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Peru - Day 13 (July 18, 2023)

Puerto Maldonado

Description

Traveled to Puerto Maldonado
Met our Amazon guide, Franklin

Lodging

Corto Maltes

Details

We left Cusco early and flew to Puerto Maldonado on the Madre de Dios river which is a tributary of the mighty Amazon. We were met at the airport by personnel from Corto Maltes and took a van then a boat to the resort. There we had a welcome drink of passion fruit juice and enjoyed a delicious lunch (the resort is owned by a Frenchman so the food is very good). Then we settled into the low elevation, oxygen rich, warm, balmy place. It felt extremely relaxing.

After lunch we met our English speaking compadres and our guide, Franklin. He took us on our first walk in the jungle and we saw all kinds of very old, very large trees including the iron tree, the strangler fig (ficus) which consumes a second tree from the top (freaky!) and the walking palm which actually moves across the jungle floor on long legs (super freaky!). We also saw the botanical constituents of the famous ayahuasca hallucinogen, which are a leaf and a vine. We saw enormous termite mounds.

That evening we took a boat ride out on the river to look for caimans. Our guides were expert at spotting the reptiles and we saw black, white, and dwarf varieties. Dinner was at 8:00 PM. After that we took a shower in our rustic little private bungalow and met froggy, our small amphibious roommate for the first time.

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Posted by rewagner 21:26 Archived in Peru

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