First to Piranha park and then back to the civilization :)
Punchana Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
November 25th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
It was about 8 when the manguare called all the guests for breakfast. I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting lots of fruits, but there was only papaya and the rest was about cheese, ham, bread and cereal... Oh well, the papaya was good, hehehe. Before starting the adventure for the day there was still some time to keep on exploring the lodge.
This time we wouldn't go with a speed boat, but with the traditional peque peque, which is a rowing boat.
There was some construction going on. They were working on new bungalows but also building ponds. First we stopped at one with dark water. The local big fish - paiche - which has a delicious meat - usually live here... Golber brought local fishing rots and bait. Piranhas love pieces of meat... Wow! these small things are very smart! They found the way to grab the bait without getting fished, grrr.
Finally after switching ponds and mosquito bites, Shawn got one, and then another one. He was the only one who caught a fish! We brought them back with us and Golber suggested we could cook them.
There was some time before lunch, good opportunity to recheck bags and get ready to leave the lodge. Lunch was good. There was some fish, plantains (yummy) and salad, but no chonta salad :( Anyway, it was tasty. Speedboat would take the 2 of us, plus 2 other guests who were leaving too. The difference was that they were flying back to Lima. On the other hand, we'd spend one extra night in Iquitos. But there would be a stop in our way back to Iquitos.
After 10min we arrived to the serpentarium. This was a minizoo. There was a boy who was showing us the different animals they had there.
Next animal was a monkey, a baby one. When I was carrying him, he started to lick my shoulder. I think he tasted the moisturizing, ooops! He didn't want to leave... There was another monkey hiding. This one was shy. Next cage was about the reptiles, in which there were iguanas.
Ok, now we arrived to the one I've been waiting for: the boa (a big local snake) ! And of course you were able to hold this big animal. Just have to be careful to hold its head correctly. I have carried one when I was in Iquitos a while ago, but didn't remember very well this.
There was still another cage. There was a turtle. Why was this turtle so special? Well, just give it a look. It looked ugly and weird! The name was "prehistoric turtle" and it really reminded me a dinosaur... It was very heavy, much heavier than expected. I was doing my best to hold it until the photo was taken. This was the whole zoo. As I told you, it was a small one.
Now, time to reassume the journey. Before going to the harbour, we'd sail along the Amazon river for a little while. The color of the water there was different and the river was much wider. Also the boats you see there are much bigger. The idea of taking a cruise down the Amazon sounded so attractive. Someday, someday...
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