Today we left the Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve after a week in the jungle. We packed up our bags with mixed feelings. I was sad to leave the beautiful amazon, but am excited to boat with Dan Dixon in Tena. The kapawi Lodge has a tradition that whenever guests leave, they get their faces painted like an Achuar hunter and they get to practice shooting the traditional Achuar blow gun. A blow gun is a long tube that projects a dart when an Achuar hunter blows through it. The Achuar make this by taking two long pieces of palm wood, carving a semi-curricular grove in each one, and gluing them together with black tree sap. The dart is created from a very small palm twig, and has a tuft of Kapok cotton on the back end to keep the dart flying straight. They get poison from a very large and poisonous ant and a poisonous frog, then smear the poison on the tips of the darts. After we all had defined “war paint” on our faces, we set up a target and shot the blow gun. We did not use poison! I hit the target about one out of four times and got better as the morning progressed.
We have now arrived back in Tena, and I am feeling really sick. My belly is killing me, and I am going to skip dinner. I’m sorry I cannot write more about the travel.
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