It was a long day of traveling to get to the rain forest and they gave us lunch on the boat. To help the environment, our lunch was vegetable rice served in a banana leaf, so when we were done, we threw the leaf in the water which the fish got a free meal from. It's totally safe for the environment and leaves no garbage. By the time we got to the lodge it was getting dark. Once we got to our room it was really dark. The rooms were lit by candles, so me and Tyler wrote our blogs by candlelight, which was different.
The next day we went to a lake and took out a pontoon paddle boat so that we could quietly float on the water and see the birds.
We also went to spots where we could fish for piranhas. Our group caught two of them using meat as bait. Our guide showed us the piranha's sharp teeth, which was awesome.
We also went to a botanical garden where we met a shaman (medicine man), who makes natural medicine from the trees and plants that grow there.
There is one fruit that makes a natural dye and they painted our faces with it, which they believe will keep the evil spirits away. We also tried chewing on a tiny bit of leaf that they use to numb their teeth if they have a cavity or toothache. Now that was cool even though it tasted disgusting.
We also went to a local farm and we saw and tasted cocoa fruit. This is what is used to make chocolate. I found out that before you put all the other ingredients in it (like sugar), it does not taste too good and nothing like chocolate. We also got to taste tangerines and starfruit picked right off the trees, which were both really good.
On the last day, we traveled back to Lima where we saw a Farewell Show that the photographers put together. They used photos from all the kids. It was sad saying goodbye to everyone, but I left happy knowing that I made 15 new friends!
I loved the rain forest and Peru and I hope I can come back.