While visiting the Peruvian rainforest, my group had the opportunity to visit one of the local medicine men. We took a boat downriver to the plot of land on which the medicine man had cultivated several gardens containing dozens of local medicinal plants. His assistant took us on a tour of the garden and described the purpose of each plant, used to...more
Twice daily treks and canoe trips to see the wildlife. these are included in the price of the Sandoval lake lodge. The most spectacular animals were the giant otters and the macaws but unfortunately these were the worst pictures. A great way to spend the last few days of a holiday.more
All you need is some meat. Yes, chunks of beef. Put them on your rod and watch your line get yanked over and over. Sometimes they swipe a whole chunk of meat from under your nose. Sneaky buggers. We caught a few along with some catfish. The guides were better fishers than us..some surprise..more
Your guide will surely take you on a day and night walk through the jungle. Stay close to your group. We almost got lost in the dark by not paying attention. Scary.Keep your eyes and ears peeled and you should see some interesting stuff. From uh, ahem, interesting trees to furry little animals. Watch out for the tarantulas.more
At night hopefully your tour guide will take you out on the motorized canoe to look for caimans. The canoe will slowly cruise down the river while someone aims a powerful spotlight towards the banks. If there is one out there you will see it's eyes glowing. It can be hit and miss as they will be frightened off when the boat approaches. We were...more
There exists approximately 1,300 species of birds in the Amazon. Among them we find the rare harpy eagle as well as countless migratory birds, and a great diversity of parrots and macaws. The latter give us the opportunity to see, at the Colpa Colorado, a Macaw Clay Lick, one of the most beautiful natural spectacles of Peru, where thousands of...more
Another 2 hours upstream from the lodge is one of the largest macaw clay lick in the world. You'll see a spectacular scene of macaws and parrots feeding on the cliff. I don't have a pwerful enough zoom lens to take a good photo of it, but you can see a good one in almost any good tour book. We have to start our book trip at 4:00am in the morning,...more
Every day that you stay at the TRC, you'll have the opportunity to go out (sometimes more than once) and watch the macaws, parrots, and parakeets feed on the nearby clay lick.Some researchers think that the clay aids in digesting, while others think it helps remove toxins from their local foodsources. Regardless, it's an amazing experience to watch...more
The white caiman is a small crocodilian species that is common to the Amazon. The males are larger growing no larger than 2.5 meters. These meat eaters mostly hunt or scavenge at night. You will have the best opportunity seeing these creatures at night with a spot light on the water.more
Eating at the jungle lodges can be a bit of a challenge. Dinner especially - Usually held after sundown, the candles lighting the tables are magnets for insects. Make sure you cover your glass and/or plate when eating to avoid unwanted protein :)
This is quite an exiciting adventure. Our guide caught one and let us feel its skin.
Dress Code: Dress appropriately for bugs!
You'll see goldminers sifting through sand with thier simple apparatus. They'll find a few grams of gold each week , but these people are quite poor.
Insect repellent with 30-40% DEET should protect you adequately. More concetration only length the time of protection. DEET is a pretty strong stuff, avoid getting it into your eyes and mouth. Spray some on your hand and then aplly to you face. I got some spray on my sunglasses, it melted away the top coating!!!more
I was unscathed for the first 2 days wearig long sleeves and using a moderate amout of DEET. Then we went to the waterfall. It was OK while you're in the water. But when I got up and walk on the top of the fall, that's when I got massacred! Actually these damages were done by sand flies, not mosquitos. Also if you plan to swim in Sandoval lake, put...more
Pack light. There could be restrictions on the canoe based on how many people are on it. Some places let you leave bags at their office before you depart to the lodge. Most trip to this area are only a few days anyway. Remember, there aren't any malls in the jungle.. OK the group that was there just before us were so hot, they were taking cold...more
Pack light as there might not be enough room for your big backpacks or suitcases in the boat! It takes on average 3 days for stuff to dry in the jungle just because of the humidity. You will also sweat like crazy there from the humidity and when you go on jungle treks. There are no shops or stores available in the jungle...bring whatever you will...more
A small waterfall - its fun to play in it in the hot afternoon. The bottom is consisted of very mushy mud with a few occasionly shrp rocks at the bottom. Get under the fall, the water will give you a good shoulder and back massage. You can also jump off the fall from the deep end.
3 hours boat ride from Puerto Maldonado but it can be 30 hours away.. the Refugio Amazonas is where I stayed and the place was magical. To start with, the lodge itself is an amazingly beautiful building. It is situated about 0.5 miles from the Madre de Dios river. It is designed like a pagoda of giant timber frame with a massive thached roof. they...more
Pepe the howler monkey. He's the lodge mascot and a real friendly kinda monkey. Maybe he just wants you to get him a banana off one of the trees. He howls like an old truck starting up once or twice a day. We were warned that he did that but when I finally heard him do it I was at the other end of the lodge and I thought there was a hurricane...more