A day of adventure
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Being woken at 5am is not something i´m usually that thrilled about, however it was to see a beautiful sunrise so i guess it was a decent enough payoff. We were lucky again as being the rainy season there isn´t always a sunrise or sunset and we had seen both and thankfully been rain free. After breakfast we took our boat into the forest to meet a local tribe that live in the jungle and were undisturbed by the world until 15 years ago. The shame of it is that we didn´t really have the opportunity to speak to the tribe people and ask questions about their lives and how they had changed. Instead we were shown 5 rituals from gathering of the fruits to welcoming guests. The rituals were beautiful and to witness them was a real honour but i feel i would have had more from the experience if we could have spoken with them.
The rest of the morning was spent in the jungle learning about the plants and their properties. We were able to drink sweet water from the branches of trees, come face to face with the acai tree and many others. It was a really fascinating walk, amazing what mother nature has provided for us.
Later that day we set off for the night in the jungle. Armed with a machete, insect repellent, vodka and a sense of adventure we set off for our 1.5hr boat ride into the deep forest. When we arrived we realised we were surrounded by river water, no where to run to if we needed it. It all suddenly became very Blair Witch. We set up camp with our hammocks and mozzie nets on tightly and under tarp to shield us from the rain and insects.
Post dinner but not post drunk we decided that it was as good a time as any to go Caymen hunting. Yep, 11pm, drunk, 5 girls and one native guide went out looking for large dangerous crocodiles. Amazing what vodka can do to your resolve! After an agonising 45 min search in the water Joseph came back with a baby caymen in his arms which we were all able to hold and touch. It was rather scary when it struggled free as even as babies they can bite your fingers clean off. After some explanations which i can´t quite recall we let him go and stumbled back to our hammocks and to bed. What a day!