23 August 2017

solar eclipse

A look at eclipse viewers from Chicago
Favorite was all the box viewers!

22 August 2017

the last few days

A few more from jungle life before heading back to Lima

 Frog friend
And, our last day, a sunrise boat ride with coffee

life in the amazon

Futbol time

The capybara (?) one of the largest rodents in the world
And, a night boat ride to spot (and hold) some wildlife

to the jungle

After a few days in the mountains, we drove hours to Puerto Maldonado and eventually to a river to catch a boat to head to the jungle.
Julia the howler monkey
 Pancake el mono
Wade of the Anaconda Lodge and her animal friends
Home for the night, which a large frog also joined in on
 Leaving for the river
 Robin Hood!
Passing traffic

a mountain trek

Our second day in the mountains we hiked up to a glacial lake.
Since the 1970s Peru's ice fields have been disappearing at about 10% a decade. Weather patterns are changing, and with climate change comes cultural changes - agricultural, religious and otherwise. It was amazing to see the lifestyle and environment of the people in Ausangate, and how in another decade, the environmental changes taking place will have a most likely negative direct social and cultural impact on them. Hopefully in the meantime we can slow down some of this climate change.

The nights were cold but the days sunny; we began a three hour trek with ascending altitude to about 15,000 feet - definite trip highlight!
 Cheche and Nahder!
 Unreal vistas!
A favorite shot
Lost lamb reunited!

We ended the day with a dip in the natural hot springs underneath the stars...