November 19th, 2008 – by: alyssa_ob
Finally sunny and we're leaving
Breakfast at 7 included another round of howler monkeys followed by a boat ride back down the Tambopata River to Puerto Maldonado. There were a bunch of us leaving today but plenty of room in the long boat. We weren’t too far from the boat dock when we ran out of gas. One of the staff picked up a paddle and paddled us in the rest of the way. Good thing we were heading downstream. We reached the dock, which was really just a boat already parked along the rocky shore. The staff hauled a bunch of gas tanks up the hill and filled them. We were informed that the road was too muddy for our bus so we had to go another 20 minutes down river.
We stopped in town briefly for ice cream from the Heladeria.
Its always fun ordering ice cream flavors in another language – never quite sure what you’ll get. I got mango (figured that was safe) and aguaje – fruit of the palm tree (I didn’t like it). We saw lots of motorbikes and tuk tuks. Next stop – the aeropuerto. We checked our bags, paid the airport tax, and said goodbye to Alan. He was a very good guide and I think we lucked out having him.
Our flight was delayed due to weather in Cusco so we sat in the hot, sticky airport much longer than we wanted to. Just for kicks I got out my cell phone to see if I got service. I brought it along for emergencies but kept it off most of the time. Not only was I surprised to see I had phone service but I also had a message from the guy I was seeing before I left! It came yesterday afternoon. Sara said it was because I walked around the tree three times and now we’re going to get married (lol!).