Wonderful BrazilAuthor: Audrey H.
Date of Trip: July 2006
When you left the room the humidity was stifling, squirrel monkeys ate bananas from your hands or jumped on your shoulders to leap onto the apartment levels, green parrots amiably walked your arms length and perched on your shoulders, brilliant blue or red macaws sat watch over the pool, and butterflies (not mosquitoes!) were abundant. Mother Nature was at her utmost splendor!
I went piranha fishing, swam with the pink dolphins, visited a native home and a small village, watched rubber being smoked and formed into bowls, and watched an Indian ceremony (complete with a woven glove covered in vicious-biting ants).
On our sunrise walk we encountered a tarantula on the path, and huge blue macaws waking and swooping in pairs overhead.
As you walked/bicycled (or in my case -- golf-carted), the elevated path into the forest, you meandered (one hour + by cart) past a heliport, Jacques Cousteau’s home, a UFO-landing port - painted with a large infinity sign and "Welcome Brothers. This is the land of peace and love" printed in 4 languages, Tarzan’s house, a round open-sided chapel, a metal-sided pyramid with (inside) clouds, prayer rugs and an aquamarine stacked-pyramid on the floor inside matching the aquamarine peak outside, a Fountain of Youth (a large 7' tall x 3' wide Amethyst geode with a waterfall inside), the Sumauma tree (one of the world's largest trees), and marvelous views of the rainforest vegetation above and below you! Photo ops everywhere! Sooo interesting !!
(Thursday some of the group boated to the Meeting of the Rivers; the merger of the black-watered Rio Negro and the Peruvian muddy-brown Rio Solimoes create the start of the Amazon River in Brazil. It takes approximately 12 miles before the rivers have fully merged.)
Boat back to Manaus for one day/overnight at the Tropical Resort, a 5-star hotel. What an extravagant treat after the rainforest. I spent the afternoon relaxing in the pool with the wave machine and a poolside bar ... such decadence! Dinner and a samba show, and it was off to bed.
We have a leisurely morning to prepare for the flight home; a lovely breakfast at the hotel and some last minute shopping.
7/29 SATURDAY 2AM
Return to my apartment ... travel complete, but new friends and many memories abound!
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