November 17th, 2005 – by: wanderinwurzel
fantastic view out over the lake
From cusco we flew into a little town close to the brazilian border in the amazon, where we transfered into a boat to be taken up the river, where we had a 2 mile trek through the jungle to where the dug out canoes were waiting to take us to the eco lodge. This lodge is set on a huge lake, home to cayman, giant otters, and anacondas amongst others. This in mind the canoe trip through the little channels out into the lake in no more than hollowed out trees was exciting, just never really knowing what we were going to see. The lodge is set just off the banks of the lake, surrounded by trees full of all kinds of monkeys, and insects, such as tarantulas, huge ants in many different species, lizards, and birds. There was nothing much to do here in between the guided walks into the jungle, and trips out on the lake to look for the wildlife, so we just unwound with a cold drink and a book or investigating near the lodge.
bugs are bigger in the amazon
On our trips out into the lake we only really spotted the giant otters who go around in large packs, and we were told will attack the cayman and anacondas if they get in the way. We saw the otters catching fish most days, but it wasn't until we returned to the lodge and shined our torches towards the jetty that we actually saw that the banks of the lake were lit up with little red lights-cayman eyes! and they were everywhere, as a storm was coming in quickly we had a chance to get up fairly close to these animals, whilst in our dug out canoe, which was pretty cool even though they were only small ones. Between the jetty and the lodge i spotted a nest of tarantuala in a hole besides the path, about 20m from the lodge, with the mother and about 8 cute babies. This didn't please everybody, and they were even less pleased when a guide pointed out another tarantula nest in a tree about 3-4m from the lodge. I spent the last evening in the bar hoping we'd get a visit from 1 of the cayman but alas it wasn't to be, and i had to start my 48hr journey back to the uk.