It was about noon when three friends of mine and that I landed in Puerto Maldonado in September 2008. The plan was to stay 3 times in a Jungle lodge situated within the Tambopata National Reserve, one of the planet's most virgin woods that shelters a large variety of plants, animals and human beings, which hasn't yet been touched by modern life.
As soon as we walked from this airplane, we could feel the high humidity levels. A father and son in the USA joint our party of four. During the one and a half hour drive into the interface, John explained to us the various methods of burning trees for reforestation functions which we saw along the way whilst enjoying some banana chips and Brazilian nuts. At the port, we took a boat journey across the Tambopata River and ate a Peruvian version of Chinese rice saturated in banana tree leaves, very excellent! After we arrived at the other end, we walked a short path before attaining the Jungle lodge.
When we went to our rooms, we were surprised to realize that there were only three partitions in each area which allows you to have a far closer contact with nature. Only an hour later, we began our first increase for 2 hours before we reached the Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake. Back in the lodge, we all went to get a well deserve chilly shower and have been back in the dining area to eat and find out from our first nightly lecture prepared by the lodge staff that coated conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve. After supper, we explored the river's edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of manifestation out of caiman eyes. Most of these mammals are busy at night but rarely seen; we're lucky to spot a small caiman. On the way back into the lodge as well as in every trail, Jhin pointed out together with his flashlight tress, frogs, monkeys and birds whose shapes and sounds are as bizarre as their natural histories.
After having breakfast at sunrise, which will be when parrots are active, the team was prepared and eager to visit a parakeet and macaw clay lick. We were able to view them to ingest the clay onto a bank from a blind located a couple of meters away from the clay lick. On the road back to the lodge, we stopped in a 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower that has been constructed upon high ground, thus raising our horizon of this continuing primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. After lunch, we took a short trail and a boat for five minutes downriver in which a farm and ethno botanical backyard lies. He grows a number of popular and unknown Amazon crops; Jhin pointed out every fruit kind as we walked around the farm. Tasting sugar cane reminded me of my very best childhood memories. Returning to the other side of the Tambopata River, we left a bunch of capybaras resting on the coast. As a result of John along with the boat driver, we got a very close view of those. Our greater surprise was to find at our stage of debarkation one capybara which was wounded by a jaguar a few days back.
Later in the afternoon and following a twenty-minute walk in Peru jungle tours, we reached a peccary clay lick to observe wild pigs which could show up at herds of five to twenty people to eat clay based to John. You can even see jaguars in this region. Regrettably, we did not see either crazy pigs or jaguars that day.
The last morning day, most of us got ready to go back to Puerto Maldonado's river port. As we had been enjoying the most spectacular Amazon landscapes and wonderful sky colors, Jhin called our attention to see a bunch of pink dolphins going down lake. What a fantastic experience!