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Taraporto

Waterfalls, lagoons and bush walks

sunny 36 °C

So we left the Amazon heading towards the highlands (mountains) where the town of Taraporto is.

Got quite freaked at first because the flight we were on stopped at Taraporto before heading on to Lima. Once off the plane and waiting for our luggage an airport security man come up to me and ask told me this wasn't Lima ( thinking i was meant to be heading there) when i told him "no i Taraporto" he just looked at me really weird. It was at this point we thought crap whats wrong with this place if he think tourists don't come here, but we had nothing to worry about. This place is smaller than Iquitos but the people are just as friendly. Taraporto has some amazing lookouts, awesome waterfalls and lagoons.
So anyways as for what we have been doing here, first night we went with some girls the guys had met to a local dance and oh my goodness I nearly died, It was like nonstop Zumba for five hours, oh did I metion I totally un co. Was a good good night though but I had very sore legs and it didn’t help that the next day we hired two mototaxis and travelled up into the mountains to a zoo which is home to the local animals of this area.
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[b]Heading up the mountains by mototaxi, the BEST way to travel[b]

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[b] While resting at some lookout we had to have some photos haha[b]

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[b] This is my post jumping stance haha[b]

Once we were at the entrance of the zoo were we told it would be a short walk to the actual zoo entrance. I can tell you now that in the extreme heat and only up this tiny steps made for pigme feet it was perhaps the most awefuliest hike i have ever been on.

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[b] Me and the mighty condor, can you see the hidden pain on my face for the climb to get here[b]

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[b] Db and the condor we have been told there are only three places in the world where you can see this birds flying freely[b]

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[b] giant turtle, made me sad when the guide acted out eating it then followed it by mmm[b]

There was light at the end of the tunnel though, with our taxi driver suggesting we stop off for a swim at a local waterfall.. This place reminded me of home, but with the need to escape the extreme heat this waterfall was way better haha.

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[b]beauitful waterfall and pool, even comes complete with tyres for floating :)[b]

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[b]Db washing himself haha[b]

Well from now on my postings may become less frequent as we are continuing our journey by bus over the mountains stopping off along the way at some tiny towns which i am not sure will have wifi.
So till we post again.
Lots of love,
Sherry and Db

Posted by The Flying Kiwi 08:48 Archived in Peru

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Hi there,
I presume they drive on the right hand side of the road. I can only imagine the temperature although I see it is 36c down from 40c.
You are certainly seeing things that we only see
in books, did you see the conder fly?
I was wondering if the towns inland had wifi.
All the best Mum and Dad

by davestreiff

You are certainly seeing alot of beautiful places and people Sherry, Emma is riding camels in the sahara at the moment, can't believe you two girls are traveling the world and having a ball, take care and we love the updates. Mrs VH xxxx

by Sharon Van Hellemond

Hi Dad yip they do drive on the right hand side of the road here, although quite a lot of the time they will drive on the left or in the middle haha it is quite an experience. No we didnt get to see the condors fly, they fly freely further down Peru over a huge canyon. Hope you world cup watching is going well.
Love Sherry

by The Flying Kiwi

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