Deciding to be slightly adventurous after a unproductive couple of days in Quito, I decided to ignore the many tours offered for the rainforest and instead stay in a remote cabin in the jungle owned by a man by the name of Don Silverio after finding out about him from another traveler. After persuading some poor unsuspecting fools to put their trust in my vague plan, we set off to Coca to try to get a river boat to Limoncocha. It turned out that we would have to wait two days for the boat or pay a ridiculous fare to charter a boat, seeming to ruin the plan of saving money. It turned out that we were able to get a bus directly to Limoncocha despite misleading maps telling us that there were no road routes to Limoncocha.
Once arriving at Don´s, an idyllic cabin surrounded by dense rainforest, we founds the hammocks and spent most of the day lounging, though now with no TV to keep us entertained. Over the next few days we went on a few walks through the rainforest with Don hacking through the thick jungle and saw some massive trees and lots of pestering insects. The more impressive creatures we encountered were Piranahs, which are surprisingly tasty, and caymans: big sinister looking hungry aligators, one of which tried to capsize our canoe, which wasn´t much bigger than the cayman was.
Being so remote, most of the river trips were done in canoe with no motor and paddling through the lagoon was exhausting in the humid heat of the rainforest. We were able to take dips in the lagoon to cool off, however these became less appealing after we found out it was infested with Piranahs and Caymans.