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lodge complex
This was my 1st time staying at a lodge in the Amazon, actually a lodge any kind, hahaha. How did I find this lodge? any recommendations? Well, internet is my friend, hehe. After an approximately 40min journey through the Nanay River and then the Momon, we finally arrived to the lodge. I'd stay here for 2 nights & 1 day. For me this time was long enough. There was a schedule for the time here and this was:

Day 1: lunch, trekking, visit another tribe, night boat and dinner
Day 2: breakfast, piranha fishing, lunch, sort of zoo, Amazon river, back to the city

It was 12:00 when we arrived to the lodge, so there was no much time for doing anything, besides knowing the lodge and its facilities, which include a nice pool, unpack and get ready for lunch.
lunch: it's not chicken but alligator!
There was electricity there, even tv in the bungalows, thanks to solar panels. But there wasn't any wi-fi or internet service. So, nobody could disturb you. They used a manguare, like the Boras, to announce lunch was served. Sweet! The lodge's fee included all the meals, which were buffet type. So it was a good idea to arrive early to the dining room :)

While they were getting lunch ready, most of the people, including me, decided to go to the pool. It was so hot, that this was very refreshing. Then the manguare called for us, yummy! When I was doing the line for the food. I saw nothing interesting. Then I heard that what I thought was chicken was alligator! Cool! It looked like chicken but tasted like a fishy dry chicken, hehehe.  So, I had some salad, alligator, fried plantains and some beans.
I felt something and when I opened my eyes I saw a butterfly!
It was a good and filling meal.

When I was back at the bungalow, I found rubber boots outside. What did they were for? Well, according to the schedule, we'd go for a trekking and we'd certainly need them.  Still had some time before leaving, so let's chill out for a while. As agreed we met Golber at the dining room at 3pm. We were wearing out rubber boots. They were big for me, but better bigger than smaller.

Golber was holding a machete and walked in front of us. The big group consisted just in the 2 of us + Golber. We left the lodge and kept on walking inside the rain forest. There were different types of trees, bushes, etc. And Golber was explaining what was each plant and some bugs we also found. So good we had such an excellent guide, otherwise I'd have been completely lost.
trying to learn how to use the blowgun...
I felt so small surrounded by those tall trees. Everything was so green and it was muddy, so the rubber boots were the perfect idea.

Trekking didn't last that long. After maybe 45min, which seemed to be the longest ever due to the heat, we arrived to the Jibaro's tribe campsite. This was the other tribe we would meet. The size of this one was much smaller than the Boras, although they were experts offering their handicraft and convincing you to buy it. It was hard to say no. The reason why there weren't many of them waiting for us, was that most of them don't live nearby. The chief welcomed us in the native language and also in Spanish. The Jibaros are famous because they reduce the heads of their prisoners. So bad we didn't see any of this heads.
huge tree
.. just were told how they perform this custom... oh well, good enough. I've been always intrigued by how they could do that.

After a while we kept on walking, this time we would visit a small village. They were the only neighbors of the lodge. It was a really small town, which looked poor too. Golber was telling us that during the rainy season the river level gets so high that a big part of the "square" and soccer field disappear below the water level... plus they don't have electricity the whole day, just a few hours thank to a generator, that's a hard life...

We didn't stay there for long and reassumed the trekking. We were going back to the lodge. When we arrived it was still early, so I thought about going to the pool. That would be so cool, specially after being walking around in the middle of the heat of the rain forest.
can you see the rainbow?
Unfortunately my pool fun time didn't last long... It started to rain, oh no! Well, it wasn't pouring, but it turned cloudy and a bit windy... oh well, it was time to leave the pool, but there weren't just bad news. Because of the rain, there was a rainbow! It looked so pretty! So somehow I was lucky :P
Ok, I'd just chill out in the lodge, take a nice shower and watch tv.

