Day 12 (late afternoon)
Temperature: 35 degrees
Weather: hot and humid
Brazil Tour: Day 8 - Amazon Rainforest
Back on the boat, we headed towards a small cabin in the rainforest that stood all by itself along the river's shore surrounded by rich emerald coloured vegetation. As the boat stopped right next to it, for those who dared….got off the boat to investigate what was hidden inside the old greyish cabin!
Well, you guessed right because Michel and I did dare and got off the boat with two other people and Antonio, our guide. As per Antonio's advice, the door was slowly opened while my heart beated twice as fast thinking that something unexpected was going to happen or jump on us. What did we see……a real live huge 15 feet ANACONDA crawling on the floor with two youngsters playing with it!
Michel was ecstatic as the reptile was placed on his shoulders with the help of the local children. It crawled and jiggled all around his body and arms as he held tightly the reptile’s head way above him for better viewing. It was quite exciting!
Now, it was my turn to have my fun as I felt an adrenaline rush coming all over me. As the anaconda jiggled, the children placed it around my shoulders. I was definitely caught by surprise by its heaviness as I braced myself from falling by keeping my balance. As heavy as the anaconda was, it also moved a lot as the young boy held tightly the head way up in the air while the young girl held on tightly the end of the reptile’s tail. As for me, caught in the middle, I held the anaconda’s body on my poor little shoulders as best as I could and felt it moving all around me as I touched its dry cracked rubbery skin. It was quite a thrilling experience. Only in the Amazon!
Back on the boat, we were brought to an isolated area in the rainforest where the fun was about to start. With fishing poles on hand, bait was put at the end of all of our bamboo sticks and then we started fishing for guess what kind of fish? PIRANHAS! Yes, piranhas!
Well, it didn’t take very long for the piranhas to come out of hiding and start eating the fresh meat bait. Pulling as fast as I could on the fishing pole, much to my disappointment the little devils kept running away with my bait whereas, the others from the group did quite well by capturing several of them. However, with a big wide smile on my face and much to my delight, a small piranha fish was eventually captured….and this…..all by me!
As Antonio held the piranha in one hand, with the other one he showed us its teeth and how they ate. Quite interesting! I wouldn’t have wanted to have my fingers caught in the mouth of those little monsters! Pictures were then taken and then, all the fish were released into the water.
Since the boat’s edge was only one foot from the water’s surface as we cruised down the river, yes, only one foot, I now kept my hands away from the water knowing quite well what was down there swimming below us! PIRANHAS! Bewaaaaare of Piranhas!