Yacuba River - Rurrenabaque
Trip Start Jan 2003
200Trip End Dec 2003
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Mercifully the third and final day rescued the trip. While the weather and hungry insects (Kirsty has 98 insect bites of an unknown description on her arse) were the only serious complaints, if we hadn't been a group of six that got on it would have been disastrous. Up until today our main source of amusement had been chat and cards but today the animals and birds came out to play.
Despite effectively having half the time on the river that we were supposed to, there was only one animal species we might have seen that we didn't - the Anaconda. We saw thousands of birds ranging from kingfishers up to herons and ostriches, pre-historic birds that could barely fly to macaws and toucans, capybaras (the world's biggest rodent), seemingly infinite caimans (alligators), howler monkeys and pink river dolphins
The whold excursion, despite being disappointing because of the weather, was more than just enjoyable. It's likely to be the last trip of this ilk that we'll manage and the viewed wildlife will serve as a highlight of South America. The guides had a couple of shortcomings (not very forthcoming with drinks and despite us all spotting at least 100 caimans, they still woke Trevor up on the last leg to point one out) but because we could all laugh at our own and in particular each other's misfortune, even the worst bits weren't too bad.