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  • Day9

    Amazonie (2/3), Pérou

    May 13, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Les choses rigolotes dans la forêt d'Amazonie :

    Avant-hier soir les parents sont allés faire une balade nocturne dans la forêt pour voir des insectes, les serpents et autres animaux nocturnes. À un moment, ils se sont retrouvés devant un trou de tarentule. Le guide a approché un petit bâton et l'araignée a attrapé le baton.😄 (Il y une vidéo dans l'article suivant).

    A un autre moment, on est allé faire une balade en barque pour aller voir des caïmans mais quand on en a trouvé un très gros (un caïman noir adulte), il s'est déplacé vers nous et Maman a dit ‹‹Au secours ! J'ai peur pour les enfants !››😄

    Pendant la sieste des parents, quelque chose est venu troubler leur sommeil. Maman a dit ‹‹Arrétez de faire du bruit les enfants !›› Mais ce n'était pas nous, c'était les singes qui faisaient des acrobaties dans les arbres devant la fenêtre.😄

    On a fait de la balançoire sur une liane accrochée à un arbre millénaire.😄

    Sur le lac il y avait des bruits qui faisaient peur à Maman : gros poissons et petits piranhas qui sautaient pour attraper des insectes.😄

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  • Day8

    Amazonie (1/3), Pérou

    May 12, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Les bêbêtes d'Amazonie :

    Qu'est-ce qu'ils sont gentils ces moustiques qui nous tournent autour en permanence surtout ceux de l'Amazonie qui portent des maladies (paludisme, dengue)

    Qu'est-ce qu'il est mignon ce bush man snake (un serpent de 3 mètres) qui laisse sa peau en plein milieu du chemin et qui, s'il nous mord, nous fait mourir en 20 minutes.

    Qu'est-ce qu'ils sont sympas ces caïmans qui la nuit tournent autour de notre barque en se demandant si on est bon à manger.

    Bravo à l'ave prehistorico (oiseau préhistorique) qui a fait trois fois caca devant nos yeux avant de nous montrer ses fesses.

    Qu'est-ce qu'elles sont amusantes ces fourmis oranges qui quand elles nous piquent nous font ÉNORMÉMENT mal, comme une brûlure. Leur nom en anglais est fourmis de feu.

    Qu'est-ce qu'elles sont jolies ces tarentules toutes poilues qui dorment le jour et mangent la nuit.

    Qu'est-ce qu'elle est magnifique cette colonie de minuscules araignées rouges (il y en avait des centaines) qui construisent une immense toile sur plusieurs feuilles du palmier.

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  • Day52

    Tambopata National Reserve

    October 17, 2016 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    4 days of sweating at this nature reserve in the Peruvian Amazon! Compared to Cusco it was the right opposite! Taking off all the layers of socks, pants etc and changing it to as breezy clothes as possible!

    Compared to all the tours we allready did in Ecuador or Peru, this 4-day trip was really relaxing but nonetheless we did quite a lot:
    Kayaking, rustic fishing, visiting a native family, hiking through the rainforest, enjoying lake sandoval and of course we did a lot of animal spotting:
    - Caimans
    - Monkeys such as black & white capuchin, tamarines, squirrel monkeys, scull monkeys, spider monkeys and red howler
    - parrots, parakeets & lots of other different birds
    - giant otters
    - bats
    - tarantulas & lots of other insects

    Our highlights:

    - One was definitely at Lake Sandoval, where out of nowhere more than 80 scull monkeys, accompanied by red howler and capuchins, crossed our way! We couldn't believe what just happened above our heads!

    - Another highlight - more for Alex ;-) - was a one month old spider monkey, who was rescued from a tour guide of our lodge. Every free second she spent playing with him, whos mother got killed by hunters.

    - Last but not least, we really enjoyed the excellent food they cooked every day!
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  • Day38

    On the Sandoval lake

    November 6, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    After about 5 min of rowing through the canal, we reached the Sandoval Lake. Here we saw many termite ants flying in the air. This, Jorge told us, was due to the start of the rainy season. One of the termite mound was releasing these next generation of king ants. This is how they extend their reach and form new hills. There were a lot of fish jumping out of the water trying to grab them as well. Jorge told us that these were the Piranas.
    There are 5 varieties of piranas in Lake Sandoval but none of them is aggressive. The red bellied piranas are normally the ones that are aggressive but only in dry places when the lake is drying out and they become the dominant of the species. They even become cannibalistic, eating each other to maximize the utilization of the limited oxygen supply in the drying lake. In Sandoval lake, they are not the dominant species so they are not aggressive.
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  • Day38

    The Nymphs

    November 6, 2017 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    It was almost 6:30 pm, it was dark by now. The rain had also stopped. The air above was cooler than the water of the lake, so there were wisps of steam rising over the lake. It was magical. We could see the fog thus produced in the torchlight Jorge was using.
    Then he showed us the phenomenon with the Nymphs. These are small flying insects the size of a wasp. The eggs are laid under the water where a caterpillar forms from them. It then converts into a pupae. Then, if it had been a humid afternoon like it had been today, then these flies rise to the surface and fly up. Their sole goal in life is to mate before they die in about 12 hours. They don't eat anything and try and reach as high as they can as the ones highest get to mate. The word nymphomaniac comes from here.
    They are very attracted to light, so whem Jorge was pointing the torch in the air, they would start flying towards the torch like a kamikaze pilots. Soon, there was a sea of nymphs all around Jorge.
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  • Day38

    Red Howler Monkeys

    November 6, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    A bit further along the way, we saw some red howler monkeys huddled together in the heavy rain. We also saw the Birds of Paradise (so called in Bolivia). Here they are called stinking birds. Their actual name is Quatzel. They seem to have not changed at all for mellinia, quite like the crocodile or the armadillo. They feed on leaves and parasites that no other animals feed on. This gives them an evolutionary advantage since they don't have to compere with any other animal for their food. Their stomachs have 3 chambers like the cow. This helps them digest the tough tissue of the leaves they eat. The fermentation of the leaves in their stomach gives them a bad smell which prevents predators from eating them and even humans don't like to eat it due to the bad smell. It still, is a beautiful bird.
    We also saw the red headed Red Cap Cardinal. A tiny, beautiful bird with a red head.
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  • Day38

    Giant otters

    November 6, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Still on the canoe, still in the pouring rain, we came across the giant river otters. We watched them for a while before moving on. It was a couple out fishing. They can eat 5-6 kgs of fish a day. At the lake, there seems to be 2 groups. One, a family of 7 and this couple.Read more

  • Day39

    Back on the mud track to Rio Madre

    November 7, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After the canoe ride, it was the 2 kms trek back on the mud road. Due to the humidity, there were many beautiful butterflies on the way. The road was still all muck and water but better than when we had arrived in pouring rain. We also saw some Squirrel monkeys on the way.Read more

  • Day39

    Start of the journey back from Sandoval

    November 7, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    After the morning expedition, we returned to the lodge at about 8:15 am. We were quite hungry but the breakfast was ready. After the breakfast, we relaxed a while before leaving the lodge for the final time at about 11 am. We took the canoe back to the canal into the Sandoval lake.Read more

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