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    MANU NATIONAL PARK: MACAWS & PARROTS GAWKING

    by swesn Written Dec 24, 2007

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    Macaws & parrots gather at the salt licks everyday. This is a phenomenon not really studied, e.g. how often does an individual macaw or parrot return to eat the clay is not known.

    The parrots arrived first and perched themselves on the trees, coming down slowly to the clay licks. When they were spooked by a passing hawk or whatever, they would burst into flight at once. Awesome! Then, slowly, they settled back on the trees and licks. This happened a few times but suddenly, at one point, they burst into flight and disappeared...

    Soon, the macaws started to gather at the trees. They took a long time to feel safe enough to fly down to the licks. I observed that the macaws were spooked more easily and it would be a much longer time before they returned to the licks. It was an amazing morning... but you need lotsa patience and you need to stay quiet.

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    MANU NATIONAL PARK: BIRD WATCHING/MAMMAL SPOTTING

    by swesn Written Dec 24, 2007

    Manu National Park is a biosphere reserve located in Madre de Dios and Paucartambo, Cusco.

    It is quite inaccessible by road and takes 1.5 days of very treacherous road-travel and a boat-ride to get there. As such, the park is quite conserved and has been pronounced a World Heritage Site.

    Well, when I say 'there', there is actually no final destination. The 5-days are spent travelling around the National Park by boat, observing the wildlife along the coasts. There are a few hikes through the jungles.

    We camped nearly every night in tents and learnt about exotic insects like the horrible botflies, the fire ants, etc... Every night was a fight against mosquitoes, ticks and ants. On our final night, we had a shelter to stay in with wooden beds.

    Manu is an excellent place for bird-watching. There are over 800 bird species and 150 mammal species. However, mammals are more difficult to spot.

    While on the river-trip in Manu National Park, we spotted two tamanduas (a species of ant-eaters) fighting along the banks before one scrambled off. It was a treat because we saw a lot of birds, some caimans and monkeys... and mammals were a little rare.

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    MOUNTAIN VILLAGES

    by swesn Written Dec 24, 2007

    There are charming mountain villages found all over near to Cuzco and other towns.

    While some have good touristy sites like an Inca's ruin nearby, there are those that do not have any major site and hence, not touristy at all, but they are still appealing because of the interest local markets and colourful traditional attire the villagers are dressed.

    On the way out to Manu National Park, we stopped by Huancari, a small, lovely and colourful village.

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    Mercaodo del domingo-Paucartambo - Sunday Market

    by elpariente Written Mar 7, 2007
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    El domingo es día de mercado en Paucartambo y bajan de todos los pueblos vecinos a comprar ya vender sus productos
    Sunday is market day in Paucartambo and hey come down of the neighbour villages to buy and sell their products

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    Vuelta a Cuzco / Return to Cuzco

    by elpariente Updated Mar 7, 2007
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    Salimos de Boca Manu en bote hasta el campamento Erika , tardamos 7 horas pues era contracorriente. Al día siguiente en una horita llegamos a Puerto Atalaya (700m) donde cogimos un autobús que por carreteras de tierra y muy difíciles nos llevó a Pilcopata , Paucartambo , nos subió el Acjanacu (3850m) y por fin nos dejó en Cuzco (11 horas)
    El viaje es espectacular , con unos contrastes tremendos , pues empiezas con paisajes verdes y frondosos de la selva alta , pasas al bosque de nubes y después llegas a la sierra , árida , montañosa y con unos precipicios tremendos
    We left Boca Manú by boat up to the Erika camp and it took us 7 hours because it was against the current .The next day in one hour we reached Puerto Atalaya (700m) where we took a bus that going by dirty and complicated roads took us to Pilcopata , Paucartambo , "climbed "the Acjanacu (3850m) and finally left us in Cuzco
    The travel is spectacular , with tremendous contrasts , as we started with the green and lush landscapes of the high forest , then we passed the rain forest and finally we reached the mountains dry , arid and with very big precipices

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    La orilla del río / The river shore

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    La selva llega hasta la misma orilla del río y está a unos metros sobre el nivel del río .
    La erosión es constante , con las crecidas del río se lleva la tierra de las orillas y con ella caen los árboles al río que flotan en el agua o se quedan en atrapados en las orillas
    El bosque es verdísimo y muy espeso desde la orilla
    The forest reach up to the river shore and it is a few meters over the river level.
    the erosion is constant , with the river flow it removes the earth and with it the tees fall to the river where they float in the water or they finished trapped in the banks
    The fores is very green and very thick from the shore

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    Arboles / Trees

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    La riqueza forestal del bosque es inmensa , en él se pueden encontrar ceibas , caoba , cedro , palo desnudo , zapote , palo santo , ficus ...
    The forest richness is very big , on it you may find Kapok , mahogani , ceder , firewood , sapote , holly tree , ficus...

