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.

 

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.

DSCN1614I felt for a moment as if I was back in the workplace. Ignored and irrelevant.

DSCN1635A pride of lions……

DSCN1654….and a proud peacock.

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