Recently returned back to the jungle in Mazamari for another jungle training iteration.....our third trip there. Most all of this has been covered during my past posts of the area, but there are still some neat pics among these. We got quite a bit of rain this trip.
We based out of the Sinchi (means "prepared warrior") training camp in Mazamari. This highly trained special group from the Peruvian National Police have had a strong relationship with the US, specifically the 7th Special Forces Group, since the 70s. We are always treated very well there.
During our only sunny, clear day we saw a pair of wild parrots during our site recce at the small village we camp near in the jungle.
My kit all ready to head in.
Jungle camp was pretty damp most of the time this year.
One of the head Sinchis, Hidalgo, explaining the zipgun style booby-traps that some narcos, cartel people, and Sendero Luminoso leave out to guard their cocaine operations.
Bullet ants and giant wood grubs. We actually cleaned out the innards of the grub and ate it raw. Probably would have been better grilled.
During our jungle navigation trek we happened upon an old broken down Land Rover in a small Indian village. Wonder how many years that's been sitting there!
Jungle road traffic jam...they did not want to move.
After things cleared up, down by the Rio Mazamari.
At the end of our final day in Mazamari, me and a few colleagues conducted an aerial recce of a future HLZ (Helicopter Landing Zone), which we plan to use next year and have a more challenging trek into the jungle camp.
We will land up on an open ridge, and then trek down to the jungle camp, located around the 8 o'clock position in the lower left of the photo. Should be a pretty cool adventure.
New HLZ area.
Finally, on the way back to Lima in the Andes, I checked out an area I plan to use next year for some mountain-specific training to provide for the folks. This is at over 15k feet, so folks will definitely need to acclimatize and also probably use Diamox. This could be a great training venue.