Latacunga to Tena
Arriving in Tena I went walking with Diana. We walked over an eco-trail following the river that flows through town. A quick swim in the river and walking back to town.
Walking past the square and in the evening cooking together
Tena to Puerto Misahualli and boat tour
With Diana and Max and 5 other tourists we did a boat tour, first to a rescue center where they give tours. Most of the animals that you see on the tour will never be released, but in general they release most of the animals back into nature. Around the rescue center there is a large area of land in which they are released, and a couple rangers walk around here to see if everything goes well.
Our guide told us about a lot of the different animals, from the ants that carry leaves to feed a fungus in their nest that on turn feeds them. Bullet ants that if they bite you hurt like a bullet and paralyses you partly. The most dangerous animal of the amazon, the pigs Belen and I saw in Bolivia. A cappuccino monkey that grew up drinking cappuccino. They monkey that are released and are near the rescue center, the wooly monkey (strongest monkey of amazon), spider monkey (largest monkey of the amazon), cappuccino monkey and the resus monkey.
There was also spiked walking tree, that can move up to 7cm every year by growing roots in a certain direction. I don’t think that 7cm makes that much of a difference for the survival of a tree however…
Then we crossed the river to a lake with caiman, the guide making noises as the caiman do, telling us this would attract the caiman, we thought it more likely that the meet he did throw in the lake did attracted them. We shot a dart with a blow pipe, surprisingly easy to hit the target.
Afterwards we went to a place to eat, I had my own food, so I went for a walk. Next to an indigenous town. Here they showed us how to make the chichi from yucca (in the past fermented with spit, now by adding a bit of sweet potato), some dance and then we played with the kids. I had kids standing on my shoulders and later as well on my head, just spinning them around. Running against Max while carrying two kids, building other types of towers with kids on our back our shoulders, a lot of fun, but my shirt that was already falling a part got a couple more holes.