The last couple of days have been pretty awesome! Since we could not go to the carneval, and no one is working due to the festivities, we decided to go and spend two days in the jungle climate of Villa Tunari. It’s a place that is very famous for its beautiful tropical nature and attractions. To get there we had to take a bus for 4h, which was amazing and an unforgettable experience. It was a very bumpy and tortuous route, with bolivian music running through the old speakers of the bus… passing villages with native people in traditional clothes selling fruit and other raw materials. Every here and there, you could see houses that was never finished with texts saying ‘Say yes to Evo’ (propaganda regarding the upcoming election). This was also my first experience with the amazon jungle. Everywhere was these huge green mountains, their tops covered by clouds. Waterfalls running down and culminating into rivers where the children was playing in the water while their mothers sat on the side and washed their clothes. I never thought I would see things like this with my own eyes. But this is real, and I am so thankful to be a part of it.
Once in villa tunari we went rafting on the Rio Espiritu Santo! I can’t explain with words how fun that was, I felt so alive! In contrast to where I’m living, Villa is really really hot and humid, around 40 C. So you can imagine how nice it was to get hit by the waves while rafting down the river. (Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of that yet).
I also had my first traditional meal, a fish called Surubi together with rice (always always rice), yuka (a kind of potato), and fried banana. It was quite good!
The next day we went on a hike together with a local guide to see the waterfalls. Not only did we see them – we climbed them, we swimmed and we showered in them. This was undoubtedly the best experience I’ve had so far. Just to walk in the parts of the jungle were there was no one but us and the sounds of wild animals was truly amazing. The water was so clear and pure that you would actually be able to drink it.
Now I’m back home, taking it easy before stating my work at the project tomorrow. I’m a bit nervous!