The Jumgle

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Oct 22, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , Estado do Amazonas,
Saturday, September 26, 2009

on our way to the jungle we see the meeting of waters where two rivers flow together side by side for couple of kilometers with completely different colors before merging into the amazon river,this because of the different speeds.

we arrived to the jungle lodge and were surprised of the conditions. in addition there were bugs everywhere, 100 percent humidity with extremely height temperatures and endless unstoppable relentless mosquitoes.

later we went to the flooded forest (the area in the forest, where the river has penetrated) with a canoe, and been told not to expect to see much animals so fast, but after a while elso spotted a sloth on the treetop and started climbing to a 3 stories high tree. we he got to the sloth who had a baby sloth in his pocket, the sloths fell down to the water and were recovered by the other native guide. later we went to fish piranhas (we watched) and were demonstrated the power of the piranha's jaw and tooth.

during the whole stay we encountered many pink and gray dolphins.

in the 2nd day we went to watch elso fishing with a bow and a spear in the flooded forest. the amazing thing is that he can't see the fish because of the brown water, so he counts on the marks in the water which are created by the movements of the fish.

later at night i went to learn about alligators. a minute after we went out elso managed to lean out of the boat and catch a young alligator with his bare hands and he explained about it.

in the next day we went to explore a different area of the flooded forest by canoe while elso is cutting our way out withe machete. there we saw an alligator and flying fish, and i got bitten by a fire ant.
later we went to a different area and spotted some squirrel monkeys and pink dolphins.

the day after, we went to a jungle track were we saw huge tarantulas and learned about many plants that can cure almost any common medical condition including malaria. those plants are used by the locals. elso used it for his entire life without needing modern doctors.

afternoon we went to visit the local tribe and learn about their customs. we also looked at their fridge, where we saw an armadillo which they've hunted waiting for special occasions. their pats included monkey, big parrot and two boa snakes for luck. this entire huge family (usually more than 10) sleep in one room with hammocks along with their chickens and other pets.

some of the other animals we saw are huge butterflies, squirrel monkeys and lots of various fish, birds and insects.

we did this trip with two amazing German guys and we gonna meet them later in Rio DE Janeiro.

when we came back to manaus, we had 13 hours to wait for our flight, so Paula, elso's wife, showed us the city for few hours. it was very interesting to be with her and to visit her family's apartment. at the end of the day we found ourselves waiting for the taxi in a porch in a middle class neighborhood in manaus.

at night
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