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Peru - Day 15 (July 20, 2023)

Puerto Maldonado

Description

Walk to clay lick to see parrots
Visit to a jungle farm
Visit with local indigenous family of Machiguenga

Lodging

Corto Maltes

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We had another early breakfast and headed out walking to a clay lick. Franklin told us we would have to be very quiet in the blind and wait for the parrots to descend on the clay lick. They come down little by little and fly away if their lookout warns of a predator. This process could take an hour but we enjoyed our good luck again and the parrots came down within a few minutes of our arrival. The parrots consume the clay to aid in their digestive process especially when they are eating unripe fruit. It was an amazing sight to see the bright green parrots against the clay and to hear them calling! We got to enjoy a great viewing until they were frightened off by a predator bird.

Later we took the boat down the river to a local farm. On the way we caught sight of another large caiman. The jungle farm was unlike any farm we had ever seen. It was wild and overgrown. The family has lived on this land for many generations. They cultivate pineapples, turmeric, several kinds of bananas, and breadfruit. They sell some of the produce in the markets in Puerto Maldonado. They were away from home so we got to see their place, which was pretty rustic (rough).

After lunch we wandered around the resort grounds and saw all kinds of beautiful plants. Then we walked out again for a visit with a local Machiguenga family. We met the family - a man, woman, grandmother, son, three daughters, and a baby. They were all very friendly. We were getting over our illness so we were careful not to shake hands with anyone. We bowed as they do in Asia and by the time we left, the girls were bowing also. They showed us how they spin wool and we had a try (very difficult). They use the natural dyes (cochinillas) to dye their garments. The Dad showed us his skill with a bow and arrow and let us try with his (play) bow. This was pretty fun. I had a lucky break and hit the target of an orange, although it was a glancing blow and didn't take it down. After that they barbecued up some grubs in banana leaves and we all got to try that protein-rich delicacy. Not bad! I bought a little seed bracelet from the girls and it brings back the happy memory of that visit.

We had another late dinner and got our luggage organized for the travel day ahead. We thanked Franklin for his passion and enthusiasm and knowledge, in showing us his home. He really was a fantastic guide!

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Posted by rewagner 21:26 Archived in Peru

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