Category: 100 South America

  • 20 August – Iricahua Trail and Yarapa River – raffia creatures and bats

    The forest hike on the Iricahua Trail was pleasant enough, but a bit meh.  Could have spent my time better with a sleep in.  I think Cath did. There was a departure briefing: off the boat at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Went into a market that had more of the raffia creatures that had […]

  • 19 August – Hoatzins and Capybaras

    Breakfast at the “Hoatzin Picnic Café”. Cabin staff demonstrated how they made the towel animals. In the afternoon we went swiming in the Yanayacu Lagoon with piranha fingerlings and dolphins.  Some claimed that the fish nipped, some claimed that they had a nice manicure – I didn’t feel a thing. On the way back to […]

  • 18 August: Llanalpa and Dorado River – Piranha and Cayman

    Forest hike in Llanalpa trail (did I skip that for a sleep-in?) Steamed off for the Dorado River. Had a cooking class by the ship’s chef: preparation of the local dish “juanes”, which was a mixture of rice and spices with a peeled, boiled egg, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed (or perhaps baked, […]

  • 17 August: Amazonas Community and Clavero Lake

    Skiff ride along Marañon river.  Visit Amazonas community vilage, with demonstrations of cane sugar crushing and local cuisine.  Met some school children, who sang us a song.  Learned to make Pisco sours.  Saw the merging of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, where the Amazon is formed. In the afternoon we went on another skiff ride […]

  • 16 August: Macaws to tree tops

    According to the running sheet for the day, we had a skiff ride for bird watching in the morning, and in the late afternoon we went on a forest canopy walk.

  • More photos from the Amazon – First day hike

    The first day’s outings were a morning walk in the forest, along the Marañón river.  In the afternoon I took up a free spot on a kayak for a paddle, while Cath relaxed (on-board sleeping was easy and plentiful!)

  • 14 August – to Iquitos on the Amazon and the Delfin

    Iquitos is in the middle of the Amazon jungle, connected to the outside world only by the river and by air.  There are no roads in or out.  Lima and the cities of Peru are to the west, across the Andes, so it is unlikely that there will ever be a road or rail link.  […]

  • Well, that was Peru

    Well, that was Peru. Had to wake up at 04:00 this morning, to get ready for an 08:37 flight to Santiago. All went well with the transfer from the hotel, and the check-in at the airport, although there was a good deal more standing around, waiting, than expected. I’m currently sitting in the second last […]

  • Some photos from the Amazon

    A man in a green shirt holds a large python out of the water, at the end of a stick.

    After several days of not getting the workflow right, and being confused by a mysterious error in uploading (that I now suspect may be the result of insuffient permissions in FireFox at this end), I have resized and uploaded a handful of photos from the Amazon part of the journey.  Story about the Amazon, a […]

  • Settling in at Titicaca – taking it easy to acclimatise to altitude

    I haven’t been doing very well with the travel blogging yet, have I?  We’ve had an eventful week on the steaming Amazon on board the Delfin II and I haven’t posted a single photo or even a story!  In my defence, there were no radio waves, and no time to write.  In the nature of […]