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Pic of the Week: Good morning Amazonas

Written by David/Photos by Michelle & David

Did you ever wonder how it is to wake up in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest? Did you ever want to know what early morning marvels are hidden along the path in the largest rainforest on Earth?

Be warned, this post will make you dream! Read under your own responsibility 🙂

In the last Pic of the Week, we had left Cusco (Peru) in a van towards the Parque Nacional del Manu in the Amazonian rainforest with our amazing driver, cook and guide from Amazon Trails Perú.

While arriving to our rainforest lodge at Maquisapayoj was already an adventure in itself (including a flat tire in the middle of nowhere), it wouldn’t compare to the feeling of seeing never seen animals (at least through our unversed eyes), being in the hunting grounds of the elusive jaguar, rafting in waters closely watched by caimans or seeing the everyday animal life and habits in the jungle.

On the first morning of our stay it was time to set off for the best macaw clay lick in the area where hundreds of parrots and majestic macaws come together every morning to peck and eat the clay that helps their digestion. I have to admit I would have never expected such a fervent activity in an area of the jungle otherwise quiet and peaceful, first with green parrots and later with red Macaws arriving in couples.

You can imagine such a setup would pose endless opportunities for eye-catching photos but we will have to wait for another opportunity to see these ones. Today let’s start from the beginning, our trek to the clay lick didn’t disappoint us.

Stay with me, keep reading and discover the story behind this picture and how it was taken.

Good morning butterflies, Parque Nacional del Manu, Peru

Good morning butterflies, Parque Nacional del Manu, Peru

Sony SLT A55 | Sony DT 18-205mm F3.5-6.3 | ISO1600 | 40mm | ƒ/4.5 | 1/13s

The rainforest at 5am is not a quiet place, I can tell you! Flocks of all kinds of birds flying around for the early breakfast, full families of monkeys going through the morning cleaning routine, howling monkey alpha males marking territory, toucans, stinkbirds, toads, frogs, water splashes, foliage,…

But along our hike to the macaw clay lick we could also observe tranquil scenes such as the one above. On a low branch on the side of the path, a little group of butterflies clustered for the night were still fast sleep hanging upside down as if time had stopped for them.

Definitely a refreshing splash of peace in the hectic rainforest morning rush.

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Stay tuned for the next post and until then…

Happy travelling!

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