Cerpa

Trip Start Feb 07, 2004
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Trip End Dec 15, 2005


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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Despite a severe hessacca (hangover) the flight into Itaituba (South of Santarem on the Tapajoīs River) was terrific. Seeing the Amazon from the air & stopping at several towns on the way, more like a bus service than air.

Ruari (Mr Kapeta from Carnaval) had the fridge well stocked for my arrival as I began to experience his day/night life; which I thought was quite impressive as, after bird watching Wednesday night, we took a small boat out to encounter some of natures other delights along the river.

I canīt remember a more relaxing 2 days, fishing and swimming in the hammock as the boat floated along the flooded (highest in 25+ years) river. Caught my first Piranha which was almost as pleasing as viewing Ruariīs grand total of 1 fish, or perhaps tadpole, to my 5! We returned to Itaituba in time for our now drunk capitain to to take on a few friends & fresh supplies for dinner on the river.

Coming home at dawn on Sat & Sun mornings left us a few hours to explore the Transamazonic Hwy - which is in fact a muddy pot-hole ridden dirt track. The little taxi we hired was put to the test as I drove my first left-hand-wheel vehicle attempting to keep on the road, let alone on the right side of the road. Passed a classic sign telling us that the bridge ahead was CONDEMNED, but there was no alternative route. We survived it twice.

Found ourselves a bar next to the church so we could meet the women as they came in after confessing the sins they had been committing with us the week before - Rurai certainly knew where to be & when!

Infact, after such a busy time he needed a holiday, so after dropping him at the airport for 2 weeks in Buenos Aires & Morro do Sao Paolo (he does have a tough life) I continued to practice my driving around town...As I write this I am now in my hammock for the overnight boat trip to Santarem. Have had a fantastic time here and hope to visit again soon - THANKS RUARI!
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