After having enjoyed the pampas so much, we decided to add a two day jungle trip on. The delicious food we’d been served at the lodge totally did not influence our decision, but we wanted more of it. The itinerary was quite packed, after setting off at 8:30 in the morning, we first visited a small village to see how cane juice is made and drink it. Obviously. We spiked it with some lime juice, it was very delicious.
Then we’d hike up to a remote camp with a higher chance of actually seeing animals. From there we’d do a night walk to try and see some of the nocturnal animals before continuing onwards the next morning to take a close look at the macau and rafting back into the lodge in the afternoon.
The walk, while very interesting did not show us many animals. We saw a pair, of what I swear where cappuccino monkeys. But I later found out they’re actually called capucin monkeys. We did however see a lot of different plants and quite a few interestingly shaped mushrooms.
On a related note, it is a good idea to be very careful what you touch in the djungle. Just about everything seems to have spines!
We also saw a lot of plant cutter ants which I found highly entertaining. They cary tons of leaves into their nest to grow mushrooms on them. Then eat said mushrooms.
We also chased a couple of spider monkeys. While we didn’t see them, I did learn that monkeys are anything but elegant or quite.. You can hear them break through the forest at quite a distance. The lack of animals was made up for by the plants though. We learned about a plant which works as insect repellent, the jungle apple whose juice can be used for temporary tattoos (of course we all had to try. First we weren’t sure if it had worked as nothing appeared on our skins.. By the next morning all of us had dark blue marks on their arms though.. which couldn’t be washed off). We gladly declined when our guide wanted to show us how they make their traditional red paint… Blue stains are quite enough.
The night hike ended up being as successful as the day one, we didn’t even hear any animals although they must’ve perused our camp later night, as we saw marks in the morning.
The macaus were a big success however, not only did we see many of them flying from their cliff, we also got lucky enough to see them up close on some of the trees surrounding us. We spent a good hour watching them until they’d all left to get food. So we did the same. That afternoon we built a ‘traditional boat’, which ended up being a float made of six logs and drifted back down the river to our lodge.
Needless to say, that we all got very wet and we all were very happy that our backpacks were in the real boat and not completely immersed in water. Luckily the weather had recovered enough to reach almost 30 degrees so it was an absolutely hilarious experience.
After a good nights sleep and a rather scary demonstration of exactly how close the tarantula lived to our room, we set off at 8am because my friend had a flight at noon. She ended up leaving at 11:15, which was probably still more than enough time in advance since this is probably the world’s smallest airport and the world’s smallest airplane leaving from it. It did have one very interesting feature and that was the lack of a door between cockpit and passengers, so we could see the pilots fly our plane. I’m not sure if the amount of alarms sounding during that flight were normal, but the pilots seemed to be very unimpressed by them, so I guess they weren’t serious?