May - June 2017
  • Day25

    The Amazon

    June 5, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Today we headed out to the jungle early. We were headed to a lake to hopefully see a family of giant otters - an endangered species. We were given gumbooots for the walk as the tracks are often very muddy and hard to walk through. Once at the lake we took a canoe around to see the otters and then explored around the edge of the lake to see more wildlife. After the canoe ride we headed back to the lodge stopping to climb a 40m tower to get a view over the tree tops.
    Exhausted after 5 hours stomping through muddy tracks we got to relax in hammocks at the lodge and 'enjoy' the 35° humid heat.
    Later on they loaded us back into the boat in the dark for some Cayman (amazon crocodile) hunting.
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  • Day24

    Puerto Maldonado

    June 4, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today we took off for the Amazon to stay a few nights in a jungle lodge. We had a lovely 2.5hour boat ride to get there, and due to our flight delays we got to watch the beautiful sunset on the way.
    Unfortunately due to our late arrival it meant we got straight into our night jungle walk... this was a terrifying experience to put it lightly. Not only did we see poisionus ants, scorpions, hundreds of spiders including the most poisionus spider in the world but we got to see all 3 types of tarantulas that live in this jungle (including the one they name 'Amanda' that lives in the tree outside the dinning hall)! And to top it all off to "give us a different perspective of the jungle" they made us stand in the middle of it for several minutes with no torches on! This was less than 2 metres from a nest of tarantulas they showed us.....
    It was only after we got back to the lodge that I could appreciate how cool it had been.
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  • Day23

    Huaca Pucllana, Lima

    June 3, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    This morning we explored an ancient pyramid, that is still in the process of being uncovered. It was built before the Inca empire but was covered with dirt until about 30 years ago. For the afternoon we met up with our intrepid group and caught the local bus back to the city centre to check out the huge local market.Read more

  • Day22

    Lima, Peru

    June 2, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    After arriving in Peru yesterday, today we explored the centre of Lima city and took a tour through the catacombs and some of the museums. Lots more beautiful and very old buildings to see.

  • Day20

    Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro

    May 31, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today we hopped into an open top jeep to head to the biggest favela in Rio for a walking tour. This place has a bigger population that Dunedin (about 150,000) and would barely cover a quarter of the city in size. The locals here were super welcoming but we were very pleased to have a guide as it would be so easy to get lost in the maze of streets and alley ways here. We then spent our last afternoon in Rio relaxing in beach chairs on the much quieter Ipanema Beach.Read more

  • Day19

    Sugar loaf, Rio de Janeiro

    May 30, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Had a full on day today. Started off with a walking tour around the old part of Rio. After finishing the tour at the beautiful tiled Escadaria Selarón steps we headed up Sugar loaf mountain. This gave amazing views of the city as well as an incredibly high gondola ride. Allan then got to have some fun once we returned to ground level with a mime dressed as Charlie Chaplin.Read more

  • Day18

    Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

    May 29, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    With the clouds looking like they were clearing a little we headed up to see Christ the Redeemer. It was much smaller than I had anticipated but still very cool to see it. Unfortunately the photos of this incredible view aren't very clear but it is a long way down!Read more

  • Day16

    Rio de Janeiro

    May 27, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After saying goodbye to Ilha grande, and wishing it was closer so we could come back... we boarded the boat back to the main land to head to Rio. It was an incredibly hot day so we shot straight down to Copacobana beach. Unfortunately we were instantly harassed by people trying us sell us stuff. They were relentless, a couple of people even squirted mustard on my sandals to then try and get me to pay to clean it off! Thankfully we cottoned on to their trick early enough and used the shower on the beach to clean them instead. It was crazy! Thankfully we were able to retreat to the roof of our hotel for some peace.Read more

  • Day14

    Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande.

    May 25, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    After a morning of watching some Marmoset Monkeys in the backyard of our hostel we boarded a boat to Lopes Mendes beach. This huge beach is incredible. Only accessible by boat and a short walk through the jungle it is pristine. We stayed until the last boat of the day which meant we got to enjoy the sunset on the way.Read more