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"And I still haven't found what I'm looking for"

Day 55-59: Iquitos and the Amazon April 28, 2006

Filed under: Travelling — Tai @ 5:10 pm

Just call me "Crocodile Tai" from New Zealand.

Only a few problems with that. 1. There are no crocodiles in New Zealand.  2. It does look awfully small (I am talking about the crocodile!!!).

4 days downriver, with the animals and some travelling companions, obviously not as experienced as I was in the wild.  Luis and Milton our local guides came with us and looked after us well. 


We left Iquito to Nauta, and then from Nauta we went by boat downriver.  I was wanting to paddle but the others wanted to use the motor.  I was now wearing my leopard string gstring to feel more comfortable in the native environment.

We usually left in the morning before breakfast by boat to search for animals. We saw Squirel monkeys, sloths and lots of birds – eagles, vultures, tucans…. 

After breakfast we would go for jungle walks.  The first one was pretty hairy.  With the end of rainy season, alot of the jungle was flooded, so we were walking around in knee deep water with all the snakes and other creatures.  We saw electric eels that can discharge up to 600v, frogs, spiders and other insects. 

Luis taught me how to outrun a Bushranger snake (very aggressive snakes). They are also called dog snakes because they bark at you while they chase you.  You either have to zigzag when you are running.  Or run around in a circle, or take off you clothes and through then behind you and they will attack the heat of your clothes.  All very handy stuff.

At the lodge they had a tree where lots of Macraws (big parrots), both rainbow coloured and blue and yelow would hangout.  There was also a tucan that cruised around the lodge trying to bite you or your shoes.  In the roof of the dining room there was a Boer Constricter, but only a small one (about 1,5 metres).  It was hunting for rats and bats inside the lodge.  So while you we were eating dinner we could watch the snake up he top.  In the mornings Tapirs (a cross between a pig and an anteater) would come around.


Out the front of the lodge we would watch the pink dolphins.  In front of the lodge was a channel that onnected thje rier with a lake and there were a lot of little fish that the dolphins ate.  The pink dolphins are blind when they are born because the amazon is too muddy to see anything.

One night we wnet looking for caimen, snakes and spiders.  Thee were a lot of tarantulas on the trees.  This one is a bout the size of my hand.  Below is a Coral snake, very poisonous.

One day we went fishing for piranhas.  We caught lots of small ones.  We were using meat for bait. 

On our last day we came across a anaconda.  It was about 5 metres long and had been caught in a village closeby.  The anaconda had been starving (with so much water, their food sources move up high away from the water).  The anaconda had tried to eat one of the little boys from the village.  It had actually attacked but had mistimed its lung and only caught its fangs in his shirt.  Someone nearby had thrown a piglet at the anaconda and so it attacked that and crushed it to death.  Then the local men atacked it and caught it.  If the anaconda had been on target the boy would have been dead.

The little boy in red is the one that was attacked.  Also this anaconda is not dead.  Ot is injured so is not moving much.

Finally caught the boat back up river and returned to Iquitos.  There was a transport strike on the next day.  So there wass broken lass and rubbish all over the roads.  But made it to the airport for a flight to Lima. 


One Response to “Day 55-59: Iquitos and the Amazon”

  1. Sam Says:

    What happened to the kid in the red shirt?

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