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Sunrise and a walk in the jungle

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The third day in the Amazon we got up at 5:30 to watch the sunrise. It was magnificent through a small layer of fog.
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On the way back to the lodge, 2 roosters were fighting.

After breakfast, my guide took me on a 2 hour walk in the jungle. It was hot, buggy, and the trail was overgrown in places. My clothes hung and stuck with the humidity and loads of repellent. I was wearing rubber boots that were a bit too small. After this experience, maybe I overestimated my sense of adventure after all. However, my guide pointed out a variety of medicinal plants, hallucinagins, practical plants for anything from toilet paper to snake bites.
There were birds
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the jungle mango
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a fruit which is a natural dye
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termites (can be rubbed into skin and used as insect repellant)
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a dry leafed frog
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a rubber tree (cut the bark and a foamy substance comes out)
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a milk tree (cut the bark and editable milky liquid comes out)
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a naturally growing pineapple
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a plant that has water inside that you can drink
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a cool spider
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and also a few monkeys that rand quickly through the brush.

This concluded the tour. We had lunch and headed back to Iquitos. The boatride back was relaxing and the day beautiful again. This is not normal for the wet season.
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Posted by solorooster 06:47 Archived in Peru

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