Misahualli Travel Blog› entry 4 of 12 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.