Ian & Claire's Adventure
Day 4 Again we rose at 5:15am tanks to Noe our alarm clock, apparently to avoid the bugs, however Claire woke up to find she had been eaten alive during the night, literally hundreds of bites, while Ian had only a few, we are starting to think she had anti-deet in her blood. We packed the boat quickly and headed off with breakfast on the move. We then registered at the rangers headquarters as we were entering the reserved zone, which is restricted (they even way your rubbish on the way out). The boat ride was about 7 hours along the Manu river to Salvador lake, we sat at the front which was great for views but we got a bit sunburned and wet from the spray. In between napping (well for Ian) we saw our first mammal, the capibara and then black and white caiman, Monkeys (spider & brown cappachan) and many beautiful birds. At salvador lake, we arrived at the safari campsite, very stinky big tents on platforms and we used our mosquito net for the first time (more for the cockroaches than mossies) although Claire had now discoved the extent of her bites, luckily for her not visible to her, but Natalie was horrified. The groups split up to spanish and english speaking, so us, Joy, Anush, Nicolas and Walter set off on our jungle trip to the lake (with or daypack - insect repellant, torches, waterproofs, and water) here a barefooted Oliver taught us many things about the jungle, we saw the walking trees, the crazy figs (15 day diet then eat the fig juice the 15 day diet and your stomach returns to the state of a baby, if the diet isnt adhered to you die (no onion or alcohol)). the belly palm and many termite nests and the stench of wild pigs. When we cot to the lake, there was a wooden pier and the catamaran, above us were a family of red howler monkeys, lounging in the trees and watching us. We met up with the other group and Oliver and Noe paddled us round the lake, no Giant otters yet but we sat and watched a beautiful sunset. We then walked back armed with our torches, and all rushed to the dining room for another big tasty meal. We stayed up till late having a big international political debate about the war and bush and blair etc, interesting to hear different countries perspectives. We then went off to bed and spent an hour trying to work out how to fix our odd shaped mosquito net. Our earplugs were becoming very useful as Jose was agin snoring VERY loudly.