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The Amazon Lodge

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After a few relaxing days in Cuzco, we headed into the depths of the Amazon jungle. A short plane, bus and canoe ride took us to Posodas Amazona Lodge. Our room only had three bamboo walls and the fourth was an open veranda looking out into the jungle. This was cool during the day, but at night we laid in bed in the dark and could hear all of the animals and huge bugs in our room. We did not dare turn our torches on to see what was in our room as the light would only attract more moths, crickets and flying bugs.

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Our days were full of tours through the jungle. The first was a trip up to the top of a 37meter lookout tower to see the view above the canopy (yes - Vicki did get to the top, but only with a lot of coaching!). From here we were lucky enough to see Dusky Titi Monkeys, Macaws & Vultures. We watched the sunset from here and then did a night walk through the jungle to get back to our lodge. We saw a jumping spider, scorpions and the guide poked a twig in to a tarantula nest to try to get him to come out, but thankfully the spider was not at home. The guide also asked us all to chew a piece of bark which was supposed to taste like cinnamon - but it just tasted like bark to me & Vicki spat it out as soon as she heard the word cinnamon.

The next day was a 5am canoe ride up river to an ox bow lake were we did some piranha fishing and saw the very rare Giant River Otters. In the afternoon we visited a shamen and even tried one of his potions which was supposed to have the same effect as red bull but we all fell asleep on the canoe back to the lodge.

The next day we flew back to Lima and stayed at the airport hotel again before flying to Los Angeles and Hawaii. Unfortunately Gary spent his last night in Peru on the toilet. :(

Posted by GPonder76 19:05 Archived in Peru Tagged travelling_with_pets

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