Rainforest – day 2

Day 2 of the trip to the rainforest near Puerto Maldonado in Perú.Up at 5AM and ready to head down river in a boat at 6. The weather was brighter and it looked a much better prospect than the day before.

We had only travelled a short distance by boat before we had to scramble up the river bank to follow a trail through the jungle. There was not much chance of us sneaking up on any animals as we were a very noisy group. However. our guide, Orbano pointed out anything of interest along the way. We had maybe a 3km trek followed by a gentle paddle in a canoe in which we all had to participate. Then another trek of a couple of kilometres to reach the mirador. An observation tower approximately 30 metres high.

After a short rest on the mirador, we made our way towards the small but wonderfully formed Lost Lagoon. We travelled around it in a canoe but this time, Orbano did all of the paddling, very gently, while we took photos.

 

The Rainforest

Well, I went to the rainforest via Puerto Maldonado in Perú and unsurprisingly, it rained. I flew from Cusco and it was raining when I left. The flight was only an hour or so and there was not a break in the cloud cover until shortly before landing. I did manage to get a glimpse of a couple of rivers but nothing significant.

It was not raining when we started the one and a half hour boat trip to the lodge but about half way there it really started to pour. When we arrived at the lodge we were given lunch, shown to our bungalows and told to prepare for a trip to “Monkey Island”, which was directly opposite our location on the river Madre de Dios.

Then began my most disappointing time with my camera, since I arrived in Perú four months ago. The lens was constantly fogging up and no matter how I tried, until we emerged from the jungle again, I could not clear it.

Once again I apologise for the images but the next day the weather was great and I have been offered some photos by a very talented photographer called Heather. I will add them when they arrive.

Also, my profound apologies, particularly to the BBC, for the use of the word “monkey” in this post. If it offends anyone working at the BBC, the Sun “comic” or any treacherous member of the England football team; bollocks.