Puerto Maldonado 2nd August

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 27, 2013

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Puerto Maldonado 2nd August

We are in Puerto Maldonado, which is on the Madre de Dios (Mother of God)

Mario and I went out and rented a bike for a couple of hours to get into town, it worked out cheaper than getting a taxi or tuk tuk, and it was a lot more fun

We saw lots of stuff and did take lots of photos, but my camera seems to have screwed up, BUT I did see my first Scarlet Macaw, it was sitting pretty high in a tree but I think the photos turned out pretty good; there was a blue and yellow macaw there as well, there is a place, just a small one that has snakes and stuff in there, mostly bones, but it was worth a visit and look round, it's only a small family thing

As we are off on a river trip tomorrow, and the price is really good and we will be right on the edge of the jungle, so there should be a few good photos (that will be in the next blog entry)

While I and Mario were in town, I had a great cup of coffee, and Mario found food, so there were 2 happy guys in town

We took the bikes back and it was ridiculously cheap, 6 hours for 7 quid, so we took a photo each and that was the end of our day, let’s see what tomorrow and the morning brings


Day out in Puerto Maldonado 3 August

The mini bus arrived right on time, so we were off on a river boat trip, we were going to be stopping at monkey island, doing a bi of kayaking and then going to see some wildlife, an aerial walkway and a zip line through the jungle, it seemed pretty good, so we arrived at the Madre de Dios and got in our long boat, it was a 45 minute trip to get to monkey island, so it was just a case of sit back and watch the other boats go by

We arrived at monkey island and beached the boat and piled out, traipsed up the beach into the jungle, our guide was a little fat bloke who sweated a lot, he didn’t speak much in the way of English, but still there isn’t really much to say

We wandered around for an hour or so, but never found any monkeys, the guide tried making these strange noises, but if I was a monkey I wouldn’t have come down either, he tried to tempt them with these tiny bananas, that never worked either (they are in a jungle with a lot better food than the couple of tiny bananas we had to offer,) he tried pointing out trees, but never had any idea what they were, apart from a banana tree, which he tried to impress us with, it werent even a very good banana tree either

He gave up with trying to attract monkeys and we went back to the boat, he pulled  these plastic things up the beach, these were our kayaks that we would be using, unfortunately there wasn’t enough to let everyone have one, I clambered aboard one, not so good, it wobbled and rocked, mine wasn’t the only one, a few others tipped over, I gave up in the end, the current was too strong to paddle against, the river was a muddy brown, with a lot of debris floating downstream, so I dragged my kayak up the mud and just sat and watched the others

After an hour or so of watching a fat bloke (our guide) swim about and try to impress the girls (I think he knows people like whale watching) he hitched up the kayaks and we were off to lunch

We arrived at this Amazonia lodge place and had to clamber up broken steps and dust to this lodge place

We got there and found they had 2 red and green macaws, we heard them before we saw them, so it was camera out as we approached them, they seemed to have attracted a bit of a crowd, all vying for photos, I just stood back and waited for it all to calm down, but the macaws seemed to be having a bit of a bust up between themselves, but at least our guide had some sense, he gathered up all the plastic the macaws had been chewing on, seems some people found it funny watching them

Well the photos are there, so enjoy them; I think they are pretty good

They had 2 monkeys wandering about and even they seemed to be having a tussle on the grass

Well we waited for over an hour for our lunch, it wasn’t worth the wait, but as we were hungry and there was no other choice, we ate it, I tried to get a coffee, and that werent very successful, they put instant coffee into a cup and just poured cold water over it, mmm, not too clever, I gave it back and said hot coffee, so they dumped it in a kettle and boiled that, well it was coffee of a sorts

Well it was the aerial walk way and zip line next, so we climbed the tower, I thought it would have been taller, but it was about 25-30 meters high with one walkway, and platforms for the zip line

It was into a harness and a walk over the walkway, wobbly, but not a real problem, I got hooked up and going by the screaming from some I thought it was going to be a great zip line, well its about 50 meters and a drop of 3 meters, and you didn’t get much speed out of it, in fact, I came to a halt about 2/3 rds of the way across and had to pull my way across to the end, then unhook and hich up to the other one, this was slower if anything, but at least I got all the way across, after that I walked up the walkway, I got to the top of the tree where it was finished and looked down on the canopy of trees, there was nothing, no birds, not even bugs or flies, so I came back down, the fat guide was giving it all the macho stuff with the females (none I have been travelling with) and making sure all their harness fitted just a little too well before they went on the zip line

We only had 2 goes on the zip line, then we had to set off back to town, too me it had all been a waste of a day, 2 macaws and 2 monkeys hardly make a good day and no matter how they call this river, it’s still just a river with a fancy bridge over it

Well we got back to Puerto Maldonado and got off the boat, I think our guide was expecting a tip, he had his hand out, I never gave him anything, but I did give him a tip he might find useful,

Don’t Eat Yellow Snow

It was hardly the great day I expected, still we are out of here in the morning, off to a lodge place and hopefully better than this with more to see and do (Monday, 4 August)


The hostel/campground/ Botanical Garden Camping is run by a Thai woman, she makes some pretty good meals, but she has a long way to go before she can beat my wife’s Thai green curry, but it’s a nice change from truck food, which reminds me, there is going to be a change over soon, and Danny and Colin have something planned on the lines of a TV program, but as we only 2 cook groups left and if I don’t get asked to cook, I can live with that (most of the meals I have suggested haven’t been popular, but some I did prepare and cook, went down very well, they must have because the cook pot was empty)

I should add I wasn’t alone on my cook group, I was with Gemma and Rob, and we were a good team

I can’t see what is wrong with corned beef hash or a good Indian chicken masala, or if we could get the right rice and oil, a nasi goring (fried rice) they are all good meals and fast and easy to cook and prepare

Meanwhile, while we have been here (the anaconda hostel) Danny and Colin have done nearly all of the cooking (good lads) and have come up with rather innovative menus (pan cooked pizza?)

We are on the move again in the morning, but it’s a late move, 11;00 am, I don’t know what I will do with myself, as I am usually first up at 6;30 am(along with John)

We can’t get to our new place too early either, so it’s going to be a slow short drive (to where ever it is)

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rossport on

I see you had a need for speed with the bike mate and good shots of the birds and monkeys


Great pics....love those Macaws....It is an interesting trip. some things not as organised as they could be..might be the South American way. Instant coffee with cold water bbbbrrrr..yuk then stewed coffee...yuk again...I love my tea but a decent coffee is always welcome. Rodney has had a quiet trip and I expect you will be needing a break to recover when you get back home. Interesting reading though cheers

Jim on

You managed to see the Macaw's, and plenty of pictures- It keeps us interested, and the day out was a bit flat, by the sounds of it- your hosts can only find what is available, and as its a bit of a pioneer trip, try out what is offered.
Good update, Del- Thanks

Anne on

well it great to see you back and to see the pictures of th macat monkeys and the birds and really lovly colors ,and the bike must have been great for you well keep us all up to date ,

travelmonster on

Sounds like you had fun on the bikes.

Puerto Maldonaldo is where I entered the river and went 10 hours upstream to stay in the jungle for a week. It's an amazing place if you get the right guide and circumstances.

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