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Swimming with Piranhas
Sacha Lodge - Ecuadorian Amazon

Exploring the areas around Sacha LodgeExploring the areas around Sacha Lodge (Barbara Ash)
After checking out my room and taking some pictures of birds, I headed to the dock to be fitted for some lovely rain boots. It took awhile for all of the group to find a size that fit, but we did.

Then since it was quite warm and humid we all jumped into the lake. So who cares if there were piranhas in them. After a few minutes one lady started shouting, look Caiman. They were only about 4 feet long and could care less about us. When I got out of the water I counted and I still had all my toes and fingers.

At six I met my guide Julio and my native guide Evon. I was the only one in the party, since the rest of my group would be arriving tomorrow. We went in the canoe down a lagoon to see wild orchids and bromeliads. They were beautiful and so was the sunset. We also saw a great many birds.

We the headed to the main lounge for dinner. The buffet was wonderful a large variety of food and all wonderful. Each meal was this way so I won't go into it except it was all good and varied and people would be hard put not to find something to satisfy their palates. I especially like the deserts. There were always four to chose from, and the most wonderful watermelon, grown on the coast of Ecuador. They even had a tree tomatoes fluff. I know about tree tomatoes since we had them in Hawaii.

After dinner I met my guides for a hike through the jungle. I was truly amazed how the native guide would go running off in to the bush and come back with a poison tree frog about and inch big. How did he see them? We saw lizards, heard all sorts of creatures and when we came upon Conga ants was told to stamp our feet and move quickly. I sure did, since the bite can lay you up for a week with a high fever.

After the hike I was happy to head to the Cabin for a shower and a good night's sleep.

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