Day 12 (morning)
Temperature: 30 degrees
Weather: Grey sky, hot and humid
Brazil Tour: Day 8 – Amazon Rainforest
Michel and I had an early buffet style breakfast which comprised of a variety of hot and cold dishes plus of course…..lots of desserts. As we were eating…..guess what happened.....out of nowhere came a real live parrot, yes that's right, a parrot and one obviously not bothered by any of us as he settled down on chairs really close to where we were sitting. Well, this definitely would never have happened to us back home….a parrot….only in the Amazon rainforest!
We boarded the same old Amazon boat as yesterday for our journey down the Amazon River going deeper and deeper into the welcoming rainforest, in other words, more into wildlife! Quite exciting! You bet it was! Again, we settled comfortably in the back of the boat's second top deck for better viewing. Several other groups were onboard, each with their own guide.
The boat slowly went down the river, passing in front of the city of Manaus. Lots of wooden houses were built along the shore and stood quite elevated due to low tide season. They definitely added charisma to this old authentic city!
As the boat continued on, we passed right next to floating gas stations, more old wooden boats and many, many other things before eventually being completely out of civilization and into the enormous rainforest. Huge species of birds flew right by us, water lilies floated along the river’s shore…. the landscape was absolutely amazing but most of all, I was completely thrilled to be here in the Amazon rainforest heading down the river! It reminded me of my cruise I had taken one year ago going down the Nile River in Egypt and here I was today, going down the Amazon River in Brazil! It seemed just like yesterday!
We eventually reached the area called "The Meeting of the Rivers" where the black waters of the Negro River and the brown waters of the Solomoes River united to form the Amazon River. Well, this was definitely something to see it…to believe it. The two rivers being completely different in colours, well, they just didn’t mix together. As our guide Antonio explained to us, this phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. Therefore, for a good 6 km (3.7 mi), the rivers waters run side by side without ever mixing. I even put my hand into both of them and definitely there was a good difference of about 5 degrees in between! Awesome!