Bienvenidos a La Jungla

9 May

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We’ve just made it back from three days in Potosi, an area heading into (but not quite the thick of) the Bolivian Jungle. I can’t really be bothered to be too descriptive right now… the altitude back here in La Paz is killing me, so here are the highlights:

  • Flying in a small death canister right next to the snow capped peaks that surround La Paz
  • Having an awesome German chick called Brita as the other third of our group. Legend.
  • Spotting mucho animals on the boat ride to our lodge – some kind of wombat / rat, crocodiles, birds, monkeys and pink dolphins
  • Sunsets
  • Waking up to the sound of Howler Monkeys. Jurassic Park eat your heart out.
  • Anaconda hunting in gumboots through swamps, though no actual anacondas (wrong time of year)
  • Piranha fishing… Nem and I managed to catch a stick each. The guide got all of the piranhas.
  • Crocodile hunting at night. So many hidden and only spotted by the torchlight in their eyes.
  • Sunrises
  • Swimming with pink dolphins in the very same river that we were spotting crocodiles in the night before. One came up to play with me. I definitely squealed and may have kicked it in the head… it didn’t come back to play again.
  • Great guides and cooks.
  • The mosquito bites are definitely not a highlight but so extreme they deserve a mention.

For some reason all of Bolivia seems to be striking and blocking the roads for various reason and we don’t want to risk being stuck again, so tomorrow we fly to a town called Uyuni to and head out for three days on a tour of the Salt Flats, finishing up down in Chile, the last of the new SA countries before heading back up to Lima and out to Bali.

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