The travels of Lucky & Tegan

Month: October, 2012

An Amazon adventure to remember

It may have been an exhausting trip from Cuzco, but after two buses and a flight taking us from the andes to the rainforest, we finally boarded a motorised canoe and began a two and a half hour journey up the Tambopata River.

As the canoe took us up river we enjoyed our first taste of the Amazon. We watched a group of brightly coloured Macaws frolic on the banks of the river. Then our guide spotted the worlds largest rodent, a rare amazonian species closer in size to a shetlan pony then to your average rat.

That evening on an after dark hike we discovered that night time is when the rainforest is at its most interesting. We could hear but not see what sounded like hundreds of birds, frogs, insects, bats and monkeys surrounding us, scavenging for food. Our group was over the moon when we spotted a sloth. When we came back the next day to check on our friend Rupert he had sadly disappeared.

We did not know what to expect on our first full day in the Amazon but after completing the Inca Trail just two days earlier a six hour hike through the rainforest was definitely not what we had in mind. Little did we know Patchamama (mother earth) had a few tricks up her sleave for us.

After a five hour trek through mud, a canoe ride, a spot of piranha fishing and some monkey watching the weather began to take a turn. The winds picked up and huge trees began to sway. One by one large trees surrounding us began to tumble, then rain began bucketing down. The weather was intense and we all ran back to the lodge absolutely drenched. That night mosquitoes were out in full force and absolutely gorged on our blood.



Our new family in Lake Titicaca

We just returned to city life, following our stay with our host family sisters in their village farmhouse on the banks of Lake Titicaca.

Lake Titicaca which sits 3,811 m above sea level is the highest navigable lake in the world. For over 2000 years many cultures flourished living in and around the lake. The lake was was considered to be a sacred place for the Incan civilisation, as they believed it to be the origin of the world.

Lakeside dwellers today consider themselves to be some of the oldest civilisations in the world, continuing customs and traditions which originated from their ancient descendants. Most still lead basic lives relying on fishing and farming. The village we stayed in farm mostly root vegetables and the community all work together sharing any prosperity amongst the group.

The people all work incredibly hard and we got a sense for just how hard life can be witnessing the daily life of Maritza the eldest of the family's 8 siblings. Maritza's mother passed away two years ago when she was only 17. Since then she has taken on the mother role for her six sisters and one brother. Maritza does an amazing job filling the gap in her family especially for the little girls Kati and Ruot who are only 3 and 8. She was also a wonderful host, preparing delicious meals from the simple ingredients and making us feel very much at home.

Martiza and her aunt say goodbye



The floating islands of Lake Titicaca