I spent 6 weeks in Manú National Park in Peru assisting a PhD student and doing some research of my own on the physiological response of various tree species to climate change and altitudinal migration. Apart from being ruthlessly attacked by the local flora and fauna,
I learnt some Castellano Spanish, how to live in the jungle (pro-tip: footpowder), and how to organise a field season in one of the most unforgiving environments. Also it was beautiful!
Incan architecture is on a grand scale.
Cusco hums with traffic and church-fireworks
Of course I went to Machu Picchu…
Cusqueñan flora is very much not what I expected from Peru.
Leaf processing, imagine taking this photo, 1500 times!
The never ending road back to camp after a long day searching for seedlings.
A savage ant attack while measuring tree trunk diameters.
Yay, a bath.
Hammocks make for a cosy nest away from the deadly insects.
The jungle is breathtaking, never silent, writhing with life.
More leaf processing!
Clouds rise constantly from the fetid jungle below.
Lightning storms were a daily occurrence as we descended lower into the jungle.
This river crossing cut our daily commute by 3 hours!
A bullet ant the size of your index finger, positively terrifying. If bitten, expect a high fever, hallucinations and uncontrollable shaking for up to 2 days.