I had one day of rest in my room of Cusco and then it was off again. This time I am heading to the Amazon. One of the downsides of organized tours that there is very little downtime and if you happen to get sick like I did then you need to just suck it up and push through (like I did) or go home early (like I should have done).
We have a short flight to Puerto Maldonado where we store the majority of our luggage in an upstairs office of some sort of transportation center. I should mention that there are many times we just leave our luggage during this trip and at no time was there any fear that it would be messed with. I guess that is one of the advantages of tour travel vs backpacking and having to fend for yourself.
After our luggage drop off we arrive at the river embankment and board our boat for the couple hour boat ride to our lodge for the next two days.
Lunch is served in leaf bag and whatever it was, it was delicious.
After our lunch there are very scenic views of the river. As well as some wildlife watching.
We spot a capybara family hanging in the mud.
Soon enough we arrive at the lodge.
We start at the main building and are giving all the rules and information we need for our stay. They are serious about conservation here so we are told about how generations are only on for certain periods of time. If you have things to charge, make sure you have them plugged in during those windows. It is warm but I am surprisingly comfortable in my lodging with the fans that are available.
Happy hour in the lodge!
My home for the next couple days – single cabin all for me.
Make sure you use the net at night!
Once we settle in we put on our boots and go for a nighttime nature hike.
We see some ants, lots of spiders, and a stick bug.
Arriving back at lodge we are served dinner and I enjoy a caprihina from the bar. I am still fighting a cold so I head to bed early for the next day’s activities.