So this one time I went to South America for 5 weeks with my best friend Katherine….
Wait- did that really happen? Yep it did and guess what- I got to celebrate my 25th birthday in the jungle in Peru. There’s not really anything from here on out that will top that- I mean, c’mon!
Katherine planned our entire trip- she worked for this amazing company, Peru for Less as a content writer for the past year and they hooked us up to stay at Inkaterra Lodge in Puerto Maldonado- and let me tell you- it really was jungle luxury. We stayed in these little huts that had rain showers, hammocks and a gorgeous view. We ate well, 3 meals a day- all had a menu where you could choose an appetizer, entree and dessert with. All inclusive with our tours and food and transportation. It was a dream. They sang Happy Birthday to me on my birthday and brought me out a giant cake. I have so many incredibly fond memories of this place- it definitely set the bar for the entire trip.
Our 3 days there were jam packed with activities and our tour guide, Luis, was a great person to show us the jungle. We woke up incredibly early every day to be able to do all of our activities and miss the mid day downpour in the jungle (which only happened once while we were there.)
Day 1: We arrived in the late afternoon and took an incredible boat ride to our hotel. We arrived just in time for lunch where we ate until we burst and then settled into our hut. We explored the grounds and met our tour guide for the remainder of our trip, Luis.
Day 2: (My favorite day-also my birthday) We woke up at 4am to take a boat to our hike in the jungle. We were told by Luis that it might be “a little muddy” so we needed to wear our rainboots they provided for us. A little was just a bit of an understatement- we spent several hours in almost knee deep mud hiking into the are where we would hop in our canoes and canoe into Lake Sandoval. It was WORTH IT. The canoe ride was so scenic and we enjoyed a local fruit called cannundrums for a snack. They are very similar to a pomegranate in flavor and texture. There were palm trees that surrounded the lake we canoed into.
Once we got back from our morning hike, Katherine and I showered and took a tiny nap before heading out to the canopy walk. I have always wanted to walk amongst the trees in the jungle, and it was even better than I could imagine. I took an insane amount of photos and my grin didn’t go away until I went to sleep that night.
Day 3: Woke up extremely early again to go to a local farm and learn about native plants and fruits. The tour was a lot of fun and we even got to shoot a bow and arrow for fun. Katherine took a hilarious video of me because I couldn’t shoot the bow and arrow correctly for the life of me! It was one fail after another. I finally did get it though, and you know everyone was happy and surprised because they were laughing and clapping. We then walked through the most mosquito filled area ever to get to our canoes where we would head back to the hotel. There was also a running joke because the mosquito repellent I bought in the states had a 99.9% level of DEET. Apparently this is incredibly high and bad for you and all the people from the other countries on our tour couldn’t believe that it was even legal to purchase! Everyone was more than happy to use some of my repellent though at this point because of the extreme amount of mosquitos present. We finished the day with another canoe ride into Hacienda Conception where we saw a lot of monkeys and birds. Another amazing dinner topped of the evening.
We met some great friends along the way- Rebecca and Kenny from New Zealand, and Simon & Nolo and Daphna & Jonathan- both couples from Australia. They were so much fun to be around and definitely made our jungle experience even better.
Now. The IMAGES:
The best people we could’ve asked to be on our adventure with us through the jungle: