Apologises for lack of blogging since Peru am now in Bolivia after surviving the 30hour bus journey from Lima to La Paz! And we are staying in an Irish bar practically so days have def not been the most productive in La Paz haha.
However that all changed on Wednesday when we headed into the Amazon Basin!! Had to get up at stupid o´clock to catch a 20seater plane from La Paz into Rurrenabaque. Plane journey wasn't as bumpy or as bad as I thought although it still was at 6am!! Arrived on the GRASS runway at the airport half and hour later to be greeted by humid sticky heat, felt like bliss after the cold of everywhere else! haha. We then had to be transferred into the town itself by a very bumpy road where we had breakfast before getting into a jeep and heading for the river. The jeep ride was along the same bumpy roads for 3hours!! Not comfortable espc in the heat and the fact we kept bumping heads over every bump and we were covered in dust!!!
Finally got to lunch stop and then onto the wooden canoes that would sail us through the river! They didn't look the safest mode of transport but we all piled on anyway and made our way down the alligator infested river!! The wildlife on show was amazing full of alligators, cayman, capybaras and god knows what else haha camera was def getting used plenty! haha. Sailed down the river for about 4 hours before reaching our base camp, i.e wooden huts in the jungle! Badly needed a shower and was shattered from early start so was most def an early night as was another early start to catch the sunrise the next morning!
Slept really well wrapped up in the mosquito net, luckily wasn't bitten too much! The jungle the next morning looked very mysterious before the sun broke away all the mist! Then was back for breakfast and off anaconda hunting, yup you did read that right ANACONDA hunting!!! We sailed to the savannah, its not like in the Lion King or Jungle Book haha it stinks and is so muddy your feet stick in and squelch filling your wellies with the disgusting mud and god knows what else!! In this swamp, as well as the anacondas were cayman, rattlesnakes, black mambas. leeches and god knows how many other types of snakes and disgusting stuff!! We did find an anaconda!! Curled up sleeping as we walked past after about 10minutes so we were all happy to then return to the boat haha but instead we plodded on through more mud and goo!! Before begging our guide to return haha, on the walk back to the boat I ended up stuck and fell into the swamp!!! YUCK YUCK YUCK!!! Was literally dying for a shower and got that the second we got back! Took what felt like forever to get rid o the mud and even then didn't feel clean!!
After lunch and an afternoon siesta in the hammock we went piranha fishing!! I was about as good at that as I was at walking through the swamp! haha and caught nothing but was fun all the same for a little bit! Was then time to see the sunset with an ice cold beer!! Which was well deserved I think! haha before sailing back to cap in the DARK with the alligators and everything else all around us!! That night was a case of socialising and enjoying our dinner before was back to the mosquito nets and bed!
Next morning was time to go swimming with the Pink Dolphins! Sadly never got chance to swim with the dolphins but instead were in the river with alligators on both banks and I don't even like to think what else was in water with us! Was an amazing experience though to end the trip on, as after that was back to the boat to return to dry land and our tiny flight back to La Paz, and the comforts of the Wild Rover, taking off again on the grass! haha.
Today has been a day of souvenir hunting and woolly clothes buying for our next adventure to the potentially MINUS 18 degrees!!! of the salt flats!