Day 63 June 19

Countries 8    Hotels 29    Cars 39

Flights 16:flying time 55.14 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 8    Elephant 1    Boat 4

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 6    Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 34    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 4    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 3    Motorised Canoe 9

Canoe 2    Sightseeing truck 1


I was having breakfast this morning when it started raining, a  torrential downpour, too heavy to go out in.  While I was waiting for the rain to stop I was writing this, when Toto came rushing in, very excited, would I mind getting wet, bring my camera. So with just my camera I went out into the pouring rain.  Toto explained that he and Victor were talking and they had seen a what they think looked like a snake fighting with a bird and they were going to try and find the snake.  So I’m standing there in the pouring rain, horrified when I see the boys take their boots and socks off, roll their trousers up and wade into the boggy grass with sticks, poking the ground, they’ve seen hundreds of snakes, they are only doing this for me, because they want me to see a snake, despite this they are both very excited. Within seconds they found the snake, a male anaconda, they pulled it out of the grass by its tail. Toto then got it by the head and picked it up, while Victor has it by the tail, and insist I touch it to feel how it’s ‘all muscle’, and then waited while I took photos. Unfortunately the lens on my camera was wet so the shots are blurred but I using them because they are a great reminder of this incident.  I got soaked right through to my bra,  at some point I dried the camera on my top and so must have cleaned the lens for the shot of the snake on the ground when the boys released it. Toto had been hoping I would see an anaconda so was very pleased they had found one. 

As soon as the rain eased off we were out for a drive, however it got cut short because the rain had washed part of the road away.  So we parked up and walked the road instead.  Unfortunately in the rain the animals tend to hide away, apart from the capybara, they still sit in the road or on the grass.  Victor did find a baby green iguana, which he caught for me to take photos. 

On the way back I managed to get a photo of a stork and I’ve seen a lot of birds riding on the backs of capybara and managed to get a couple of photos of this too. 

The kitchen staff have been brilliant at dealing with my food intolerances, and adapted the Venezuelan cuisine so I can eat it, today was no exception, and the best meal so far.  It’s a bean stew with rice, very tasty, and a corn pancake type thing, which was absolutely delicious. Portion size is huge, as seen in the photo, one could never go hungry here.   

On the way back to my room the iguanas were out on the grass and I got a photo of one that had just shed it’s skin so it was very bright green, it shot up a tree when I took the photos. 

These iguanas climb up into the trees for safety, and sleep there, coming down to feed and warm up, however they sometimes fall out of the trees, one fell out of a palm tree right in front of me yesterday, it really hit the ground hard.  After lunch I got in this, thinking I was going to sit on the benches,  Toto explained that the best views are from the top platform, so I climbed onto the top with Toto, while Victor drove, and he was right, the views were great.

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We saw lots of capybara, lots of iguanas asleep on branches at the top of trees and we saw a giant anteater, it was in the distance, and it had gone into the bushes before Toto could focus his binoculars on it. 

When we got back I managed to get a shot of the black vulture, these birds are everywhere here and they look like they are wearing a little hat on their heads, I quite liked them, as they have a funny skip they do when they can’t be bothered to fly to get out of the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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