Taking our returns to Amazon

Imodium treats diarrhoea along with gas, bloating, cramps, and pressure. The recommended initial dose is 4mg (two capsules) followed by 2 mg (one capsule) after each unformed stool. Daily dose should not exceed 16mg (eight capsules). Clinical improvement is usually observed within 48 hours.

After a week of Mitch taking imodium for his tap water incident in Bolivia, he was in good form. However, all the bottled up anger had to burst. When imodium finally lets out all that has been blocked up, there is hell to pay…

Touching down in the searing heat we immediately were hit by waves of heat off the tarmac. You couldn’t see further than your nose without the image being distorted by the ripples. We were swiftly transferred to a small motel to wait out in the heat of the day while our bus arrived.

 

Soy muy caliente” – Mitch said in broken Spanish to our Argentine companion – Sebastian. His knowledge of the words was that “Soy” means “I am”, “muy” is “very” and “agua caliente” was “hot water”. Mitch thought he was simply stating that he was hot. He was met with a fit of laughter and a few confused looks by the locals and guides., “Soy muy calor” his German companion corrected, “You just told him that you were horny!”

Sinking back into his seat on the small wooden boat, Mitch took away time to contemplate. Quite a bit of time. Despite their being no waves on the boat Mitch had started looking very queasy. The monkeys and macaw parrots in the treetops were howling and screeching for attention, but got no love. A lunch of plantains and rice, wrapped in a leaf was swiftly brought back up – the bug was back.

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Waiting for us on the shores of the eco-lodge was our guide for the next few days, Cesar. His great knowledge of all the various flora and fauna was a little lost on the group. All except the American pair of dentists that were dressed in colonial fatigues like David Livingstone. After checking in, Mitch slept off the illness and was unable to rise again to go for the morning tour. Tam went out with the group and did a whole bunch of Amazon exploration. They spied a tarantula in it’s hole, several alligators and a pond full of piranhas, waiting to be fed small slivers of meat. Once she arrived back, she described all the sights to Mitch, who had only managed all day to see an anteater.

Tam had an idea, there wasn’t that far to travel and they could do it all again. So they went off for a walk on the rainforest path. They coaxed the tarantula out of it’s hole with a little stick and tried to feed the piranhas small bits of fruit to no avail. At one point a large observation platform was built overlooking the dense jungle. Luckily we still had some sense of direction – but then came the short-cut…

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It started out as a simple enough trek going into dusk, but when we came across the tree fallen across the path, we started to panic. We probably shouldn’t have ventured off alone into the jungle and without any guides. Eventually retracing our steps we made it back, a little late, for the night tour. Cesar was furious, his eyes wide open! How could we just go off – unsupervised? Quite easily really, we just walked in that direction…

The dentists looked down their noses with disgust, but the rest of the group seemed to enjoy our adventurous streak. They too were growing tired of the botany lessons. As it turned out, it was probably a good thing we made it back, as the spiders as big as plates and other creepy crawlies that came out of the foliage were a bit unsettling.

Departing the Amazon the next day, Mitch was starting to feel a lot better. He had slept over half his time here and was a bit disappointed on not being able to really experience the worlds largest rainforest. Arriving in Lima, we had one short night to check out the local nightlife and prepare for our flight home, via Santiago.

Lima being the capital and largest city was unlike most other areas we had been. The tourist angle was almost non existent. The seafood was amazing. we ate our fill of dishes of ceviche (Peruvian raw fish) and bean filled calamari. We posed as celebrities with locals, well Mitch did. Two girls seemed to think he was some kind of film star – thrusting their camera at Tam to take a photo of their idol as they struck a sultry pose. Mitch hadn’t shaved in 5 weeks and wondered what all the fuss might have been about…

This unfortunately the time to say goodbye to Brandy, Rob, Lenka and our guide Luis. The guided trip was probably the best idea for us as the logistics of getting overland was quite a bit for us being green to travel. It actually worked out cheaper too! So we were quite pleased with how GAP ran the whole experience.

Departing Peru and South American was almost surreal. We had grown so much over a short space of time and had definitely been bitten by the travel bug. Arriving back to New Zealand, we took great pleasure in the simple comforts we typically took for granted at home.

 

 

 

 

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