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October 1st 2010

Printed: October eleventh 2010

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Lake which at first sight couldnt inform was infested with Caimen

Sept 27-Oct 1st

It was very nice seeing John on the airport once I arrived. THe altitude of La Paz contemplating it’s the highest capital on the planet didnt have an effect on me like I had assumed it might. I did buy a coca cola which helps and John and I after getting my baggage had a cab ready for us who would take us to the Maryknoll in La Paz. The cab driver was stoked to know that I spoke some spanish and we calmly conversed. Arriving within the entrance of the Maryknoll in La paz after instantly getting out of the cab I got here a cross a key. NOt positive precisely what sort of omen that’s however I put it in my pocket with little query because the cab took off and we entered the maryknoll in la PAz. I used to be dreary to an extent the place I couldnt comprehend a lot of our future plans all that I knew was that our airplane left la Paz at like 830. I ready myself some coca tea to assist with the altitude and got here throughout Father Michael subsequent to a television watching american soccer.
Cant recall precisely who was taking part in however

Our boatsOur boatsOur boats

Took this stuff upstream and downstream

I sat down for some moments and watched soccer. Father Michael was the primary one that I met throughout my first day in Bolivia and it was good seeing him once more however I dont suppose he precisely remembered me. I informed him that I visited some church buildings in Santa Cruz and he knew precisely the place I had gone. Properly I didnt keep lengthy with the priest and unhappy nighter to John after which took a bathe and referred to as it an evening. John woke me up banging on my door just a little after my alarm went off once I was making an attempt to return to sleep. Waking up I didnt really feel
prepared for the Giant day forward of us so grabbed a cup of coca tea and ate some cereal I feel. The taxi was on the Maryknoll earlier than we knew it and half asleep with John received into the cab. The cab driver appears extraordinarily excited to be taking us. His title was Rogelio identical driver that was the primary man who picked me up throughout my first day in La PAz. It was like a ruinion for me assembly the primary two people who I met on the primary


Useless animal skulls and a useless centipede

day of my journey to bolivia. Properly we received to
the airport with little time to spare and received on our flight to Rurrenabaque. John supposedly discovered an epic nationwide park close to within the Beni Division metropolis of Rurrenabaque which had some nice potential to be epic. The entire tour for the 4 days and three nights was $260. NOt dangerous contemplating I used to be in santa Cruz for two nights and a pair of days for 300bucks however this cash for Beni was comming out of my pocket. Properly our airplane was considerably late round half-hour and as we have been all boarding which went easily. The plan on the second hand was just a little sketched and though it wasnt a
meat airplane like we hoped however would possibly as effectively have been contemplating how small the rattling factor was. It was in all probability not more than a 15 seater and sitting within the entrance seat if I caught my toes out my toes would have been within the captains cockpit. THe plan was terrifyingly small and was run by 2 propellars. The flight was not more than 30min tops and arriving in Rurrenabaque JOhn and I have been greeted by a tour information with

our names on an indication. HE spoke little english however largely we tried to converse in spanish one of the best we might. We needed to signal some papper work and I excused
myself to make use of the lavatory earlier than our 3 hour jeep journey to our lodge. WHen I received again the tour information requested us if we have been prepared and John and I agreed and have been led exterior. There was the jeep with 2 folks within the entrance clearly bolivian and ready for us. Properly we packed our stuff on prime of waters and such and noticed the jungle as we handed. Supposedly once we arrived they have been going to have lunch ready for us and like an hour into our drive just about everybody sitting silent and we simply sat and noticed the encircling. Very thirsty I requested for some water and recieved one with little conflicts. Quickly sufficient there have been fires throughout us and we have been actually driving via components of the forest that have been burning. WEll the drive appeared to delay itself longer and longer and arriving at like lunch time we instantly threw our baggage in our rooms and had dinner ready for us within the

The LodgeThe LodgeThe Lodge

Dinning facility and to the correct the place John and I slep

center of the lodge. The whole place was coated in palm timber and hammocks all over the place. It was like our resort was made out of tree. WEll after consuming some meat and rice for lunch with some coco nut juice that was scrumptious and hit the spot that wanted hitting. AFter consuming John and I each layed in some Hammocks and waited till 330pm for our first journey upriver in a ship. I learn and skim the e book 3 cups of tea and began to get into it and fell into a light-weight sleep. Waking up another foreigners I noticed have been observing me from my Hammock and I went to the room quick to drop my e book off and put together for a visit down the river. The river was often called one thing in spanish that meant the Snake River. It was
fairly entertaining as a result of together with us was a Swedish Couple that have been older who spoke french and a youthful german couple who clearly have been talking German. WE needed to stroll some as Alexander our information received the boat out of shallow water and ready it for the 6 of us to be seated. I had my digital camera with me


