Saturday, November 10, 2012

Expedition Day 1

We're out on a trek! For the next few days I have autoposting our expedition!!! Lots of pictures to come later. See the company we're going with HERE.

Leave the hotel at 08:00 a.m. by car to the river port Ceasa (20 minutes). Take a speedboat to the village “Careiro da Varzea” (30 minutes). At this point we will be passing by the meeting of the waters, where Negro and Solimões River meet (Encontro das Águas). This is where the Amazon River is formed, flowing from this point all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is truly a magnificent sight to see.  The two rivers run side by side without mixing for many kilometers and you will most probably be visited by a few curious river dolphins (Botos) as well. 
After a stop at the fruit market, take a bus or van to the Araça River via the Manaus-Porto Velho highway (50 minutes BR319). By boat we will pass through many lakes and small wildlife abundant creeks, where you will have the opportunity to see the incredible giant Amazon water lilies (Vitoria Regia) with their enormous floating leaves. You will also pass by native villages and the floating houses of Caboclo’s communities. An ideal spot for wildlife watching due to the abundance of many varied species: such as birds, alligators, fish, snakes and monkeys. During this trip to the lodge you can be surprised by a creature at anytime. After 50 minutes boat ride, arrival at Amazon Turtle Lodge is scheduled for around 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be served; fresh water fish, beef (meat), chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon (buffet style). After lunch, there is a motorized canoe trip that will allow you to get to know the area better. Throughout the duration of this trip you will experience the pristine and varying landscapes of the region, with the opportunity to observe and enjoy the great diversity of animals found in the area. It is common to see squirrel monkeys, sloth, iguanas, spiders and a wide variety of birds, including the beautiful white egrets that delicately wade amongst the floating grass islands.
Dinner will be served in the restaurant of Amazon Turtle Lodge at 07:30pm, a delicious buffet including fresh water fish, beef (meat), chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon.

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