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Fernando Lores

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  • Day7

    Morning fishing

    September 22, 2016 in Peru

    Headed put to do some morning fishing today. Planned to leave at around 6 to avoid the sun but a slight mix up made it 6:50 and boy oh boy does it make a difference. Probably the hottest day today and by 8:30 the sweat was pouring, especially on a boat without any shade.

    Heading up river we saw another sloth hanging out in the tree and many more birds, including a capped heron chilling at the shore.

    We anchored ourselves to a protruding branch at a slightly stiller part of the river and took up our fishing positions. Simple wooden stick and fishing line contraptions and a bit of beef for bait.
    I wasn't sure how to actually fish, so I lost my first piece of bait quickly without any attempt to catch the fish. After being told what to do (simply tug the line) I soon caught the first fish! A red bellied piranha!! They're the ones they always use in Hollywood movies and his teeth were insane!! He was too small to keep though so we chucked him back in. Shortly after I caught another one, again too small though :( no lunch yet.

    Rich was next catching a silver bellied piranha, but again, not big enough for lunch. The last catch by us was another one by me (apparently I can catch fish) and this time a Catfish. Looked awesome but once again, too small! 😣

    Fortunately our guide Andy caught three pretty big Peacock Bass, however he had a proper rod so definitely had the advantage. We will be having these alongside our lunch, which is due in a couple of hours, before we have to say goodbye to this amazing place 🙁
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  • Day3

    Arrival at the Tahuyaou Lodge

    September 18, 2016 in Peru

    Arrived at the lodge after a 4 hour boat ride. It should have been a little quicker but we got caught in an awesome downpour and lightening storm and had to hunker down for 20mins or so. Not complaining though, near enough saw lightening every few seconds lighting up the jungle. We voyaged down the Amazon for some of the journey which was awesome....so so big! And then turned down the Tahuyaou River towards the lodge. I have to say the second half of the ride was not so pleasant for me, never have I ever needed to pee so badly with no place to go. After two hours contemplating how I might be able to solve this problem though we finally arrived! After been shown around the lodge we were taken to our room, an awesome two storey wooden lodge on stilts with a balcony overlooking the trees to the back of the lodge. The whole place is amazing, lovely beds, really nice bathroom, feels like five star!

    Within half an our of taking in the amazing sounds of the jungle around us and enjoying the lodge the sound of rustling branches had us rushing outside Richards room to see what creature we might find. This was where the whole thing became awesome, because the rustling was being made by monkeys!!! MONKEYS!!!! right outside our room in the trees overlooked by the balcony. There was two or three and they were climbing and leaping through the trees, we found out later that they were squirrel monkeys! There really is nothing like seeing them where they belong, free to just leap through the trees across amazingly large distances. They just fall, grabbing hold of the next branch they find and climb so quickly it's just incredible.

    What a way to begin the trip!

    Next up was dinner, and the buffet was a very welcome sight indeed. A fantastic spread of food for us all.

    Next up Rich and Rob found a Giant spider just outside the mesh of our room. We asked what it was and someone said banana spider, our guide took a look and was unsure so still non the wiser! Ah well, it's not like a Banana spider can kill you in 36 hours....oh wait! 😓

    And now to fall asleep to the amazing sounds of the jungle and whilst we hope it doesn't find a way in.
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  • Day3

    Iquitos, the Peruvian Amazon Capital

    September 18, 2016 in Peru

    Wow!!! What an amazing day!!
    From flying over the Ande,s with the peaks bursting above the clouds, to landing with a view of the Amazon River meandering through the forest. Absolutely incredible!

    A tour of a conservation centre in Iquitos also included some new.and amazing experiences. They are working hard to rehabilitate and release several species from tortoises to monkey, but their focus is manatees. Unfortunately they are being killed for their meat (I would say hunted but they are docile and curious creatures so that's probably not the term to use) and the knock on effects are awful. Without their grazing the river will starve of oxygen and much more river life would struggle to exist. They had 7 babies in quarantine and 3 in areas focuses on readaptation. Here we were fortunate enough to be able to feed and touch the manatees which was amazing. They are so unexpectedly squishy and have the strangest mouths, with soft cheek like pincers to help them grab food.

    From this we drove through Iquitos through the slightly crazy traffic of buses, motorbikes and tuktuks. The colour everywhere is such a contrast and as we drove through the market on a Sunday you could see everyone out and about enjoying the holiday and shopping amongst the colourful stalls. A real contrast too between the richer and poorer areas of the City, which is continuing to grow.
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  • Day5

    Flying through the trees!

