Jungle!

Misahualli Travel Blog

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entrance to the lodge

After a tough 5am Breakfast we need to catch 2 buses, taxis, and a motor canoe to our jungle cabin. the road en route was magnificent. winding up and down the valleys of the andes and the drivers are crazy who do it at some speed. Mo couldn bring herself to look into some of the drops but the hills got thicker and thicker with overgrowth as we descended and got further from the city. once we got off the last bus the 40m motor canoe ride was fun before we reached the anaconda lodge on the banks of the river napa on anaconda lodge. almost immediatly the bags were ditch and it was back to the boat to visit a local animal sanctuary where animals have been saved and this was a kind of staging area for release back to the jungle. although some animals were so injured/abused that they can never be released.

Ants that we ate!
some of the animals were Tucans, Parrots, Spiders, Monkeys etc. was a tame introduction to wildlife as some of the animals were quite friendly and came right up to you for affection. after this back to the lodge where the locals would cook all our meals (3 course) and setlle in the accomidation. at this point the noise of local wildlife especially crickets took over and we decided the only way we would sleep was if we got hammered. the lodge had a small bar so we duely settled in playing some drinknig games and getting to know the camp. there was no lecky at all in the place so we had a 5 minute back to rooms with head torch only and us terrified. also Mo and I had a lodge 40 yardsm from anyone else so we were more exposed. at 1 point on the first night some monkeys were running around on our roof and it was quite an interesting night.
Drinknig games
not surprisingly i got eaten alive by sand flies.

the next morning it was time for a 4 hour hike through the rainforest. Our guide fausto pointed out as much as he could to us and also fed us with some strange stuff we could eat such as live ants (tasted like lemon) fruits, and leaves. we saw poisnious frogs, walking trees, many insects, rubber trees. we reached a summit with some stunning views over the rainforrest with no sign of civilistation at all. at the end of the hike we waded through the river towards the boat again to get back to the lodge. was good fun but my welly had a leak and it was tough going at times. after lunch on the canoe we went to a jungle museum where we were showed all the tricks and traditions the people have picked up over time such as how they catch fish, animals, protect themself and how they cook.

Our jungle gang
then we were shown how to shoot a blow gun, mo was quite good at this and almost hit the target. after this it was back to the lodge for a swim and dinner. on this night the boss was away so Fausto and the younger locals were in charge so plenty of drinknig games were played and moonshine a local shot was brought out so we all got pretty drunk but had a great laugh.

the next morning we went to our guides local house to show us how life is at present. then we tried a little panning for gold and found a little before we built a raft made of balsa wood and floated for 90mins down the river and back to camp. it was extremely relaxing in the water and we swam for a couple of miles along side the boat. in the afternoon we went to a Kichwa family where they showed us how they made Chicha which was extremely potent not unlike buttermilk actually.

The raft
after this we went to the shamans house where he performed an odd clensing ritual on 2 of the girls which included spitting moonshine on there necks! was quite random. on route back to the lodge we saw how they made balsa wood carvings and pottery. after this it was back to the lodge for our final night where we settled our bills from the bar. a practical joke played on me went wrong where i got charged 10 dollars for breaking a chair by the owner. none of us were happy. but it was still a great few days and quite the experience.

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entrance to the lodge
entrance to the lodge
Ants that we ate!
Ants that we ate!
Drinknig games
Drinknig games
Our jungle gang
Our jungle gang
The raft
The raft
Drinknig Chicha
Drinknig Chicha
getting clensed by shayman
getting clensed by shayman
Our Lodge
Our Lodge
the bed
the bed
swimming in the amazon
swimming in the amazon
Tucans
Tucans
Katie and her friend who just foll…
Katie and her friend who just fol…
me and my monkey
me and my monkey
Misahualli
photo by: Paulovic