So far, I think highly of Puerto Maldonado. Overall, people seem happy and content here which is a huge plus for the city of the area you hope to call home. My brain is on overload from all that is going on. I meet two people, and receive new contact info for five more who I should eventually meet. I am surprised at how many travelers pass through, many of them missionary/conservationist related.
There are many interesting projects going on around here, but many seem splintered/scattered. I can visualize A.S.A.P. bringing them together a bit. Part of our website will involve bringing some of these projects out to the masses; as it is about spreading awareness after all.
I am meeting up with Antonio, the eagle expert today. He is one of the people that I have really been looking forward to meeting. I will let you know how things go. I am not sure if this first meeting will involve the chance to meet his three eagles. I hope so!
My friends Brooke, Clifford and Calvin left for Cusco Tuesday night. We all seemed to have hit it off, and they are already missed. I hope their Machu Picchu experience goes smooth for them. Miss you guys! Brooke is interested in coming back for sure in November, and she will most likely be one of our core members. The guys are undecided, but do plan on spending more time down here.
We had an Ayahuasca ceremony with Roberto, an Ese’Eja a few days ago, and it was fascinating. Unfortunately, I have been experiencing a wicked migraine for a couple of days, and decided not to drink, though I did attend the ceremony. His ceremony was similar to the Shipibo in some ways, different in others. In the end, it was a great experience.
The jungle lodge I was hoping to lease fell through, as the expense of just the transportation was unsustainable. We are talking $300-$400.00 per trip to the lodge. That is just logistics. Even though the area sounds beautiful, it simply isn’t practical for our purpose. So…I had to regretfully decline. I see A.S.A.P. eventually have our own jungle lodge built from the ground up for bio-prospecting and research purposes.
A few land prospects have come up, and I will let you know how they are once I have seen them. I feel more and more will eventually spring up, as I meet more of the contacts. Time will tell.
I am staying at a cool little hostal here in the city. Lots of interesting people passing through, and wonderful people here. This will most likely be our small hub for those passing through. Like your average hostal, it can get noisy, especially on the weekends. *thump, thump, thump..discotechas!!!*
Take care guys! Until next time…
P.S. It’s raining cats and dogs right now. First heavy rain in the week that I have been here.
P.P.S. It won’t be long for the website, and our first promo video(focused on my book for this one though, but still heavy concerning A.S.A.P.) to be released. The guys have done an amazing job on both. Exciting stuff.
P.P.P.S. The next blog entry will be of my visit with the Antonio’s beloved eagles. I will get to see two of them, his male harpy eagle, and an ornate eagle. Beautiful, majestic animals!