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31 December 2013

Bonus tamarins

29th December 2013

Not much to report today, as Maureen was out of commission so we stayed at our lodgings. At least our plans for the day had been fairly modest anyway: a trip to the Metropolitan Park, which is more like a slightly tamed piece of rainforest partly surrounded by the city, where we hoped to see elusive Geoffrey’s tamarins. If you aren’t familiar, tamarins are tiny relatives of monkeys that live in South and Central America.

Well, around about midday they came to visit Maureen at our balcony. The owner of La Estancia, Esteban, hangs bananas out and it obviously attracts tamarins from nearby Cerro Anco, an even smaller fragment of rainforest surrounded by the city.

So although Maureen is feeble from hunger (starve the bug out!) we got to see our tamarins, and much closer than we would ever have done in the park. Strange fortune.

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