I found a few gems on my camera that I had to share:
Our first day in Lima, we were picked up at the airport by a representative and taken to our hotel which was adjacent to the airport. We didn't know where to eat, where to go or what was safe... so we ate at the airport... Papa John's Pizza for our first dinner in Peru, haha!
Here is a little more on the Amazon. Most of our Amazon pics are on the camera, because we hadn't gotten used to taking pics with the phones yet.
People use boats to get around in the Amazon. It's safer and easier than taking your machete out to walk the trails in the jungle.
Here is our guide Julio and his every present machete (which he does use often). He kept telling us to stay on the path because there could be all kind of bad things lurking under the top soil or grass. He grew up in the jungle, and he could call animals/birds and they would answer him... just like Tarzan :oD
And now pics of our infamous 4 mile hike to Lake Sandoval through sticky, slippery, shoe grabbing MUD!
After 2 miles of mud trekking, we had to transfer to these little boats. Weight distribution was very important, so Julio positioned us in a particular order.
Wash those Willies before getting in the boat!
Down the little channel...
To Lake Sandoval!
There is a lot of wildlife around the lake. It's amazing how Julio can spot them... Howler Monkey, bats, turtles and all types of birds.
On our way back from Lake Sandoval, we saw some gorgeous butterflies, colorful mushrooms, and a toucan. We heard some Capuchin monkeys but didn't see them. We also saw several carts of supplies headed to the lake. Julio told us that there is another eco-camp on the shore. They have to cart in water and supplies every day.
When we got back to camp, we were covered with so much mud that we took a shower with our clothes on to clean them off. Then hung them on the rail to dry.
Oh, I didn't mention our cabin... it was raised off the ground (because of the bugs) and those yellow things wrapped around the legs keep the bugs from climbing up. We have a couple hammocks on the porch that we took advantage of during mid-day (when the mosquitoes were quiet).
The inside was comfortable... with mosquito nets over the beds. We had electricity from 6-10am and from 5:30-9:30pm. We also had hot water (most of the time). The water is heated by solar, so the idea is to take a shower as early in the evening as possible to get the hottest water (or else you get tepid) ;oD
We had our share of wildlife in our cabin. We had a frog who lived in the toilet. We named him Kermit...
Cheryl found a friend living in her shirt...
We also had a huge, fat, hairy spider under Cheryl's bed... it was at least 2" wide. I tried to catch it and take it outside, but it wouldn't get in the bag. I had to hit it with a shoe three times to kill it. (I used Cheryl's shoe, hehe)
Now, around the camp... We had huge lizards, tarantulas living in the trees, macaws looking for kitchen handouts, caimen, and a monkey that likes to ride around on a cat.
There were also agutis... large rodents who are very sweet...
And this is Lola... Want to know how we know her name is Lola?... Lola can talk! The problem is getting Lola to shut up...
And in the Amazon, always remember....