Getting There - Aneel's Travelogue

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Iquitos, Loreto, Peru, Wednesday, 30 March 2005 1:48pm

I think the worst of the mosquito bites so far were from just a couple that got into the bungalow. I woke up with dozens of bites on my legs and one shoulder. Definitely applying repellant before bed tonight.

After lunch yesterday we paddled out in a dugout canoe. We saw a bunch of blue and yellow macaws and got pretty close to some monkeys.

The evening expedition was in search of tarantulas. We saw some big ones (the size of my hand) and some small ones (only the size of Yuri's hand). As an added bonus, there were some snakes. Usiel's vision continues to amaze. How he can see a small snake hiding under a leaf from across the river baffles me.

We went out to the Amazon proper to see dolphins this morning. I didn't see any of the legendary pink dolpings, but I did see a number of grey ones. We also saw a group of Victoria Regias, the largest lily pads in the world. And we passed a number of iguanas sunning themselves.