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It's a jungle out there

We left Cusco today and headed for the Amazon Rainforest! There was a 2.5 hour delay with our flight and actually the whole airport was not allowing planes to land so the small airport filled up pretty quickly and became a cranky zoo. There was absolutely nowhere to sit so we ended up sitting on the floor most of the time, but we met a lovely Peruvian woman named Janet who insisted on giving us some souvenirs she had bought for her family. I absolutely tried to stop her from giving us her family's souvenirs...but in the end I had to agree...and she also gave me a kiss on the cheek..so friendly and random at the same time. We felt bad that we didn't have anything to give her in return so Tyler scrounged up a loonie and gave it to her as a keepsake and we made it seem like it was a big deal. The actual flight to the Amazon was only 40 minutes but the weather is quite different..tropical hot and humid. We had to take a 40 minute boat ride to our lodge..not gonna lie, I picked a pretty sweet Eco lodge. We have our own little hut in the middle of the jungle, a little hammock area out front of our hut and a main building for meals and hanging out. We first met with our guide for the next few days who will lead our excursions. We are in a small group with 2 other slightly older couples from the States who are going to be a riot. We went out in our first excursion this evening. It was a twilight river tour, so we basically got into a small boat and went slowly along the river to try to find some animals. We saw a caiman (alligator type animal), and an owl...that's it:( Before dinner we played some checkers with our favourite pisco sours and you could here the loud noises of the jungle - tonnes of birds, insects, and frogs croaking. We hope to see lots more over the next few days!

Posted by tanyatyler 16:31

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