What animals did you see in the Amazon Rain Forest? Did you have a favorite?
The animals that we saw in the Amazon rainforest were:
It's hard to pick a favorite, but some of our most favorite are squirrel monkeys, woolly monkeys, andean cock-of-the-rock birds, oropendola birds, and hoatzin birds (thought to be related to archaeopteryx dinosaurs).
What kinds of things did you see in the desert?
Your question about the desert is a tough one. Because Arequipa is at the edge of the desert. Colca Canyon has a very desert-like climate. And even Lima, the capital of Peru, is considered to be in the desert. Here are some of the things we saw in the desert:
- Cacti (we tried a new fruit called Tuna - which is fruit from a cactus, sometimes called Prickly Pear)
- Andean condors (Huge vultures with a wingspan over 10 feet long)
- A lot of homes built from adobe mud bricks
- A lot of brown (except for green areas around the occasional river)
- Tiny plants less than a foot high - some which are 1-2 thousand years old, and grow only millimeters per year
|Cactus from one of our hikes in Colca Canyon|
|Tuna or Prickly Pear fruit|
|Jason eating some tuna fruit|
|Adobe house (on right)|
|Small, slow growing shrubs in the desert highlands|
What is the music like in Peru?
The traditional music in Peru uses a lot of flute-like instruments, called panpipes. It often includes a small guitar as well called a charango, which is actually referred to as Peru's national instrument.
Here's another link to a small panpipe band.
When you lived without electricity what did you do for fun?
We lived without electricity in two places. For a night on Isla Taquile in Lake Titicaca, and for 5 days in the Amazon rainforest (they had a generator that ran for 2 hours every night between 7:30 and 9:30pm). Here are some of the things we did:
- Went on a lot of hikes (in the rainforest this is when we saw a lot of animals!)
- Rested in hammocks
- Helped build a bio-garden for a local family (we'll be doing a post about this in the next couple of weeks)
- We met a lot of new people and talked and had fun with them
- We played some games (Uno for example)
- Charango, panpipes, and tuna fruit photos are from Wikipedia. Charango and tuna fruit photos are in the public domain and panpipes photo is © Andrew Dunn, 13 August 2005. All other photos taken by Larry Kraft.