First to Piranha park and then back to the civilization :)

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one of the parrots
I think it was 6 something when I woke up. I went to bed early, so I was awake early too. Mmm, there was no power, so instead of staying inside I prefer to take a walk around the lodge. Property is huge and there's even space for some animals like parrots, peacock, monkeys and a tapir among others.

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.
the piranhas just ate it, without letting themselves to be caught...
According to the plan we'd go fishing piranhas, cool! But rainy season was starting so it'd have been pointless trying to do it on the river. Therefore we went to a place called "Piranha Park". Actually it belonged to the lodge. The administrator wants to expand it.

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.
the piranha
Cool! But when we were back at the lodge, we threw them away. They are too bony... that sounds fair, but I wanted to try it...

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.
Moisturizing was sweet, haha
The first we saw where the sloths. There were 2 of them a male and a baby female, called Maria. The boy gave her to me. She was so cute. It was nice and easy to carry her. She was used to people. Sweet! The male was just being lazy hanging there, hahaha.

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.
my new pet!
I was paying much more attention this time. The boa was heavy. It's skin was smooth. But the poor thing was smelly, pffff.

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...
geerbox says:
Ughh the boa was stinky! and the monkey was so cute!
Posted on: Dec 26, 2009
sarahsan says:
What a lovely experience!
Posted on: Dec 25, 2009
yadilitta says:
It was a nice experience
Posted on: Dec 24, 2009
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one of the parrots
one of the parrots
the piranhas just ate it, without …
the piranhas just ate it, without…
the piranha
the piranha
Moisturizing was sweet, haha
Moisturizing was sweet, haha
my new pet!
my new pet!
birds farm
birds farm
itchy
itchy
so close to the people
so close to the people
breakfast!
breakfast!
path connecting dining room with t…
path connecting dining room with …
rowing down the river
rowing down the river
trash bin
trash bin
terrace
terrace
drying the wood for construction
drying the wood for construction
ducky, would he become part of the…
ducky, would he become part of th…
evil birds
evil birds
small parrot
small parrot
hammocks area
hammocks area
kajaks
kajaks
new guests arriving
new guests arriving
pool area
pool area
papaya!
papaya!
climbing
climbing
:)
:)
parrots alley
parrots' alley
playing the manguare
playing the manguare
going down
going down
rrrrrrrrr
rrrrrrrrr
twins!
twins!
terrace at the dining room
terrace at the dining room
:)
:)
tapir
tapir
he was fast despite of his big size
he was fast despite of his big size
manguare
manguare
peque peques
peque peques
wild turkey
wild turkey
it was sunny!
it was sunny!
piranha park
piranha park
loud monkey
loud monkey
Guido the monkey
Guido the monkey
some cows
some cows
the ducks didnt know there were p…
the ducks didn't know there were …
there was a little duck trapped th…
there was a little duck trapped t…
a butterfly
a butterfly
the bait
the bait
dark water pond
dark water pond
one of the ponds
one of the ponds
up or down?
up or down?
water was so dark, that reflected …
water was so dark, that reflected…
the fish of the day...
the fish of the day...
Maria
Maria
carrying Maria
carrying Maria
the male sloth, you can say it bec…
the male sloth, you can say it be…
male sloth
male sloth
hes so cute
he's so cute
isnt it sweet! that look! awww
isn't it sweet! that look! awww
this one was shy
this one was shy
an iguana
an iguana
the boa, soon Ill carry it, excit…
the boa, soon I'll carry it, exci…
prehistoric turtle. The poor thing…
prehistoric turtle. The poor thin…
prehistoric turtle, pfff
prehistoric turtle, pfff
last lunch
last lunch
tasty salad
tasty salad
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