We flew straight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and the climate difference between the two locations was noticeable immediately. Living in Phoenix, Arizona, we have almost no humidity except a couple months and even then it's not much when compared to other places, like the rain forest. I knew it would be humid but I didn't know it would be really humid.
|The boat we took to the lodge|
|On the Tambopata|
|A caiman sunning himself. Or is it a herself? I can't tell with that smile|
The lodge supported ecotourism and being one with nature. There was electricity in the main area twice a day and the rooms were lit with kerosene lanterns. The soaps were biodegradable and made brazilian nuts and smelled wonderful. The rooms had three walls with the 4th being open to the jungle and you sleep under mosquito nets. Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle where dozens of things come to life at night and it is right next to you. Literally.
I slept well under my mosquito net and woke up the next morning with a better mind set than the evening before. Day 1 of the jungle adventure begins.
|Our room number and the light for our entry and bathroom|
|Out beds, mosquito nets and the outside jungle with our clothes hanging out to dry|