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To my suprise, Camp 41 actually had a pool, a small dam across a clean, clear streamand in the middle of the rainforest as I plunged my head under the surface, the waterat firstwas almost shockingly cool! The INPA-Smithsonian team runs courses here for young biologists from across the continent.
Usually theres a generator to re-charge batteries for the laptops, though today it wouldnt work, and just one lantern lit the simple but well-maintained camp site. You radio back to base twice a day to report alls well, or call up supplies to be added to the next two-and-half hour trip out, but its really just a place to rest after 14 hour days of sweating through the forest, studying dung-beetles, bats, frogs, trees, ants.
And it was here, after a refreshing drink prepared from exotic juices by the mateiros, that an early night for all was interrupted by those amazing howling sounds.
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