We started our awesome Pamapa's Amazona tour in log canoes, they are essentially really long logs, dug out in the middle with the sides built up. They made me a bit nervous at first, but our guide, said that it is nearly impossible to capsize them. Next I'm going to share with you many of the awesome animals that I saw along my treck on the river!
Hoatzin or Bird of Paradise
Amazon King Fishers, very majestic and at least a few feet tall, massive birds!
NOT ONLY DID I HOLD ONE, THEY CLIMBED ALL OVER ME AND SAT ON MY HEAD. If you will notice, we are all wearing jackets and long socks etc.... turns out the mosquito's eat you alive there, and our guides failed to tell us to buy DEET, so in the 100 degree 10% humidity we were dressed for the snow. But worst of all.... these mosquito's EAT THROUGH YOUR PANTS they are genetically evolved to eat through your clothes, you have to drench your clothes in DEET in order to avoid being eaten alive. Later when we got some DEET we were able to go in swimsuits and not die.... but until then winter in the Amazon!
I KNOW I LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE MANIAC, BUT I WAS REALLY SHOCKED THAT THEY WERE CRAWLING ALL OVER ME, AND THAT THEY WERE SO ADORABLE AND THAT THEY WERE ON MY HEAD!!!
This HOT fella was hanging out by our lodge when we arrived. We just waited it out in the boat. It's funny because when we arrived he started walking away and there was a boat of 6 or so people already there just sitting in the boat, and they told us that they thought the Gator was fake, because he didn't move for so long and didn't realize he was real until we pulled up. They thought their guide was just having them look at a stuffed gator! Good thing they didn't get out of the boat!
ANACONDA HUNTING. We trekked through a couple miles of marsh-swamp land in galloshes (mine had at least ten holes in them) trying to find them. We were out there almost three hours and the mosquitos were insane and it was raining. As my friend Guy likes to say "We're trying to find the Anaconda's, isn't it the other way around, they are supposed to find us!" We didn't end up finding any... secretly I was VERY HAPPY THAT WE DIDN'T FIND AN ANACONDA!
NOW THIS PICTURE IS VERY SPECIAL, BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO CATCH BRIEFLY THE BLOW HOLE OF A PINK DOLPHIN, THEY ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO TAKE PICTURES OF, it's located to the right of the canoe and looks more like a white frothy thing rather than the blow hole of the dolphin.
More Rutherford the Sloth!
I actually made a great goal just before being pummeled into the mud and eating some sort of manure. I topped it off with a victory mud slide into the goal!!! I just can't get over our Ostrich team mates though, it was so funny!
My awesome Pampa's Amazona vaccacion ended SOOOOO WELL with a huge bottle of DEET and my good friend the Caiman Crocodile PEPE!!!
Best wishes mi amigos!
Hope you've enjoyed my adventures!
Love, KimSome other animals I met are:
· Brown capuchin monkey
· Pink river dolphin
· Black caiman
· Spectacled caiman
· Yellow spotted river turtle
· Macaws and parrots
· Amazon kingfisher
· Black vulture
· Three-toed sloth
· Red brovker deer
· Anaconda: 3!
· Paradise bird/hoatzin
· Red cap cardinal and red crested cardinal
· Turkey vulture