Scattered with Palm timber

additionally word that in our time sleeping within the hammocks I walked round our village lodge space and snapped some photos. ON the boat John and I have been within the again 2 seats which have been nearest our information who was controlling the boat from the again. About 5 minutes in
our boat journey which felt like actual like Jungle cruise at disney land I believed I noticed a crocodile. I pointed it out to the others however the creature had submerged. One other one I identified and we have been all discussing in regards to the crocodile within the river and the information informed us they have been referred to as Caimen. The river was infested with Caimen didnt know that many croc like creatures existed in a single single river. Additionally within the timber have been some prehistoric birds that appealed to my eye and have become on the spot my new favourite chicken. They have been referred to as Watsons. We progressed up river for hour within the infested Caimen river and got here throughout new birds and animals Ive by no means seen earlier than one animal particularly wasnt afraid of people in any respect and was the most important of the Rodent household. It was often called the Capybara. They have been

Entrance to our hotelEntrance to our hotelEntrance to our resort

Looking into the Pampas

in giant teams and have been fearless of hUmans. If I’m recalling appropriately we got here throughout a small a part of the River that appeared
Pretty deep and parkd the boats on the facet. I observed a small splash however did not catch what it was. The Information Alexander identified one other one and informed us it was the house of the Pink Dolfin. I nonetheless Didn’t consider it and after making an attempt to seize images of the creature that hardly ever made an look the information used my digital camera and caught a pair photos for me. I nonetheless didnt actually see the pink Stomach of the DOlfins however I noticed sufficient of the dolfins to now
say that I consider within the River Dolfin. WEll we made our manner up stream just a little methods earlier than heading again and for some cause the humidity of the jungle was making me tiresome. We got here again to the lodge for dinner and have been all pretty happy with the way it ended. I used to be now full and prepared for a nap contemplating the day was so vastly lengthy. I learn some and appeared over in our room and johns total mattress was coated together with his mosquito

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With ALexander

web. There have been possibly 2 bugs I took word of in our room and after studying some arrange my very own mosquito web. Throughout my studying John was complaining and complaining on how scorching it had develop into in our room. LIttle did I do know on the time how scorching
the mosquito nets grew to become. Perhaps it was the jungle or our room however the room felt like 95 levels and entering into my mosquito web it will need to have been like 115. I used to be sweating so drastically I needed to preserve consuming water because the evening progressed and at one level simply took my Mosquito web down and informed John ‘Its scorching as hell if the bugs eat me Oh effectively, NO F-ing Means Im sleeping in that web!”. He laughed and informed me it wasnt so dangerous and a minimum of he felt protected realizing no bugs have been going to be crawling on him whereas he slept however Id somewhat take the chance then burn to demise in my sleep. Wakened with no issues and really didnt encounter any bugs all through the evening and Type of smiled in satisfaction realizing I in all probability slept higher than John. Properly breakfast was at 730am

and I served myself some tea and poured some honey in it that JOhn bought from LA PAz. WEll after breakfast we made our manner again to the boat with a 10min wait max and all walked with the identical group up stream the other manner we went yesterday. We have been informed we have been going to some some monkeys SO I used to be stoked and going upstream we truly encountered varied animals I had by no means seen earlier than even the day earlier arduous to weblog about it. We noticed some monkeys from a distance and with my epic zoom on my digital camera I noticed then clearly and caught a pair images. It was nonetheless past me what number of Caimen have been within the river. WEll after lunch we have been going Piranha fishing which I couldnt consider and needed to preserve asking Alexander our information to reassure the truth that one thing like that was truly happening. For lunch we had some meat and a few Coconut juice which could be very filling and we agreed with our information taht we have been going to go away down the river once more to catch piranha at 330 pm. AFter consuming I made my approach to a hammock and located

Scenes from the riverScenes from the riverScenes from the river

The snake river

John making an attempt to relaxation in a single already. I introduced a pillow this time and was ready to catch some severe Zzzs. I will need to have slept within the Hammock for 2 hours and didnt transfer and contemplating it was so scorching I wakened in my Hammock and my pillow was soaked with sweat. Properly all of us gathered close to the boats at 330pm like we have been supposed and took the boat down
stream. WE repeated considerably what we did the primary day and I questioned what we have been going to fish with. John made some remark about we have been the bait however was type of a stale joke contemplating nobody else actually spoke english. Properly the information pulled out some hooks on a string with a wood deal with. we had a bag of small items of meat and with the boat pulled over I grabbed some meat and a Bolivian Fishing pole and received off the boat onto the shore and casted my line. I will need to have witnessed the information of one other boat instantly pull a Piranha out and wished for one of the best for myself and John. WIthin like a matter of 10minutes I used to be the primary out

