It’s not easy to penetrate deep into the forest. It took us 2 flights, 24hr in total, to get to Quito from the other end of the earth. Then an inland flight to Coca, and 4hr shuttle bus to the area of Cuyabeno.
However, we still haven’t arrived at Caiman Lodge – the place we were going to stay at. We have to take another 2hr ride on canoe to get deeper inside. Yes, NAVIGATING the AMAZON RIVER by CANOE!
River is the best place for observing animals. Soon, the tour guide spotted a huge anaconda (the world’s heaviest snake) at the river bank. We took photos excitedly from just less than 2m away. The beast that can swallow a deer appeared to be quite approachable.
之後導遊突然大叫：「Look! Baaats!」還未聽慣南美口音的我們百思不得其解：「Butts? 什麼Butts?」向他指的方向望去，卻只看到一根枯木插在水中。直到船靠得很近，整群蝙蝠突然飛了起來，我們才恍然大悟。雨林動物的保護色果然高超！(圖：後來第3、4次遇到的時候才成功拍攝)
Suddenly, the guide shouted, “Look! Baaats!” As we hadn’t got used to the South American accent, we were totally confused, “Butts? What butts?” We tried searching the direction pointed by him, but were only able to find a dead tree in the water. We didn’t notice what was happening, until a whole flock of “bats” fled from the dead tree while our canoe was approaching. Excellent mimicry! (Photo: we were finally able to give a shot on our 3rd or 4th encounter)
雨林為什麼叫「雨」林 | Why are rainforests called “rain”forests
出發前做好了防水準備，和捨身保護電子器材的心理準備。可惜實際情況往往和想象中不同 – 突然落下傾盆大雨，船上空間很小，手忙腳亂之下就把背包放在腳邊，再脫下雨衣覆蓋背包。我以為已經蓋得很嚴密，但雨水不知不覺間已浸滿船底，覆蓋了背包也完全沒有用！
We were all prepared to protect our electronic devices from rainwater – even by “sacrificing” ourselves. However, reality is always different from expectations. Suddenly, it rained heavily. The seats on the canoe were small. Being in a hurry, I put my bag on the canoe’s bottom and covered it with my own raincoat. I thought it was well protected. However, before I noticed, the bottom of the canoe had been flooded by rainwater. There is no use covering the bag from above at all!
It was too late. I had never expected to lose a camera before even arriving at the first station…..(Luckily, it was a very old digital camera but not my dear DSLR)
When we finally arrived at Caiman Lodge, clearly we were all wet. (And we were all wet basically everyday onwards)