Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
Back in Lima now. Tried to get on AIM so I could maybe talk to some of you, but damn AIM Express doesn't appear to be working. After a night out in Cusco, going to Irish pub, bar with local bands and then club Mythology with the girl from Sweden and our guide (who I have discovered is a little creepy when drunk unfortunately), left for the Amazon early the next morning. After a bumpy flight and a bus ride down a dirt road we arrived at the Tambopata River to take a 3 hour canoe ride to our lodge. Lounged around in the hammock outside my bungalo before going on a night walk through the jungle. Although very interesting to see, for someone that really doesn't like bugs it was a bit much. Praying Mantis on my table at dinner, Bullet Ants on the ground, spiders as big as my hand, poisonous caterpillars, boas, and bees. We found a sloth sleeping in a tree though, which I liked because it was something actually furry rather than creepy and crawly. The expression "the buttcrack of dawn" I think would be sleeping in for me. I've gotten used to getting up before it's light out unfortunately. Went on another walk down the river a ways. Poisonous Coral Snakes, world's largest rodents, parrots, wierd chicken/bird things, monkeys (!!), bamboo rats, etc. etc. etc. Went on another canoe around a small lake and went Parana (sp??) fishing. One flew off the line when it landed in the boat and came too close for comfort to biting my ankle. It got our guide's finger instead though and was satisfied. Went to visit a local "farm." Ate fruit from a cocoa tree and saw the purple beans that chocolate is made from. Mango trees, bananas, lemons, trees that smell like garlic, walking trees, trees that grow from the sky down, dragon's blood trees that if you eat the sap it cures stomache aches, avocados, crazy dogs, starfruit, papayas, chickens, and pineapples. Went Caymen (alligator) spotting at night before dinner. Have gotten so jumpy from Cicadas flying into me that jumped up at the dinner table making the woman next to me spill her soup. After that was so freaked out that began to randomly spas out at the sight of my own freckles or my hair. I learned to love my mosquito princess net, and was told never to go to Venezuela. My fever came back briefly, and although traditional medicine is great, I'm very happy to have my advil and asperine instead of having to sleep with a guinnea pig. Woke up at 4:30 this morning to take our canoe back to the airport. Going out tonight again, and at midnight will be 21! Tomorrow is the official last day of the tour, so will be staying at a hostel in Barranco and hopefully finding other backpackers to celebrate my birthday with. Plans are all set for going to Panama, so leave for there on Tuesday. Hopefully will be able to get some pictures up once I get to Panama, or maybe Costa Rica. Un beso.