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November 24th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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