10.04.2013 - 12.04.2013 28 °C
Our adventure into the Bolivian rainforest started with a flight from La Paz over the Andes to a small tropical town called Rurrenabaque. We spent a night in a hostel in Rurrenabaque and then met our jungle guide called Cristian and the rest of our group - Australian twins called Hannah and Rebecca! We had a 3 hour boat ride to the lodge we were staying at called Mashaquipe. We had to stop off to register ourselves with Madidi National Park to make sure we abided by the strict rules. Unfortunately it was pouring with rain (surprising as we were in the rainforest) so we didn't see much wildlife. Emma managed to spot a capybara (largest rodent in the world) so we caught a glimpse of it before it dissappeared into the vegetation. We then dumped our stuff off at the lodge we were staying at before having a yummy lunch.
That afternoon we went for a walk in the jungle in wellies and stopped to look at lots of interesting insects, parasitic trees and squirrel monkeys. Some of the ants were the size of my thumb! The squirrel monkeys were so cute and leaping from tree to tree over our heads. We then got the boat back to the lodge and after another great meal we went searching for tarantulas. We didn't have to go far because all the palm trees next to our lodge had a resident tarantula bigger than my hand!
We got up nice and early at the time of 5.30am to have breakfast and trek to see the macaws. Emma was feeling poorly so we left her behind to drink the 'bark tea' that was going to cure her. As we walked through the jungle we saw toucans, hummingbirds that looked like bees until they came close and we tracked a herd of wild pigs/peccaries, there were loads of them and they didn't smell too grest but you could hear then cracking the nuts they ate. We then followed the track to the top of a cliff where we could see loads of pairs of macaws. They are beautiful but the sound they make is awful!
We then descended down to the river and built a raft made of seven logs and then Cristian pushed us downstream to reach the lodge. It was so relaxing and we managed to see more wildlfe without the sound of a noisy motorboat. The only bad part was that I got eaten alive by sandflies and now I look like I've got chicken pox all over my legs! I met Emma at the lodge and she was feeling a bit better so we had lunch and then said goodbye to the twins as we went back to Rurrenabaque.