Friday, March 27, 2009

Our last encounter with Bolivia

From The Trip, pt. 10: Back to Bolivia

Going to Bolivia for the second time was short lived. We stayed in Santa Cruz for two nights and mostly just relaxed, with a pause in the relaxation to go to the Santa Cruz Zoo. If you remember, the first leg of our journey took us into the Peruvian Jungle via Iquitos. We took a jungle adventure while there and didn´t really see many jungle animals. This zoo trip remedied that situation. I´m not a huge zoo fan. I was pretty impressed with Santa Cruz´s zoo. For the most part the animals seemed to be treated well with large cages with the exception of some which had adopted some pretty cagey looks and had taken to pacing. The Santa Cruz Zoo, though, was unique in that a lot of the animals (sloths, spider monkeys, and turtles) got to roam free, and the zoo provided an approved ration which you could purchase and feed them.

From The Trip, pt. 10: Back to Bolivia

Feeding the animals was a little wierd. It seemed as if may of them had adopted some pretty strong Pavlovian responses to visitors with food. The turtles especially would run to the edge of the fence in anticipation for the dried green morsels... the jungle cats didn´t even notice. Toucans were surprisingly intelligent and gentle with how they handled the food, nimbly procuring it from your hand with the tip of their beak, then popping it into their throat as if it were a vitamin.

From The Trip, pt. 10: Back to Bolivia

We saw ocelots, capyberries, big amazonian hippoes (with striped feet sort of like a deers), monkeys, armadillos, coaties, and a lot of other creatures... I saved two turtles who had been flipped over, and got a monkey to sit on my shoulder. Cute. We never did see the Sloth, though.

From The Trip, pt. 10: Back to Bolivia

From The Trip, pt. 10: Back to Bolivia

After a brief layover in La Paz, again, we made a beeline for Cuzco.

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