Anacondas n Piranhas

Trip Start Jan 08, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

These early morning wake ups are killing me!
Rolled out from under my mosq net at some ridiculous time in the morning, downed a shot of rum with Asi (to keep out the cold of course) and cruised into the darkness until we found a suitable spot. We sat there patiently waiting for the sun to make an appearance surrounded by the lullabies of Howler Monkeys bellowing out in the morning light somewhere in the distance.
The sun rose so fast over the Pampas (a mere 40 secs before it blazed down above us) that I almost missed it as I fumbled with my jacket to prevent access of the flying plague.
On return to camp we saw Snail Kites and a Fish Eagle perched on leafless branches sticking out of the water before Asi coaxed an Alligator into the shallow water beneath our lodge so we could take a better look in the light.
Following a hearty breakfast a group of Capuchins Monkeys passed overhead jumping athletically from tree to tree with ease stopped briefly to stare down at the group inquisitively before moving further into the Pampas in search of food. After this display the only thing on all our minds was finding an Anaconda and we powered to a patch of dry land some 20 Min's from the camp. Once there we wandered through the jungle's high plants in search of the snake. Lady luck was not on our side today so the group continued out into the wetlands. Wading through knee deep water in the scorching sun we had almost given up all hope and then woohoo I spotted a shiny coil wrapped around the bottom of a small bush that Asi had walked straight past. No sooner had I said "look there's one" the coil unraveled and disappeared into the water followed shortly by a superman leap from Asi in the general direction... "Shit I lost it" he muttered then plunged his hands into the aqua. After an agonising few minutes of probing he pulled out his hands gripping tightly to the tail and dug the rest of the snake out from the roots and reeds it had tried to wrap itself in for safety. Apparently they won't move to far when disturbed as even though extremely fast in the water you can see their movements making it easier to locate them. The Anaconda was only a young one but still had a length of at least a meter n a half.
The afternoons activity was a spot of Piranha fishing and artisan production and although many a Piranha was captured they were nearly all way to small for eating. The only 2 decent fish were caught by Emanuel and myself but we aren't convinced they were actually Piranhas... Tasted good though. Mozzies eventually stopped play and the evening concluded shortly after Christians "It's Rum O'clock" and prompt falling over a wooden stool to seat neatly behind a tree!
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