Terra Firma

Trip Start Dec 05, 2004
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Trip End May 04, 2005


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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Back on dry land- but not for long.... decided it was a good idea to spend a couple of days in the Amazon jungle while we were here! By the time we were only an hour out of Manaus, the heavens opened and we were treated to one of the most spectacular storms Ive ever seen! Our captain decided that it was unsafe to continue at this point so we had to shelter on the shore for an hour or so until the storm subsided (we were later told that a few months ago 20 boats were sunk on the Amazon in similar conditions and many lost their lives as these pleasure boats have very low decks and are flooded easily!)
The jungle trek was amazing- the first day we spent the night in hammocks on deck having spent the day piranha fishing amongst other things and in the evening we were out catching alligators! (this was achieved by hypnotizing them by torchlight then pulling them out of the water!)
On the second night we spent a memorable night sleeping in the jungle...we slung our hammocks between trees before nightfall then a local bushman lit a camp fire on which he cooked chickens in the traditional way on sticks in the fire- delicious if somewhat undercooked!
The following morning we were up at 5.30 as we had to get back to Manaus for the 6pm night bus to our next destination... stopping on the way to visit an indigenous village and paddling a longboat along some of the backwaters to spot some of the wildlife!
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