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3 day jungle hike (cliffhanger)

sunday ´till tuesday

sunny 30 °C
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We had to meet with the tourguide at 8. Yesterday he said we would be leaving early in the morning... But, it´s Brasil and around 11 we finally went to the boat. The first place to see was a lake with huge waterlillies. The leafs of this waterlilly could carry a human baby and were about 1,5 to 2 meters in diameter. We went to the lodge dumped our stuff and went to see the area by canoe. Huge rivers again and in a small side river we went Piranja fishing. I cought none... As the sun went down the swallows went to sleep on an island. This is an incredible view. The boat lied in front of the island and about a 100 000 birds came down from the sky, swooped over our boat to land somewhere in a bush or tree. In the evening we had dinner with rice and beans whereafter I went to sleep to wake up early the next day.

At 5 everybody woke up to pack our stuff to make a long hike. We saw an anteter, a tirantula spider, tracks of a Puma, snakes, monkeys, kakatoes, parrots, and many more beautiful birds. The guide was really good as he explained almost everything we saw. He showed us how to climb a palmtree, so everybody tried. Only Boris and me could climb more than a few feet. And he showed how to attract animals. A palmleaf stiking over his knife made a sound that is comparable with the sound of a bird in need. As the other animals hear that they will come over to have a look. In this way you dont have to find the animals, they will find you. And if you were an indian, you shoot with a poisonous arrow and have dinner.

After lunch in the lodge we prepaired for a night in the jungle. Around 3 we found a nice place. Placed some big branches for the hommocks, made a fire and sang songs untill dinner was ready. The guide made a whole chicken on a stick and rice in a pan. We ate from leafs and had selfmade spoons made out of a branch.

During the night we heard the most weird sounds of monkeys, birds, insects and probably a whole bunch of other night animals... CRACK-BOOM! In the middle of the night everybody woke up scared. We all heard a loud cracking noice and a big smash. We checked it out and apparently an old big tree broke in two and came down 4 meters away from the canoe. Being amazed that the tree didn´t hit anything we went to sleep again.

In the morning it soon was time to pack everything to see some more animals and go back to the lodge. This time we saw dolphins, more monkeys and again a snake. The guide tried to catch the snake and he did, but the snake went into the boat. Little panic in the boat as he swam around in the boat. I was too late and it bit my ankle. In pain we went back to the lodge as fast as posible were bandage and painkillers waited for me. Luckily for me it was no poisones snake. A couple hours later I was back in the hostel were a docter came to have a look and he told me I would be all right. So I´ll have a scar that lets me remember this unfaithfull day.

Posted by debrick 15:07 Archived in Brazil

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