    September 20, 2016 in Peru

    A bit of a late post but better late than never!

    The morning of the 20th me and Rob got up early at around 5:30 to see if we could spot any hummingbirds from the Hammock room as this is when they are seen most often. We were lucky enough to spot one and it was amazing to watch it dart from tree to tree. It was however near enough impossible to photograph, although lucky for us it paused on a branch and had a little stretch of its wings, so got a pretty good shot then.

    Today we set off early on the boat at around 6:630 to do some morning birdwatching before breakfast. The early morning light on the river and the lodge was beautiful and it was really serene at this time with barely anyone else up and about.
    We set off along the river downstream and saw plenty of birds, especially hawks, sitting close up in the trees either side of the river. We saw a squirrel cuckoo, yellow headed cacaras, white earer jacamars, Greater Ani, swallow wings, black collared hawks and kingfishers.

    After another great breakfast we headed off into the jungle straight behind the lodge towards the activity of the day...the canopy zipline! 🤗

    We were with Jess and Anthony again and joined by a new couple from America and Ireland who had just arrived. One of the guides soon stopped us and pointed up high into one of the trees. There were two adorable owl monkeys!!! Just hiding away in a hole up high, just poking out their heads. We were handed binoculars for a closer look and they really did look a lot like owls. Massive eyes and a beautiful face, just staring down at us. They don't come out in the day so we were pretty lucky to see them awake, even if they were huddled in a hole.

    We saw more of the usual birds and insects for the next 20 minutes whilst chatting to the new people and discussing how amazing the jungle is, as well as just how hot it is. It was early morning and after a short walk we were sweating buckets already. You don't notice it so much after a while though, it is just a permanent state of being and the beauty of everything else wins over.

    It wasn't too long before we arrived at the ziplines ground platform and walked up the wooden steps to sit down at last and await getting harnessed in. Looking up at the platform in the canopy made your belly go a bit funny...it was high!!
    There were two options to get up, being hoisted up by the guides, or trying the hard way, using reverse gri gri's and a foot sling. Safe to say after watching our guide Andy hoist himself up there the majority of us girls immediately recognised it would be impossible. The men of course either wanted a go, or figured they had to try, being men and all of course.

    I was the first to be hoisted on up and I have to give a lot of thanks to the guides on the ground for getting me up. They must have been knackered by the time they had got all three of us up there! The view on the way up was half amazing and half terrifying. You are awfully high and just dangling there, moving up and up half a meter at a time. Getting up on to the platform my legs felt a little like jelly but I managed to climb up the ladder to the second level to await the rest of the gang.
    The American girl (can't remember her name) then had a go at hoisting herself up the hard way, however didn't get too far before opting for the hoist. At least she had a go! She was up next and then Jess, who commented on how tired the guides looked and that they seemed glad the boys were all going to opt for getting themselves up there.

    Rich was the first to have a go and he made it up in great time, Andy seemed quite impressed. He chambered up to join us and seemed exhausted, with a very achey arm and leg that he figured would hurt in the morning. Next up was Anthony, got himself to the top a little slower, but I don't think it was a contest, it was clear just how hard it was and lots of shouts for encouragement came from.the ground and the canopy. Another exhausted guy joined us in the canopy. Next up the Irish guy, again arriving exhausted and making me more and more sure I had made the right choice. Finally Rob was up, he made a really good and fast start and seemed to have the hang of the process, but he may have started too fast and hit a block.just over half way. He didn't give up though. May have taken longer and had a few extra breathers but despite the pain and exhaustion he made it to the top. After struggling to get on he had a bit of a rest on the lower deck before climbing the ladder to the rest of us. This was where Rob seemed to decide it would be a good place to have a nap and pass out. I could tell a moment before when I saw his very pale and yellow face but couldn't do much to stop it. He slid down the ladder and hit the deck, right on up in the trees. Andy broke his fall as best he could but was on the wrong side to make much difference. He couldn't at least have failed out the tree due to the guide rope. Still...was not nice to watch and was pretty scary. After some more water and another rest though he seemed well enough to join us and was quickly voted the manliest man by the men for sheer determination. Male pride for you! He is fine now Adele, just a couple of bruises!

