As I write this I am just returning from visiting my 68th country, exploring Lima & spending 5 days on a boat on the Amazon River during the not-as-wet-as-the-other season. In the really wet season the water is 30-40′ higher and the difference causes animals to change what they eat and how they defend themselves.
The trip started with with a couple of days in Lima wherein I woke from a nap to a paraglider right outside my 21st floor window. Also, I discovered that the coast in Lima is not the sunshine-baked white sand that so many seek. Yeah, there’s a huge cliff and plenty of fog/clouds making it ideal for paragliding.
The Smithsonian always selects the best lecturers around this trip was no exception. We were led by Dr/Prof/HRH Nina Zatani who started playing with bugs at age 9 and is currently the biggest bug nerd I know. Which makes her immensely qualified to talk about the biodiversity of the Amazon.
But enough blabbing, here are the pictures: