I'm back in Cusco after my month in the jungle and with a new-found appreciation for hot water, refridgeration, electricity and dry, clean clothes. I took an enormous amount of photos, the most interesting of which I'll upload when I get back to the UK next week.
For me the highlights were seeing jaguar and puma tracks (and other less savoury evidence), plus all the crazy plants and bugs they have there, and starting a medicinal plants guide which involved testing some of the recipes out which actually worked (much to the botanists' suprise!).
The journey back was tough - there were 17 of us leaving so the boat was too heavy for parts of the river so twice we had to take shoes and socks off and get out the boat and walk across rocks and mudflats, and then we ran aground in the middle of the river so the boys had to get out and push us, waist deep in their clothes which they had to wear for the rest of the 10-hour journey. We didn't make any stops, like we did on the journey out, until dinner time, when I had a sandwich and was promptly sick in the truck. I'm glad to say that after a month in the jungle, that was the illest I got (apart from the time I drank too much whisky). I was very fortunate not to get the giardia parasite in my stomach or a screw worm burrowing into my skin, while the bites from mosquitoes, mites and puma huacachi (no idea in English, but they make pumas cry) were bearable.
Tomorrow I'm going to visit Machu Picchu, the reason I decided to come to Peru in the first place.