The Tambopata was a great trip. Pepe Negro did a great job keeping us all entertained, safe, and in one piece. He was a great match for our group. Rebecca and Scott are avid birders as is Pepe Negro so it was interesting receiving an avian education going down the river. Ron was great company for another Viejo. All in all the chemistry of our group was very good. So, it was a lucky trip to draw.
Both Pepe and Efraim did a spectacular job on the technical parts of the Tambo. Given the low to moderate water level both Ron and I gave the “monsters” IV+ to V. I think that Pepe was glad to have four pretty competent river paddlers aboard through a lot of the stuff in the canyon. I got some great shots of Efraim and the cargo boat coming down through monster III. Once I am in my home port and settled I will send some shots down.
Edgardo did a great job getting our crew over the pass and down to San Juan del Oro and Putina for the put-in. There was some very impressive class IV mud driving that night. It was a spectacular descent via Cuyo Cuyo and the pre-Inca terraces. That entire drive, though challenging, is a real unpolished gem. From a fishing standpoint, Scott Hauser did land a Paco which probably went 30 to 35 lbs. It made a delicious meal. Other than that the fishing was pretty quiet but we certainly threw everything in the tackle box at those critters on the way down. I did pick up some local intel about fishing the Tambo once we got down to P. Maldonado.
Carol Thomas did a nice job setting me up with connections in Lima, and accommodations at both the Castellina in Lima and Casa de la Gringa in Cuzco. Both were exactly what I was looking for. Good job Carol. In summary, I felt the Tambopata was a great experience and a good taste of the Selva. I gained good respect for how easy it would be to ‘eat your lunch’ in that country. A good place to have competent leadership. Thanks again for a great trip. Your group did a professional job from beginning to end.