Pampas tour - Day 1 - Wildlife and things

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The dusty ride from Rurre to the Pampas

Time to begin the tour so we all met up in the Jaguar tour office.  I say all, but as well as Nadia and George, the only other two were two Irish girls called Carrie and Martina.   Not being as advanced in Spanish as I am (fill in laughter here) they had decided to pay the extra dollars for a translater as by default your guide won't speak English.  I had accepted that long ago, and knew I'd be happy just seeing everything, but I now had a translator for free :) Thanks Irish girls :)  We were introduced to our guide Luis and the girls' translator Jose.

As you crowd in to the jeep you see the various other tour operators around town doing likewise, I'm pretty sure this must be a standard type of tour, and the only difference is which animal's name is on your T-shirt (as we watched Anaconda people get in to their car).

We weren't sure if we'd get a boat with a working motor until we'd bought enough from the riverside vendors

It was abouta 3 hour jeep ride to port, at which point we were given the choice of the journey other continuing in the jeep plus 30 minutes of boat, or just all jeep. Without really knowing what the downsides of the 'boat' option were, we went with that.

It took a while to get the motor working, and as we watched on the one or two snack vendors tried their best to peddle their goods.  After a while we started wondering if the two events were connected, and if buy buying some snacks, somehow the motor would magically start :)

Eventualy we found our way to camp and after a brief lie in a hammock by the riverside (this is the life :) ) we were in to the boat for a 2 hour ride up river.  This was our first sighting of alligators, and I mean alligators about every 100 metres so they weren't hard to spot!  It was also cool to see caipabaras which is essentially what would be made if you kept on feeding your guinea pig until it was the size of a pig :)

We pulled over to the side (fortunately not near alligators) and clambered up a steep bank to watch the sunset.

Our first close encounter with an alligator
  There was a fire nearby so it was a real blood-red kind of sun, which was a beautiful contrast with the jungle around us.

Back at camp the translator Jose was the star of the show telling us about Bolivian life, a really good day, I'm very happy with the advice of the random Aussies back in Quito suggesting Rurrenabaque as an option :)

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