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The Amazon Rain Forest – Where Walking & Boats are your only mode of transportation

Arial View

We took the 11am LAN airlines flight to Puerto Maldonaldo. The first thing that excited us was seeing the the vast stretch of the rain forest from the aircraft. You could see no roads at all, and the only way to traverse the forest is to take boats across the muddy waters, or by foot. The forests were plush green, not surprisingly as they get over 6 months of rainfall.

Boat Ride

Once we landed we had our travel agent ready and waiting for us, and he took us to the nearby Inkaterra Amazonica office, where we were given a cool drink and where we had to complete our check in formalities.
Once completed, we were taken to a access point where we got into a boat, to get to our rainforest lodge.
The 30 min ride was smooth and fun, and gave us the feel for the terrain.

Lodge View

Once we reached the lodge, we were taken to a meeting room, where we were welcomed and the manager quickly introduced himself along with a description of the facilities that were available. We then headed for the much needed lunch, and were surprised to see the options on the menu, and were even more surprised at how delicious lunch was.

Room

After lunch, we went to our really beautiful rooms. On the way we could already spot brown rodents, wandering freely around. We also spotted some beautiful flowers.

Flowers

The rooms were tastefully constructed. It was kind of open, and you could see yourself already a part of the the forest. Only sounds you could hear were that of birds and animals, with the rustle of the trees due to the wind. We were really excited with our rooms, which even had two canopies inside the room.

Trees

After a short rest, we went back to the meeting room, where our guide was introduced to us and he explained, the various adventure options, as well as the plan during the length of the stay.

Following this, we then proceeded for a short walk in the forest, where we were introduced to the various kinds of trees and flowers. We also spotted some huge termite nests on trees…. they were incredibly big and ugly.

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The forest was very dense and the pathways were narrow and uneven with roots growing all over the place. Our guide explained that this was a primary forest and since the soil was not rich deep down, the trees grew horizontally. Hence the roots were seen spreading far horizontally. Tripping was easy, and so one had to take care while walking. The walking excursion lasted about an hour.

Forest

Returning back to the hotel, we relaxed a bit and at 5 pm left for the Twilight tour. This was fascinating and adventurous. Here, a small boat took us alongside the river and with the help of a single spotlight, we looked for animals, birds and more. The boatman navigated the boat in pitch darkness. We could manage to spot a couple of Caimans.

Twilight Tour

After returning we headed for the bar, had a drink and made our way to dinner. I visited the spa soon after a delicious dinner with a much needed hot soup, I went to have a nice stress relieving massage at their renowned ENA Spa.

That was it a long first day filled with a lot of excitement and a total contrast to Andes mountains Region and Machu Picchu now replaced with the plains of the Amazon forest.

We were now ready to crash, as tomorrow was yet another day planned with some real exciting adventures.