Amboro National Park – Day 3

The third and last day of the Amboro national park hike would be shorter. We would depart after lunch so our hike would only last a few hours in the morning. I thought I would show a little more of the campgrounds so that you have an idea what the place looks like. It’s very basic but enough to get the job done.  La Chonta Campgrounds Now that I’ve given you the tour of the grounds onto the nature shots.  On one of the larger river banks we saw a bunch of different butterflies that were catching some sun. Many flew away when I approched but the ones below were the most cooperative.  Here is my favorite encounter from the park. Sure the monkeys were cool but I have seen those before. What I have not seen is a ball of caterpillars in this fashion. The cluster moved as a…

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Amboro National Park – Day 2

Out of all the days of hiking through Amboro, today would be the longest. We would have both hiking during the day and night. There are some animals that are more present at night and we wanted to try to see them. The day started after our breakfast. Some of the stuff was repetitive but this red blooming tree was new. This palm is cool in that it moves. It throws these root arms and drops others. This allows it to move around some. There are conflicting theories as to why it does this but regardless of why, it’s pretty cool. This happy bald spot on the floor of the jungle is a leaf cutter ant trail. They clear the path that they follow “home”. Why are they cutting things down? It’s because they are fungus farmers. They take certain leaves and use them to grow fungus in their nests.…

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Amboro National Park – Day 1

Amboro National Park was a good consolation prize. After several days of trying to figure out how to get to Noel Kempff National Park, I gave in and booked with a company that would take me to Amboro. The issue is that when you travel alone, you need to book with other people as the cost would be very high otherwise. This coupled with the logistical nightmare and infrequent visits to Noel Kempff meant that it would cost me several thousand dollars to get there and I would have to give at least 2 weeks notice to get the logistics worked out. I was not going to blow several months of travel budget on a week, so Amboro it was. The night prior I got a call from Marcos of amboro tours letting me know that he would pick me up 20 minutes before the agreed upon time. Unlike what…

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Maragua Hike – Day 3

Lying next to dinosaur prints

I packed up my tent, ate some breakfast, and Isabelle and I were off on our 3rd day of the Maragua hike. Since we had already walked part of the way yesterday we made quick work of the trail. There was less stopping for photos and we managed to beat the afternoon heat on the most difficult section. Today’s highlight would be seeing some dinosaur footprints in the area. Maragua Dinosaur Footprints We got to the site and were charged to view the prints. I didn’t mind that at all as I think one must leave something to preserve and protect these treasures but the guy charging tried to initially only give us one ticket for 2 people. That likely meant he was going to pocket the other fee. I insisted on the second ticket. This is unfortunately common here and you have to be astute to improve the odds that…

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Maragua Hike – Day 2

Day 2 started off by going to la garganta del diablo (the devil’s throat). It was a short hike from the hostel so we decided to visit it this morning before departing. La garganta del diablo (the devil’s throat) We headed back to the hostel to pick up our things to then set off. However, before that, a group shot with our host Carlos. He was a kind soul.  We set out but we would have a little bit of a hiccup today. Monika had been sick since last night and while she was a trooper and tried to hike out, she couldn’t. We decided that the best course for her would be to turn back and see if she could get transport out. After only a few hours into the hike that is exactly what we did. Luckily we were able talk a private shuttle into transporting our 3…

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