Take a trip along the river,..., Manaus
Take a trip along the river, see the floating docks, try to spot the wildlife - tapir, capybara, jaguar, monkeys, turtles, snakes and birds. Dangle your fingers in the water and dare to be lunched on by piranha!
at points this river (Amazon)is so wide as to almost not be able to see the other side!
This is an igarape. Note the motor and the way the shaft exits the motor at an angle. You also see this kind of angled shaft on similar boats in Asia.
These small canoes, motor and all, can still have difficulty getting through very narrow streams in the forests. There were times when we all had to get out of the boat and help the guide pull the boat through the weeds as the propeller was getting clogged with weeds and grasses.
Fortunately, no piranhas here.
There are a variety of special kinds of arrangements that you can make to stay deep in the jungle in a private tree house. That just did not appeal to us but they are the kind of thing that some people might enjoy.
We opted instead to hire a fellow for a few hours who drove us all over Manaus. He then arranged to get us onto a boating tour which comes in several stages.
First, you go out on a covered boat, usually with several people who then are transferred to the igarapes, a small canoe like dugout with a motor.
These boats are very shallow-drafted as they course through small and barely passable streams coursing through the backwoods, far away from Manaus proper. This is when you get to see the parrots, the monkeys, the crocodiles and unusual plants.
This vividly portrays the description often used to describe the difference between these two dissimilar bodies of water that run side by side.
The termENCONTRA DE AGUAS is especially well displayed in the classic colouration depicted in this photograph.
One way or another, this is the most unusual example of the chemistry of waters. It is known as Encontra do agua or, loosely translated, an encounter between waters of the Rio Negro as it meets up with the Solimoes. The Rio Negro is, guess what, very dark and nearly black. The Solimoes has a good deal of silt in it and has the appearance of cofee with cream.
What is unusual about it is that the two run side by side, black water and brown water, never mixing. Even as the ship passed through these waters, you could see the wake separating back to two distinctly different water avenues.
In reliance on what we were told, it is only one of a few places in the world where this happens.
Not the most exciting of sport fishing, but where else can you bait your hook with beef or chicken and catch fish?
Seeing where the two main rivers meet to form the Amazon is great. The two rivers are different colors and don't mix for several kilometers.
Enjoy the beauty of the VICTORIA REGIA the famous flower growing in the river,and what has many indian tales about.
You all know what this is, and you don't want to get too friendly with these creatures.
This is a picture of a rainstorm gathered over the middle of the Amazon. Not 15 minutes after we saw this, it was pouring, these move swiftly.