Limoncocha and Coca
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The adventure began on the beach of the River Napo near the Jatun Sacha stationâ€¦. At eight in the morningâ€¦ In a â€ścanoaâ€ť with a sea faring Ecuadorian named Jonas. The boat trip lasted approximately 6 hours with a quick luncheon break in Coca, which was delightful.
Our next destinationâ€¦. Limoncochaâ€¦. A small village, which interestingly was previously a missionary town. The hostel where we stayed was in fact the missionary buildingâ€¦ amazing. After a scrumptious dinner of chicken (beans for the vegetarians) we embarked on our most dangerous expedition yetâ€¦. Late night cayman watching on the
All of us sitting in the small canoa with a guia scanning the lake with a torch on the look out for red dots, which areâ€¦.
Our first encounter with a cayman was with a small child of a caymenâ€¦yes. La guia bravely plunged his hand into the still dark waters and then he revealed unto us a small baby cayman. The cayman was missing a leg because of the mean piranhas who also inhabit the lake who decided to have a nibble one day. The cayman, named Billy Bob, was then passed around the group for photo opportunities. I being a true animal lover would not hold the pobrecito just for a photograph, I am too loving, like Jesusâ€¦
Following our encounter with Billy Bob we had muchos suerte. We saw 5 cayman 2 of which were of average size, approximately
In the hostel during the night, 3 rats were spotted, thrilling.
The morning of Limoncocha proceeded with a 5am start. We returned to the lake to see the beautiful dawn and Katie throwing up. We saw another cayman, who once again showed the courtesy not to eat me. We went searching for piranhas but sadly none were banging about in their usual hang outs so we had to make do with â€śhereâ€™s one I caught earlierâ€ť which sadly was practically deadâ€¦ RIP baby RIP.
After our final experience on the lake we started to make the journey to Coca, one and a half hours of waiting for transport later we manage to hitch a ride on a pick up truck, some of us sat in the backâ€¦ some in the comfort of the frontâ€¦ those sitting in the comfort also considerately ate all my biscuitsâ€¦ I am forever in your debtâ€¦ you know who you are, donâ€™t be shy.
After three hours of driving we arrive in Coca, I race to the swimming pool like a small excited child on ecstasy. After approximately 5 minutes enjoying the cool waters beneath the blazing sun the unexpected happenedâ€¦ it rainedâ€¦ in the rain forestâ€¦ how absurd. Swimming was terminatedâ€¦ tear.
In the evening we munched in a delightful Italian pizzeria, after which, myself, Kate, Audrey and Ben ventured into the unknownâ€¦ a karaoke bar. The first few songs we were finding our feet, but when we got the jist we rocked that joint. A very kind Ecuadorian man insisted on blowing us kisses and miming to me that he liked my breasts, life could not possibly get any better than thisâ€¦ surely not.