And then there were 3
01.02.2007 - 08.02.2007
Had a quality birthday down in Cusco, me and Previn ended up having Guinea Pig, it was by the far the funniest thing I have EVER eaten. The thing comes out whole and its just sat there staring at you before the waiter breaks it up. Claire, the vegetarian, wasn´t best pleased when we started playing with the things head and made her dead hamster come back from the dead to talk to her. She actually had to leave but me and Previn were in tears. Anway, after that went out after the hostel forced me to down Sambuca and beer, nice... Lets just say I had a good night.
Arrived in Iquitos the next day, holy crap this place is wierd. When we were flying in it was dark but the sky kept lighting up with the thunder and lightening, it was amazing to see. Iquitos itself is a strange place, a city in the Amazon which is completely landlocked. The only way here is by plane or boat. For the first night me and Chris satyed in this right pile of poo hostel called the River Fox, woke up to find a mysterious puddle in the middle of the room the next day, Dark Water or what! Luckly manged to check into this sweet place which is nice and quiet.
Anway Chris and Claire buggered off to do a Jungle Trek, would have joined them except I discovered I hate camping, creppy crawlys and things which go bump in the dark. Also wanted to save some $ for diving. So me and Previn had a couple of days before he buggered off to Trujilio on the coast.
We heard about this butterfly farm and so decided to check it out. Weren´t too impressed by the butterflys however, there kinda boring. However it did get better, I ended up getting the unwanted affections of a female monkey.
The German guide found it quite funny, "she likes you yar". Actually was quite funny and thought nothing of it. Anyway got shown this Jaguar then these Guinea Pig looking things which we were told was used as live food for the Jaguar. Pity we missed feeding time. However by this time the monkey had decided it was madly in love with me and wouldn´t actually let go of me. These two keepers had to pri her off me, then when we were walking out it started to run after me. What can I say, its the Lynx effect.
Got a picture of the boatride back, this is the Rio Amazonas which flows all the way down the Amazon till it reached the sea at Belem in Brazil.
The next day I ended up meeting some Isreali girl from our hostel called Anat who was also waiting for her mates. Decided to check out this beach we´d heard about. Wow, thats all I can say. Its a massive lagoon in the Amazon with an artifical beach. All I can say was that it was amuch needed swim. Though kept thinking about all the snakes and stuff while I was swimming.
Well we´re making a move tomorrow down river to the tri-border area of Leticia (Columbia), Santa Roas (Peru) and Tabatinga (Brazil), before catching the boat down to Manaus for Carnival!!