Cruising the Amazon
29.03.2015 - 29.03.2015 33 °C
Same drill as yesterday. Wake up call at 6.30 am (but we set our alarm for 6.00 am), breakfast at 7.00 am and on the boat at 8.00 am.
We sat with Jenny at breakfast and she told us that she had a pet spider when she was 9. No wonder she was happy to hold the tranatula!
Our purpose this morning was to find several species of monkeys, which we did. Julio is just fabulous at finding things. How he can spot nocturnal, tiny monkeys in a hole in a very tall tree, is beyond me. But find them he did.
A ranger's hut in the flooded Amazon.
We found about four different species of monkeys, jumping from branch to branch. It was too difficult to photograph them, so I just watched the display.
Saw lots of butterflies today, especially some beautiful, bright blue ones. At one stage we nosed the boat into the jungle and sat there quitely, with our eyes closed and listened to the sounds.
Mary got stung by something that landed on her arm and looked a bit like a wasp. There was a big red welt on her arm but it was starting to go down by the time we got back. Something dropped down the inside of my shirt. Goodness knows what it was, but Julio squashed it.
On the way back to the boat, we approached some fishermen in a kayak and Julio bought some fish from them.
This is a species of pirana and this is an Amazon trout.
Before lunch we all assembled in the bar area and the chef demonstrated how to make a traditional dish - cheviche - raw fish marinated in lemon juice, plusca lot of other herbs. It is really nice and Elfie won the completed dish by answering a question about which river we were exploring this morning.
Then Ivan, the room boy, demonstrated how to fold towels. He made a sloth and a turtle. Very, very clever.
Then Robinson, the barman, showed us how to make a Pisco Sour and I won the completed drink by telling them the name of the monkey that we saw this morning with the bushy tail - Michael Jackson!
Had a delicious lunch and a rest. I finished reading my Agatha Christie book "Elephants Can Remember" and much to my surprise had worked out the plot about half way through.
This is Jessica, our masseuse.
Back into the dinghy for our afternoon/evening excursion. Now what else would you do on a Sunday afternoon in the Amazon? Why, go fishing for Piranha, of course! We pulled into a couple of spots and threw our lines in. Our bait kept getting pinched but we persevered and everyone caught a fish except Phil.
This piranha was caught by Robinson, our barman, who was on our dinghy.
I believe my fish is called an Amazon Sardine! Anyway, we had great fun.
This is one of the nicest photos I have ever taken.
Sometimes we got into some tight situations!
Before sunset when we started spotlighting for nocturnal animals, both dinghys came together and we had nuts and champagne cocktails in the middle of nowhere in the Amazon. Simply magic!
We found a Cayman and I held it. It was okay until it started to wriggle about and then I handed it back!
Back on board and before dinner we had a wrap up of the tour. Then the crew performed a couple of songs with Ivan, the room person, whose nickname is "Elvis" and the Captain played the bongos. We all got up and danced and it was really great. FINALLY we went in for dinner at about 9.15 pm. We sat with Sharon and John at dinner and then raced into bed as we have a very early start tomorrow.
This is the piranha we caught today, all cooked up for us to eat. Amparo ate a whole one. They were very boney but I had a little taste. Not really my cup of tea.
Another fabulous day in the Amazon!