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Days 24-26: Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indon.

Floatin down a river in the jungle. Lotsa animals. And fungi.

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We hired a boat with crew, guide, and cook for a few days to take us down the Sungai Sekonyer River and into the park. We were walking around, and we found four orang-utans. A big male was less than a meter from me, just hanging out. There was also a mother carrying a baby and an adolescent. We also saw ants that're about 3cm long, fire ants, and mosquitos like you've never seen. You stop moving for a second, and there's a dense cloud of them all over you. So I'm just wearing pants and a jacket. This is also crocodile and leech territory. (People have been eaten by them here.) Not to mention tarantulas and venomous snakes. And the water is toxic with mercury and other chemicals from mining. In other words: stay on the boat.

In other news, our boat's chef is awesome.

And our guide says that if you eat 31 leeches full of blood, it's good for your manhood.

There're millions of butterflies here. Woke up and a big black, blue, and red butterfly probed me with its proboscis. Speaking of, we saw a bunch of proboscis monkeys in the trees as we plied down an even smaller tributary to Camp Leakey, the biggest research and rehabilitation center for orang-utans. I missed the crocodiles, but I saw a monitor that was about .7m long and a pygmy squirrel. And some more of those evil leeches... At night, we trekked around a little and saw bird-eating tarantulas, frogs, and epic moths. Oh, and bioluminescent bugs and fungi.

We've seen maybe 20 wild or rehabilitated orang-utans and a gibbon (named Bob) now. I was washing my clothes on the boat this morning (in river water the color of maple syrup), and a female that was maybe 10 years old came up to me.

I've gotten pretty used to waking up around 730am. And not changing my clothes. Or showering. Being on vacay is nice. Except for that weird rash....

We saw some more orang-utans and some villages. Did I tell you that they can even use oars and canoes? Anyway...

On the way back, I finally saw a crocodile, so my trip's complete.
Tanjung Puting National Park Klotok Boat Trip: 9.5

Posted by ErnieLG 06:26 Archived in Indonesia

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