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The Pampas

To the Amazon. That's cool. How do we get there?…In that?
There's only one thing better than heading to the jungle and that's flying in a plane like this.

Er, hello Mr Pilot. Should you guys really be chatting so much?
We arrived in Rurrenabaque, town for gringo departures into the Pampas and the Jungle. We choose the pampas first and signed up to a three day tour, as does every single gringo in South America it seems. We jumped on a boat, our transport for the next 3 days after a bit of a hairy jeep ride. We cruised the river backwaters amongst caymans crocs and Spider monkeys swinging from the trees.

The tour was as good as it could be, set up to get in a big group of tourists as regularly as possible. As an 'eco' tour I'm not sure it lived up to it's name.

The feeding of monkeys to get them to approach our boat and the 'pet' cayman 'Pepe' who was fed each morning had us feeling a little odd about it all. We couldn't argue that we hadn't experienced some amazing things however; We had been able to get so close to spider monkeys, caymans and the weirdest creature on the planet - The tapir (See min's blog)
We had waded through swamp and had found an Anaconda (a baby one). We had headed out in the boat at night to spot Caymans glowing eyes in the water with us. We'd been Piranha fishing, Piranha fishing! and Matt (A braver man than I when caymans were also in the water) had swam with the river dolphins.

All in all it had been pretty special. All this and we hadn't even got to the jungle yet.


We'd also met some new friends, another bunch of quitters who'd packed everything in to travel before heading back to Austrailia - Janine and Paul. Nights of drinking and Uno followed.

Not many people can say that it the dead of night they jumped into a canoe for a trip to the offy (a bar downriver) past crocs and caymans red eyes peering up at us. A trip to oddbins will never be the same again.

Piranha fishing


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