Peru 18: Fishing we go!

Day 8: Amazon rain forest After our tour, lunch and monkey island, we went fishing.  Yes!  Fishing!  We used sticks with fishing line and a hook attached.  Our bait was beef.  Why beef?  ...because we were fishing for piranha!  I could feel the piranha biting on my bait and pulling on the line, but I was too slow and could never catch it.  Our guide caught one, which we then brought home and ate! Yum!

Peru 16: Care for a jungle cruise?

Day 8: Amazon rain forest. Our exploration of the Amazonian rain forest included two separate boat rides.  The first as shown in the picture below on the left through a river, the second ride shown on the picture below to the right through a lake.  In both rides our guide, Alex, had to bail out all the water that had accumulated in the boats from the rain.  For our first boat trip, all five us rowed up and down the river.  We then hiked to a lake, and seeing how some of the girls struggled with the rowing, Alex decided he'd row us through the lake by himself... that and there was only one oar.

I can't describe how breathtaking the rain forest is.  At every turn of the river, I felt as if we entered a new scene in an epic movie.

Peru 15: Amazonian Adventure

Day 8: Amazon rain forest On this particular day, our guides took us deep into the rain forest.  It was raining the past few days, which meant the forest would be super jungle.  These rain-boots because our savior from mud, puddles and slipping.  By the end of the trip, our boots were covered in mud (and even some of our pants).  The boots were super comfortable.

Some trails were so muddy that planks were laid out for us to walk on.  Just for a frame of reference, these trails were made three months prior and much of the raised paths had been worn down... that's how much it was raining!

The trees shown below were fascinating.  The tree on the right was very hollow and large.  Locals would hit the tree to communicate with each other from different parts of the rain forest.  The thumping noise that hitting the tree would make could be heard super far away.  The tree shown below on the right is actually trees, with one attaching itself to the other.

This is a walking tree.  It literally walked.  Over the course of it's lifetime it could move yards away from it's original spot.  Those long branch looking things are actually the tree's roots.  Where the roots meet is the base of the tree.

Shown below is our guide making a spear out of thorns from a tree wrapped around the end of a branch with a vine.  He said they still use these things for fishing.  He also said he was good at fishing with this spear.

Below is a frog's butt.  They call this frog "Monster Frog" because when this little frog is scared it shows it's predators its butt (which looks like a monster or bigger creature).

Finally, this is a termite's nest. Huge, huh?  Note: if you cover your self in termites then smoosh and rub them all over yourself, it works as a bug repellant.

Peru 14: to the Amazon!

Day 7: the Amazon rain forest In order to get to the rain forest, we had to first take a plane ride.  The flight was very short, but the wait for the delayed flight seemed like ages.  Our 9am flight out of Cusco actually didn't depart until 3pm.  On the flight, I was delighted with the views of the rain forest below.

At the airport, we were greeted by friendly locals who worked at the reserve where we were staying.  They transported us by land in what I can only describe as a big safari truck, set high with big tires and an open air area where we sat.  The big safari truck took us on a twenty minute drive, or so, to the river where we continued our journey by boat.

I cannot describe the feeling and amazement I had when we came upon the reserve where we were staying.  I felt like I had just entered a movie.  The accommodations were gorgeous.  I really felt one with the rain forest.  Below is a picture of the walkway to our little hut.  If you imagine me standing in front of my hut, the picture on the left is the view on my leftside and the picture on the right is the picture of the path to my right.  We had stumbled across a little bit of wilderness, I think.  It was absolutely splendid.  Oh, did I mention that when we arrived, we were welcomed with drinks (non alcoholic.. yeah, I know.) and young men to carry our bags! woot.

The pictures above were only taken about ten minutes before the picture below.  I cannot describe how gorgeous the sunset was... the picture below does not do it justice.

Below is a picture of the lobby area.  I was waiting for little adventure to start.  Our entire stay was scheduled with fun activities, adventures and tasty meals.  I took my try at a long exposure.  There was also a monkey wandering around, who was sort of the pet of the reserve.  The little guy was friendly and loved it there, so he was just kind of around all the time.

Our first adventure was going out into the river in search for alligators.  We saw one alligators and a myriad of other animals.  They also took us to the middle of the river for some reflection.  We sat there in silence, listening to the many sounds of the river and the rain forest.  So the pictures below are some that I took because I got bored when we couldn't find any animals to alarm.  :)