A Taste of Peru

| April 17, 2010 | 16 Comments

Editor’s note — If things have seemed a little silent around these parts, it’s because at least one half of the intrepid Two Go Round-The-World duo has been on a small group tour of Peru. Offered by Gap Adventures, this 10-day tour is dubbed a ‘Taste of Peru’ and encompasses Lima, the Amazon and the Andes. While it is our intention to feature the trip in a number of comprehensive articles, we couldn’t help but share a few small previews while in the midst of the trip. Unfortunately, owing to her teaching schedule, Kathryn was unable to join us. However, as this amazing region is certainly deserving of a return visit, she’ll be guaranteed the opportunity soon!

After joining up in Lima with Jesús, our Gap Adventures CEO, we headed straight for Puerto Maldonado, a smaller city in Southeastern Peru. Situated in the Amazon forest, it’s approximately 55km west of the Bolivian border. Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios, which is itself a tributary of the Amazon.

Following a short drive from Puerto Moldanado, we took a boat up the Tambopata to the stunning Posadas Amazonas lodge, a rustic but very comfortable 30-room eco-tourist initiative that is jointly owned by the Ese-Eja community of Infierno and is located inside the community’s private reserve. The community’s reserve encompasses some of the most pristine primary rainforests in the world and offers easy access to several oxbow lakes and clay licks, where hundreds of birds feed on riverbank clay.

It was the perfect place for a two-day introduction to the Amazon’s diverse flora and fauna. On the first day, we observed Scarlet Macaws and Toucans from the lodge’s 37-metre observation tower high above the rain forest canopy. After watching the sunset, we descended the tower and were treated to a very special run in with a family of Dusky Titis (a small monkey). That night, we turned in early for a special 4am wakeup so that we could travel by boat to an oxbow lake wherein we observed river otters feeding as the sun came up. We spent the morning navigating the lake aboard the community’s purpose-built catamaran and were treated to more Macaws, falcons and eagles, as well as Caymans. Aftwerwards, we fished for piranha. It was an amazing day!

Anyhow, we’re off to Cusco shortly to explore the city before taking in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. As it’s late here and I’ve an early start tomorrow, I’ll leave you here. Hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into this amazing habitat. Hope you’re all well and I’ll report in from Cusco in the near future!

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