We traveled almost everywhere in the Peruvian rainforest by boat. Sometimes a large three story ferry, but mostly by an open-air propelled canoe. You had to be prepared for rain at all times. Once, we got caught in a torrential downpour and couldn’t cross the river. We all got completely soaked as we tied up to an island of floating debris until the rain and wind died down.
Driving down the small tributaries in these canoes was literally like being in Katherine Hepburn’s movie The African Queen. The sights around were incredible.
This is what “home” looked like to us – a little dock and some steps up to a deck and our cabins.
Everyday we did a new excursion. We did everything from fishing, to playing soccer with local school children, learning about healing plants from a Peruvian Shaman, and, MY FAVORITE, walking amongst the tree tops along suspension bridges.
Each bridge drew you higher and higher into the canopy.
As you can see, the bridge was no more than a foot wide. It felt as if you were walking on a tight rope or a balance beam.
You had to be carful to walk softly as any big movements would shake the entire bridge like and ocean wave. But, up we kept climbing…
Up and up…higher and higher.
Until we finally reached the top, with the birds and monkeys, looking over miles of the rainforest. It was truly incredible to see the vastness of this place.
If you love animals, you will get a kick out of my next post. Let’s just say, I think my next pet may be a sloth…