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Feb 27, 2013 - Belem, Brazil

Today it is hot and humid – very hot and very humid. We know we are approaching the Amazon, but this is “Amazon light.” We are actually in the Pará River, one of several “Amazon” rivers that empty into the Amazon delta. Because of the constant silting of the rivers and because of our relatively high draft (about 24’) we cannot sail all the way up to Belem (about 50 miles from the mouth), so we are anchored offshore at a small suburb of Belem called Icoaraçy (ee-kor- a-RA-sey) and be bussed into the city. The tender ride in is uneventful –...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Santarem

Santarem, just 2 ½ degrees south of the equator is located at the joining of the River Tapajos and the Amazon. It is located 450 miles along the Amazon. Santerem’s economy is based on agriculture, cattle and mining. In the past rubber tapping, coffee production and gold mining were important here. The “meeting of the waters” here is a unique natural phenomenon. The milky brownish water of the Amazon runs along side the deep blue water of the Tapajos without mixing. It is quite strange to see. We walked into town along the bustling...

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Amazon Cruise 2013

Feb 22, 2013 - Rain

Despite the rain today we still found plenty to do on board. We learned a bit about the French Guiana islands including the notorious Devil’s Island, a former French prison. The story of one man’s experiences there are told in the book and film Papillon. We learned to Salsa so Philip will be able to dance it with his Mum! We also enjoyed the beautifully set out buffet in the main dining room, not to mention the evening show, a comedian this time who was hilarious though with a particularly British humour so there were some straight faces...

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The Woods at Large

Feb 21, 2013 - Crossing the line

We crossed the equator at exactly 10.00a.m. this morning and watched a “crossing the line” ceremony introduced by the cruise director. King Neptune and his queen accompanied by two “mermaids” and two “pirates” punished passengers who had displeased them. First the passenger had to kiss the fish, then they were covered in “flotsam and jetsum”, before being tossed in the pool. Even the ship’s captain was subjected to it though he was not thrown in the pool. Eventually there was a bit of a free for all among the “cast “ with all of them ending...

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The Woods at Large

Feb 20, 2013 - Belem

The ship docked off shore at Icoracy (Belem) and we were tendered in. One hours drive to Belem city(founded in 1616 by the Portuguese). We had decided to take a boat tour up the Amazon and have a guided walk through the rain forest. From the boat we could see the modern skyscrapers of Belem as we sailed up the Amazon to a complete contrast of the small fairly primitive settlements beside the river. We docked at a small village, walked past the tiny church and the school (like no church or school we have ever experienced ) and into the...

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The Woods at Large

Feb 1, 2013 - Belem, Brazil

Not really too much to say about Belem. It’s a big city, a bit run down and I think the main reason for the visit was for those people not going back up to the Amazon, to get an excursion in to see the Amazon. There was a major delay getting a tender off the ship – we didn’t leave the ship until 10.30, then a 20 minutes tender ride and then a 40 minute bus ride into town. They have a lovely new docking area near the town centre but for some reason we couldn’t use it. Also we had to use there tenders and they didn’t send enough or the right...

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Oct 23, 2012 - Flona do Tapajós

Nous sommes partis pour la réserve avec Alix et Nicolas, deux français en voyage que nous avons rencontré sur le bateau. Au lieu de réserver un tour avec une agence d'Alter do Chão qui pratiquait des prix assez exorbitants, nous avons décidé de le faire par nous-même et de partir en bus jusqu'à Maguary, le premier village de la réserve. Nous avons tout d'abord dû retourner à Santarem, puis prendre un autre bus pour environ 3 heures. Nous pensions arriver vraiment dans un village, mais lorsque le chauffeur nous a dit de descendre car nous...

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Oct 21, 2012 - Alter do Chão

Depuis Santarem, nous sommes allés directement à Alter do Chão, un village à 45 minutes de bus. On est au milieu de l'Amazonie, mais on se croirait plutôt dans les caraïbes. Le village est très relax, pas trop touristique et les plages du rio Tapajós sont magnifiques. Nous sommes restés là une semaine à nous reposer, aller à la plage, se balader dans le village. C'était très sympa car plusieurs personnes du bateau se sont arrêtées ici alors on se sentait un peu comme chez nous, on croisait partout des gens que l'on connaissait. Nous sommes...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Bateau de Belém à Santarem

Ca y est, cette fois nous commençons la traversée de l'Amazonie en bateau. La première étape : 3 jours de Belém à Santarem. C'était plutôt sympa, car nous sommes partis tous ensemble, Robin, Alana, Karim les couchsurfeurs de Belém et aussi Roos et Peter un couple de hollandais que connaissait Alana et Karim. Selon les conseils de Rodrigo, (pour ceux qui l'ont oublié notre couchsurfeur de Belém) nous avons opté pour la salle air-conditionné pour poser notre hamac car l'air-conditionné paralyse les moustiques, ils ne peuvent pas voler....

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Oct 15, 2012 - Belém

Nous voilà maintenant à Belém où nous avons été accueillis par Rodrigo notre couchsurfeur. Nous étions 5 couchsurfeurs en même temps chez lui dans son petit appartement: Robin un allemand et un couple brésilien-belge Alana et Karim. Nous avons tous dormi dans la même chambre sur un lit superposé et autre lit à côté. C'était très sympa, il y avait une super ambiance. Rodrigo nous a emmenés à la plage mais cette fois, c'est fini les plages d'eau salée. C'est des plages de rivière mais c'était tout autant magnifique, l'eau était chaude et peu...

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Jan 13, 2012 - Belem, Brazil

We crossed the equator very early in the morning and then anchored off Icoaracy Village. It is warm (low 80s) and very humid here. We tendered ashore via a 200 passenger ferry and climbed aboard a tour bus for the 45-min ride into the city of Belem. Belem means “Bethlehem” and is a large city of 1.6 million people. We are on an all-day excursion called, “A Taste of the Amazon”. We are not on the Amazon River but in a region known as Amazonia. It is up river from where the Amazon River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The water is a chocolate...

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Jan 12, 2012 - At Sea

Life at sea can be at leisure or extremely busy. One can bask in the sun or attend classes every hour during the day and an entertainment show or a movie in the evening. Courtney typically sleeps in to late morning then goes to the fitness center and later relaxes in the sun or studies (she is taking on-line classes in management and greenhouse management). Deb walks the teak deck in early morning and then attends 2-3 classes during the day (things to see at the next port, Qi Gong, Bible study, ocean exploration, cooking demos, flower...

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