cheers Timotei - If I'd known about the bulb planting, I would have been on the next plane back

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