OUT OF JOINT IN THE JUNGLE (AMAZON)
Trip Start Sep 23, 2008
19Trip End Aug 08, 2009
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Cruising down the river to someone that comes from a country covered in Kauri and semi tropical forest was not a incredible amazement. But we ventured in and around over the next few days saw the odd anaconda, apparently we spotted a sloth and all that sort of stuff. We visited some of the locals where I was offered two of Chiefs granddaughters in marriage after helping him grind and fit a pin for his outboard motor.
Swimming in the black water lake at sunset after fishing for the odd piranha is incredible.
For those of you with a little tougher stomach and you want to see the attempt to put it back in...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgJVEy4l65c (Mum maybe you donīt)
So into the canoe I jumped,
under the brotherly eye of Brooke who kindly axed the rest of his trip, for a 2 hour trip back to an awaiting taxi. We dropped into I clinic where I was forced down to my skids rolled over jabbed in the ass and then told after waiting a while "we canīt do anything more". What? Oh thanks for the jab...arsehole what the hell was that for? That didnīt help though so a rugged 2 hour trip into the local hospital where as I filed out the form we received a phone call from the guide saying it was dodgy go to a clinic and so we did and after the Anethnitist and Traumatologist turned up in shorts, t-shirts and back packs with their kit they knocked my out popped her in a good 8-9 hours after doing it and then I checked myself out.
This all meant having to spend to horrible days in Lago Agrio a town as described in the Lonely Planet as being a safe haven for Columbian guerrillas, anti-rebel paramilitaries and drug smugglers where bars are sketchy and side streets unsafe. AWESOME.
But we got back ok....
After such activity I checked into a Spanish school in Quito and spent the next 4 weeks learning the lingo.