We're in the Jungle now boys!!!!

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bolivia  , El Beni,
Thursday, November 26, 2009

Being in South America we felt a trip into the Amazon was a must. We booked our trip from La Paz along with Dave Ger and a couple from Kildare who turned out to be from the same club as Paddy King. Our flight out was with a military plane and everyone got a bit nervous when the plane started to descend into the middle of the jungle. The runway was a dried up field....very professional.

On our first night in Rurrenabaque we stayed in a hostel in the town. Ger and Steve went off to rent motorbikes to pass a few hours, however the owners realised the error they had made when the boys were falling over each other just trying to start the bikes. Needless to say the boys had barely travelled 5 metres before being hauled back off them....maybe the boys should try ask for bikes with stabilisers next time.

We headed out to the jungle the next morning and got to see a wide range of animals. There were a few nervous moments encountered on the journey out there as the boat got beached  and we were asked to step into alligator infested waters......of course Steve Brian and Ger were far too cautious to take the plunge so hard men Pa and Dave volunteered to get the boat out of the HIGHLY dangerous situation. Later on in the trip we were introduced to some monkeys and were given some bananas to feed them. Pure pandemonium set in when the monkeys boarded the boat......Steve and Brian completely lost the plot fearing an outbreak of rabies was imminent. That night we went to the Sunset bar in order to...suprise suprise...watch the sunset. Pa and Steve decided to re-enact some of the scenes from Top Gun by participating in a game of volleyball against the tour guides however Brian, Dave and Ger just laughed at the boys very feeble attempts to get the ball over the net. That night Pa woke the whole camp up with some sleep shouting we reckon the DT's were kicking in.

The next day we went in search for anacondas...as you do. Pa nearly soiled himself as when looking for the snake he treaded on an alligators tail and the 'gator decided to have a bit of a snap back forcing Pa to nearly fall over himself while trying to get away from him. Needless to say by the end of the night Pa had exagurated the story to ridiculous lenghts about him wrestling the 'gator to the ground!! We finally found an anaconda and when an eco warrior who didn't want anyone to touch the wildlife had disapeared from the scene we all got to have hold of it.

Later on in the day we had to go fishing for dinner.....dinner of piranhas. Steve showed he has no portmagee/casey blood in him as he caught absolutely nothing.... secretly he was delighted, not a drop of piggy dog blood in him!! Pa on the other hand caught some massive.......branches, 5 on the last time of counting. That night we went to the other bar along the river, here we played a game of football against the guides. Ger kept the name of the Galway rooters going strong by breaking a fellow gringos nose about five minutes into the game......of course we all laughed at the situation as soon as the broken nosed gringo was out of sight. Also that night a loud scream was heard from another dorm, it turned out a tarantula had crawled into a girls room. The guides were encouraging us to put it on our heads although with the nearest hospital being 5 hours away we decided this might not be such a good idea.

The next day we headed home and after a bit of swimming in 'gator infested waters with pink dolphins, apparently the pink dolphins keep the 'gators away, although not the pirhannas!!! We boarded the plane back to La Paz after a very professionally organised airport had put us through the paces and were left highly impressed with what we had seen.

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Darren Corcoran on

whos going to be the next steve irwin? some good photos lads

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