The 3 day jungle trek
23.01.2012 26 °F
After another hearty breakfast we headed out in our wellies as we were told that we were going to walk in the swaps looking for Anacondas ewww. We walked across for at least an hour through the swaps where we came across frogs and their eggs, a load of tall Orchids with uneven grounds. The water had came up to me thighs and my feet were drenched within 10minutes of walking. Finally we had arrived at this area of land that was full of high trees, a few swampy areas and supposedly Anacondas. I was lucky enough to find and pick up a little ‘feisty’ crab and just before we were going to go back for lunch we managed to find a baby Anaconda. Ok it was a baby but still – it felt really weird not slimly at all, warm and kinda cute – we could not hold the Anaconda for long but hey I got to do it yay! After lunch we had a 2 hour siesta as the heat was at its highest – I could not sleep at all so I went to read out on the beautiful balcony that overlooked the lake. It was not long until I was faced with a long line of Spider Monkeys with their littluns OMG how cute were they!
So siesta was over and we grabbed on our swim wear as we were going to swim with pink dolphins! How crazy does that sound – I was so excited but nervous as caimans also infested the lakes but we were told by our guide that the Caimans will not come near the Dolphins – so I thought what the heck. Was it an experience or what! I obviously could not take any pictures but your out in the open, blue skies, green surroundings and the water is so warm but the scary thing was that the water was so dark that you could not see anything but you could feel everything. I did get in contact with a dolphin lol well it went for my little toe – I felt its teeth arrgghh lol. After the swim we went back to our hostel for a quick shower and then spent out evening before dinner at this open ground where some peeps were playing football, volleyball, just drinking and chatting away. The sunset was beautiful to end our 2nd day.
After dinner I was luckily invited for a drink with our tour guide, so I went on another evening ride out in the open star infested sky to this bar, which was on stilts and overlooked the still lake – you could even see the odd red eyed caimans. As we came downstairs the bar was filled with all the local Amazonians and the candles were all lit up (as electricity is only used between 7pm – 10pm), music being played in the background, local banter and there I was the only gringos lol. The local men were obsessed with me lol purely because I was the same skin colour as them – wedding proposals were coming towards me left, right and centre lol. Anyways it just happened to be the main ladies birthday so I stayed a bit longer. We all sang happy birthday followed by a speech from the birthday girl who then blessed her cake by sticking her forehead on to it lol. So back at our hostel and its pitch black trying to walk on wooden planks to get to my room baring in mind that we have a few pet caimans just down below – made it safely!