Time to use the malaria tablets
for this trip. We booked this in Cuzco to fly into the Amazon
airport of Puerto Maldonado. Let’s set the scene. A few types
of Amazon trips can be booked. Well we went for the one that
had spent a little bit more on their marketing materials even if
it only cost a few more dollars just because the lodges looked
First thing we noticed stepping
off the plane was the heat and humidity, it was damn hot. We
got taken to the local butterfly farm for a quick tour round
before being bussed to a harbour. We were met with drinks,
snacks and even our bags got carried before setting off down the
river for an hour or so.
We reached this amazing jungle
oasis of quality lodges with cool hammocks in beautiful settings
and were handed a free drink the moment we got off the
boat...amazing to get anything free in Peru! Not the place for
normal back packers but holiday makers and people on their
honeymoons. This was Amazon jungle 5 star-style.
We were here for 4 days and 3
nights. We were served superb food. How about this? Catfish
with pepper and tomatoes in a bamboo tube cooked on an open fire
for the first night’s dinner. Very tasty and not your normal
everyday food for sure!
While here we walked, boated,
fished (they even cooked the fish we caught for us for lunch on
that day) and even did a canopy walk way, taking in some amazing
sights of fauna and animals. We saw tarantula spiders, macaw’s,
even cayman alligators and lots of monkeys.
The lodges had fluffy towels
and screened enough to keep the mosies out at night. We even
had our own oil burning lanterns as no electricity. But the
best bit was while we were in the lodge as the noise of the
jungle was madness. All hours and all noises. To beat the heat
of the day we had more early 5am starts for the activities made
us all tired to sleep at night…
We got taken back to the
airport only to see a lot of commotion. The Peru president was
flying in, so this little jungle airport was filled with
soldiers, news reporters and entourages.
Our flight, took us to Cuzco,
then straight onto Lima for our last couple of days in Peru…
If you want
a jungle experience of the best quality, this is the trip to
do. Check out their website.