    We all took in the view from the top and it was spectacular. Trees for miles around us alongside the sounds of the jungle. Giant insects kept buzzing by and there was a small army of large but harmless ants scurrying along one of the branches. We learnt that a team from America had set the canopy zipline up and it was pretty awesome the way they had suspended it in the trees.
    Rich and a couple of others climbed even higher up.sime rungs to the very too of our tree. I believe the view was great but every time I looked up my belly did a flip and I thought I best not to go up. As for Rob, we decided giving it a miss might just be for the best, also I think his muscles had seized to work properly now 😄

    ZIPLINE TIME!!!

    Well this bit was obviously awesome!!!!! Flying through the trees so high in the air. Rob was one.of the last across and certainly looked like one who enjoyed it most with a huge grin and his arms and legs stretched out. I think he was OK now!

    The second platform was far more wobbly in that it shook when people joined from other platform. So that was a fund surprise when you are standing and don't know this lol. One of the guides who we hadn't spent much time with, I think he was mostly a tech guy, was INSANE! and was at first attached only with rope, tied around his waist and then....with nothing! He helped to hoist one.of the other guides with nothing on and gave rich a little scare when his welly slipped. Fortunately his view on our safety was much higher!

    After all three ziplines it was time to head back down. We were given gloves and tied in to a system in which we would be lowered as we loosened our grip of the rope. I was second and started out very slow until being told to loosen my grip, which seemed like the opposite to what you should do dangling so high in the air! I did though and you could feel the heat coming through the gloves as you slid down. Eventually we all got down safe and sound and finally got free from our harnesses again. Such an amazing experience! Wish I could do it again.

    Back at the lodge we were also lucky enough to spot a snake! Yellow and white and curled around the beams holding up some of the wooden walkway. Can't remember the species now but it was pretty cool.

    Time for lunch after that! We were exhausted. Had some delicious mangos with lunch, which considering I don't like them in the UK I tried them and my mind was blown. These are not like the mangos in England, these are so so sweet and tasty! Yum!
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  • Day6

    Stranded in the Amazon

    September 21, 2016 in Peru

    So this afternoon we opted for a boat ride which we shared with the couple who have been our excursion partners pretty much the whole trip which is nice. We opted for this as it was a hot day and the short but very sweaty morning hike had done us in. So after another great lunch, which included the freshly caught fish by the couple we passed,we set off in search of more wildlife and some small hope of dolphins (although the river isn't good for them at the minute here). We saw more yellow headed carcara, black collared hawk, a brown collared hawk, a huge heron and lots of kingfishers, many of them with a tasty snack in tow. After aboit 20 minutes enjoying the beautiful day the Rainforest lived up to its name and a shower started to come down. We were all a bit too excited to be on a boat in the Amazon in the rain and decided to brave the shower without rain coats...it was only a shower after all. The shower then gave way to a full on downpour....quickly. The jackets came out. It really added a whole new light to the place in the rain, completely different feel and experience. It was once again amazing and still the birds were darting past us as more amazing views appeared after every turn.
    Once the rain stopped we saw an amazing double rainbow, right over the forest behind us and we continued a little further, spotting more and more hawks and many more kingfishers.

    Then the fun stuff happened.... The engine stopped working! Three Bits, two Aussies and two Peruvians up Amazonian Creek with only a paddle 🤔

    We began to paddle....and paddle....and paddle.

    Thankfully despite being soaked and with the sun going down, the mood was one of adventure and we enjoyed a good laugh, some bad singing and Richards wookie impersonations as the guys took it in turn to sit at the helm and paddle back, thankfully with the current.

    It was all going well with Rob at the helm until the changeover happened. Richard's transition was not so good and we immediately ended up lodged on a fallen tree branch. After quite a few attempts to break free and a few more jokes about being stranded for the night, we finally got free by almost capsizing the boat in our attempt to tilt it and a lot of leverage work by Andy our guide.

    Richard remained at the helm for about half an hour, when Anthony had his turn. By this point the sun was going down and the views were just stunning. Night hawks came out and fireflies lit up the bushes. And then it got darker, and darker, and darker, and darker....and I regretted opting to keep only my legs dry in the earlier downpour.

    But my goodness were the views worth the accidental stranding. Pitch black on the river, only phones for torches and the stars just kept on appearing. Jupiter first and then every minute it seemed hundreds more were out. After 2 hours of paddling we all layed down in the boat and just started at the sky, the millions of stars and the most incredible view of the milkway. We even saw shooting stars and Andy pointed out the Southern Cross, Hercules and Scorpio to us.

