Monkeys, Sloths and Snakes

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Natureba Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , Amazonas,
Sunday, June 12, 2011


Day : 389
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : Hot and sunny and humid

We had to forgo our flight from Belem to Rio that we'd booked because the travel agent wouldn't let us re-route it! 140 down the drain. We have now purchased flights to Sao Paulo and onto Rio...yay...on the 14th. Which means that we will have 10 days in Rio and it's surrounds. This, we are very excited about.

So, after sorting our our plans we headed out on a tour with Charles and Dan, a French-Australian couple that we met on the Hell Boat. For R80 we went to the meeting of the two waters, where the Rio Negro (the black river) meets Amazon River (which is brown). It's quite a sight. The two rivers don't merge, they flow side by side for something ridiculous like 17km, incredible. We then proceeded to a nearby island where we luckily caught sight of more squirrel monkeys which we watched from our little boat for some time. We saw a brazil nut tree for the first time with their strange round, hollow fruits on the end....we never knew that a Brazil nut tree looked like this! After more bird spotting we continued to an area where we could see the infamous Amazonian lily pads which can grow to an incredible 2 metres in diameter! What a sight. After buying some Pirana for dinner we continued on to see a sloth and an anaconda. Snake-a-phobes look away....but do check out the sloth cute, and you can even see that they look like they are smiling!

So here we are now waiting for our flight at half past midnight where we fly to Sao Paulo arriving at 5am whereby we have to wait until 3pm before our flight to Rio, arriving late afternoon and then catching the bus into town where we will find our hostel and probably collapse into bed with exhaustion.

Next blog....Rio!!!

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Antony on

Great pics of the river and native wild life.

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