Wild and Wonderful

Amazon Rainforest, Peru and Bolivia

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Wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest's of Peru and Bolivia, November 2017

This photographic adventure was superbly guided by Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde, operating for Wildlife Worldwide. On probably the most amazing journey in my life, we started in the highlands of the Andes, reaching over 14,000 feet before descending down a dirt road for over five hours into the cloud forest, to our first lodge at 6,000 feet, the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. Here we visited the lek of one of the world's most improbable birds - the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Additionally there was lots of other wildife to see including a vast array of insects, Capuchin monkeys and hummingbirds. The main part of the trip followed, travelling for over two weeks by motorised canoes, we explored a series of major rivers in the upper Amazon Rainforest, including the famous Manu River in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Whilst the river banks themselves were a little quiet, we found abundant wildlife in a number of oxbow lakes. We also visited two clay licks - here macaws and parrots visit on a daily basis to eat clay which they need to neutalise acid and toxins in their fruit based diet.

This has to be the ultimate rainforest visit!