In an effort to save some money on the very expensive jungle trips we had heard that Lo Alto de Aguila could arrange more affordable treks with local guides. This seemed right up our alley, only we were disheartened that our lack of Spanish would make this trip with Spanish only guides very difficult. We wanted to get the most out of our jungle experience and learn about the plants, animals and environment, we felt if we can’t understand the guide then we would be wasting our time and money, so opted to organise a more official tour with a company back in Leticia.
There is a massive advantage to travelling in the shoulder season, a fact we appreciated wholeheartedly as our canoe moored into the Parana River Jungle Lodge and we were the only guests there! The lodge would be our base for treks into the rainforest and our luxurious home for one night, the other two nights would see us camping in remote locations in the jungle. We felt like the King and Queen as we had a handful of staff and our three personal guides waiting on our every need and preparing for us fabulous meals. The guides will even build you your very own jungle camp with their machetes and trees while you sit on a perch made especially for you and the occasion. If you have ever wanted that “Survivor” experience this could fulfil all of your desires, and you don’t even have to do any of the hard work.
We were also fortunate enough to be taken to our guide Alvalarro’s community at La Libertad on the banks of the Amazon River. Alvalarro’s tribe “Yagua” is a community of roughly 350 people who are living a somewhat traditional existence but rely heavily on tourism for income. Alvalarro introduced us to his family who taught us how they dress and paint themselves for traditional ceremonies, and how to use a traditional indigenous blowgun weapon which they load up with darts laced with toxic frog juice from the jungle and fire at the enemy. We would be of no use to them, our aim was terrible. It was a fantastic experience and we truly valued spending the time with them to learn about their way of life, though we felt it was awkward and uncomfortable, that they really didn’t like us or us being in their village.
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Next stop, we board our first plane since leaving Sydney and head back to the Andes to the capital of Colombia, Bogota…
After a hilarious incident Treeny learned she was not strong enough to be his Jane.