After returning to La Paz and spending a day trying to obtain a slightly modified police report for Matt´s stolen bag after finding out that the report should have been obtained in Uyuni (where the offence happened) and also replacing the stolen contents of his bag, we headed for the Amazon only the hear that a tourist ship had sunk on the Amazon River the day before after colliding with cargo boat and that 30 people were missing. Luckily we were only heading for the River Beni.....just as dangerous currents and much narrowerer so much more chance of collision!
Firstly we headed for Pampas (semi jungle region) full of wildlife. Here we travelled in a very unconfortable jeep for 4hours, battling the mud track, which became exceedingly muddier with the increasingly heavy rainstorm so much so we spend most of the trip neck deep in mud, pushing the vehicle, whilst the wheels (of course only 2 of which powered and none of which had any tread...standard Bolivia) spun on the spot! Eventually we reached the river which we boated down to our camp which rested on stilts above the flooded ground and which aligators chilled out around the cabins. The accomodation and food there was incredible. Just down the river were also a choice of bars which served cold beer to those who needed it after a hard day of anaconda hunting, swimming with pink dolphins, being splashed and nibbled at playfully by pink dolphins, climbing trees and jumping into camen infested waters, sunset volleyball, midnight camen hunting and some serious hammock time! The wildlife was incredible, we saw, parrots, eagles, cormorants, vultures, tucans, jibero storks, turtles and a hell of a lot mosquitos who seemed to love insect repellant. The best evening was when we sat out at the pink dolphin bar swigging cold beer in hammocks watching the lunar eclipse whilst our guide played the guitar and sang about the Pampas and an aligator stalked us from behind.
We then headed deeper into the jungle for a couple of days where we did a load of treks, including at night which was pretty dam scarey and disorientating when all you can hear is hissing and insect buzzing all around whilst being invaded by bugs every other second. It was also an interesting nights sleep having your mozzy net swarmed by cockroaches, ants, mozzies, spiders etc. But we survived.
We´re now back in La Paz for the final time and heading to our favorite bar Sol e Luna for the very last time before heading over to Santa Cruz on an 18hour bus journey tonight....should be fun. We have decided that we are about sick of tasting the 1000 varieties of Andean potato so will be flying over to Rio in a couple more days.
Bye for now xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx