|Dawn on the Rio Madre Dios|
|The two species of parrot, crawling on the bank, wolfing down bits of clay|
|The parrots get all their sodium from the clay lick|
Now. Why do parrots lick clay for heaven's sakes? Here are some suggested reasons:
- Where else are they to find their necessary sodium? There aren't any salt shakers in the jungle.
- The clay is believed to act as a filter, removing toxins from the jungle plants the parrots eat.
- The clay banks may also act as a singles bar for lonely parrots to meet up with likely mates (Hum... so do ugly parrots stay in their Madre's nest playing video games?)
|Serious looking Roadside Hawk|
|Exchanging heartfelt goodbyes with Lucy, the best piggy since Wilbur|
After our early morning river cruise, we returned to the camp for breakfast. Later in the day we took a boat ride back to Puerto Maldonadas, which allowed me to repeat the 'how to cross tiny boat bows and not fall into the possibly pirahna infested river' adventures. Happily I made it back up to the shore, without any of my wild fears coming true.
We made our way back to the airport and boarded a small jet - together this time - flying to Cusco, and then on to Lima. We spent our last night in Lima at the now familiar, Friend's Hotel. My last night in Peru was spent shopping for a few things downtown and enjoying a lovely dinner at a modern restaurant, i.e., no Cuy was on the menu. Then in this morning I flew the 8 hour flight north to Los Angeles where I missed my flight to Sacramento and had to fly home the following morning after a night in a dreadful hotel near the airport. Hum... did I tell you at the onset of this entire trip, I had completely missed my flight from Sacramento to Peru on October 6th, and had to do some last second arrangements to get to Peru on October 7th? No? Ha! Not surprised, as that would be all too embarrassing to reveal to anyone, much less you. I mean, one must keep some things private.