|Welcome to the Amazon!|
We just got back from 5 days in the Peruvian Amazon and returned to Cusco with many fun memories.
The trip included a plane from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (far east side of Peru), a 3 hr boat ride (with a breakdown in the middle) from Puerto Maldonado to the first lodge, Refugio Amazonas, with an overnight stay there. The next day we took the boat again (which was 3.5 hrs late) for a 4hr ride to the second lodge, deeper into the Amazon at the Tambopota Research Center (aka TRC). We stayed 2 days at the TRC then had another night at the first lodge.
First off, we were impressed by the lodges that were very nice and quite fancy. What took some getting used to was the fact that the rooms were completely open to the outside and it was very common to run into bugs and critters on your way to the bathroom or to find them sneaking into your toiletry bag.
|In the middle of nature|
|Rolling in style while at the lodge|
We had numerous activities included in our tour. Most of them revolved around hikes in the forest. Many happened during the day but we also went out at night a few times. Once by boat to look for caimans (we found a tiny one) and once by foot to look for frogs. We ended up finding a lot more than frogs as we also ran into many kinds of fancy bugs, and even more kinds of spiders...
|Cute tiny frog|
|This one is 18x more venomous than a black widow|
Some of the highlights were the impromptu tribe of squirrel monkeys, and cappuchino monkeys that passed by the lodge. We followed them for a while and got to see many of these small cute yellowish monkeys jump from tree to tree, hang out, look for food, and resume their traveling. It was very fun as many of them passed just above us.
I also really liked running into leaf cutter ants and their impressive colony.
Bats, turtles, butterflies, plants and many, many mushrooms also made the trip quite fun.
|Bats hidden in plain sight, here moving a little|
|Super huge butterfly|
|On a cliff above the canopy|
|Double giant grasshopper, oh my god!|
|You can really find anything in this forest|
|Trapped! This is a huge fig tree, over 1000 years old. It grows around another tree strangles it and eventually kills it and takes over.|
|Ready for the rain!|
Happy new year everyone!
Many more photos can be seen here: