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 I was in Brazil a few years back and I was among others in the Amazon, where I am; fished for piranhas, swum with pink river dolphins, had a crocodile around the neck and saw monkeys running after tourists


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Probably one of the best experiences i've had. I was able to live and sense the jungle, the greatness of its people, its fruits and animals. A beautiful experience. It was more than what i expected.

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Visting the Amazon was a must-do for me while I was travelling in South America. Actually it was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit the continent! The largest city and entry point is Iquitos in northern Peru, however I decided to visit Manu National Park which is closer to Cusco. Much more convenient if you're also planning to visit Machu Pichu. 

My full trip notes are below, but if you're looking for the main points: 

  • Visited Manu Wildlife Centre on a 4 day tour. Booked through http://www.inkanatura.com/en/
  • Fly from Cusco and then overland and boat to reach the lodge. About a full day of travel, but you do see a lot on the way. 
  • A very peaceful trip. If you are looking for something more adventurous there are other options, but most seemed a bit 'touristy' for my liking. 
  • Saw lots of wildlife! Birds, monkeys, spiders, rodents. 

To get to Manu National park I had a full day of travelling. It began with a short flight to Puerto Maldonaldo - about an hour away from Cusco. Luckily the hotel organized a cab for you, so you didn't have to haggle too much - they had a flat rate of 8 soles. At Puerto Maldonaldo I met up with our tour guide Yosilu and the other two people of the trip - a couple from Switzerland. Form the airport we took a van for a couple of hours until we reached a river. From there it was a short trip across to the other side, where we got a taxi to take us another hour to the next riverside village where we would get our final canoe boat to the lodge. The final boat trip was a 3 hour journey and included a delicious boxed lunch for us. Along the way we were able to see lots of birds and even some of the big huge rodents that were sunning themselves on the banks of the river. 

By the time we reached the lodge that evening it had been a full day of travelling and was almost time for dinner. We were shown to our cabins to put away our luggage and then given a quick intro to the main building. The accommodations were very nice. The lodge had no electricity, but the cabins and main building were well equipped with candles to light your way at night. My cabin had two single beds and huge mosquito nets covering. Every bit of open space had also been covered with fly screen to protect against the bugs, so you never felt annoyed by the little critters. The bathroom included a hot shower powered by a gas cylinder on the back of the cabin and was more than adequate. The main building of the lodge was huge and included restful areas with hammocks and arrangements of chairs and tables were you could relax and read. The centre part had a big bar, and then a restaurant area was set up at the other end. There was also a coffee, tea and snack table that was kept fully stocked all day. Electricity was available between 10 and 2, and 5:30 and 9 to allow you to recharge your batteries. There was a power bar in the main building for this purpose.   

Our first full day at the lodge we got up early to go to the Macaw clay lick. This was a clay lick that was part of a project run by the wildlife centre, aimed at rescuing 2nd chicks from the nests of Macaws (2nd chicks are usually left to die by their mothers) and raising them until they can be re-introduced into the wild. They are then shown this clay lick to come back to. Apparrantly the centre used to visit another nearby clay lick that had more activity, but the owners of this had raised their price for tourists. We saw at the clay lick a number of Macaws, but also plenty of monkeys in the background trees. When we returned to the lodge we found that a large group of monkeys had also decided to visit the trees around the lodge so we were able to watch them for a while.    From 10 - 3:30 each day was free time with lunch served at 12. This time of day would have been way too hot to do anything anyway. The temperature was hot, but not extreme, but you could definitely feel the humidity. As soon as you stepped outside you were instantly dripping with sweat. Luckily the main building of the lodge was cool and very pleasant to be in - even with no artificial air conditioning   

That afternoon we went on our excursion to the Tapir clay lick. It was about and hour and a half walk from the main lodge. Once there we ate our boxed dinner and then settled into our beds for the evening. They provided mattresses on the deck with mosquito nets were you could lie and wait for the Tapir's to come. Unfortunately I had forgotten my rain pants, so I was a bit wet from the waist down. We waited about 3 hours but we were out of luck - noTapir's came that night.   

The following day was another early rise for our visit to the Oxbow lake. The big but unlikely attraction there was the wild otter, but we didn't see any. I was lucky enough to see a baby caiman though. And plenty of birds. That afternoon was a hike through the jungle surrounding the lodge and we were able to see spider monkeys and a tarantula/bird-eating spider. They also took us to a tree canopy tower. The tower itself was a bit rickety and the tree-house at the top was not quite up to usually building standards, so I wasn't that disappointed to come down.   

Our final day was an early morning departure back to Puerto Maldonaldo airport. We took the same route we has as when we came in, although it was a little faster. We also managed to see a Toucan on the drive.   

All up it was a very relaxing trip. The good amount of free time each day with nothing to do but lounge in hammocks and read made it a good break. Also the lack of cell and internet reception gave me a forced break from thinking about the outside world for a few days which was very relaxing. There was only 7 guests at the lodge apart from me and all were the quiet type which helped make it a very peaceful 4 days. The Swedish couple on my tour had also visited Iquitos prior to Manu and said that the Iquitos trip did not have any animal sightings and the accommodations weren't as good - so reinforced my decision to go to Manu.

 


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Deep in the jungle...

 


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I stayed in the deepest part of the Amazon Rainforest for 2 weeks it was a little scary when we left we flew over it in aplane so beautiful

 


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solo marasha y gary y curupira y NaTa  


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Hiked around, a milipede crawled on my arm, saw some sloths, and swam in a lake full of nocturnal piranas. Would love to go back, it was a great experience

 


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Cannot wait to see the pink dolphins and all the wonders of this habitat.


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Lived with an indian tribe in the Amazon Rainforest for a week. Amazing.

 


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 I have visited the Peruvian Rainforest and stayed at a perserve. I would like to do the Brazilian Rainforest as well. 


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Been there many times


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 ate a crocodile we hunted with spoons made out of bamboo and plate out of a leaf


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