Day 11 (morning - early afternoon)
Temperature: 30 degrees
Weather: Sunny, hot and humid
Brazil Tour: Day 7 - Amazon Rainforest
Goodbye Iguacu Falls……and Helllllo Amazon rainforest!!! As excited as I was in embracing my next adventure in line, I sure wasn't that enthusiastic in getting up at 3:00am in the morning for my 6:00am flight to Sao Paulo followed by another one and this, right to the capital city of the state of Amazonas…..are you ready for it…..to the city of Manaus….Manaus, a populous city in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest! How exciting can this be!! Well…..maybe not as much at 3:00am!
At 11:30am, Michel and I with batteries fully recharged after having had two comfortable TAM flights, had arrived in Manaus under hot and humid conditions. Luckily for us it wasn’t raining but we were told that it had been for the previous several days. Fingers crossed, I hoped that our good fortune of fantastic weather so far would continue for several more days! At least till the end of our tour!
Our transfer was already waiting for us and with three other tourists, a couple from Norway and a guy from Greece, we were driven in a van to a waterfront location where we then boarded a boat for a 30 minutes ride…. 50 miles from Manaus to "The Amazon Eco Park Lodge", a popular touristic, scientific and educational property designed for fanatics like me….well, for people who wants to experience the thrills of living in an Amazon Rainforest!
From the distance, the Jungle Lodge looked just as I had seen it in pictures with a gorgeous white sandy beach surrounded by lush green vegetation. Upon arrival, a local juice drink was given to each and every one of us as introductions were made and our itinerary explained in full details for our next four days.
We were then given our key to our rustic bungalow. It certainly wasn’t a 5 stars hotel that I had gotten accustomed to on my tour but what can you expect when you’re in the middle of an Amazon Rainforest! At least it had screened windows, hot shower and air conditioning. In order words, I was going to enjoy nature without giving away too much of my comfort. :-)
After a quick change of clothes, Michel and I were out the door exploring the grounds. Big, beautiful blue butterflies flew right next to us without stopping while colourful lizards rapidly crossed our paths. A variety of unknown flora and orchids grew on the damp wet soil while way above me, stunning parrots flew from trees to trees. I was now in the Amazon Rainforest and having a thrill of a lifetime!