29/05 - 05/06
|Rox using her phone for the limited hour of wifi per device in the airport|
|We even treated ourselves to a `Bob's burger`|
|Joy settled in for the night|
We eventually made it onto the land across the river and went exploring the little village (Careiro Castanho) . It was fascinating to see all the houses built on stilts and semi-submerged in water. Must be really difficult to live on the ever rising and falling Amazon River.
We were super excited about our trip. It promised many adventures and new experiences!
On the agenda today:
Seeing the meeting of the waters, exploring a flooded forest, piranha fishing, sunset swimming in the Amazon, caiman hunting and camping in the jungle.
Our first stop was to see the 'meeting of the water'. Although we had already seen it the day before, our guide, Max, gave us a few interesting facts about why the Rio Nero and Amazon rivers do not mix for 17 kilometres. He told us it is because they have different densities, velocities and temperatures. Because we were in a smaller boat, we were able to experience the different temperatures by holding our hands in the water as we crossed. The Rio Nero was considerably warmer than the Amazon. Amazing!
It was breathtaking!!!
We arrived at our lodge where we had lunch and had the opportunity to get to know our fellow adventurers.
Whilst relaxing after lunch we had come up with a perfect group name.
Meet Team Farofa:
Navigating our way through the flooded forest... Constantly having to avoid branches in the face and bugs in the hair.
Out of the forest and into one of the many avenues of the Amazon. This was a lake like area and home to some pink dolphins which we were able to spot but not photograph. Max told us the legend of the pink dolphin which we didn't quite understand but here is what we got from it...
The pink dolphin was a beautiful creature but always hid it's beauty. But one full moon night, it magically changed form into the most handsome man. He then went to a party and all the ladies were bewitched by his glorious good looks. He seduced one lady, coaxed her to the water where he had his way with her and two days later she was pregnant and so the legend continued!
Next on the agenda was piranha fishing. We baited our small hooks with chicken skin and tossed them in. And waited!!
Later that night, after a quick dinner, it was back on the boat for our next jungle experience... Caiman hunting.
We were expecting a long night of tracking and searching for a Caiman but as we were leaving the lodge, Max quickly shuffled to the front of the boat, lay on his stomach and shot his hand into the tall grass. He stood up victorious. The hunt was over and the baby Caiman was ours!
We then all got the chance to hold her.
As it became lighter we could finally put our camp into perspective. Suddenly our hammocks didn't seem all that far away from one another and the whole situation seemed a lot less fearful!
We went to wake Max and Claire who were happily cuddled in their hammock and did not seem to have felt the same panic we had from the night before. They calmly told us that there had been a cute armadillo running around the camp the whole night. That same armadillo was what we had envisioned as an antelope-sized killing machine! After sharing our horror stories with them, which they dismissed as nonsense, we packed up 'camp' and headed to our little boat to return to the lodge. Boy, did we have some tales for the other foreigners... They were in for a detailed play by play of our night!
Our feeble attempts to mimic the master:
|Joy and Ross from England who had also just returned from the jungle.|
|Roxy and Rafa|
|Coach driver, Rafa riding lady Roxanna in her carriage.|
They would very gently take the fish and we were able to get a few touches in. They were smooth and slimy, much like touching the inside of a litchi.
As we explored the homestead, we discovered the pet tarantula. Today's fun game... Throw stones at it.
As we had missed the theatre the night before and it was our last night in Manaus, we decided that we could not miss the free classical show that was showing at the Amazonas Theatre that night.
The music was so beautiful! Who would have ever thought that we would be treated to such musical wonders in the middle of the Amazon jungle??