Into the heart of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, at the Dawn on the Amazon jungle cabin, Part Three
A guest post by Richard Wong, Jungle Guide. Introduction by Captain Bill Grimes, owner and president of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises.
Hi again, Captain Bill Grimes here to ask you to read the first installment of our four part series Into the Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, Part One; It was written by one of our guests, Jim King, about his expectations and goals for his family’s Amazon adventure, and about what actually happened. I could blow my own horn from now until the cows come home and you could think I was full of hot air. The only thing that really matters is if my guests are satisfied, they receive good value for our services, leave happy, and recommend Dawn on the Amazon.
Richard Wong told the story, Into The Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, Part Two; in more detail from his view, and now Richard will share his observations about some of what the King family saw and did while visiting our Jungle Cabin near the boundary of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve.
Hello and welcome again this is Richard Wong, I hope you like this story about the Jim King family in the articles, Into The Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.
We had a good time in the heart of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. The Jungle Cabin was waiting for us, to relax around for a couple days. We arrived in Llanchama Village Tuesday at 4:45 pm. Mrs. Luisa and her husband Olmer were waiting in the port in front of the Jungle Cabin. They were excited to have us visit. We went to the house to put all the backpacks and bags in the bedrooms then we went to see all of the house, the kitchen, the bathroom, and the beautiful place back of the Jungle Cabin, where we have charapita hot peppers, banana trees, agauje, huasai, and many other palms, oranges, cashews, camu-camu, pineapples, copoazu, and many blooming bushes.
Later in the day we to walked around the village. We went to the Evangelic Church. It was open. We saw a lot of Capirona wood in the village. Then we went to walk around the school, and we saw a big tree full of the woven pouch nests, with a colony of noisy Casicus celas, “paucares”, living in this tree with the Lllanchama village people. We had a beautiful view of the Llanchama Cocha. Close to the cocha there is a maloca with some chairs and a blackboard. We saw a woman in the canoe collecting fishes from the net that she put out in the morning. When the water is high, like now, fishing is really difficult, so take a look this picture…
She only caught three fish, but that is not so bad with the jungle flooded. The weren’t too small. I think it was a good dinner for her.
The day was getting dark and we were preparing all things to have a good night. We had dinner. Eating in Llanchama was different than in the boat. Each breakfast, lunch and dinner the crew and guests all shared the meal, gathered together at the table. Thanks a lot to Jim, Joan and David to invite Filomena, Luisa and Olmer to eat and have a good time together. This night we slept early and woke up early too. Around midnight there came a rain and the next day was wet. The wet ground didn’t stop Mr. Jim King from walking around the village in the early light. I thought they were all sleeping. I was surprised when I saw Mr. Jim coming into the house back from a walk through the village. I made his coffee like every morning. One neighbor found a boa constrictor. It was sunning on a branch of a tree. The neighbor man showed the snake to the King family. David was so happy to see another snake. Mr Jim asked the man “Where did you capture it?” I translated. The neighbor told me, pointing, “Close to that tree”. Jim King exclaimed, ” I was close to there!!!”
Before breakfast we went to walk around Olmer’s chacra, (large garden or small farm), to see all the things he grows, like yuca, plantains, beans, sweet potatoes, cane sugar, etc., and we got to see many wild tucanets in the top of trees We brought some yuca, beans and sugar cane from the garden to eat later at the Jungle Cabin.
I remembered something that I said in Mishana. I promised to Mr. Jim that, “YOU WILL LEARN TO THATCH A ROOF,” This picture below was his first practice with Mishana’s teacher, but he graduated with Olmer in Llanchama. He did learn how to thatch a roof.
Mr. Jim learns to thatch…After breakfast we rested a little bit, tired from hiking around Olmer’s farm. Olmer went to the forest to harvest the Irapay palm leaves and the wooden support of Puna Palm to have material to begin to teach how to thatch a roof…
Mr. Jim is a real nice guy, always smiling to everybody, lovely with the children, enjoying all the things that happened on the tour. Since the beginning of the tour he was interested in how to thach a roof. It was hard and took a while but he got it, and I think some blisters on his hands, but he did it!…
Congratulation Jim King. I am proud of you! Good job!!!
