Day 13 (early morning)
Temperature: 30 degrees
Weather: Hot and humid
Brazil Tour: Day 9 - Amazon rainforest
Since I've been here in the Amazon rainforest, I’ve been counting my blessings because so far, Michel and I have been having wonderful weather even though at night, it rained, and rained…. and quite heavily at times. As far as I was concerned, it could have rained anytime for that matter as long as it wasn’t during the day!
After an early breakfast….to my greatest joy, guess what we did? We beat the heat and had an early morning guided nature hike in the Amazon rainforest surrounding this huge "Eco Park Lodge" complex.
As we followed Antonio down the path leading deeper into the inviting rainforest, the soil was damp from the previous night’s downpour but not too wet to the point that one couldn’t walk. The sun’s rays were already piercing through the tree leaves forecasting another hot and humid day ahead of us! Regardless of the hot weather, I was covered from head to toe with light cotton clothing with lots of bug spray for protection which made Michel tease me even more. I came prepared as they say and had my favorite hiking boots on, making it much easier to walk.
Around me, the rainforest was quite thick and abundant with its lush green vegetation. Gigantic century old trees stood enormously tall and proud with their emerald green coat as foliage. Lots of dead tree branches laid on the rich dark soil forcing us on several occasions to walk around them or even on them. Numerous types of fungus grew on many trees while deep green moss seemed to have permanently adopted the landscape.
On several occasions, Antonio demonstrated to us many survival techniques, he himself having been raised in the jungle in a tribal community. Many bugs flew around us while many poisonous ants, as explained by Antonio, worked amazingly on the ground by carrying all sort of things on them. The rainforest was alive and vibrant and here I was hiking right in the middle of it all! Quite amazing!
Continuing on, many spiders were seen on trees, various species I guess, but I kept my distance due to my phobia whereas Michel, much to my dislike, tried to catch them for fun. A tiny little snake was however captured by our guide and passed along for us to hold. Other than that, no major wildlife was encountered during our hike…. much to my delight even though Michel had wished for the opposite.
Three hours later, we were back at the lodge….probably more fit than ever after all that hiking but at the same time….exhausted from the heat and the humidity of today’s temperature. Regardless, it was quite an amazing experience, one that I can say that I have done and survived to be able to recount to you all about it in full details!