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Author: Nigel Pegler

Jungle Dad leaves the MLC

Jungle Dad leaves the MLC

The name given to me by Nica a six month intern at the MLC we met at Cusco airport where we were picked up by a crees employee for transfer to our hotel for the night, we both realised that we smoked and have been smoking buddies ever since, terrible habit I know but I have had my most interesting conversations with people whilst having a fag!

Bio gardens – last visit

Bio gardens – last visit

We went to Salvacion on Tuesday morning and arrived at the bio garden we were working on at about 9.30 and worked all day until about 5pm, working in the open with no shade was really hard and we were all worn out by the end of the day.

Butterfly and pit fall trap survey

Butterfly and pit fall trap survey

There are various pit fall traps set in the ground around the MLC and as they had been closed for a week we had to check and open them all up, they consist of a length of tarpaulin stretched across the ground with plastic buckets set in the ground at intervals, the idea being that frogs etc. are diverted into the bucket and can be collected for surveys, it was a day’s work to do this and then we spent…

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Mirador

Mirador

Mirador This is an area at the top of a hill where you can admire the view, we left at 9am and it took nearly 3 hours to walk up to the top, a distance of about 4 miles with a 500 metre gain in height through the rain forest, the view from the top was amazing which is where we ate lunch and then started the long trek down. As soon as we got back to camp it was…

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Salvacion – hot springs – chill time

Salvacion – hot springs – chill time

Thursday 31st   We arrived yesterday late in the morning after stopping in the small town of Salvacion for some shopping but the town was shut! We met up with the rest of the volunteers from Shipetiari nearly all of whom had the sickness bug, I wonder if you can guess what we renamed SHIPetiari! In the afternoon we had a 25 minute walk to the waterfall into which we all plunged then we walked back to camp and got…

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Bio gardens

Bio gardens

Tuesday 29th Visited the bio gardens for the first time today, we were introduced to Reynaldo and had a look around his house, he has a garden and a huge fish pond and we asked about two of the large fish in there, I thought he said they weigh 2 kilos but it turned out he meant 12 kilos We then went to the house of a community member and helped to start the process of erecting a roof over…

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Walking trees and Woolly monkeys

Walking trees and Woolly monkeys

Monday 28th Yes trees do walk in the forest! Only and inch a year to reach the light but walking all the same, they send down roots that they use to pull themselves along. I did pose the question what do they do if the light has gone when they get there! We had a good day but tough, over six hours in the rainforest and the MLC is very steep in places at about forty five degrees, we saw…

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Saturday 26th At the MLC

Saturday 26th At the MLC

The weather has improved today and it wasn`t too cold at 4.20am this morning, left the MLC at 5.20 to go to the clay lick which is just across the river from the MLC Macaw’s and Parrots gather here to eat the clay as it helps neutralise the toxins in their diet and gives them essential minerals, it is a good place to do surveys on the numbers of parrots and what effect if any tourists have on the numbers…

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Friaje

Friaje

A Friaje is a cold spell and it came in yesterday evening, starting with thunder and lightning and then rain and although it was still hot and humid a wind came in the early hours and now it`s bloody cold and I`m freezing my bits off! I am writing this whilst waiting for the boat back to MLC, it should have arrived last night for us to leave after breakfast but now won`t arrive until this morning for a lunch…

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An easy day again!

An easy day again!

As I am not leaving until tomorrow I am not on a list for any duties, the original intention was to leave today but we were told that the boat would be too small for us and as some two week volunteers have flights to catch tomorrow I am staying behind until Friday when I will transfer to the MLC. I am trying to get all my blogs sorted today so that I can (hopefully) send them all from the…

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