Olmer has a nice Three-toed Sloth in Llanchama Village for a pet. The forest around Llanachama Village is full of wildlife. Lots of monkeys, majas, tapirs, acouchys, and many smaller animals live in the near by jungle. They are hard to find and see, but believe it, it’s true! If you come to the Jungle Cabin, you will be with good hard working people living there lives there. You will learn how they survive without electricity, or running water in their houses, or modern equipment. It is a good place to see many kinds of birds like Amazon Kingfishers, Greater Ani, Toucans, Toucanets, Parrots, Parakeets, Ant Birds, Tanagers, and many others.
On the tour and cruise to Allpahuayo Mishana we were getting dirty many clothes so we took a decision to have a laundry day. Mrs. Filomena and Mrs. Joan didn’t believe me when I said, “I WILL WASH MY OWN CLOTHES”, It’s really not to common to see men washing clothes but I’ve been washing my own clothes by hand since I was 9 years old. THANKS TO MY FATHER for teaching me to be a good man and to do a good job in everything.
The last day at the Jungle Cabin in Llanchama Village was unforgettable. Jim King was interested to learn how local people put the fishing net in a lake. We went with Olmer the last afternoon to put the 196 feet of fishing net across the cocha. It was too long. We went in two canoes Jim, Joan, David, Olmer, and Me, The goal would be to have a lot of fish next morning to have a good breakfast.
Later in the afternoon Jim, David, Joan , Olmer and me played baseball. It was so cool. We didn’t have a bat. I searched in the forest for the right size wooden stick to play. Mr. Jim brought two baseballs. He left one ball with a child at Lagunas Village in Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve. I don’t remember that kid’s name, but I’m sure he won’t forget Mr. Jim’s face. Another ball is now in Llanchama village with another happy child.
The last night we planned to made a bonfire near the house, so all day Olmer and I were collecting a lot of wood. After dinner we went together to torch the wood. We were careful. It was a good fire but we felt too hot. We sat around the fire in the chairs talking about everything. The same children that were playing baseball with us came and they joined in the circle around the fire. I did a contest with the children. They were so nervous but the only thing they had to do was to sing a song, to dance, to play something, to cry, to tell a poem, etc. They were so shy and I thought to give a prize to any who wanted to play something for the King family. I brought a plastic box of snacks, banana chips, some fruits such as apples, and mandarins, and then they danced and played, we had a poem, and a song. The King family enjoyed spending a good time with the kids and Mrs. Joan was teaching a song about the Dixie spider, and the kids enjoyed that song. Then we had a storm and we had to back to the cabin fast. The night was nice before the rain of course, and then we had a good sleep.
The next morning Joan and David woke up late and Mr. Jim, Olmer and me went to check the fishing net and to bring the fish for breakfast. Before we left Mrs. Filomena blessed the bucket. That was a funny thing to do and we laughed. We took a dugout canoe. When we worked the net we collected 35 good fish. Blessing the bucket seemed to have worked…and knowing where and how to put out the big net, ja ja ja. That was the goal, to have plenty of fish to eat. We were happy. When we came back to the cabin, Joan and David were so happy too, we had breakfast, then took a rest and after lunch started getting ready to go to Iquitos on time. I had a great experience at the Jungle Cabin, and I hope the King family feel the same way.
There is much more to tell but this is enough for now. Tomorrow I will tell you about Into The Heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, Part Four, about our two day trips with the Jim King family. I hope you have enjoyed our story, and will follow us into the Belen Market, Las Boas, and The Butterfly Farm in Part Four of our series of articles about the experiences of the Jim King family.
Thanks for reading…
Your jungle guide,
Into the heart Of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve , at the Dawn on the Amazon Jungle Cabin, part three
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