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    Palmeras / Palms

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    Las palmeras son árboles que se ven frecuentemente en la selva primaria .
    Hay diversos tipos , entre ellas el barrigón , la pina macho , pona...
    The palm trees are seen frequently in the primary forest
    there are several types , among themthe Belly palm , male Pina , walking palm...

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    Tirolina / Canopy

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    El deslizarte por la copa de los árboles a 50m de altura es una experiencia inolvidable
    Al lado del campamento Erika y después de una buena subida por la selva llegas al pie de un árbol donde está la tirolina , que tiene cuatro tramos , uno de ellos de 150 m de largo y en algunos momentos la altura es de 50m.
    La subida a la primera plataforma es facilita , allí te enseñan a ponerte los arneses y te dan las instrucciones , después un instructor va de avanzadilla y el otro se queda contigo en la plataforma
    Después de ponerte el arnés , a saltar , controlando la velocidad , subiendo y bajando las manos y a soltar un montón de adrenalina y así cuatro veces
    Lo peor viene al final que bajas de la última plataforma a casi 20m haciendo rappel
    To "fly" over the canopy trees at 50 m high is an unforgettable experience.
    Besides the Erika camp and after a good climbing by the forest you reach a "canopy" start , with four stretches , one of them of 150m long and in some moments you reach the 50m high
    To climb the first platform is easy , there , they put you the harness and they give you the instructions , later on one instructor goes to the next platform and the other remains with you.
    After having the harness on , jump , controlling the speed , rising and lowering the arms and release a lot of adrenaline . Like this , four times
    The worst comes at the end when you descend the platform that is roughly at 20m doing rappel

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    Fitzcarrald

    by elpariente Updated Mar 6, 2007
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    Boca Manú está en el distrito de Fizcarrald y es el último pueblo donde puedes hacer las últimas compras y beber cervezas "frías" antes de entrar en la zona reservada.
    Fitzcarrald , que le dió nombre al distrito , fue un peruano , amante de la ópera , cauchero y soñador que para poder hacer llegar al caucho desde la zona del río Madre de Dios hasta Iquitos , intenta buscar un istmo para poder cruzar la cuenca de dos ríos que son paralelos
    Con un barco de vapor que se llamaba el "Contamana"y la ayuda de más de 1000 indios consigue deslizar por un tramo de tierra , de más de 10Kms. , el barco y pasar de un río a otro (Ver película Fitzcarraldo interpretada por Klaus Kinski y dirigida por Werner Herzog que también ha dirigido La Misión )
    Boca Manu is in Fizcarral district and is the last village where you may do the last shopping and drink "cold" beers before going to the reserved area
    Fitzcarrald , who gave the name to the district , it is a Peruvian , opera lover , cauchero ( rubber baron) , and dreamer that in order to take the rubber from the Madre de Dios to Iquitos area tries to find an isthmus in order to cross the basins of two parallel rivers
    With a steam boat named "Contamana" and the help of more than 1.000 Indians he got to slide on a piece of land , of more than 10 Kms. , the boat and crossed from a river to the another ( See Fitzcarraldo film played by Klaus kinski and directed by Werner Herzog who also directed The Mission )

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    Paseos nocturnos / Night walks

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    Estábamos deseando acabar de cenar, para salir todos en fila india , armados con nuestras
    linternas , nuestras botas y capas de agua para dar un paseo por los alrededores del campamento y ver los animalillos que pululan de noche en la selva
    We were wanting to finish the dinner , to go out all together in a long line , armmed with our lanterns , our boots and the raincap to take a walk around the camp and to see the animals that are moving at night in the forest

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    Paseos de día / Day walks

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    Cuando estábamos en los campamentos se organizaban paseos por el bosque primario viendo y disfutando su frondosidad , asi como los árbolesy animales que vivían en él
    Nos quedamos con ganas de ver el jaguar , será para el próximo viaje

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    El Grupo / The Group

    by elpariente Updated Mar 6, 2007
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    Jose fue nuestro guía y aparte de darnos todo tipo de información sobre Manú , sus animales , vegetación... , consiguió dirigir el grupo de Hispano parlantes hacer que fuera una gran experiencia para todos
    El grupo fue muy agradable y todos estábamos con ganas de pasarlo bien
    Jose was our guide and besides giving us all kind of information about manú , its animals and vegetation... , he got to manage the Spanish speaking group in order to have a great experience for all
    The group was very nice and we were all wishing to have a good time

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    Flores / Flowers

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    En la época que estuvimos no se veían muchas flores y orquideas , pero las que vimos eran muy bonitas
    In the time we were we couldn´t see many flowers and orquids , but those that we saw were very nice

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    Insectos / Insects

    by elpariente Written Mar 6, 2007
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    En la selva puedes ver gran cantidad de "bichos" e insectos que lo mejor es verlos de lejos
    5crIn the forest you may see lots of bugs and insects , that is better to see them from the distance

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