After a very restless night, wondering if we would see any more bats in our room, we awoke to pouring rain.
We could only hope that it would stop before our scheduled hike that day. Getting out of bed I started looking around and saw a dark spot on the floor on the other side of the room. I walked over and sure enough another bat was taken out by the fan. J came over to investigate and found a part of a wing laying on the bed. He put the trash can over it and we got dressed and went to the front desk to report it. We notified our tour guide that morning and we believed the hotel exterminator came in and flushed the room while we were out. There were wet spots around the bed and in the bathroom area where something was sprayed, which we walked in with our stocking feet.
Hiking in the Amazon
After our breakfast, the rained had slowed down and we got ready to go for our hike. We wore rain pants, a rain coat with a hood and our rubber boots. We squeezed into the canoe and made our way back up the river beyond where the bus dropped us off the previous day.
It had stopped raining now and we were able to enjoy the ride up the river. The part of the rainforest we were going to was owned by the hotel.
When we reached our destination, we hiked up the hill to the hut. Here we were giving hiking sticks and broken into two groups. One hike would be more strenuous and longer than the other. Of course we chose the harder trail.
As we made our way into the forest, our guides would stop along the way to describe the different plants that were available and some of their uses.
Our guides showed us a terminate nest. He put his hands on it and let the insects crawl onto his hands. Then he would crush them between his hands and then rubbed the crushed terminates onto his arms. He called this their natural insect repellent.
The trail led us up and down the hills.
Everyone took a turn riding a basket across a ravine, which the guides pulled across by a pulley system. It was starting to rain again.
Then we walk across a suspended bridge. But only one person at a time.
It was very foggy, and not much of a view.
It had rained so hard during our hike, there was nothing but puddles of water and mud going down the stairs.
The guide showed us a poisonous frog that is common to the area.
When we got back down to where we started, the other group was waiting for us. They gave us the option to take a raft or the canoe back to the hotel. I was done with the miserable weather, so we chose to ride the canoe as it was still raining.
They were now getting soaked, as they sat on the rafts in the water. We made the right call to ride in the canoe. At least we were not sitting in water as the rain came down on them.
We followed behind the rafts in the canoes as we made our way back to the hotel.
Eventually some of them got off the raft and swam in the river, before getting back on the raft. They were not making much progress, and we finally picked them up and let them ride with us in the canoe. We were all soaked when we returned to the hotel.
After changing clothes, we had lunch. Our zip lining activity for the afternoon was cancelled due to the weather. Our next schedule activity was either going to the butterfly farm, or to a rescued animal sanctuary. We chose to stay at the resort instead of going on these trips.
Visiting the Town
I had heard from a person who took the tour in March that they stopped at a school and handed out pens and pencils. I had brought some along to hand out. When I asked which day we would be visiting the school, our tour guide advised they no longer visited the schools because it was disruptive to the class. We decided to just hand them out in the town where the hotel was located just outside the gate. When we walked out of the gate that separated the hotel from the little town, it was a stark contrasts.
We found a couple of kids to give some pencils and pens. Even though they could not understand English and we could not speak Spanish, you could tell they were excited to be given a gift. The kids left and must have told their friends, as we were getting approached by other kids coming out of the buildings, where before the streets were empty. By the time we were done, we had given all the pens and pencils to young and old alike.
Celebrating my Birthday
Returning back to the hotel, we went back to the lodge and joined the others and sat around and talked until dinner. Before dinner they presented me with a birthday cake, as my birthday was in May. It was delicious.
We were all tired after our day in the rain, and had to pack, as we were leaving in the morning. I was ready to move on. Of all the locations that we stayed, I would have preferred to stay two night at some of the other hotels, and just skipped the Amazon. I was looking forward to our next destination, Banos.