When we were on the Peru Amazon adventure we were all on a constant lookout for jaguar. Fiorella , our guide, and I were sitting in the back of the canoe one morning on the Madre de Dios River. We both saw the jaguar come out of the water and walk up the beach towards the jungle. We tried so hard to point it out to the other fellow travelers but it was just too fast - they are like phantoms. I knew we had a wonderful guide when I went to high five her and she gave me a wimpy high five back. She looked down and said "I'm just sorry everyone didn't get to see it". Her heart was truly into sharing the rare experience with everyone. I will never, ever forget her. It may have even meant more to me than seeing the jaguar! It's sharing fun moments like that with the one you love that make a trip even more special than it already was.
You can take a look at John's photos from our trip here: http://www.johnjlopinot.com/peru---machu-picchu-and-the/