How many boats does it take to get home?
Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
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My first full day there I went for a jeep tour round some of the waterfalls. I wasnīt too sure to start with as the guide insisted I get in the front and when I tried the seatbelt, it took some forcing to clip in through the rust. The others hopped in the back and off we went. I didnīt really know what to expect but the muddy road was quite exciting anyway! We stopped at a couple of smallish waterfalls which were quite pretty and then on our next stop our guide picked up some bananas - I started to get excited and kept up front with the guide who was making monkey noises.
After a short walk our guide stopped and some tiny, tiny monkeys came down from the trees
The next day my German dorm-mate was going on a boat trip. The weather was looking up so I agreed to go too. It was lovely, with only 5 of us on our little boat (number 1), we stopped at a couple of islands and again got to see some monkeys and another odd animal - see pictures.
Then however, our boat broke down! Our Captain swam to a nearside fishing boat (number 2) who tugged us to our lunch spot. Whilst the Captain made arrangements to get home we ate some yummy crab Pastels (deep fried pasties) which, despite the description, were lovely. After having our pictures taken with an islander, who seemed interested in our white skin and blue eyes, the Captain introduced us to our saviour - a manically laughing guy with a can of beer in his hand ... I wasnīt hopeful of our safe return
An hour or so later, our Captain had ensured safe passage home. Another tour boat attached itself to us and started to tug us along (number 4) - I didnīt realise that we were in a caravan and it was also pulling along another boat behind us (number 5). The group of tourists and captain of the functioning boat laughed as they tugged us all along rather slowly. Until ... his boat broke too! By this time, we were laughing at our situation (somewhat hysterically), but the other tourists seemed a little upset. It really was a scene from carry on boating - three boats, tied together, stranded in the sea. A local boat (number 6) went past and helped out. Slowly, we made progress until another, more powerful boat (number 7) was called and took us on our way. Relief at last, it was getting dark but land was getting closer. So close in fact that we grounded! The captains obviously werenīt used to getting home this late and the tide had receeded. Twenty minutes of playing bump, push and pull the 4 boats off the sand and we finally made it, cold and a bit hungry, onto dry land.
So, in answer to the question, how many boats does it take to get home from a dayīs boat trip, the answer today was 7.
Luckily the hostel put on a BBQ and I ate lots of delicious steak - getting me prepared for Argentina!