Fang Talks

Is that a short joke?

We made sure to be there way ahead of time (don’t want to miss my flight), so we had a couple of days to kill in Lima.

And somehow we managed to spend those last two nights in a three-star hotel… by accident. Yeah, you read that right, we “accidentally” enjoyed a slightly more luxurious lifestyle than we had the past three weeks. It’s kind of a weird story that isn’t actually all that interesting, the bottom line is we ended up in a nice hotel with a sweet view, hot water and good fucking food. Could use some of that after that horrendous bus ride.

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Instead of taking an indirect bus and having to wait for four hours in the middle of the night at the halfway stop, we decided to go with a direct bus to Lima.

All fine and great, apparently catering’s included and they’re playing concert DVDs of that one popular Peruvian pop artist we’ve heard way too much from already. Whatever, best we can do is make ourselves as comfy as we get and enjoy the ride and the views that comes with it. What we didn’t knew yet though, was that people can be absolutely disgusting. But let me back up there for a bit.

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Having narrowly escaped death by jungle, we travelled westward. For three fucking days.

A nice boat trip over the Amazon and a couple of not as nice bus trips through all kinds of mountainous terrain brought us to Tingo. It’s a cute little town with a really nice hostel, located in the valley between, you guessed it, a bunch of mountains. It’s at the edge of that town where a hiking route starts to Kuelap, the walled city. No, not a fortress, the walls actually were a way to keep level ground (of which there originally was none, because “let’s build our city at the mountaintop”). This hike though, is a nine kilometer long ordeal. Doesn’t sound like much, until I tell you it ascends 1.5 kilometers.

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We woke up before the sun had even risen. Something along the lines of four in the morning.

While the couple from Lima was sleeping off their hangovers, we eagerly got dressed and jumped into a low canoe-like boat with our guide. He paddled us along the trees and out into the main branch of the Amazon river. The sun was dawning. Bats were flying low over the water, catching any insects they could in what looked like some frantic feeding frenzy. The sun illuminated the light behind the clouds, and it was beautiful.

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Sleeping in the jungle is a really cool experience. So much noise all around you, and the night sky, my oh my.

On the second morning, we left the lodging right after breakfast for a walk through the jungle. Rubber boots, mosquito repellant, raincoats… check. Luckily the rain stopped after about ten minutes of walking, because it was already super hot without the raincoat on. We spent nearly two hours moving on small paths and occasionally making our own. Though we didn’t see a lot of wildlife (we were still relatively close to the river, and with that, civilization), the guide did give us a thorough explanation of the different trees and what they’re used for. We even drank water from one of those huge vines!

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