After another two hours on the boat, we finally arrived at Tahuayo Lodge. My favorite activities there were:
1) Ziplining through the rainforest canopy. I was scared when I jumped off the first platform, but then it got easier.
3) Fishing. This wasn’t normal fishing; we used straight sticks with fishing line and a hook. For bait we used steak or other fish that we caught. I caught a sabolo (a kind of trout) and a baby catfish. My parents ate my catch for lunch.
5) Curandero visit. We visited the village of Chino where we met the curandero/shaman. We learned about how there are natural medicines from the rainforest plants and trees that are just as good as western medicines. His house was also different from our houses because it only had one room no carpets, no windows, and 5 wooden chairs. He had a yellow crowned parrot named Pablo as a pet. I saw a bat fly under a table and a cockroach run across the floor.
2) Swimming in the river with pirañas. Sam and I took turns jumping from the side of the boat into an inner tube
4) Feeding monkeys. We got to feed two different types of wooly monkeys (three in total). They were rescued from the black market and someone’s home. They were named: Dorilla, Kobe, and Chepa
6) Hiking in the rainforest. We went hiking nearly everyday. We had to wear pants and long sleeves to avoid bugs, as well as tall mud boots. Sometimes we saw monkeys and sometimes birds. My favorite bird sighting was an owl.