Rain Forest Getaway by Chris

One of the rapid boats we took to Lagunas
We went out on a night excursion and
our guide found this baby caiman!
All year long, we were hoping to have a getaway to the Amazon rain forest and the trip was delayed and delayed.  We finally had the opportunity for our rain forest getaway and it was fantastic!  We traveled by camioneta up to Tarapoto where a taxi then took us through the twisty highway road to Yurimaguas in the neighboring departamento of Loreto.  We traveled by "rapid" boat for most of the trip.  Our first boat took about 5 hours to a town called Lagunas, or Lakes, in English.  We had a little setback in that the boat ran aground on a sandbar where everyone had to get out and push us back until we were freed up.  It was actually a very fun experience to have!

All of us in one of the canoes, heading down the river!
Once in Lagunas, we met up with our guides and found a place to stay for the night.  The next day we departed early via motokars to the entrance to the Pacaya-Samaria Reserve, which is the largest nature reserve in Peru at 20,800 square kilometers.  We then transferred all of our provisions into one canoe and we all piled into the other canoe.  Only about 10 minutes later, we came across a lot of monkeys in the treetops above us.  We stopped to watch them for about 20 minutes.

We didn't catch this!  This is a Paiche fish,
aka the Arapaima, a great tasting fish!
Here is a sampling of the wildlife we came across: The giant paiche fish, red howler monkeys, brown four-eyed opossums, giant river otters, southern two-toes sloths, brown-throated three-toed sloths, pygmy marmosets and tons of common squirrel monkeys.  Click here to learn about the Pink River Dolphins we saw.

Click here to hear what a howler monkey sounds like: Howler Monkey, that is the sound that we woke up to each morning....it was awesome!!!

Jack and Michael had tons of time to fish,
explore and just be boys!

Lots of time for fishing for delicious doncella and piranhas!
Michael holding an anaconda!
Don't worry, it doesn't bite!
We also saw many types of amazing birds, such as scarlet macaws, blue-and-yellow macaws, red-and-green macaws, laughing falcons, harpy eagles, hawk-eagles, greater ani, kingfishers, toucans, and many, many more.

After 5 fun-filled days in the jungle, our travels continued by boat for a 10 hour trip on to Iquitos, where we had a nice time to relax and spend time together as a family!

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