Day 11 (evening)
Temperature: 30 degrees
Weather: warm breeze
Brazil Tour: Day 7 - Amazon Rainforest
It was dusk when we boarded a small motorized wooden canoe in search of…. you won't believe this.....in search of alligators. Yes, that's right....you heard me correctly! Who would have thought that me, little old me who's even afraid of bugs would ever have considered going on an alligator hunting trip one day and this, right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest!
Certainly not me and regardless, here I was with Michel right at my side heading out at night into the unknown with six other tourists, Antonio our guide and a local boat driver. Being fully protected against mosquitoes bites, I must have smelled terrible but who cared….as long as they didn't approach me, I was fine.
We silently circled around many areas in shallow waters along the river's floaded land, banks and swamps where shrubs as high as five feet sticking out of the water surrounded us. The whole thing felt just like a horror movie where one expects something to suddenly happen. I just hoped that it wouldn’t be an anaconda attacking us from behind! My imagination went wild again!
Darkness quickly enveloped us as we kept on circling many more areas and creeks along the river with only a small light guiding us around. However, this didn’t bother Antonio as he patiently brought us deeper and deeper into the flooded rainforest. The sound of the jungle echoing all around us certainly kept me on guards with wide eyes opened.
After a good one hour of searching intensively for alligators, finally our professional guide Antonio was able to spot one with his very keen eyes. Instantly, it became paralysed by the light of the flashlight as its eyes turned red allowing Antonio to easily catch it with his bare hands bringing it onboard the canoe for observation.
After a few explanations of its habitat, the small alligator was passed along to those of us willing to hold it. Without any hesitation, yes, any hesitation at all, I was the second one right after Michel to hold it tight with my very own bare hands. Photos please!
The small alligator was eventually released safely into the water while the canoe, in complete darkness, turned around heading silently towards the lodge in which a faint light could be seen in the far, far distance, the only one visible in this intense black jungle.