The next day we had about 8 hours to kill before we had to take our night bus back to Lima. What to do with our time? Maybe a nice jaunt through the jungle? Not a bad idea! At breakfast the perfect opportunity was served to us on a silver platter along with our eggs and pineapple juice. A man who owns a tour company in La Merced (one of the best in my opinion) was at the same restaurant and, although it was a Sunday, set us up with a tour in the rainforest. The tour included a "new sport" called canyoning which consists of ascending 7 waterfalls of a river that runs through a valley in the mountains. Increible! Our tour guide, Robert (pronounded rubber) enjoyed the hike as much if not more than we did. At times we would be anxious to continue on while we waited for him to finish playing in the waterfalls. It was great to have a guide who loved his playground of a forest so much! We also met up with his brother, Anthony :), who happened to be wandering around the jungle at the same time. Robert whistled a few times and out came Anthony who finished the trip with us in his flip flops and documented our trip with our cameras, which I think he enjoyed thouroughly.
On the way to La Merced Elly and I were upgraded to first class. When we saw our seats which were leather and reclined all the way back almost into beds we could not contain our laughter at how ridiculous our luck was. I think we got a lot of annoyed looks from the passengers around us.
Interesting construction technique in La Merced.
Oxapampa. the beginning of the festival.
Yes. There was rodeo. This is about all I saw I could not watch too long.
Dalila, one of the Columbian chicas we met.
Some great pictures of our jungle hike. We were soaking wet the whole time and had not been properly informed that we were to scale 7 waterfalls! But we had an amazing time and would not have changed a thing.