    Finally, after over two hours of paddling (and only really getting half way back) we could hear the engine of a much hoped for search party. Looking backwards I could hear the initial relief and then panic as the guys facing forward realised they hadn't seen us....and they were heading straight at us at speed....oops! Fortunately some last minute waving of a phone torch and nifty paddling skills meant we avoided a collision by inches and we didn't require a third search party for all of us.

    We switched boats and tethered ours before finally motoring back through the night. Once again we just enjoyed the view of the sky, the fireflies, the bats and the sound of fish leaping out of the water beside us.

    Dinner time back at camp was much needed and to make it even better we were handed a goodbye cake as a thank-you for visiting. Safe to say our planned evening canoe ride was no longer necessary, so we chilled over cake with our guides before changing into warm clothes and heading to the Hammock room for one last night.

    Which is where I am now, listening to the jungle buzz, the night time birds and the relentless crazy sounding frogs in the cosiest place ever!
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  • Day4

    Poison dart frog hunt

    September 19, 2016 in Peru

    Today we went for a hike through the jungle in search of the elusive poison dart frogs.
    Started out the day by waking up to the wonderful sounds of the jungle at about 5:30 after a very long and much needed sleep. You wouldn't think you could sleep with all the noise but it is strangely tranquil and seems to be the perfect white noise. The day started with an incredible breakfast buffet to set us up for the day and was followed by a 2 hour boat ride to the hiking destination. The boat ride took us a short way along the Tahuyaou River and then on to the Rio Blanca for the rest. It is a small river that may not be there tomorrow, it fluctuates hugely and quickly with the rain. You really notice the density and height of trees changing as you head up this river and towards terra firma (where it doesn't flood). Newly sprung (but pretty big) bushes, small trees and grasses are replaced by towering trees and much more of them. The view was just amazing and it is hard to put into words the feeling of lazing in a small boat, gliding through the jungle amongst the trees, the birds, the sounds. It is just incredible and humbling.
    Felt a little like a scene from the jungle book "look for the bare necessities!"
    We passed an Amazonian village on route and saw plenty of birds, including a kingfisher!

    Arrived for the trek and set off through the jungle in search of frogs. We traversed a log that was waaaay to narrow for my liking. About the width of a foot and nothing to hold on to with a lovely little drop below. Rich and Rob passed with ease...I took my time.
    Next up rambo style vine swinging over another little crevasse. I found myself a large log to cross over (I value my life and had hands far too sweaty to hold a vine) but Rich and Rob made it over in style. We will edit out the first attempt fail by Rob on the video :p

    So on to the wildlife...we were so lucky to find three species of poison dart frog, an Amazonicus Poison Dart Frog, a Yellow Spotted Poison Dart Frog and one of the rarest, a Uakari Poison Dart Frog. Beautiful colours and so incredibly small, much deserved thanks to our guide as there was no way we would have spotted most of them without him (although I did spot one of them chilling on a log!).
    We also saw some amazing leaf like frogs, a cuckoo, a centipede, some cool looking and large ladybugs, a tourist killer bee! :p and some bullet ants (after our guide prodded a nest and they swarmed out!!)

    Just before lunch we headed to a massive fallen tree, its trunk is now hollowed out and it is big enough to crawl through, and long enough to call a tunnel. Even better....it has bats living in it!! We were up for the challenge and turned on our torches. Rob was first and I can't say I'm not glad. First step toward the entrance and out flew a few bats right towards him! After a little fright we all headed thrpugh, adopting a crawling squat through the guano beneath, with bats whizzing past just inches away. They were False Vampire Bats and Short Fruit Bats and they were awesome. Loved it...except for the guano.

    Lunch was amazing, like all the food here. A wonderfully delicious pot of pork spiced in delicious juices with some Yuka, a potato like food that was yummy! Dinner was joined by some curious butterflies, beautiful colours and big enough and fast enough to make you jump when they dart past. The blue one took a particular liking to Rob (a.k.a to butterfly whisperer) but remained elusive to the camera for ages! (got him eventually though!).

    On the way back we saw a Sloth up high in a tree. Mainly looked like a big ball of something, but it definitely moved so our eyes weren't deceiving us.