Before dinner we had something else scheduled: a night boat trip. We would just stay in the boat, so which one was the purpose of this trip? Listening to the nature... As agreed we met at 7pm, this time we were 5 people. It was really dark and you can easily think you are completely alone, but if you start to listen carefully you'd realize you are not alone at all. Hundreds of eyes might have been staring at us, awesome! We stayed quiet in the middle of the river for 20min just listening the noises of the nature at night.
ready to go and listen to the nature :P
This was a cool experience!

It was almost 8pm by the time we were back at the lodge. Dinner got ready a couple of minutes later. This time there was beef, fish (dorado one from the Amazon river), rice and chonta salad. Chonta is the palm tree heart and they cut it as spaghettis, that's why they call it: spaghettis from the Amazon, hahaha. This salad was delicious! Sorry for the guys who arrived late for dinner, there wasn't much left for them...

Before leaving we'd have a cocktail. I guess I deserved one after a long day, hahaha. Golber told us we'd leave the lodge after breakfast. We didn't have to take our bags with us since we'd come back for lunch and leave right after. Cool! This has been a long day and I was already tired... a good night sleep sounded perfect.
yadilitta says:
yes, I'm craving for chonta salad....
Posted on: Dec 26, 2009
geerbox says:
The chonta salad was awesome!! I liked the night boat ride and listening to the sounds of the jungle in the night :)
Posted on: Dec 26, 2009
daniel_jetsetter says:
You took some great pics!
Posted on: Dec 23, 2009
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lodge complex
lodge complex
lunch: its not chicken but alliga…
lunch: it's not chicken but allig…
I felt something and when I opened…
I felt something and when I opene…
trying to learn how to use the blo…
trying to learn how to use the bl…
huge tree
huge tree
can you see the rainbow?
can you see the rainbow?
ready to go and listen to the natu…
ready to go and listen to the nat…
a Peque-peque: traditional boat us…
a Peque-peque: traditional boat u…
parking lot at the lodge
parking lot at the lodge
local workers
local workers
Momon River
Momon River
a local fisherman
a local fisherman
:)
:)
inside the speed boat. Seats were …
inside the speed boat. Seats were…
stairs to...
stairs to...
arriving to the lodge
arriving to the lodge
arriving to the lodge
arriving to the lodge
Momon river
Momon river
Momon River
Momon River
view of part of the lodge
view of part of the lodge
nice path
nice path
nice parrot
nice parrot
another parrot
another parrot
peacock
peacock
one of the bungallows
one of the bungallows
entrance to my home for the next 2…
entrance to my home for the next …
great spot to relax
great spot to relax
bedroom was big and had a tv!
bedroom was big and had a tv!
big beds :)
big beds :)
nice bathroom
nice bathroom
solar panels to get some electrici…
solar panels to get some electric…
playground for children, although …
playground for children, although…
great idea, lets go to the pool
great idea, let's go to the pool
relax
relax
relax
relax
banana plantations
banana plantations
the bar
the bar
fried platains, yummy!
fried platains, yummy!
when I asked for spicy sauce, I go…
when I asked for spicy sauce, I g…
yay! rubber boats
yay! rubber boats
Momon river view from the view tow…
Momon river view from the view to…
caterpillar
caterpillar
Golber our guide
Golber our guide
liquid rubber
liquid rubber
their houses
their houses
Jibaros chief
Jibaros' chief
this was a big ant
this was a big ant
the only path you can find in the …
the only path you can find in the…
the houses at this village
the houses at this village
their square
their "square"
the soccer field
the soccer field
a cow next to the Amazon, hilariou…
a cow next to the Amazon, hilario…
dont know the name of this fruit.…
don't know the name of this fruit…
local fruit
local fruit
so good I was wearing the rubber b…
so good I was wearing the rubber …
leaving the lodge
leaving the lodge
the lodge!
the lodge!
dinner: chonta (palm tree heart) s…
dinner: chonta (palm tree heart) …
melon cubes
melon cubes
A Pina Colada, please!
A Pina Colada, please!
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