Hello. My name is Jason Westlake. and I am a born traveler.
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Peru
Sleeping With One Eye Open in the Amazon
October 30, 2014
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I was eating dinner my first night at Cocha Cashu when a wave of fear overwhelmed me. I was as deep in the Amazon Jungle as anyone could possibly be. I was two days away from a hospital or civilization if I needed medical attention. The worst part was that I would be sleeping ALONE […]
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Giant River Otters in the Amazon Jungle
October 30, 2014
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We saw these giant river otters nearly every day at Cocha Cashu swimming by the station in Manu Park. We saw them eating fish, electric eels and more. The otters are so playful. They can also be fairly aggressive. I love these animals, and it’s a shame that there are so few of them left. […]
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Frogs, Spiders and Insects of Manu
October 30, 2014
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I need to find out all the names of these species of animals I am seeing at Cocha Cashu in Manu Park. These are frogs, insects, spiders and snakes we saw one night on a 30-minute night walk on the trails at Cocha Cashu.
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Machete Usage 101 and More Bushwhacking in the Amazon
October 30, 2014
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Juan, our Machiguenga friend, taught me how to use a machete. I can now say I’ve taken Machete Use 101. I’m not the best, and I have lots more to practice to become functional in machete use, but I at least know the basics. First, you cut at the base of anything you chop at. […]
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Seeing My First Live Jaguar in the Amazon Jungle
October 30, 2014
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Today has been by far the best day at Cocha Cashu yet. I had my first jaguar encounter today. And I also had my most powerful lesson yet thanks to the jaguar. Last night I was speaking with Oliver, a French guy who has lived in Manu Park for two decades driving boats. Oliver is […]
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Why Manu and Cocha Cashu Are So Special
October 30, 2014
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Experiencing Manu Park (Cocha Cashu) is about so much more than seeing wildlife. Manu is so much more than seeing a jaguar, a river otter, a macaw or a squirrel monkey. Witnessing each one of those species is equally magnificent and leaves me with a deference for nature and life. What impacts me the most […]
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Amazon Jungle Bushwhacking
October 30, 2014
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Before coming to Manu Park, I was wondering what bushwhacking through the Amazon Jungle would be like, especially in its most pristine untouched areas. I knew there were jaguars, pumas, peccaries, caimans, sting rays, electric eels, poisonous snakes, spiders, ants and more. We only had GPS to guide us. If we got lost, a search […]
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Natural Jungle Remedies — Beetle Larvae
October 30, 2014
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Let me begin by saying there are some things I thought that I would never do, but when you are in certain situations, you are willing to try just about anything. And that’s what I experienced last night when I had been with an irritating cough that kept me up at nights for the past […]
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Pictures from Manu Park in Amazon Jungle in Peru
October 30, 2014
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Travel Videos
Kayaking the Broken Group Islands — Vancouver Island
October 30, 2014
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Kayaking the Broken Group Islands — Vancouver Island
This is our June 2012 trip of us kayaking in the Broken Group Islands off the west coast of Vancouver Island.