It’s A Jungle Out There

by Captain Bill

It’s a jungle out there.

Guest post by Dale of the Jungle

Dale the Whale of the Jungle in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Howdy all.

I have just completed 16 days of Solitude and Advenutre on the Samiria River part of the Massive Amazon Basin of Peru in the Pacaya Samiria National Park. Bigger than Germany!!!

Because i wanted to do lots of fishing and fish collecting. staying put in on of the many jungle lodges was not for me. So after 3 days of asking around, negotiating using my amazing spanish (si) i secured a boat ( peccy peccy with thatched roof) boat driver and jungle guide for 16 days in a spot that was 8 hours motoring just to the beginning of the river. Calris the dirver had no english but mu guide “Falcon” ( thats right) had pretty good english.

Boat full of supplies going to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The boat was loaded full of supplies. Fresh fruit, Potatoes, rice and a lot water. Buy day five all fruit was gone and it was a lot of rice potatos and piranha. wich were EVERYWHERE. i did very little swimming in relation to how much sweating i did. Breakfast was funny they made a pancake type mix with onion and tomato and called it something it something different every day. I had “jungle” pancakes,crepes,pizza,and tortillas….all the same oily stuff. When i showed them to cook on the coals not using oil they were amazed!

Dale of the Jungle with a peacock bass he caught in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The fishing wasnt amazing due to the river rising which puts them off but i still managed ( between fishing and netting (37 different species). There are marks on the trees that show you where it comes up to during therir winter. and it was above my head and that was up on top of the banks so it had to be 6m plus. The whole forrest floods and one third of all the freshwater can be found there at that time.

Piranha in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; "They were everywhere."

The jungle was so so wild it is very hard to describe. Fresh water dolphins everywhere, birds, monkeys, insects everywhere. And when you fly into Iquitos out the plane window all you can see is green in every direction. Just so big and so much life…. Oh and if you wonder why they are called “Howler Monkeys” at about 430 in the morning you find out, the noise is indescribeable. And they could be kilometers away  Your first night in the jungle is one you wont forget.

Dale in front of one of the giants of the rainforest.

i,ll let the photos do the talking. i start my journey home tomorrow. I had Great times and tough times in peru. All an adventure.

The mirror of the jungle in Pacaya Samria National Reserve

Dale of the Jungle
Ps the year of the beard is over. If i had of taken it to the jungle spiders may have nested in it.

Guest post by Dale of the Jungle

It’s a jungle out there

Bill Grimes is President of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises. Book a tour with us today

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ECOLOIGAL JUNGLE TRIPS January 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Good article Dale , I wish your article to bring more tourists to hour beutifull rainforest.

2 Leo January 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

Great post. Beautifil pic.

3 tom January 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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