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Feb 7, 2018 - Moving day - no more mosquitoes- the most hated things ever!

So this is the end of our Amazon adventure. The heat is unbelievable the mosquitoes are relentless- I have more than one hundred bites and as a lot merge into each other it could be nearer to 200. If they had malaria around here I am not sure how anyone would survive. No rain since our journey into the jungle so water levels have fallen and mosquitoes have been breeding like a plague. Also all of our trecks have been in wellies. As it has been so hot we have had soaking wet feet and starting to smell! I think trench foot cannot be far...

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Feb 6, 2018 - I hate mosquitoes - official. Or rather another day in the jungle

Day three of our jungle experience. Just realised that I have not mentioned how hot it is. Normally this time of year it should rain a lot and although humid should not at bad. For some reason the rain has stopped and it is unbelievably warm and humid. Just laying down brings you out in sweat. Also the mosquitoes are horrible even the smallest ones seem to think it is fair game to attack pale white people that dare to venture into the jungle. I have hundreds of bites and even Irene has a fair few. The worst of it is that they are even...

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Feb 5, 2018 - Another day in paradise with some little devils in the background

Day two in the Amazon started at 4:10 when the alarm went off. Eyes half closed we cleaned our teeth as the least best cleaning before getting dressed and sampling jungle breakfast. We had fruit and a few rolls and some scrambled eggs plus crisps made of plantain. After this we trecked into the jungle which was still pitch black. First thing we saw was a toucan and some frogs which were still about. We reached the river and the daylight was starting to come through. The guide then took us up river for about fifteen minutes and then we got...

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Feb 4, 2018 - Rumble in the jungle

Another early start to leave Cusco for the jungle. Up at 6 and pick up at 8 so packing bags for a flight. Disaster ensues as the zip breaks on our big suitcase bag and the clothing nearly falls out everywhere. We manage to sort it and Alison lends use a bungee so we can add a bit of security to the contents. Off to the airport and then the flight to Puerto Maldonado which is in the middle of the jungle. We arrived at the smallest airport I have ever seen. It makes Norwich look positively massive. We picked up our bags and walked straight...

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Aug 12, 2015 - Into the Amazon

Nothing to do on Saturday morning, other than pack our bags and wait for our transfer to the airport. The kids and Mick played in the hotel pool, but as it was half open-air I really wasn’t particularly tempted! We transferred through the frenetic Lima traffic to the airport and were very happy to have a guide as it was a bit of a bun-fight checking-in - although according to our guide Lima is one of the most efficient airports in Peru. Lunch was unfortunately a MacDonalds, which made the kids happy, before we boarded our plane to Puerto...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Exploring the Jungle

A FULL DAY IN THE JUNGLE We were up by 4 am. We heard a really eerie sound like a jet engine. It would start quietly and get louder and then stop. It would keep coming in waves. We thought it was a generator of some kind. Turns out it was the Howler Monkeys. After breakfast we went up river 20 minutes. Then we had a 20 min. hike to the oxbow lake where we got on a raft that was moved in the water using only paddles. We spotted many varieties of birds here: the red throated Caracara, The pale vented pigeon, the Bat Falcon and Parakeets....

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Nov 27, 2011 - Amazon Jungle

OFF TO THE AMAZON JUNGLE! We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. The flight was really rough as we passed over the Andes. Luckily it was a quick flight: only 30 minutes. Puerto Maldonado is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region. It is situated where the Tambopata and the Madre de Dios river converge. It is in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. It is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Initially they harvested rubber. After the rubber boom, the principal activities became gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction,...

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Nov 18, 2011 - Tambo Jungle Lodge

Nov 18 Puerto Maldonado We arrived early via overnight bus from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado which is a small town northeast of Cusco in the amazonia region. We took a 20 min. boat ride fom town to our jungle lodge called Tambo Jungle Lodge. It was a nice resort in the heart of the jungle. Though we were told it was a new lodge we highly doubt that, as it was a little run down. We ate lunch then had naps in the main lodge until 4pm when we headed out to "Monkey Island". It was a short boat ride and a short walk into the heart of the island. We...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Jungle food

The food in the jungle lodge is amazing and plentiful. Within the first hour of being on the excursion, I had been given a lovely snack consisting of sugar coated brazil nuts, an orange and plantain chips AND lunch, which was chaufa rice wrapped in a massive vine leaf. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all done on a buffet basis and a vegetarian option is available each day. I was particularly pleased to be served pancakes for my first breakfast. In addition to all of this, free fresh fruit, tea, coffee and NESQUIK HOT CHOCOLATE are available...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Jungle activities

Most of the activities that I am doing in the jungle are, predictably, wildlife orientated. I have been on many canoe rides and jungle treks (including a very scary night time trek). Additionally, I have been birdwatching, I have climbed a thirty metre canopy tower and I have visited the local medicinal garden. This last trip was by far the most interesting. I was shown around by the community´s shaman and taught about all the different plants that are used to cure illnesses. At the end, I was given shots of various medicines, including a...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Luxury in the jungle (accommodation)

The jungle lodge at Posadas Amazonas is breathtaking. It was constructed by members of the native community of Infierno and is made entirely out of materials found in the jungle. The walls are bamboo stick, the roof is thatched palm leaves and the floor is timber. When you first enter the lodge, you come across an open air communal area with hammocks, sofas and a constant supply of fresh water and fruit. Turning left is the open air dining room and bar and turning right, there is an educational centre (with lots of biology A-level-type...

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Jun 13, 2011 - I arrive in the jungle....

During my flight to Puerto Maldonado, it suddenly dawned on me that my four day excursion to the Amazon was fairly expensive and thus the accommodation that I would be staying in must be a lot nicer than the simple compounds I had originally imagined. This made me very excited and was enough to power me through the fact that I hadn´t slept for many an hour. I was met at the airport in Puerto Maldonado by Silverio, my guide for the next four days (who, by the way, has worked with BBC on a fair few documentaries!) He ushered me onto a...

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