Chris’ journey in South America -The Spectacular Wildlife of the Amazon
A client testimonial by Chris Drieberg on his tailor made trip through South America.
Day 17, the 25th, after a 5.30am breakfast we hiked through the heart of the amazing and rugged Amazon witnessing the audio and visual spectacle of the wild, seeing fauna and flora, varied bird life, monkeys, colourful butterflies and all that the Amazon had to offer. Ending up in a hide, watching the vibrant coloured macaws and parrots for hours was a sight to behold.
As early as 2am in the early hours we took our boat ride back in the darkness like smugglers with an experienced boat captain stirring his motorised longboat evading rocks and logs in the Tambopata River, with no light except for the full moon light. This was due to a violent strike in Puerto Maldonado, where we needed to get to the airport by 7am, thereafter by road under police escort bringing up Day 19 of the 27th. Our flight did not take off till about 1pm that afternoon leaving a small airport that brings in one or two planes at a time. We were hanging around like vagrants sitting or sleeping on bare ground till our flight was called for our flight back to Lima.
Unfortunately, all good trips had to come to an end on Day 21, the 29 th on an 11.20pm flight out of Santiago via Auckland, New Zealand bringing us back home to Melbourne on the 1 st December at 9.05am.
I must commend Chimu Adventures and our travel agent, Modica Travel for a well organised tour and service beyond reproach in making this trip most enjoyable.
As the song goes, “I’ve been to Rio and old London Town, but I still call Australia home”. However, much a fantastic trip this may have been, Gill and I would not have enjoyed this trip half as much, if it had not been for the company of our travel companions Reg & Dawn Bartholomeusz, Jermeyn & Joan Deckker, Patrick & Maryse Holmes and Roy & Ingrid Parsons.
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