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Amazon Adventures, Day 8 – A Final Night Hike
by -- March 11th, 2011

We woke up to pouring rain that persisted all morning, but that did not hamper our plans.

Boats unloading at Boca Manu

Boats unloading at Boca Manu

We went for a three-hour hike in the morning, but unfortunately did not have any remarkable wildlife sightings. It was interesting to see how the forest flooded during the huge downpours-the lower areas became swampy and previously-dry channels connecting the Manu River to the many surrounding lakes became apparent.

After hiking we napped, then packed up from camp and boarded the boat. We stopped at Boca Manu again to refuel both our boat and our candy supply. Our new location is the Yine Lodge, which is an upgrade in quality from the Cocha Salvador, but still has no clean running water. While unloading from the boat, we caught sight of a young girl, covered in mud, watching us. The guide informed us she is from the  native Yine tribe, which speaks a language called Arawak, and does not wear clothing. Very interesting!

Yine Lodge

Yine Lodge

Dr. Baker and the guides made a speech over dinner, each thanking us for such a successful trip. We prepared for a night hike with excessive bug spray but we are convinced that the best defense is thick, loose-fitting clothing. The night hike featured several large, scary insects, including leaf catidees, a scorpion spider, a moth caterpillar, jet moths, Heliconius butterflies, a wolf spider, tarantula nets, silk spiders, as well as bats and frogs.

Since the mosquitoes were so bad, we turned in early. It feels  great to fall asleep to the sounds of frogs and crickets around us. Tomorrow is a full day of travel, so we need to get a lot of rest tonight. We can’t believe the trip is almost over!

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