Unidentified birdUnidentified birdUnidentified chicken

Pic of Nature

the group to tug out a Piranha and I had the information take an image. AFter I might inform John was getting considerably annoyed with the truth that he hadnt caught a fish and we had all been fishing a minimum of like 30min. The information caught liek 2 piranhas whole and caught one in every of them earlier than John even caught one fish. John caught a small sardin and was all excited that he had this german girl within the boat use my digital camera and take an image. I feel I recall him combating with this fish as a result of it got here off the hook when he yanked it out of the water and grabbed it together with his fingers. IT was the smallest fish I’ve ever seen anyone catch. WEll after some extra time John caught a small catfish in addition to the german man who was additionally becomming annoyed. John let each of his fish dwell again within the water after which lastly caught a Piranha. There was quantity of piranha that have been caught with Mine and Johns that we have been for a reality consumming for dinner. WE had some
dialogue whether or not or to not eat the piranha coronary heart however

Caimen Infested watersCaimen Infested watersCaimen Infested waters

You’ll be able to see their heads

ready for dinner to be served we concluded in opposition to this concept. DUring our journey again within the boat the solar had develop into purple via the rain clouds? or fog? couldnt inform and because the solar set and darkness fell thousands and thousands of bugs have been flying overhead our cannoe the entire manner again. AFter dinner John and I referred to as it an evening and made our approach to our beds. THe final thing the information informed us about tommorow was that we
have been going Anaconda looking and if it was scorching and sunny we might for positive see one. I learn some and as soon as once more determined in opposition to the mosquito web contemplating that the information at dinner mentioned one thing prefer it was dry season and there have been no bugs for the time being to be involved about. John nonetheless slept with the Mosquito web and at like 5am or so I wakened with loud noises of rain on the metal roof. JOHN! I THINK THE WORLD IS ENDING! I informed him and he simply rolled over and didnt say something. It poured and poured all morning at arriving at breakfast at 7am like deliberate and the rain was beginning to diminish. Glad the rain

My new Favorite BirdMy new Favorite BirdMy new Favourite Chook

Nice image of the Watson which is its title supposedly from the prehistoric time interval

stopped earlier than we left that morning however I used to be nonetheless type of dissatisfied realizing that we in all probability werent going to see an anaconda. We nonetheless needed to try to hunt so we departed upstream on the cannoe/boat. After about driving for like 20min all of us received out and located some what gave the impression to be a like biking path that prolonged in each instructions into the jungle without end. THe information had boats on and walked via the comb on the lookout for snakes. We walked for 30min and nothing and met up with the opposite group at a bridge. ON this bridge I discovered the Entrails and skeleton of a snake that was recognized by the guides as a useless anaconda. It was actually small contemplating that Anacondas can attain up past 7 meters. Properly the information of one other group discovered a rattle snake and like 9people rushed towards it to get a greater look. The climate was actually overcast with the odor of dew setting in. WEll taking photos of the sleeping rattlesnake we continued on the trail. IT began to rain
and being concerned about my digital camera after taking an image of John in his poncho gave my digital camera

Scenes from the River pt 2Scenes from the River pt 2Scenes from the River pt 2

Lovely glassy water

to him and informed him to place it on his belt. We searched and searched and got here throughout one other Rattlesnake and I received a greater image. WEll the older french couple after the second rattlesnake now not wished to maintain strolling contemplating we had walked fairly a distance determined to stroll again. We walked in all probability for an additional 45min and got here throughout one other bridge that had 3 completely different birds close to a pond. The pond instantly began what appeared like boiling water after which ceased.
THe information informed us it was some fish referred to as “footwear”. THey bubbled and made the water seem like it was boiling a number of instances. I took some extra epic photos of the birds and the pathways and heading again now the German couple was just a little dissatisfied contemplating there was no large snake additionally in all probability as a result of they have been leaving after lunch. JOhn and I had the night and yet another morning in Rurenabaque. We walked again efficiently however no ANaconda. We ate lunch just like the earlier days and like regular now I averted the greens. Properly for the night it was simply john and I with our information because the others left after lunch. He threw up some


