Luana Luna from Conservation International visited Refugio Amazonas in April. Thanks Luana for your guest post and wonderful photo journal.
You know normal life? That one in which you wake up and spend the entire day running to get things done, and when it is time for bed you are tired but still wishes your day had more hours? This is the kind of life that I forgot I had being in the forest for a week. It was the most relaxing and rewarding week I had in a long time. There is no electricity, and one of the walls is open to the forest, so you wake up and sleep with the sun, without the noises of technologies to disturb you. The fact that we had Yuri as our guide (only ours!) allowed us to choose what we were doing in our days. And that is the best part: we saw and did everything we could!
I am a nature lover. I could spend an entire week observing how monkeys interact and play (and taking pictures of them, of course). In the forest we had that entire week to observe not only 5 species of monkeys, but other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, such as the colorful macaws. We learned about life in the forest, met the Centro Ñape medicine man who extracts his portions from the plants, played soccer in sandals in a soil field with locals and other tourists, and learned how the local communities totally depend on the forest to survive. I am proud to know that my experience in the forest provided income to the people of the forest in a sustainable way, a way that they have to keep the forest and the animals alive if they want to survive themselves.
The slow pace that nature offered us when we were there is something I will never forget and that I am already looking forward to repeating. You can learn more about our trip and the animals through our Tambopata photos.