    And then as if it couldn't get any better, the guides began to shout and it turns out there was a monkey in the trees on the bank. He was a beautiful Woolly Monkey named Coby who had once been a pet, bit now lived in the wild. We pulled to side and he climbed down the branches until he was right above our heads. We fed him bananas and apple and he took them right from our hands, dangling by his tail from the branches. It was incredible and I think the smiles and disbelief on our face said it all, such an amazing experience to top off an awesome excursion. Still can't quite believe it actually happened.

    And then as if we hadn't had a good enough day already, once again we returned to our room, heard the rustle of beaches and ran out to find more monkeys!!! We shouted to the couple next door, Anthony and Jess who had shared a lot of our excursions and we stood and watched as over 20 monkeys made their way through the trees behind the lodge, a never ending line of swinging monkeys seeming to just fly through the trees. You really can't appreciate their strength and agility anywhere else but the wild, it really is something else.

    After the monkeys passed we stayed out a little longer and Rob spotted a toucan on the tree just outside. We took some great pictures and showed them to our guide Andy, who of course then informed us it was not a Toucan, but a bird that looked a lot like one. Poor Rob was not impressed....however it was a really beautiful bird.
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  • Day4

    A quick 'we are alive' update

    September 19, 2016 in Peru

    A bit too much excitement in the jungle to be able to tell you all about it but that is because the AMAZON IS AWESOME!!!!!!! Seen poison dart frogs, monkeys (even fed one!), walked through tree trunks of bats, seen bugs and butterflies galore and so many amazing birds, including a toucan!! Night time adventures this evening still to come!

  • Day4

    Jungle night hike

    September 19, 2016 in Peru

    So the thought of hiking through the jungle in the dart was a pretty daunting prospect before we headed out, especially when you are purposefully looking for tarantulas, snakes and scorpions. We had a torch and a couple of headlamps and headed out, following Andy meticulously through the pitch black forest.

    It was pretty amazing to see all the eyes of the spiders and insects reflecting like jewels from our lights. Every single one glinted like a little diamond amongst the trees and undergrowth. It was surprising how large some would shine before you find out it is a tiny spider the size of a fingernail.

    We came across an enormous frog pretty soon in to our trek and honestly it was almost the size of a footballd. It was a Smokey Jungle Frog and I just wouldn't have believed it possible for a frog to be this big had I not seen it for myself. Absolutely massive!😯
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  • Day6

    Spying Cayman!

    September 21, 2016 in Peru

    So this morning we got up nice and early to see if we could spot any hummingbirds by the lodge. We were fortunate enough to spot a couple of them perched on the branch tips, buzzing around every now and then. Attempts to capture them flying on camera failed miserably, they are waaaay to quick! But it did stretch out its wings for us. There were several other birds too including an.awesome looking bird we think might be a woodpecker.

    After a 6:30 breakfast we took a boat up the river with another couple to where we would hike to find the lake with the Cayman. The boat trips along this river are still just as incredible and surreal as the first time. Birds, dragon flies and butterflies all darting across the river ahead of us or flying alongside us. The birds appear to hover by the side of you head as they fly by the side of you and the dragon flies skit alongside the ridge of the boat in the slipstream, one or two at a time. And as for the butterflies, they seem to enjoy fluttering around the boat, darting past heads and in-between bodies, round and round...its all so mesmerising and definitely keeps a smile on your face throughout the journey.

    On arrival we changed back into our very smelly socks and rubber boots in prep for the short but hot hike to the lake. Here the trees are very spaced apart, unlike our hike.on Terra Firma, as the water levels rise every year killing many of the smaller plants. The trees that exist however are huge, great big buttress roots, on show now it is the dry season, and some amazing parasite trees which look like a maze of hundreds of trunks, all making up the one tree. We heard a Horned Screamer as we trekked, a giant bird nicknamed the Donkey Bird because of the noise it makes, very very loud and strange, echoing through the trees.

    There was some difficult trekking through swamp like mud which twice almost took off my welly, a loud squelching pop and the release of eggy sulphur smells greeted us whenever you broke free. Thankfully it was suggested we grab sticks to help guide us or else we would have been face first in the mud or stabbed by the trews around.us that were covered in needle like spines.

    After the mud we came to a small swamp area where we saw water chickens (jungle chicken) and Richard spotted some blue headed parrots amongst the trees surrounding a lake of water lettuce. The arrival of an eagle soon scared them away.

    Next up was the lake, a massive oxbow lake that during the wet season we could have canoed out too (the water level would be meters higher). Here we immediately spotted three Black Cayman sat stationary in the water arpund the platform we were on. These were only still young and less than 2m but their eyes still look menacing as they waited for lunch. We also spotted a couple of yellow spotted river turtles, some pencil fish and dragon fish and the signs of Catfish as they leap out the surface for air.

