Pampas tour - Day 3 - Searching for anacondas
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Early morning wake up, then we were treated to the sound of quitely drifitng down river interspersed with the tremendous noise of howler monkeys greeting the day. Then the sight of a beautiful sunrise over the jungle :)
We pulled over to the side and set off on a 2-3 hour hike with the guide Luis and the translator hunting for anacondas. Keep in mind that the translator didn't have to, he just enjoyed it :) At one point we thought we saw one, but alas it was just a harmless rattlesnake....oh not wait....that's really harmful actually! So what do the guides do, why they run through the bush trying to catch it as well, we watched bemusedly from a few metres back. Finally Luis pulled a 2-3 metre anaconda form a pond so it felt worthwhile, they're not quite as think as I pictured, but still pretty impressive, and it was only a young one we had found.
Back to camp for a quick lie in the hammock, and then it was back in to the jeep. I was very amused as we drove passed an ox pulling a cart which two guys were just completely crashed out asleep on, obviously very confident their chaffeur knew what he was doing :) It was also quite funny that to get through the "toll-gates" you had to go and put a counterweight, like a brick, on one end of it in order to get through, surely they could do something like that for tolls on the Sydney Harbour bridge.
The tour group went out for dinner for our last night in Rurrenabaque, where we were entertained by a crazy Brazilian waiter and all meals looked like the same think despite our orders being as diverse as chicken, fish and steak. Makes you wonder what it really is....
Finished the night drinking with the Irish girls until about 2 in the morning at Jungle Mosquito bar which a very cool little place. I have vague recollections of really enjoying the Pacena golden cerveza, but they are very vague at best :)