We travelled from Cuzco by plane, and landed on a small airstrip in Puerto Maldonado, where is located on a tributary to Rio Negro, which again feeds the Amazon proper. The distance to the Atlantic Ocean in the North is about 4000 km along the river. At the airport we were picked up by a small truck, and most of the luggage was divested in a house before taken to the river bank on the Tambopata River. A sturdy canoe-like boat took us up the river for 1 1/2 hour. A trail through the jungle led us to the Amazon Lodge. All buildings are built up from the jungle floor, and none have walls on all sides. From there, we took trips into the jungle. Hot and humid!