Equatorial Palace Hotel
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... for both buses – seem to have spent all day on the bus or waiting for one!
Airport tiny, but not a long wait there and got good window seat near the front, it clearing up a bit to give views over Santarem and the meeting of the waters and at Belem at the other end.
The bus from the airport to town was excruciatingly full and slow, going a hideously convoluted route to get the 10km to my hotel – took ...
... 8217;t realised I was in the a/c lounge – it incurred an extra charge on booking, but no restrictions once on board and much cleaner/more space. Tied and padlocked my daypack to one of the metal posts on a pallet as the floor was swimming in water – at least boarding in the rain enabled me to select a dry spot as not only entering from the sides, but from the middle of the deck ...
... vehicle being towed up a steep sludgy hill. Unfortunately, by the time it was our turn it was 11pm and raining so efforts were put off until first light. We had a less than comfortable night in the back of a hot car and were very relieved to finally arrive in the border town. The joys of overland travel. After a quick visit to the Policia Federal to stamp out of Brazil, we commandeered a boat to take us across the river to French Guinea.
... the further north & therefore poorer it gets the more 'weirdos' & beggars we meet. The bushcamp for the night was at a roadside cafe where the owner let us pitch our tents in her garden amongst all the farm animals; horses, a bull, pigs, chickens & dogs. The cafe sold a range of homemade pastries. After a dinner of BBQ chicken legs, rice & beans with Fanta (& a little vodka) to drink everyone headed to bed for a needed early ...
... are not up to much and bottom of the pile is acai which is deep purple and its juice is as thick as whipped cream. Belemis eat it with their lunch, though we thought it was horrible. Strangely when we left 2/3 of the carafe the restaurant insisted on putting it in a doggy bag.
Anyway we get ahead of ourselves. The journey from Fortaleza was long and tortuous, and the truck drivers reached new highs of unbelievability. At least there is no road rage but some of ...
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