Jungle Trip

Trip Start Sep 03, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 19, 2005

We set off for a three day trip into the jungle from Manaus at 0830hrs. After a taxi ride we then took a boat to the point where the Rio Negro and the Amazon met, there was a distinctive line in the water were the black and brown waters met, due to the differing temperatures and make up of the sediments the two do not mix.
After another taxi we boarded a motor canoe for the three hour river trip to our camp, already the heat and humidity seemed ten times hotter than the city. On the boat journey we saw lots of birds and a few aligators, I just wondered how secure the boat was as I felt my feet getting wet and the aligators looking hungry!
At our camp we all secured hammocks in one room and then had a great meal of local fish and salads. After lunch we all went pirranah fishing off the dock, once you got the technique right it was easy, just a piece of stick, line hook and chicken skin bait and we soon had them flying out of the water, it was a bit disconcerting though when the person next to you had a pirranah dangling near your ear as they waited for the guide to unhook them - I wasn´t going near thoses teeth! After the fishing you could swim in same water we had been harvesting pirranah, the guide said as long as you weren´t bleeding they wouldn´t bother you, I decided to decline the swim and put up with the heat.
From the dock you could also see pink and grey river dolphins moving up and down the river, the pink ones were striking in their colour and beautiful to see.
That night we went aligator spotting, the first being directly behind the hut where we ate, next to the ´swimming area´! We saw a number of aligators and caymen, when a 2 metre one flipped under our boat we got quite a shock.
The next day we took a jungle walk and in the evening we took a trek to a site where we made camp and slept in hammocks under the stars, the noises at night were unbelieveable and not many of us slept at all.
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I'm traveling solo to Brazil in May and am looking for options for jungle tours from Manaus. They all seem to do the same activities, but the prices vary significantly and I'm also reading about a lot of scams. Can I ask where you stayed and what your recommendations would be?


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