This sounds wonderful! Atlas Obscura claims it is the most remote lodge in the Amazon.
The Wired headline was the best:
Never mind the moths and bats at night, did the screams of the howler monkeys haunt your dreams? We heard them in Guatemala and they are scary creepy!!
I love the sound of Howler monkeys. We experienced them for the first time in Tikal in Guatamala and it was indeed spooky. And when you see how small these little guys are and how much noise they make it is really amazing. We have gotten used to them in the meantime, seeing them in Costa Rica, Belize, and now Peru.
Lots of crazy jungle spiders....
My daughter is obsessed with Capybaras so I tend to notice every adorable image of them. The Atlantic InFocus blog usually covers significant world events, but even they couldn't resist dedicating an entire post to Capybaras.
This was an amazing trip and I love the photos. What camera gear did you bring? And was it enough?
Was there any real danger or close calls during your trip?
Canon EOS with a Canon 300mm zoom. For some of the bird photos, I would have liked a bigger zoom, but I'm glad I didn't have to carry one around. Also, there are weight limitations going into TRC, so you don't want to carry too much stuff.
As for dangers or close calls. Nothing involving animals or people. Felt very safe the entire time in Peru. However, I did get terribly ill with a parasitic amoebic infection (most likely picked up in the Amazon, but not 100% sure of this), which caught up to me several days later after 3 days of hiking around Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and Hauyna Picchu and ended up in the hospital in Cusco on an IV for 6 hours and spent the rest of trip eating chicken soup instead of enjoying the wonderful Peruvian cuisine.
Now I want one! (Just kidding... I don't believe in making pets out of wild animals, but those are the cutest pictures!).
For anyone like me who had not heard of Ollantaytambo, here is a great guide I found. My bucket list just grew.
Here's a couple more Macaws hanging out in a tree...
... and there are lots of other interesting birds as well... this is a Hoatzin...
But some of the most interesting creatures were the ones with more than 2 or 4 legs. This is an iPhone shot of an insect shedding its exoskeleton at night and waiting and for its new one to harden.
What a photo! It's amazing how good the iphone has become for images.
I uploaded your image to Google image search and it said it's a green-veined white butterfly and that's all it showed in search results. Eh?
So I tried Bing and it said it was a moulting katydid, whatever that is. Fantastic.
I'm going with the Katydid... definitely not a butterfly and it was an adult already... Thanks for looking into that! Amazing what you can find out online!