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
Spectator
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.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/10-solutions-for-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!
Grazers

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