Juma Lodge - The Amazon Rainforest!

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Meeting of the water

We met our group at 8am to be transported to Manaus´s port where we would begin our trip. On meeting our group we were amazed to see that we were booked in with the Dragonman Tour group we had met in Santa Elena (Venzeuela)!

The trip began with a boat ride across the Amazon at the Manaus port, this is the point where the Rio Negro (from columbia) and the white river (Peru, Brazil) meet, forming the meeting of the waters (see photos). The water at first doesn´t mix due to the different temperatures and pH balances of the water, forming a line where they meet.

From here went to the opposite side of the river  to get a minibus to our next boat about an hour away. The temperature was almost unbearable at the port and we were so glad we had been able to leave our backpacks back at the hotel while we went into the rainforest.

Giant Water lillies
Once on the boat to the Lodge, which was located on the 8km Juma Lake, we finally began to see the true story of the amazon rainforest. The first 15minutes was made up of going past small riverside communities that were based around farming. Here you could clearly see the deforestation as the river side had been turned into fields to graze cattle.  As we began our journey further into the rainforest this decreased, and the patches of deforestation grew less and less.

Beucase of the time of year it was possible for our small motor boat to cruise in and out of the flooded forest allowing us to look for wildlife over head. Not far from the camp we spotted Howler and Spider monkeys in the trees above us. Unfortunately the photos didn´t quite come out (Andy missed them!), but it was a great start to our trip.

Monkey!?

We arrived at the lodge just before lunch and freakly met another couple we had met in Venezuela. We had told them our plans to take this trip  but had no idea they would choose that one out of the hundreds available!

Our accommodation was basic but lovely cabin with bathroom which was on stilts over looking the river. surrounding the private cabins were fields of cows, wild boar, pigs and chickens meaning a loud wake up call at about 6am at sunrise!

The camp was really sociable, our small group comprised of a german couple and a gay couple, one native brazilian (who wore pink tight swimming trunks around camp) and his partner Gary from LA who did yoga on the decking each morning before breakfast(!). We went off for our first expedition that afternoon, a jungle walk, unfortunately the local wildlife really wasn´t up for a show, so we spent 2 hours walking through Mosi infested jungle to see not a single animal or bird!!! I suppose that nature for you, we had one bit of excitment as our guide, Mataho, started screaming and running towards a bog, shouting ´run, run´ - he had put his machete through a wasps nest!!!! so after a short jog the excitement was over and we went back to examining the flora.

Marllos eating the coconut flavored bug!
Oh and we got shown a bug that we were supposed to eat - tasted like coconut water apparently - it was 2cm long! Needless to say neither Andy or Emma joined in with that activity!

Back at camp it was time for dinner and afterward we went cayman hunting. We managed to see two close up, only babys but know doubt mum wasn´t far away! The dry season is the best time to see the huge ones as they bathe by the waters edge. However they are quite scared of humans as they are the local delicacy - only once 2m long tho!!

Later on in the evening we also found we had some friends sharing our room. As Emma pushed the door open something fell from above her head on to her arm, looking down in shock there was suddlenly a large scream as a frog jumped into her face and got wacked onto the floor! After serching the room we found the local frogs were found of our rather damp wooden bathroom! (we also found cockroaches!) - Ahhh to stay in the rainforest!

melol says:
Good to hear of your experiences in the rain forest. It's pretty much like a rain forest here at the moment because it's been raining all day again. The papers have said that summer is officially over but they often get things
wrong .Anyway Autumn is lovely.I think that you are very brave sharing your bathroom with a load of frogs , poor old emma if one landed on her face!. Still if tey weren't dangerous that's the main thing.
Bet the flora was spectacular ,things growing in their habitat,rather than in a pot in Sainsburys.
Posted on: Aug 18, 2007
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Meeting of the water
Meeting of the water
Giant Water lillies
Giant Water lillies
Monkey!?
Monkey!?
Marllos eating the coconut flavore…
Marllos eating the coconut flavor…
Sunset by the river
Sunset by the river
The baby cayman
The baby cayman
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