This is the sunrise yesterday as a new day began in the Amazon region of Peru.
I don’t even know where to begin with photos.
There are SO MANY!
And then there is this crazy feeling of “yes, I want a trip along the Amazon jungle, with wifi!” It’s an odd combo that the wifi where we are staying is really pretty good considering the far out location that we are. This world has wonders – and wifi access here is one of them!
Our first afternoon here at Ceiba Tops included our fist foray into the Amazon jungle.
The Amazon Jungle!!
Just the thought brings to mind stories I had read as a child, movies I’d watched growing up ---- and isn’t this where Indiana Jones located the Crystal Skull?? LOL!
Boarding our boat for our ride up river.
6:30 am and here we are loading up for a fast boat ride…that took a long time. One hour and 45 minutes up river to Explororama Napo for a terrific breakfast, and our scheduled adventure of the canopy walkway.
Everyone is ready!
Small villages appear along the river.
Look for color everywhere!
When I see families happily living like this I realize that they DO have everything that matters. A roof over their heads, a way to make a living, love and companionship, and community. And I am humbled that I have so much – so much more than one person needs – so much that you can’t really appreciate each and every little thing because it is too much.
Every time I visit a country like this I have the desire to go home and give everything away and live more simply. Trips like this teach me that life is MORE about PEOPLE and LESS about THINGS.
Passing some fishermen on our way.
Up a smaller river!
And we’ve arrived!
These boats just beg another shot.
Yes, I hung around while everyone else made a beeline for breakfast!
Ever meet a Capybara? This is Charlie!
Hello, sweet face!
I had never seen one not in captivity before. The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. Close relatives are guinea pigs, and they squeak just like them too!
This little guy is 4 months old and came to live at the lodge after his mother was killed (Yes, they are hunted for food.) He’s become a pet, and is very sweet and friendly!
Check out the webbed feet!
Are you my mother?
He will adopt you and try to nurse your fingers, poor fella! They are vegetarians of course, so there is no danger that this little guy will bite you – but those front rodent teeth are quite large! He will grow to become the size of a medium sized dog.
And yes, I stopped to pet him too! Check out my video!
There are so many many photos to post and I’ll be posting as often as I can, and likely long after this trip is over I’ll still be posting photos!
Photos of our jungle hike and the Canopy Walkway next post...
Today we head to the native village and to the nature preserve.
This morning’s sunrise!
Let’s get this day started!!