While in Mompox we ran into my vecina, a German girl who teaches in Barranquilla as well and lives in my building. She was with a couple teachers from the German school, and we decided to join them on an ecological tour along the river. Unfortunately, I was in the back and couldn't hear a lot of what was being said. We saw lots of birds along the river- garzas are still the only ones that I actually know the the name of though. Since Dave and I joined the tour last minute, we really didn't know what to expect.
Our boat- complete with plastic chairs.
Un burro y su dueño.
There were also a bunch of huge iguanas up in the trees. Our guide would call us over to a tree, "mira, un iguana enorme!", then shake the tree until it would come running down the branches, jump to the ground and into the river. I thought I was going to get run over by an iguana!
Just as we were approaching the sound of vallenato music, the motor died. They added more gas, but still couldn't get it to start. One guy rowed us to shore with a shovel so that we wouldn't float further down the river. At this point the sun was down and it was definately getting dark. I wasn't worried before, but then I realized, what if they can't get it started? We'll be stuck here in the middle of the Rio Magdelena, in the dark!! Luckily, they got it to start and we returned to Mompox safe and sound. Que bueno!