Into the Wild...

Trip Start Oct 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2011

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Flag of Bolivia  , La Paz,
Saturday, December 11, 2010

The flight from La Paz to Rurrenbaque in itself was an adventure.... The plane was tiny! With only 21 seats on board including the 2 pilot seats you have to crouch to make your way down the isle to a very snug seat. There is no air hostess or toilet and you have a full view of the teeny cockpit. Flying ridiculously close to the Andes mountains was pretty spectacular. Arriving at the "airport", literally one grass airstrip and a prefab, you are hit by the severe contrast in weather, the humidity was immense and it was also the start of a week of mosquito squatting, those little bugger's are everywhere!

We decided to splurge (must stop doing that) and booked ourselves into Chalalan Eco lodge, 6hrs into up the Rio Tuichi River, for three days. We were lucky enough to have our very own guide, Sergio, who came from the local village (supported by the lodge) who had superb knowledge of the terrain.

The lodge is idyllically set next to a small lake in the middle of the forest. Arriving at midday we were dripping with sweat and dying for a swim....thank goodness we took a dip in the lake BEFORE we had seen what lived In it....after the trek and canoe trips there would be no more swimming! Our first sighting of a Caiman (crocodile) in the 'swimming' lake was pretty chilling, and the fact that they don't "eat people" doesn't really set your mind at ease!

Sergio had us up at sunrise for morning treks. Hearing the forest come alive in the morning was something special. Everywhere you looked forest life was taking place. The massive trees were incredible and explanations of what the various plant life could be used for so interesting. We came across loads of monkeys, saw a Tarantula on a night walk, went Piranha fishing, stumbled into a pack of wild pigs, got up close to a 1m Boa Constrictor snake, tracked cayman eyes by night, saw all kinds of birds including eagles and the very noisy Serrera birds, and really just got to grips with nature for a few days. Definitely one of the highlights so far.
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grannia on

Looks like you are having a terrific time. Great memories for the future when you are back at work. Even I find small aeroplanes - no hosties!!! a bit of a challenge - good on you. Its cold in Melbourne today!

Shannon on

Wow - that sounds amazing!!! Very jealous!!!
Sending lots of love from Ballito.

Love the Watsons and Oddie clan.

Mat Bishop on

Awesome bro.... when are you going to be near Miami/Cayman.... Come and see us....

Richar Day on

Looks absolutely crap, I prefer 6 hours of daylight, 12 inches...(of snow), miserable, grey people. On the other hand - you lucky fockers!
Enjoy you've only got a few months left!
Has Kevin popped the question yet? Have you said yes?

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