A Week in the Peruvian Amazon: Part 2 – OurWarwick
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A Week in the Peruvian Amazon: Part 2

My adventure continues, starting with a kayaking tour of the slightly smaller tributaries of the River Javari near to the lodge where we stayed. Despite again seeing several pink and grey dolphins, I also failed again to capture any photographic evidence, as the would literally surface for a quarter of a second, and technically speaking, I was supposed to be kayaking and not using my phone. However, touring through what I call “the Venice of the Amazon” because of how thin the rivers we went down were, made for a pretty fab morning (despite the sunburn I got as a result).

I actually feel so sorry for the poor gentleman who was in charge of our boat, as I genuinely believe my Mum and I hindered our progress instead of actually helping, and he, therefore, had to work 3X as hard…

Let me tell you this: trying to U-turn out of these dead ends was no mean feet.

As usual, avoiding all physical activity and just enjoying being a vision in stripes

However, on our final full day in the jungle came the absolute best activity of them all- a trip to a local wildlife sanctuary called “La Casa de Los Monos” or the Monkey House. Home to 11 different monkeys, most of which were different species, the animals were quite literally climbing on us and stealing our water whilst we learned as much as possible…

The two spider monkeys living their best lives on the hammock! Fun fact: spider monkeys are called that because unlike all other monkeys, which have 5 fingers on each “hand” they only have four, meaning 8 in total

My Mum was very popular with the monkeys- this one tried to steal her water immediately after this photo was taken

I clearly haven’t got the HANG of it! 

Arturo- the amazing gentleman who runs the sanctuary

The point of the sanctuary is to provide a home for baby monkeys whose parents have been killed for food, as monkey meat remains popular with the indigenous communities. Arturo tries to raise them as happy and as free as possible until they reach adulthood at age 4/5, and have found a mate, and then they are released back into the jungle. 

They literally have the best time every day- I am jealous

However, even though it’s called the Monkey House, it wasn’t just monkeys, as Arturo boasts a whole collection of animals in his crazy home. Including a Toucan…

A parrot named Paco…

An anaconda named Princess who he is trying to breed as Anacondas are actually dangerously low in numbers in this part of the Peruvian rainforest. And yes, he is almost kissing “Princess” in this photo…

Speaking of princesses, did I mention that the lodge where I lived kept a pet monkey also called Princess! She is the smallest breed of monkey in the world…

She is so small and quick, it was impossible to get a good photo of her

And with that, all of our week’s activities were over, and it was almost time to leave the jungle, which meant another 2-hour boat trip, this time at sunset, to return to the Colombian town of Leticia in order to fly home. Whilst Leticia the town boasts one of the smallest and worst airports in the world (they couldn’t even accept boarding cards not printed by their printers, so our ones on our phones didn’t stand a chance) the Amazon itself was stunning, and I am so glad I forced my family and myself to brave a visit there.

I mean, I’m sorry these posts have been so photo-filled, but can you blame me?  

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