Rurrenabaque Travel Blog› entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
Our bus was 2 hours late and we sat outside getting eaten alive by bugs waiting for it with our annoying Israelis to the side of us being so loud and constantly singing stupid songs. When it arrived I couldnt believe it was taking us the 14 hours to Rurrenabaque, it didnt have a toilet, the engine cover was up as it kept overherheating and most of the luggage was haphazardly strapped to the roof.
I somehow managed to sleep most of the way but both Bend and I, not to mention most of the bus, got very annoyed at the Israelis who kept going up and down the isle and when it got dark they found it highly ammusing to flash their torches around constantly!
Arrived very tired in Rurrenabaque and managed to find a Madidi tour operator basically instantly.
Welcome to the Jungle baby!!
We arrived at our camp and wow was it humid! We were so so tired but after lunch we headed out on a walk into the Jungle.
Before longg our guide spotted a whole family of enormous monkeys. Immediatley the alpha male swung to the front of the tree they were all perched on to decipher whether or not we were a threat. He was just turning away when our guide began a a chorus of low grumbling noises deep in his throat. The alpha male spun around and the other two males bounded forward infront of the females and they all began roaring back at us(the grumblin noise turned out to be a call of anger and aggression!). It was very cool and we got some amazing video/pictures.
Further in we found a poisonous ´jumping´spider. I highlighted jumping because our guide insisted, against our assurances that we believed him, on poking it with a stick so we could see it launching itself at us!
It was so so so humid, very uncomfortable.
We had another trek into the jungle today and our guide showed us some survival tips including how to climb a smooth, vertical tree as íf you stay on the jungle floor you wont last the night.´ He also showed us trees which were filled with water, fruit we could eat and also medicinal plants.
Later, on the way back to camp, he gave us a live grub to taste. He promised it tasted like coconus so I tried it. He is a fucking liar, haha. It exploded in my mouth and was utterly rank, I would certainly not like to be stranded with only those things for sustanance!
We also found a Pineapple bush and the Pineapple was ripe so we ate it and it was so juicy and delicious, nothing like the crap you get from supermarkets.
After lunch we did some Pirahna(no idea how to spell) fishing but no one was succesfull! At one point I moved down the river and managed to step in quick-sand and was dragged down to my knees! It is extremely difficult to get out, I can attest to that!
In the morning we searched for some wild pigs which we eventually found. They really stink and are surprisingly fast little twats so it was incredibly difficult to get close.
When we got back to camp it was class because Bend and I had organised with a guide who was going back to the mainland to get us some...beer! haha. He brought them in an ice-cooler and we sat with 2 Swedes just enjoying them and chilling in a Hammock.
The showers broke on the first dayso up until now Bend nor I had had a shower...we stank and felt manky, proper jungle boys!
After lunch we went to see parrots and got some pretty good photos which I ingeniously took through the lens of binnoculars! Oh yes, haha. We got bored of this pretty fast, a bird is a bird to me, they fly and they shit, woo! So we ended up playing with a knife, throwing it at targets which we never hit(blame the beer) then we re-styled Bends T-shirt with it.
At night after more beer we went on a night trek. The jungle at night is pretty scary, I would not like to be lost in there. We found a Tarantula devouring an insect which was amazing although our guide once again insisted on getting way too close for comfort!
On the way back our guide told us to kill our torches for 200 metres to éncourage animals to come closer'.
During the nigth I was woken by the worst storm I have ever experienced. The thunder was not just cracking, each bang lasted about 20 seconds and was deafening. The lightning was so bright I had to close my eyes and the rain was positively hammering down.
It cleared up mstly by the morning and it had washed away most of the humidity which was a godsend!
We visited an Indigenous village in the morning and they showed us how they lived and gave us some sugarcane which was delcious, so sweet and juicy.
We left after lunch and to be honest I was quite happy to be going. It was alot fo fun but the humidity and bugs were too much for me for four days.
Back in Rurrenbaque we soon discovered we couldnt get a bus to La Paz until tomorrow which sucked as I was supposed to be meeting Anna for her birthday.
We cheched into a Hostal and after checking my e-mail I realised everyone at home was worried because I hadnt been in contact for 4 days. Sorry Mum and Dad but geese, Im in South America, haha!
Later we went for something to eat and then a cool local bar.