Day 11 - Refugio Amazonas

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This was a very early morning for breakfast before we set out for a short boat ride up the river.  That turned into an hour long hike to get to the clay lick.  We were on our way to see the Macaws.  There were not that many at the first blind so we tried our luck at another blind.  We managed to see a few there but not like you see on TV where there are droves.  That's just the nature of jungle life.

We hiked the hour back to the boat where we then headed back to the lodge for lunch and rest time.  The meals at Refugio Amazonas were actually quite good and the staff was really nice.

Our afternoon consisted of 3 parts...  A slow tour around a lake that Yordana told us had once been part of the Tambopata River but over the course of centuries the river had changed paths.  And now the lake was becoming more of a marsh.  Very interesting.  We caught several species of birds as well as a small enclave of bats.

The second part we hiked a bit to see some trees.  I know... doesn't sound like much but they were enormous.  One of the trees was estimated to be almost 500 years old.  Then we hiked over to the look-out tower.  We marched up over 150 stairs to the top to see above the Amazon Jungle canopy.  What a sight that was.

Then we had a bit of a hike back to the lodge where we again had a great dinner and then played cards with a very nice couple from Seattle, Max & Molly.
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