    The tropical cormorants on the lake were either sunning themselves on branches protruding from the water, wings spread wide, or swimming like jungle ducks on the lake catching fish or wrestling each other for them. We heard the Jungle Donkey again and were lucky enough to see them perched up high in the trees. We also saw several Hoatzin Birds, a special bird which eats only shoots. Their babies still have claws on their wings, a bit like bats, and they use them to chamber back to their nest should they leap out if scared. This bird was nicknamed the Jungle Pig alongside the Jungle Chicken and Jungle Donkey, I'm sure you can guess why.

    Another hike and boat trip back to the lodge, where we passed Kieran and (the Irish Man and the American) who had caught some fish, and we have a few hours to chill before the afternoon. We also realised just how stinky we all are and used the time for a much needed scrub and attempted to clean some clothes. Fortunately the scale of the dirt was masked by the colour of the river water used.

    Now for some chill time in the Hammock!
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  • Day5

    Sloths and Amazon river swim

    September 20, 2016 in Peru

    Been a while coming this one so apologies for the delay in finishing it!

    We were all pretty tired from the early starts and the morning zip lining and as it was such a hot day we all opted for a boat ride down the river today to see if we could find some sloths and perhaps have a swim! I think we were all a little apprehensive about the swim, scary tales of pirhanas and parasites an all that jazz, we would see how we felt when the time came!

    The boat ride down the river had us see lots more wildlife as always, a squirrel cuckoo, yellow headed cacara, white eared jacamars, Greater Ani, swallow wings, black collared hawks and kingfishers! Oh and we successfully spotted a sloth hanging out in the top of a tree! Andy gave an eagle like whistle to make him look up for us which was cool, he didn't seem fussed about the potential eagle threat though 😆

    After a short while on the boat we came to a section of the river which the guides said was slow enough for swimming. We pulled up, anchoring the boat by simply ramming it into the sand. There was a few moments of us all just sitting there, waiting for the first brave person to get in lol. In the end me and Jess had a deal that if one went, the other would and after a couple of other people got in we went for it. It felt a little cold getting in but once you were in it was actually pretty nice. The ground felt weird, think, smooth, clay like mud that your feet would sink into, so I tried to avoid that. You also had to watch out for any branches that were lying around on the riverbed from being swept away. It was a slower current here though so there weren't many. Saying that thought the current was still crazy strong and I found myself putting my feet in the weird mud just so I didn't flow too far away from the boat.
    I shouted for the boys to join in and Rich came in next, Rob unfortunately was a little too bruised and sore from his earlier fall though to get in.

    Rich ignored my advice about the current at first and swam downstream, not too far, but not sure he realised just how much effort would be needed to get back. He managed though, and some of the guys then decided to swim to the other side of the river. Was pretty funny watching them climb out and then start sinking into the mud.
    After a bit more swimming I got out the water to dry off a little. It was so lovely though in the water, really enjoyed it and very glad I did it. I watched some of the others swim back from the other side, including Rich. The tactic was to swim diagonally in order to make it across straight due to the current, which for a weak current was exhausting! Dread to think how strong it is elsewhere!

    We were soon all back in the boat and feeling refreshed and much cooler which was nice. We were discussing the piranhas and parasites and Alfredo, one of the guides, didn't really seem convinced on the parasite front. He is a biologist so knows they exist but had yet to meet anyone who has suffered.

    We floated back up the river to the Lodge, enjoying the breeze and with the sun on.our backs to dry us off. So relaxing and once again saw plenty of birds.

    All in all, so glad we can say we went for a swim in the Amazon....well, a tributary of it, but I reckon it still counts. Awesome day all in all!

    Hammock time followed the crazy day we had had and I think Rob needed the time to recover. He had a bruise and bump that had come up on the head, a couple of bad bruises on the back and leg and another on the arm, which I think felt worse that it looked as it was what seemed to be causing the most pain. We had some coca cola and chilled out before tea which was Catfish in Passionfruit sauce...yum. And as if they knew we had an invalid, we had jelly for dessert!

    The critter news for the evening...two praying mantis' one tiny (like the size of a thumbnail) and the other as large as a finger...Awesome! And a spider right above Richards bed 😯 safe to say he moved beds that night!
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