Despite this, by Monday night we had a jungle camp to be proud of. Even when our camp craft skills were severely tested by heavy rain the next day, we only had a few tarpaulins to repair. Sadly there was no saving the long drop, with that being at the bottom of the valley. It was completely flooded and was unusable until the water had drained away the next morning.
We’ve since had a few more bed alterations to make though - fixing Laura’s basher bed (which broke in the middle of the night), and making a new basher bed for Floris (after he fell out of his hammock in his sleep!).
However all this has been more than made up for by this beautiful little spot in our part of the rainforest, beside a river complete with it’s own bubbly (if cold) Jacuzzi.
We have seen plenty of local wildlife too - monkeys, snakes, scorpions, iguanas and the occasional naked venture bathing in the river.
As for the project, the water system has been designed by very own Raleigh fieldbase VM Jed and work is now underway, digging a 60cm trench to lay water pipes in. Our efforts have certainly not gone unrewarded, our gracious park rangers even gave us cheesy baguettes to add to our already luxurious diet of fresh fruit and veg, along with the usual Raleigh staples.
All in all we are truly in the garden of Eden!
|Welcome to La Cangreja National Park!|
|X-Ray 3 getting ready to build Jungle Camp!|
|The walk to Jungle Camp!|