The Jungle, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado Travel Blog

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Tarantula!!!

So after a quick 35min flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado we are met by our guide and taken to a reptile park where we see a few different kind of snakes. The park takes captured or injured reptiles and looks after them before releasing them again. We then jump in a boat and head down river to Tambo Jungle Lodge. We get a bungalows sorted and relax before heading in to the jungle for a walk. We see a Giant Anteater about 100m from our bungalow, also see some Tucans and a few other birds  before heading back. Also see a couple of Tarantulas, now there a big spider.

The next day we jump in the boat and head a cross the river and go for a 2 hour walk to a lake. On the way a big group of monkeys go overhead in the trees.

Monkey
Pretty cool watching them swing and jump from tree to tree. We jump in canoe and go for a paddle round the lake. We are  real licky and see a familyof Giant Otters feeding and playing. They were actually eating Pirahnas. We also see turtles sun bathing on logs.

We head back to the lodge and have lunch and then head to Monkey Island where we head in to see some.....monkeys. These ones are quite aggressive and we actually have to get sticks to scare them away from us. One actually jumps from about 6m and lands about 1m from the guide who then ended up waist deep in mud. Quite scary at the time but funny now. That night we went Caiman spotting along the river, we saw a couple of baby ones and also a family of Capybaras, pretty cool we pig type thing.

The next day the weathers pretty shite but we head over to an animal sanctaury which does the same as the reptile park in trying to put animals back into the jungle.

Tapir
There´s quite a few there including Jaguars, monkeys, parrots and wild pigs. We also head in to the jungle for a canopy walk, followed most of the way by a Tapir, big pig like thing about waist high. Cool. The canopy walk isn´t flash as it´s raining but it´s pretty cool, it´s about 40m in the air and puts you at the top of a tree where you can see all the jungle.

We head back the next day, the boat ride is real interesting because of all the rain the rivers risen and there´s heaps of logs floating down the river, was like playing dodgems. But we make it back and fly to Cusco.

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Tarantula!!!
Tarantula!!!
Monkey
Monkey
Tapir
Tapir
Puerto Maldonado
photo by: halilee