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the Peruvian Amazon

Near Puerto Maldonado, Peru

After flying from Lima to Puerto Madonado we headed out on the Tambopata River for a three night stay in a jungle eco-lodge. It was an experience I never really thought about having but one that will definitely stay with me forever.

The scenery was as vibrant as you would expect in a place well off the busy Peruvian tourist path with wildlife plentiful and varied. From a photographic view the only disappointment was that almost none of my wildlife images are good enough to add to this gallery as they were all taken from a moving boat or with the long zoom of our point and shoot camera without a tripod.

That being said there are still enough shots to create a reasonable sized gallery. Please take a look through these images and we would love for you to post any comments or feedback.

gallery amazon boarding

In most cities brown rivers are a good indicator that you should keep out of the water, but in the jungle it just looks like something from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and definitely adds some impact to photos.

gallery amazon cabins

Jungle luxury, complete with only three walls and scary wild animal noises all night. Absolutely perfect.

gallery amazon clouds

One thing that seemed to be proven day after day, jungle sunsets never disappoint.

gallery amazon boat

I would often be up exploring before the rest of the group and found it to be such a peaceful way to start each day. I especially liked to wander the river's edge before heading off on another day of adventure.

gallery amazon lakeside

After a short jungle trek from the river you are met with the sight of a magnificent lake, hidden from those who only cruise the river. Except for the handful of small boats used by the locals for fishing the lake seems like a calm oasis in the middle of an immense jungle. On closer inspection you find the lake to be home to a playful family of otters as well as a healthy number of piranhas.

gallery amazon tortoise

While I was scanning the lake admiring the stunning reflections on the water I noticed part of a fallen tree sticking out of the water at one end of the lake. After zooming in I noticed the strange looking tortoise wearing a butterfly for a hat.

gallery amazon sunset

Sunset over the Tambopata River was always the perfect time to be on a boat. The sun created the most amazing colours in the clouds and the reflection on the chocolate brown water makes a truly astonishing image.

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