15 Apr

I feel like Baloo singing “Look for the bare necessities, The simple bare necessities, Forget about your worries and your strife,  I mean the bare necessities, Are Mother Nature’s recipies, That bring the bare necessities of life, Wherever I wander,  Wherever I roam, I couldn’t be fonder,  Of my big home, The bees are buzzin’ in the tree, To make some honey just for me, When you look under the rocks and plants, And take a glance at the fancy ants,  Then maybe try a few… do not worry I did not eat any ants!

For the last 4 days John and I have been hiding out in the JUNGLE. Ohh, what an amazing experience I shall never forget. We got a plane from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, a very short (35minutes) flight which lands in the Amazon Jungle in Peru. Then after a mini bus ride we arrived at the River Tambopata. We then took a boat ride for 3 whole hours. Never been on a boat like it so it was very exciting. Now then, the exciting part comes…as we are floating along the river we look at all the trees and wildlife around us; spotting birds, turtles, water pig, monkeys and…wait for it…. a JAGUAR!! The most beautiful animal I have ever seen in the wild. The locals who were on the boat with us was just as excited as we were. Our guide even told us that he had worked there for 3 years and only seen one once before, and not as close as we got to it, the beauty in front of us was indescribable!

When we arrived we had to walk up a muddy path to the lodge we were staying at, called Refugio Amazonas. All I can say is WOW! You felt like one with nature staying there. There was no electricity, but it still felt like a 5 star hotel. The rooms had only 3 walls, leaving the last wall to be the amazon jungle itself. So all you had covering you was a mosquito net (it was very warm there).


Throughout the 4 days we spent there we experienced so much, and I saw more animals and insects than ever before (at least in the wild). This included going cayman searching at night-time. We went up an canopy tower, where we saw lots of birds including Blue and Yellow Macaws, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Woodpecker. Next trek was the to the Bird Clay lick where we saw Scarlet Macaws and lots of  Squirrel monkeys ( we have also seen other monkeys, such as the same as “Marcel from Friends”…amazing!). We also encountered  snakes, scorpions, spider scorpions, the wandering spider (which is 18 times more poisonous than the Black widower)..iiikk…lots of bats, bullet ants, frogs, lizards , pretty butterflies and many more! I am now not afraid of any bugs anymore…honestly…


2 Responses to “AMAZON JUNGLE”

  1. bryan April 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    oh am so envious kat what a adventure your both having love bryan xx

  2. Lois May 5, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    This is definately my favourite one so far! loving all the animals 🙂 I cant believe you saw a jaguar im so jeaous.
    Looks like you’re having an amazing time. Miss you xx

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