In Search Of The Anaconda.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2020

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Indigena Tours Eco Lodge

Flag of Bolivia  , El Beni,
Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Frantic phone calls to Air Amazonas office early Tuesday morning confirm flights are again running. The tour office advised on Monday that they may have to fly to a nearby town of Reyes, and our Pampas tour will pick us up there, but on arrival at the airport we are told Rurrenabaque as per the schedule. To add to our confusion, we believe our flight is called (right time, but in Spanish) and we are checked through the gates, however on getting onto the tarmac on our way to the plane, us and another girl are sent back. The other girl is protesting her friend has boarded, however, eventually, the friend is also kicked off the flight and it is resolved we are all on the next flight in 15 mins.

Finally into the air and landing at Reyes!!? hell this is hard to keep up with. We disembark to find no tour, but eventually the right company does turn up, but we are not on their manifest so they drive off, we are to wait. About half hour later the same vehicle returns, and apparently we are to go with them, there are four others on the tour, three Oz girls and one US boy.   
The 4WD is a beat up Toyota Landcruiser, and we are about to find out why its beat up. The road from Reyes to Santa Rosa in a vehicle with no springs is akin to torture, the road is a shocker and the trip lasted some three hours. We were in the very back and every bump was magnified. On the return trip we made sure we were as far front as possible, which helped, however at one stage, Jarrod in the back hit his head on the roof. 

The tour itself is really quite worth while, beginning with a three hour outboard driven long boat canoe up a wildlife full river. Plenty of opportunity was given for photo's and English explanations. That night we again take the canoe out for night time spotting for wild life, in particular Alligator and Cayman, which is quite an experience. We also do a walking tour looking for, and finding anaconda, and swim in a pool which is inhabited with pink dolphin. On the final morning we go Piranha fishing, four to Jarrod, three to Avan and one each to Hannah and Ashley. Heather and Nicole were official photographers and gear looka afters. The accommodation was very basic but OK and the food quite tasty. 

Then it was into the canoe for another pleasant boat journey, and an even longer bone jarring 4WD trip, this time to Rurrenabaque. When we arrive at the tour office we check we are on tomorrows manifest for the jungle tour, OK, then head off to book into the Oriental Hotel which turns out to be clean and attractive and at the amazing cost of $50BS each. We also put in our laundry nearby, with the promise it will be ready 8 am, things are looking up.   
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