Home Sweet Home… in the Jungle

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We arrived by boat at the wooden stairs that led to Guacamayo Lodge

The concept of “roughing it” is subjective. Our accommodations were beautifully constructed, using local trees. The roofs are made from palms with huge thick leaves.

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The elevated walkways come in handy during the wet season when the entire camp is underwater by several feet.

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You can see the solar panels. Due to the limited electricity they produced, the power was shut off to the cabins during the day. They would be turned on (a single light bulb) in the huts from 6 PM till about 9 PM, when they would be shut off (usually without warning.) We used flashlights — and flashlight apps on our phones — to move around the cabin or go to the bathroom during the night.

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The interior of our cabin. Marty took the larger bed because he’s very tall.
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At night, this is where I lay my weary and sweat-soaked head

Large mosquito netting covered the tops and sides of our beds. You can see it in the above photo. It was a challenge to sleep in such heat without a fan or air conditioning. The huts are “open air” things where you can look out at the jungle. Several times during the night bats would fly through the cabin — I could hear the distinctive fut fut fut of their wings.

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That white rectangle at the top of the (poor) photo is the opening to the forest. This “room” is the toilet. I wasn’t able to adjust to the lack of privacy. A single board, like a piece of plywood, divided you from the others.

Because the plumbing in the jungle is minimal, the used toilet paper couldn’t be flushed and had to be placed into a bin beside the toilet. I had heard this was the norm in certain areas of the world, but this was my first time to experience it. It’s hard to shake off the feeling: this is wrong.

Also:  this is icky.

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This is the dining hut. Tarantulas were found climbing the interior of the roof, too.

It rained several times while we were there, a common occurrence this time of year.

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This photo was taken from the Dining Hut looking toward the loading dock.

But when the weather wouldn’t cooperate, we simply donned our ponchos and hit the river. Unfortunately, the rain made my hairdo impossible to manage.

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Martin is the guy in front taking this group-selfie. The eight of us bonded almost immediately, which made for many good laughs and fun.
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The Amazon Gang: (from left) Stephanie and Roman (France) Bart and Marty, Julia (Sweden) William our guide is behind her; Ralph and Mary (Holland)
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William used his knife to create “fingernails” from the Heliconia, something the village children like to do. Julia looked stunning in them. Marty created a shirt decoration with Heliconia that had dropped from the tree. He gathered more to enliven the dinner table that night. (Even in the deepest jungle, Marty sets a lovely table…)
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Standing on the walkway after a big shower.

IMG_3127Sunset on the Amazon. This photo was taken our first night, when we boated to the middle of a nearby lake for a swim.

3 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home… in the Jungle

  1. It looks like a wonderful spot, Bart. I like the elevated walkways. And I am impressed you went swimming in a lake! I would probably be too chicken. 😉

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  2. Hey Bart,
    Do they serve guacamole with mayonnaise at the Guacamayo Lodge? I’m sitting at my computer at work in downtown Houston daydreaming about your travels. Looks like an amazing trip.
    Karen

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