Life in the Amazon

Trip Start Feb 09, 2011
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 12 (noon)

Temperature 35 degrees, felt like 43
Weather: sunny, hot and humid

Brazil Tour:  Day 8 - Amazon Rainforest

As we continued our journey down the Amazon River, a lot more exotic birds could be seen flying all around us.  It was so peaceful and quiet plus…. as I stood at the back of the boat daydreaming, each deep breath taken was one which felt soooo fresh and pure!  Well….this aside for the odd grey smoke coming out of the motor!  Groan!

  A stop was eventually made along the river where we visited some locals living in the Amazon rainforest.  They were having some kind of celebration and were all gathered in the central place eating food from the BBQ.

We were led in an area further inland where an elderly person explained to us the process of making rubber.  Yes, you heard me right...rubber being made from a gum substance coming out of rubber trees.  We were surrounded by rubber trees…..can you believe this!   This elderly man then started cutting pieces in one of the trees in which a white liquid came out of it and into a bucket.  By boiling the liquid in addition to so many other processes it becomes hard and dark in colour.   A huge rubber ball was then passed around for each one of us to see for ourselves.  It was quite heavy as I tried to bounce it on the ground.

Heading back to the boat, small children were swimming in the dark river, others were having fun jumping into it while close by young girls were washing their hair!  This was life in the Amazon, quite simple, living only with the bare necessities!

Shortly afterwards, a one hour stop was made in an area where a huge rectangular open air cabin stood.   There, we all had a tasty lunch prepared by the locals in which I had pasta and dessert and Michel chicken and of course…dessert!

As we were about to leave, a little girl holding a furry sloth in her arms was asking if we wanted to hold it for only a few coins  You guessed right!  I held it for a few minutes, yes, only a few minutes….pictures please!  Actually, I nicknamed the little beast, the lazy little monkey because I thought it quite suited the small furry definitely was quite lazy as it hardly moved and had quite a funny looking face.  Not one that I would want as a pet though.  Regardless, it was fun!

A changeover of boat was then made where only our group comprised of seven of us plus Antonio, our guide, boarded a much smaller wooden one.  With a local driving the motorized boat at a much faster speed, we headed further into the unknown…..further into the awaiting Amazon rainforest!

Monique   :-)
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