The pampas Tour
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
60Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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Traveling with Leonie & Miriam we boarded the 4WD along with 2 French guys & 2 Italian girls to make up our total group. After a 3 hour bumpy ride we finally made it to Santa Rosa where we paid our park entry fee & had an amazing lunch. We were also joined by a pig that Miriam & myself fell in love with especially when he feel asleep under our table at our feet during lunch. We then argued that pigs are very clean animals however the pics would say something different. After lunch it was a small trip to meet our guide, Azario, our trusty boat & the river. We loaded up the gear in the boat & started our trip on the river.We were so spoil with all sorts of animals.
Pink river dolphins
Mucha birds (Joanna all of these were free to fly), Storks, Herrons, Kingfishers, Hawks, Spoonbill to name a few
Caiman & Aligators
Capybara (giant Guinea Pigs)
Spiders (Bernie was happy)
Our home for the next 3 days was to be Dolphin 2 camp. We were disappointed when we were shown our accommodation.This was not because we are snobs, we were very aware of the fact we were in the jungle however when you are sold a tour that stated double rooms. The 8 of us were placed in the old hammock room that did not have fly screens all the way around. The mosquito nets would do the job but with 8 people tucked into the room it also increased the temperature. OK enough complaining. After we had settled in we made our way to Sunset Bar to sink a couple of coldies & enjoy the sunset over the river. The one thing that the tour company told us was the food was amazing & it was!! We all ate like kings & queens. By the first night Leonie was sick & by the night she was coming down with body aches & fevers so we were all a bit worried being far from a doctor. Of all the places to be sick, poor girl
Early start with a yummy breakfast of eggs & pancakes, fruit with chocolate & coffee. We all then got our wellingtons on ready to go & find anacondas. In the wetlands (The Pampas area) it consisted of miles & miles of very long grass, a few muddy spots (was not wet season there) 2 trees within the whole area & no shelter from the sun. The sun was out in force & with our wellings, long sleeve tops & long pants we were roasting. I was a bit scared of the whole experience but thought it might make me a bit stronger. After the guides instructions, everyone spread out 2 meters between each other & walk in this direction & if you find a snake call out to me. Well within 5 minutes of walking we could not even see our guide (who was even tall for Bolivian standards) & everything was turning into my idea of hell
Breakfast followed by Pirana fishing. Between us we caught 4 catfish, 2 Piranas & 2 Sardines. All were returned back to the river to get bigger. I nearly caught about 4 fish but I am sure that does not count. Back to camp to get our belongings & made our way back to where the 4WD trip starts. I think at this point everyone was starting to remember what a hellish journey it was. Made it back to Rurrenabaque & was very happy to see room number 11 in Santa Ana that we both missed whilst away
Was a great trip even if Bern did complain about the mosquitos every 2 seconds!! :-) In his defense they do love his sweet English blood.
Love The Watties
Will upload some more pics when we get the chance.