THe Deserted ship

choices for us to do and we determined to go on a hike and attempt to discover some monkeys. As an alternative of taking the boat this time we walked on foot via the doorway of the lodge and hung a left. IT was often called La Pampas which have been just like the decrease components of the rainforest and through dry season the animals infested the timber and frolicked close to the river. THe different a part of the rainforest is actually
the jungle the place the timber actually cowl the complete roomtops and create a cover. The Pampas have been actually superb and plunging in deep into the huge areas of the forest we encountered a brand new creature that I solely noticed on the primary day its some type of racoon like creature that eats Turtle eggs. There was an entire household of them and I nonetheless did not get a descent image. We Continued into the jungle and have been following a Monkeys noise that the information Recognized
and he truly made a monkey name and was calling them. We have been actually combating daylight and in an entire mess of palm timber and will hear the little monkey creatures all over the place. Oh information gave us the

Giant Guinea pigGiant Guinea pigLarge Guinea pig

THink their referred to as Capibara or one thing

phrase to halt and I felt like I used to be in Vietnam or one thing. There monkeys have been leaping from tree to tree and a few simply stood there and noticed us. We will need to have noticed like 20 completely different monkeys from Black howler monkeys to Brown Capacinu. WEll our forest hike lasted nearly all of the rest of the day and we made it again for dinner. After dinner I slept as soon as once more in
lack of a mosquito web and John who had worry suffered minorly and it was the coldest evening but. I wakened at like 5am and crawled below the sheets which was irregular for our Beni journeys. As we speak was our final day within the jungle. We have been going to be driving horses after which needed to make it again to the airport. There was some dispute on whether or not or to not proceed our jungle excursions to Parque Medidi which is like one of the best nationwide park in Bolivia with our present information Alexander. We determined in opposition to this due to a severe lack of cash that we each had. WEll after breakfast
we discovered 3 horses subsequent to the resort/lodge space. ONe was drastically smaller than the others and I instantly


Sitting what a bizarre creature

took an image of all of the horses. It had been hella lengthy because the final time I rode such a creature and I truly struggled just a little and Felt like I used to be breaking my horses again. My horse will need to have been hungry as a result of all it wished to do was eat the grass. Johns horse was extraordinarily sluggish and we explored the pampas like yesterday however on horse. After an exhilirating 3hour horse journey my hips harm. IT was a second I shall be remembering for a very long time driving via the pampas of the amazon rainforest. Properly afte lunch we had our 3 hour jeep journey again to the airport however first needed to go to downtown in RUrenabaque to an ATM after which observe our tour information alexander again to the tour store the place we needed to pay. THe financial institution tour took without end needed to signal this and that after which JOhn had another points so I walked throughout the road. I got here throughout some Rurenabaque hats and located a caimen skinned pockets that I later bought
with John when he bought his bolivian t-shirt. Arriving again on the tour middle Alexander was gone which we have been dissappointed

about as a result of we wished to go away him a tip. Properly we walked down the road to e book the subsequent flight to La PAz. The flight left in 30min and we met another foreigners who spoke english and conversed with them calmly. We made our manner again to the tour middle location of our tour the place we deliberate to get a taxi. They requested us there if we wished to take a Taxi for six bolivianos or a bus for 7 bolivianos. We each agreed {that a} taxi sounded extra
legit and telling the man working he referred to as over 2 of his buddies from throughout the road and so they pulled up in bikes. Uh oh I believed and John and I checked out eachother and thought effectively dont need to be impolite now…I hopped on the again of the bike which had handles beneath the place I used to be sitting which made me extra snug realizing I didnt must grip the man who was driving. We took off towards the airport and I used to be in worry of my life with no helmet or something and the I noticed an indication that mentioned 5km to the airport and it pointed to the

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They dont worry folks which is odd

left. The bottom went from filth to Cobblestone now which actually anxious me considering that for positive if there was a unfastened rock or one thing I used to be going to die. Properly John flew previous my bike on the cobblestone highway at one time which I believed was form of scary however we made it safely on the airport. AT the airport there was like 2 folks there who werent working. NO one else was on the airport and John and I had a superb Concept of strolling out onto the airstrip. WE did with nobody watching and began taking photos of us on the airstrip. Properly later the place opened up and our flight ended up being an hour or extra late and arriving in La Paz I received a Quesadilla that actually hit the spot. WE managed one way or the other to make it again to Cochabamba in at some point from the Beni Division which was an actual shocker to us contemplating at like 1pm we didnt have any flights house it was simply an thought. PIcs comming quickly

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