It’s hot! It’s humid! It’s sweaty and I forgot the mosquito repellent at the lodge! These are not the best conditions to enjoy walking above and in the jungle! But first you have to get there and that’s where it starts!
The Wake Up Call is at 5am! We don’t have a phone in our room. The wake up call is a loud knock on the door and you are awake. Getting ready in 30 minutes and off to the boat without any breakfast.
It’s chilly and I’m happy that I’ve got my hoodie sweatshirt with me. The ride takes us from the Amazonas river onto side rivers and right there I spot one of the little Grey river dolphins. It even jumped once a bit and showed us the fin. That is a good start!
After about a two hour boat ride, we arrived at the next lodge, where we enjoyed a jungle breakfast – pancakes, potatoes, toast with papaya jam and some yummy coffee. The lodge itself lies in a little river arm and right in the jungle. There is nothing around us but green and the sound of the jungle.
Wait there is…FREE WIFI?!?!?! I love Peru!
Any hotel director or hotel staff in the world who is reading this, if a lodge in the middle of the jungle can provide free WiFi, you should do as well don’t you think? Anyone who knows someone from the hotel industry, forward them this information!
So after tweeting and promoting that spot I realized that I forgot my mosquito repellent. Damn it! OK, the other days we actually hadn’t that many mosquitoes, so I tried to be tough and a real man and just started the hike without asking the others to maybe lend me some.
It’s also very clever to wear a black t-shirt when hiking in the jungle. Mosquitoes love black! While walking I was fine, but our guide stopped every couple of meters to explained to us the surrounding nature! Was there ever a moment when I regretted it to have a top guide? Yup, that was it!
Just kidding. Our guide shared his knowledge with us and it was really interesting. Otherwise would I have known that there were roots looking like a penis? Hahaha. That was of course not the only thing I learned.
I stuck with the group and was thinking how I could trick the mosquitoes. How do animals survive in the jungle? They are camouflaged, which didn’t work with my black t-shirt, or they are poisoned or pretend to be so.
Luckily my Traveldudes hoodie is bright red! So I pretended to be poisoned and it worked. The mosquitoes pretty much left me alone. But I won’t get into how hot it was wearing the hoodie!
After about an hour’s walk we arrived at the starting point of the canopy walk. Is it the longest canopy walk of the world? It probably is. The guides weren’t 100% sure and there might be an even longer one in Australia. But it was definitely the longest one in America and it was definitely long enough to explore the roof top of the jungle!
I loved it!
There are around 16 platforms in different heights and at the highest you reach 37 meters which includes an incredible view! If you take your time for observing your surroundings, you will see different animals and plants on different heights. I spotted some really nice butterflies and huuuuge ants! These massive ants could even fly!
The sound of the jungle was amazing and the view was incredible! There was nothing else in sight but the jungle…and the antenna for the free WiFi.
If you ever get the chance of doing a canopy walk, don’t think twice and go for it! I’m sure you won’t regret it!