These poor critters are some of the misclassified in the world. They get called whip scorpions or scorpion spiders most often, but really, they are another type of arachnid altogether, their proper name is Amblypygi, and they are neither spiders nor scorpions. They are, however, terrifying!
Another angle of an Amblypygi, taken through a spider (an actual spider, Amblypygi don't spin webs) web.
Someone please identify this and leave a comment! The guide had never seen one before.
Lots of caterpillars. Gross!
Looks like a gecko, but the feet are wrong...
Leafcutter ants! These little red ants are actually fungus farmers, the don't eat the leaves, they use them to grow fungus, which they then eat.
Under what looks like soap bubbles are a bunch of frog eggs.
Big ass wolf spider. Seriously huge, like almost the size of my hand.
Bad picture, but that's a tarantula waiting to lunge out and snatch up small lizards, snakes, mice or birds.
Apparently this thing is a giant Cicada of some sort... It doesn't really look like one though. It was huge, like 5 or 6 inches long!
A small heron.
Pigmy marmoset, second smallest primate in the world!
A bad picture, but that's an anaconda!
Traditional thatched hut under construction.
Weird ants, they don't build a mound, they build a wall with a crater in the middle.
Heliconia flower. I forget what the locals call it...
The giant (and venomous) bullet ant! This thing was probably an inch long!
The next few photos are my group making a traditional flatbread from yuca (called cassava by english speakers, not to be confused with yucca, the desert succulent). First we washed the mud off the roots so we could grate them.
Next we grated them. A few people grated their hands too!
This woman is squeezing most of the liquid out of the yuca pulp to make a sort of flour.
Here is the "flour" spread on the wood fired pan.
Here it is after it's cooked on one side, the woman who was demonstrating is scraping brown bits off.
Here I am trying my hand at making the flat bread.
Is it ready to flip?
She makes it look so easy!
Big cyclops fly.
Trying out the blow gun!
Our friendly neighborhood shaman doing a cleansing ceremony.
Cacao tree. Those red-ish bulbs are full of cacao beans or nibs, which is what chocolate is made out of.
Swinging on a vine, just like Tarzan!
Stuck the landing.
Another weird spider our guide couldn't identify.
Tiny tree frog.
This whole tree is covered in white and green fungus.
Our guide, leading us through the swam half of us fell into.
Yet another bizarre spider.
Fungus growing in the dead body of a giant locust. Gross!
Little tree frog.
Yellow handed titi monkey!
The view of our lodge from the top of the birdwatching tower.
A parrot that was rehabilitated after an injury, but now won't leave the lodge.
Heading out for a sunset swim in laguna grande (literally "big lake").
Biggest tree frog yet.
Big spider! Well, not that big by Amazon standards.
This is a spider that mimics an ant, apparently to scare off predators. Notice how it holds it's front legs up by its head so they look like an antennas?
Another huge wolf spider.
Tiniest tree frog!