30.01.2012 - 05.02.2012 28 °C
Welcome back my armchair adventurers!
Well you’ll be pleased to know that we have survived our week in the rainforest! It was tough to put it politely! Apart from the odd Cayman, poisonous snake, and man eating spider I was munched within an inch of my life by our friendly mosquitoes and now resemble what can best be described as a human pin cushion! Our jungle camping soon became a battle against the elements as the heavens opened and our campsite soon represented a new tributary feeding the Amazon...at one point Leigh thought her mattress was a lilo!
Anyway as if the mozzies weren’t enough I was actually attacked by a margay with a taste for trouble! For those of you not familiar with exotic animals, a margay is a nocturnal tree climbing feline which normally hunts smaller mammals! On this occasion the animal in question was Kimba, a rescued one year old who was resident at our lodge, who had taken a dislike to my socks...well you can’t blame him as I had been wearing them for two days on the trot!
Fact or fiction you decide....local folklore has it that water from jungle Bamboo apparently mends a mothers broken heart and according to our guide there are two types of river here...male and female........naturally enough the female one goes on and on and on! At this point I did turn around to catch Leigh attempting to push our guide into the river...maybe he should stick to the tour guiding and give the stand-up comedy a rest in future!
Despite the early morning activities which included an amazing visit to the local Macaw clay lick there was no chance we were ever going to be late rising as the jungle chorus starts each morning at 5am. Let’s face it even if you managed to sleep through the commotion of the late night bats, then the howler monkeys are certainly going to get you in the morning! At one stage I was so sleep deprived that I’m convinced I saw a mirage....2 ladies complete with hot pants and heels arriving at Tambopata for a 2 day stay...perhaps they didn’t get the memo...it’s a jungle!
And so it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that our football winning streak finally came to an end! Apparently news of our prior success had travelled far and wide via the jungle drums and the locals hell bent on winning incorporated a new tactic to wear us down....humidity! Such were the conditions that not even Tommy ‘twinkle toes’ or Kathy ‘Queen Achalla’ could break through the localised clouds of perspiration and fool the opposition.
In closing, with our time here in Peru finally coming to a close we had to bid farewell to our fellow ‘G Adventurer’ travellers who we’d gotten to know pretty well over the past 20 or so days, a cracking bunch of people who had us in stitches with their antics and fresh perspective on life. To Tommy ‘Tons of Hats’, The Prof (Luddy), Raimundo (Raymond), Queen Achalla (Kathy), Bossman (Ailim), Ms. Whiplash (Madi), Dr. Death (Chris), Elena and Nicole, we bid you adios....do stay in touch and should you find yourselves lost our side of the pond “Mi casa es su casa”.