The Jungle Hike (aka Leech Walk)

Jungle Walk

The canoe dropped us off on a muddy River bank deeper inside the jungle with the idea that we would be able to walk through and spot more wildlife. It’s been raining since we have been here, and that rain caused us two main problems.

Jungle Walk

Jungle Walk

The first being that not many animals were out. We saw a couple of herds of Spotted Deer which were beautiful and two monkeys that were jumping across the treetops above our heads. Sadly no rhinos or tigers yet.

Jungle Walk

Jungle Walk

The second problem is that the rain brought out the leeches. So many leeches that I will forever remember this hike as the “Leech Walk”. I’ll admit to feeling really gross and concerned when I got my first leech. After several however, they become less concerning. Eventually our little group of travelers became quite good at spotting them and pulling them off of each other. It was our main activity during this hike. I had about 6-7 by the end of the trip though only one that managed to really latch on. It turned my ankle into a bloody mess.

My Leg After Leeches

My Leg After Leeches

Being in the jungle is a strange experience. It’s somehow both meditative and alarming at the same time. The environment lulls you into a sense of calm but you are also always alert and watchful. Every movement, every sound could be something….I loved it and wish I could have a little treehouse there to live in. Minus the leeches.

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