Into the heart of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, with Dawn on the Amazon, part two.
Hi, Captain Bill Grimes here. This is a story about what happened on one of Dawn on the Amazon cruises. I didn’t get to go on this cruise but I sent some of the best of my crew. Edson Mariño was the boat pilot. He knows the rivers like you know your back yard. He knows the rivers better than you know your back yard if you hire a groundskeeper to mow it. Edson has been with me for over a decade. I trust him with my life. I trust him with your life. Filomina was the cook. She is Marmelita’s mother. She was already a good cook when she signed on with us. We taught her our system and now she is a great Amazon river boat cook. Richard Wong is a 21 year old jungle guide for Dawn on the Amazon. He graduated from Cevatur Iquitos Tourist Guide School in 3 years. He practiced guiding and learning more about wildlife at Quistococha Zoological Park for 5 months. Richard is a smart, nice, young man who speaks great English. He has been with us for over a year, and we are very proud of him.
Our guests were Jim, Joan and David King. Jim wrote a guest post about his goals and the actual experience. David wanted to see snakes. Be careful what you ask for, it just might come true in ways you could not expect. You should read Part One of this series titled Into The Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve to learn what happened. All adventures start somewhere, before they are even recognized as adventures.
After the cruise Jim sent me an email with this compliment for Richard. “I want to let you know that Richard was a great guide. His humor, knowledge and awareness of human dynamics made the trip worthwhile.”
Richard tells this story, Into The Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, Part Two;
“The Jim King family were surprised at all of the detail of the small boat. They quickly discovered the private bathroom, the small kitchen with the four burner stove, the supply of vegetables and fruits, the two live chickens to butcher for fresh meat.”
“They enjoyed all of the food that Filomina cooked. They cleaned their plates every meal. Jim learned to love the small fiery charapita peppers. He ate charapitas with nearly every meal. The first lunch was steamed Dorado Fish one of the most delicious river fish.”
“Almost all day we were moving along up the Nanay River and at 5:00pm we got to Mishana village, the first destination and next day we were able to make the hiking in the forest and varillales, white sand forest. In the evening they had another delicious meal, and after dinner Mrs Joan ask to me, “Is it possible any snake can get into the boat?” I said, “No is not possible!”
“And now look what we had on the boat the next morning!!!!”
“Oh my gosh, an 8 foot Amazon Bushmaster, one of the most aggressive and poisonous snakes in the world”
“We had three beautiful nights with no clouds and the sky full of stars, planets, and satellites. Mrs. Joan taught me about the Big Dipper, which is always low on the horizon from our position just south of the equator.”
“On the jungle hike David spotted a beautiful poison dart frog. We saw a nesting pair of Yellow-headed Cara-Caras, a Road-side Hawk, Saddle-Back Tamarin Monkeys, a Spix’s Guan on the top of a big tree, bromeliads, orchids, liana vines, Aguaje Palms, “Walking” Palms, several other palm species, and hundreds of other woody plants in the Varillales, the rare white sand forest that makes up most of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve.”
“Something about Mr. Jim King, He was so interested to learn how the people work to make thatch roofs. Mr. Jim saw the roof of the boat Dawn on the Amazon 1 was made of thatched Irapay Palm leaves, and I promised him that it is easy and he will learn, as well he did.”
“This is another beautiful place in Samito Village, nice black water, there were a lot of women having a laundry day…and we took a swim with the piranhas.” 🙂
“Mr. Jim asked all of us, “What is your vision of what the next 5 years will bring into your life? What is your opinion of how things might change in your life? For most the answer was that “People needed an opportunity to have meaningful work and a good future, for themselves and their children.”
“Before breakfast Jim and Joan started the day with a cup of coffee every morning while Filomina was cooking the breakfast. One morning they had cereal, some mornings scrambled eggs and bacon, fruit was popular, mango was the favorite.”
“Exploring the flooded jungle by canoe we saw small Angel Fish, Red-headed wood peckers, and had fun tricking and playing and, bombarding each other with jungle seeds and having a good time.”
“Jim climbed a large Liana vine in the flooded jungle and shared his space with a hairy tarantula and some spiders …”
“There were no mosquitoes at all while on the boat, but a few on the jungle hikes. They were not a problem.”
“It was the second day of the trip and all the King Family were in the boat still moving upstream. At noon we went fishing in both canoes, but not any luck! The water was too high and it was hard to get them even with a net, and we went back to the boat. A delicious lunch of steamed chicken, vegetables and rice, yuca with a nice charapita, cocona sauce, and fresh squeezed Limanada juice, and mango, papaya, and puna for dessert, was waiting for us. I really liked eating this lunch. Even though I’m skinny, I love to eat. Then they had a nap time, while we moved to Maravilla village almost in the evening to take a swim. Mr. Jim decided not to swim, and he took his fishing rod and he tried again, and surprise, he caught a Peacock Bass of a beautiful color and regular size. It became part of the dinner. Congratulation Jim King, Extra Special Fisherman.”
“I was so happy to see Mr. Jim catching a Peacock Bass. Mr. Jim asked for Fidencio to take a picture of him with me, and a nice view in Maravilla Village. After the Peacock Bass fishing Mr. Jim caught a Piranha but we put it back into the water.”
“In the evening we had a really delicious dinner, made of noodles with giant amazon snails and juices and a drink made of milk, cinnamon, sugar and tapioca one of the products made from yuca and the Peacock Bass was fried and put on the table and it wasn’t too late to disappear from our sight pretty quickly.”
“After the great meal we had a nice moment to talk about all the things that happened on the tour such as how a snake got into the boat and other funny things. Before we went to sleep this time we tried to be sure to sleep good and no admitting snakes on board.”
Into The Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve With Dawn on the Amazon, part two
A guest post by one of Dawn on the Amazons Jungle Guides, Richard Wong.
Collaborated with Captain Bill Grimes, owner of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises
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