Boca Manu, Peru, August 9, 2003 — We arrived back in Boca Manu, the town that sits at the entrance to the park. Boca Manu has a small airstrip, where we were supposed to get a flight back to Cusco so we could begin our trip to Machu Picchu. But no flights arrived at 11, and no flights at 1. And then the torrential rains started, and we were told there would be no flights. Instead, we spent the day in what was basically an empty village of rickety log buildings, one of which turned into our hotel when we all set up our tents inside. Did I mention torrential rain? That’s why there is just one picture (and not even close to a good one).