We agreed this part of the trip was amazing. It was much more than we ever expected. Hot? Humid? No fans/AC etc? No electricity?Trekking all day (and night)?
Yes to all. Would we do it again? Of course! :))
Some of the pics were taken by Kristen and Rick
This red flower is everywhere, it's a sign to let you know that this p ...
We are on the way to the airport , during the 2 weeks we were in Peru. ...
Jammed in the small plane heading for Boca Manu
Up close w/the pilot. They are all Peruvian AirForce Pilots.
The windows were very scratched, made it difficult to see clearly
The flight over the Amazon basin was beautiful
Landing on a grass runway, that was a first. The luggage is stored und ...
Small office at the airport
Our guide was very excited to see these fly over. Jabirus
We were lucky they landed on the shore near us...they are not common
Also along the shore, Horned Screamers, one of my favs. What a sound t ...
Rick also checking it out
First birds to see at MWC, blue and green macaws
We had to wear long pants always tucked in our sox, hot to say the lea ...
The 300 foot high canopy tower, we visited it several times, all 300 f ...
We had 2 free hours a day between 1PM and 3PM, it was so hot. The main ...
Off to the famous Blanquillo Macaw/Parrot Lick, it's 6AM and we are on ...
First to arrive, the parrots
We saw all four types that are there reg ...
Loud and boisterous, we love it!
They brought breakfast for us
There were 100's in the trees, flying over and at the lick
Tough life, watching birds and enjoying breakfast
The parrots leave and then the Macaws arrive
They are so raucous and bright.
They work their way down from the trees to the lick
Amazonian Kingfisher w/fresh catch
Map of the cabinas at the lodge
Kristen journaling (takes after her mom) :)
The trails were well marked.
Next day...5 :30 AM again, we are told we are going for a catamaran r ...
Our catamaran, we laughed! But it was a wonderful experience. We all ...
Horned Screamer (R)
Blue and Yellow Macaw (R)
These were fantastic prehistoric looking birds Hoatzins
Look at the Horned Screamers top feather
We were lucky to see one, they are dwindling
Bare Throated Tiger Heron
Taking a break and walking to the river that is next to the oxbow
It was so quiet and peaceful
We thought this driftwood looked like a Pterodactyl
I thought this looked like a Caiman leaping
Back to the canopy for more birding
The adventure begins! We are off for a 2+ hour trek to a Tapir blind.
Finally arrive...Marlene said we had to be very still, no talking at a ...
They come at dark usually
We each had a mosquito netted mattress to wait in. Becky getting settl ...
Mark in his "bed", it is so hot and we are so sweaty from the trek, we ...
I do not do quiet or still very well! :) But I made it. I must admit I ...
Finally 4 hours later here it is. His back and face (obscured by the l ...
My pic of his torso, he was there about 45 seconds! hahaha. A 4+ hour ...
Various critters we saw going back to the lodge
Ubiquitous leaf cutter ants
Dehydrated to say the least
Becky glad to be back in her cabina
Showering by candlelight. At least we had private flush toilets and pr ...
Our last morning, Marlene and our fellow travelers from Australia... M ...
Our last trip on the river...:(
To the aeropuerto
On the rivers edge ...Mom and baby howler
I had just remarked to Marlene that I was sorry that we did not see an ...
5 Minutes later there they were, we were all quite excited to say the ...
It is the world's largest rodent, adults weigh about 100 lbs and can b ...
Capybara females and babies
See the bird on it's head?
Our other group of Amazonian travelers
Here we are , the airport
Left to right
Mark, Virginia, my Mark, Kristen, me, Rick and Becky. ...
They bring in food and goods as you can see
Happy campers....looking forward to getting to cooler climes! :)
Arrival Cuzco ...then on to Lima
Good lunch spot, Mango Cafe, on the Malecon in Lima
Guard tortoise, seen in one of the courtyards as we walked
Our final dinner in Lima
Tejas, good Peruvian food
Of course we did a little shopping
Our flotsam and jetsam from the trip, it was great!!!!