My tour of the upper reaches of the Amazon River in Peru began and ended in Lima, the country’s capital. But as soon as we could leave Lima for a further Peruvian adventure we did.
While two of our group — the two doctors from Puerto Rico — flew home as soon as we arrived back in Lima, the other six of us (plus the tour leader, the guide, and the driver) chose to take an optional excursion to the Reserva Nacional de Lachay in the Lachay Hills, a two-hour drive north of Lima.
We travelled along the South Pacific Ocean all the way. But unlike the stereotype of the South Pacific, the weather was cool and foggy. Well, this was winter in the Southern Hemisphere, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. But what a difference from the weather on the Amazon at the other side of the Andes!
Our destination was a unique mist-fed ecosystem covered with clouds almost all of the year. We were there in the humid season, and the mist was heavy on the land all day.
Until we turned off the paved highway into the reserve, the going was good. Immediately, however, we came across a roadblock. Apparently, no one else had visited the reserve for a while.