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Author: Nigel Pegler

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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Crees vs the community

Crees vs the community

Yesterday was a busy day spent doing nothing except kitchen duties so I listened to my MP3 and slept a lot. Today we went to the local community to play football, I say we but with a dodgy right leg I excused myself! It was really hot and sticky but we had great fun. We took some food with us to share with the community; although they accepted the food they seemed a little wary of us but the more…

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Got up at 4am and left the lodge at 5.15 for a journey into the jungle with Ruth a crees employee and two other volunteers, we were looking for woolly monkeys.   We stopped for breakfast at about 7am which consisted of cold rice, chips and sausages, then on through the jungle again but it was now getting more difficult as although there was a path it wasn`t very clear and Ruth had to use her machete quite a lot…

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Cold showers, dirty laundry and going native!

Cold showers, dirty laundry and going native!

Here at Shipetiari the showers are cold and Al Fresco, although I don`t like cold showers after a morning in the jungle they are rather refreshing The laundry facilities are cold water, soap and a sink and hope the sun shines to dry your clothes. As for going native why shave in the jungle! I can see a full beard coming on!

Andy the slave driver!

Andy the slave driver!

Had a lie in until 6am, well it is Sunday! Shower, sort out my gear, breakfast and then a break for a while so I managed to charge my netbook, we are limited to two hours charging twice a week. 8.30 am out with Andy to download videos from the camera traps, Andy doesn`t hang about and is so passionate about the rainforest it`s full throttle everywhere until he spots and animal and then we stop, we saw some squirrel…

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First aid training

First aid training

Good breakfast of fried egg, rice, tomato and hot banana, it was great! Great lunch fish, rice beans and salsa – having a smoke and coffee and I was thinking this time last week I was on a flight to Madrid and here I am sitting, looking and listening to the rainforest! First aid training today with Andy, including a discussion on snake bites; we also did stretcher training where we strapped Barney to a spinal board and as he…

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Jungle training Friday 18th

Jungle training Friday 18th

A later start today, set my alarm for 6am but woke up at ten to six to the sound of bird song, the individual lodges are spectacular as the front is completely open to the forest so effectively you are sleeping outside but this means you have to keep your gear stored away and sealed to stop ants and bugs getting in.   I slept like a baby last night but upon waking my back was giving me hell, nothing…

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Awesome views then sweat and tears!

Awesome views then sweat and tears!

Up at 4.30 am as we had to have the bus loaded by 6am and breakfast at 6am, left at 6.35 to travel to the river and then a four hour boat journey to Shipetairi, we arrived at about 5pm and then had to lug all of our gear to the lodges, this took about 40 minutes to carry my rucksack, boots, bumbag and a large heavy pile of eggs which as I keep changing hands pulled some muscles in…

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Cusco to the Cloud forest Wednesday 17th

Cusco to the Cloud forest Wednesday 17th

Nica 6 month intern with Peruvian`s in local costume Feel a lot better today as yesterday I was still suffering the effects of the altitude but by about 3pm I felt a lot better which means it takes about 48 hours to get used to it, had a good late lunch where I cleared any leftovers on other people plates! And then three of us went out in the evening where I had a sandwich and a sticky bun and…

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