Temaikén

Whilst in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I visited the “eco park” at Temaikén. It is situated less than an hour from Buenos Aires city centre and houses endangered and less endangered species, including my favourites, tigers.

There is also a large collection of exotic birds. Parrots, flamingos etc. It was also the place that I discovered that I may have gone through a major change. I may have become child tolerant, although this by no means certain. There were lots of school children in various age groups, touring the park and they did not spoil my day. Strange!

There was an aquarium with a diver cleaning the glass. I trust he is a well paid window cleaner as there were sharks in the aquarium.

Various species of birds…

…and predators.

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Iguazu Falls

From San Carlos de Bariloche, I travelled by bus to Puerto Iguazu via Buenos Aires. A journey of more than 40m hours. Although it was a long journey, it did give me a great perspective of Argentina. The sheer size of the country, plus the variety of the ever changing landscape. I was also content as I was nearing the last destination on my current list of places to visit. Lucky me!!

Iguazu Falls is truly a “wonder of the world”.

From the Devil´s Throat, I made my way to the next part of my trip, which was to be the “Eco Tour”. There were some distractions along the way.

My good fortune continued as I was the only person to turn up for this particular boat ride. Too many people usually means, too much noise and as consequence, not much to see. Not so with just me and my guide/boatman on board.

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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.

Granja Porcón

On Saturday, I joined a tour to Granja Porcón, a farming cooperative situated in a dense pine forest about 30 km north-east of the city of Cajamarca. Apart from day visits, the farm offers hands on farm experience and activity holidays.

DSCN1556On the way there we stopped at  a stone-masonry to see some local artisans and their work. I was intrigued by the dump trucks and felt a little nostalgic. I resisted the urge to buy one as they weighed more than 1Kg each. Nevertheless, they were well made.

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View on arrival at the farm.

DSCN1579I was lucky to see this bird flying in the distance.

DSCN1580I was even luckier when it turned and flew towards me.

DSCN1597There is also a collection of animals and birds, unrelated to farming.

DSCN1621This pond reminds me of a certain politician’s expense claims.

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DSCN1654….and a proud peacock.

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Más Leyendas

As I still have some more photos of El Parque de Las Leyendas, as yet unseen, I thought I should put them on here.

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The park is well maintained

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The grass is regularly cut.

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With the edges carefully tended.

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Appearance is everything.

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Under constant supervision.

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With enforcers ready to step in…..

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….should any slacking be detected.

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Zero tolerance.

El Parque de Las Leyendas

After meeting for a cup of coffee, my friend Sonia suggested a trip to El Parque de Las Leyendas in Lima. It seemed like a good idea. Although it was a cloudy day, the temperature was not too bad for an afternoon outdoors.

Parque de las Leyendas

Parque de las Leyendas (Photo credit: D-Stanley)

The park is a combination of a zoo, botanical gardens and an archaeological site.

There is plenty there to keep the kids entertained for people on a family day out.

There was even enough to keep me occupied for a few hours.

If you like big cuddly animals. There are plenty to see here.

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From a safe distance of course. And from the other side of the fence.

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Except where there is no fence and the animals like to get up close and personal.

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Fortunately this lovely creature cannot get too close.

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I get the feeling we are being watched.

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Is that a Triffid?

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What do you think they are going to keep in there when it is finished?

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