Snorkelling in crystal clear rivers
Trip Start May 01, 2010
51Trip End Oct 15, 2010
The river itself looked crystal clear from the surface, fairly deep- up to 5 meters I heard the mad (loco) Brazilian man say, who was having a blast duck diving around us. It was teeming with fish, all one species- from teeny tiny to whopping half a meter long. The only catch to this idyllic scene, with the sun shining and a river full of fish for us to test our snorkels out in, was the rather Arctic water temperature; it really took our breath away!
We thought we'd sit on the edge for a while, and that if we stuck our feet in for long enough, we’d become accustomed to the temperature. Well the only thing that we did get used to was the free pedicure the baby fish were giving our feet and legs! One pays a lot of money to have all the dead skin eaten off your skin in our country! It tickled and only started to hurt when they mistook the hairs on our legs for food and started ripping them out- I now have small bald patches around my ankles!
Almost an hour later, we decided it was now or never, so we made sure we leaped clear of the shallower water so that the little fish didn’t start eating in places they shouldn’t be, but that became the least of our worries
We dried out pretty quickly and headed for the nearest restaurant where we were greeted by two huge macaws (the traditional image of a parrot). I had only seen them behind wire in zoos, so when they flew at Jamie’s head and away, we were very impressed with their size and majesty. Beautiful colours- one was bright red and the other a fantastic blue and yellow.
We had a quick lunch of burger! Healthy, we know but we were cycling 7km back up hill to get to our hostel. As you can imagine, the return ride took a good couple of hours, and consisted of a lot of embarrassing stops on park benches through town!
Jamie bought us some sausages to go in our Paraguayan bought pasta and sauce and we eventually made it home!
Once the sun had gone down, and we finished chatting to our new friends, we went off to our tent and had a relatively comfortable night.