A few days ago we arrived at our lodge after a hour long bus & boat ride . We met our guide and he was called Robert. He came from Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon, but had grown up in the jungle. When we arrived at our lodge we were welcomed by the freshest lemon juice you've ever had. Then we were showed around the area. After we were showed we then had a little rest . Then it was time for the night walk.
On the night walk we saw some big grasshoppers, lots and lots of spiders. The biggest spider we saw that night was the wolf spider (we saw a tarantula another day). We also heard bats, a walking tree. The walking tree is cool. It walk on its roots and can move about a metres a year. We also saw a huge tree that was 350yrs old. It was 60m tall. It was a Kapoc tree. We turned off our torches and listened to the sounds of the jungle.
The next day we woke up at 5am and took the boat to go and see Macaws. At the viewing hut we could see a clay wall and a tree that all the birds landed in. The reason that the birds go to the claw wall is to lick the salts and minerals which helps to digest the seeds that they eat.
Te next activity was the fruit farm. The farm had oranges, star fruit, papaya, bananas, mandarins, avocado and lemons. I tasted orange and liked it. It was very juicy. It wasn't like a normal farm. It was in the jungle.
After lunch we went piranha fishing. We took a boat and walked to an oxbow lake. It is where a river is twisting and turning and gets cut off and that's what is left of it. We were on a raft to go fishing. We caught 3 piranhas, a sardine and another kind of fish. I tried fishing but the one i caught escaped and fell of the rod as it was coming into the boat. The piranha was a very flat, skinny fish. If you look at it side on there is hardly any of it but it has razor sharp teeth. We put part of a leaf in its mouth and it chomped it and cut a perfect semi circle. Thats how sharp its teeth are.
The next day, it was raining very hard at breakfast. We couldn't make moulds of footprints because it had been raining….which was a shame because there was a jaguar footprint. We went tree planting. We planted trees that in 350 years would be huge. We each got our own tree which was fun because we planted it not with our hands but with a tool that you shove into the ground and then squeeze it tight and then pull it up. It was very hard. We put some nutrients in the hole so the plant could grow better. The nutrients came from leaves that had decomposed into soil on the floor of the jungle. The. We built a clay wall. Around it to trap water so it could grow. We put some sticks to support it because of falling branches. On our way there was a huge tree by the path that we heard fall. Luckily it didn't fall across the path. We put our names and date on the plant. If we come back we will know which one is ours. On the way back we saw an boa constrictor snake. It was not poisonous. What this snake does to kill small animals is to squeeze them to death.
In the afternoon we went to visit a family to see how they lived. They had a fruit farm as well it was a small one though. Their house was a shed that had no windows or doors. They had a tin roof and no beds. They didn't have a tv or electricity. They didn't even have a stove. They had to cook over fire. The kids didn't have any toys.
That night we went caiman spotting. Caimans are a type of alligator that can grow up to 2.5m long. We saw three. One was a big one and two were small ones. We got a metre away from them all. The biggest one was very close to the steps that we went up to our lodge.
Our final day was quite sad because we had to leave. I really wanted to stay because it was very interesting.