04.26.2013 - 04.26.2013 85 °F
One thing that development cannot take away from the Amazon is the impressive size of the river itself. The Amazon in Peru is almost 2000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and it is already up to 5 miles wide in spots and up to 200 feet deep! Plus, I am visiting at the rivers highest time. The water is up to 20 feet higher than in the dry season. Much of the land is underwater right now. It is incredible to think that this is the middle of the continent!
This is a montage on the river itself.
After being disappointed with not getting out of civilization yesterday I asked my guide if there was a way to see untouched rainforest. To his credit, he changed the plans for the day and we went to a local reserve. The traditional rainforest, with a canopy and multiple layers of life, does not exist in these parts but at least I would get to see a few old growth trees.
From the river and crossed into the jungle. This is normally a path/road when dry.
The round things hanging down from the tree are bird nests.
Then we stopped to switch boats in a small town and started touring the reserve along a smaller river.
This smaller river was less developed.
The trees were more impressive.
There were lots more birds around
and I got to see a Three Toed Sloth in it’s natural habitat.
These are slow because the leaves they eat convert to alcohol leaving them "drunk" all the time! Eagles eat these 20 pound creatures.
Then I got the feel the crawl of a millipede.
After a bit, we turned into the jungle again for the most exciting part of the day. The boat could barely fit but we made our way to a monstrous Ceiba tree.
I also had the chance to play Tarzan ... ok not so much.
We had lunch in a friend of the guide’s house. This house had one room a wood fired stove and only a solar panel for charging electronic devices.
After lunch we went fishing. After being inundated by bugs and sun, the three of us didn’t have too much luck but we did end up with 2 piranas. These little devils have so much fame!