On Tuesday morning we had a quick breakfast at Ana's and then off to the airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado. It's a short trip, only about 45 minutes, and we were met by our lodge at the airport to take us to our transportation.
The lodge is actually about 30km downriver so after a quick tour of the town and local market and a stop for water (and ice cream!), we're off.
We arrive at the lodge about 1.5 hours later:
And after lunch and seeing our bungalows, we're ready to see some animals…which is good because first stop on our tour is Monkey Island. It's small island basically across from the lodge that's used to house monkeys that have been injured or for some reason need rescuing. There are about 50 of them, across 4 different species, on the island, and they stay there until the local authorities determine they're ready to be returned to the wild. In the interim, they're available for us to view and even feed…
The spider monkeys are our favorites, but they tend to be afraid of the smaller capuchins so they wait until after the other monkeys have their fill before coming down to say hi…
Tons more pictures on Flickr, but this gives you a little perspective…quite the first day in the jungle. Now back to the lodge for dinner and then…a night boat ride looking for the ever elusive white caiman. Well, its not so elusive because we saw a few:
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