The booze cruise.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
I don't know what I expected from Manaus, but it's quite funny to find a big city here in the middle of the Amazon, about 1500km upstream from the mouth of the mighty river. Manaus is also the most popular gateway city to the Amazon, with direct international flights from several countries. Hence there's quite a few tourists here looking to go on a jungle adventure
I also don't know what I expected of the four days cruise down the Amazon, sleeping in a hammock surrounded by about 40 other snoring tourists and locals. But it turns out to be an extremely pleasant and relaxing experience. It may get a bit boring or monotonous after a few days, but it is still a trip I recommend. Watching the life and scenery along the greatest river in the world. Nap in your hammock, read a book, do some travel planning (I love studying maps), play a game of cards or just chat to other friendly tourists or locals. I also got to practice my Spanish quite a bit with a group of nice and talkative Peruvians on their way to French Guiana for vacation. I am starting to know quite a few Spanish words now, just have to learn how to use them in a sentence or two. I just hope a few weeks in Brazil won't ruin everything I've learned and mess up my head with Portugese. The nights we spend on deck, watching sunsets, dancing to Brazilian rhythms and drinking beer. It is far from a booze cruise (I just liked the title), but still great fun. Try it out one day.
Earlier today I did something funny. I bought a flight ticket from Boa Vista in Northern Brazil to Rio de Janeiro
The next entry will be from Venezuela. Hopefully I'll have some funny stories to tell. If not, I promise you adventure. Stay tuned.......