Hi guys yep you guessed it me again I'm afraid, though I promise Dani will be back on here soon!!
We arrived in Belem late at night so hopped into a taxi to take us to our hostel, on arrival we were stunned with signs printed all over the place stating that it is not safe to venture out after dark, on the weekend or if you're a female traveler on your own…. Great start!We checked ourselves in and got settled in to our smelly room then settled on the couch with a bit of TV before getting a good night sleep.
The following morning we got dressed and decided to head to the docks to sort out our boat to Manaus, we arrived at the docks confronted by the most interesting markets I have ever come across, a huge canopy covered an area of about the size of a football pitch and inside was a maze of counters, the first half selling food the second half selling beer and hundreds upon hundreds of people mostly dock workers sitting on the stools munching the food they had just spent the last 12 hours catching!
We decided to join them for a couple of beers before heading back through the town, through the outdoor markets and back to the hostel where we met Rachelle and Cuauh we had a chat with them and discovered they were also booking the boat and we all decided it would be best to board as a four rather than in pairs so we can keep an eye on each other's stuff.Later that afternoon we headed back towards the docks and entered a tourist office selling tickets to Manaus and after a little negotiating we booked our tickets for the following afternoon.
Back at the hostel we discovered that Rachelle and Cuauh had booked for the same day and then we bumped into Miriam and she too had booked for the same journey so we were now a five and armed with snacks and beer and a pack of playing cards we were ready for the massive 6 day killer boat trip down the Amazon!!
We spent the rest of our time in Belem wandering the busy streets and chilling in the amazing market eating and drinking the local way (how our guts survived I have no idea!!).The following morning we woke up packed our bags and shared taxis to the docks and after checking in … yep you guessed it had a couple of beers to kill the time!!
Our time in Belem was brief but a pleasant one. We had rubbished all the signs we were greeted by in the hostel by the following morning after arriving and managed to get a real good feel for the place, okay granted it isn't much more than a port city but the hustle and bustle of the docks and the markets were not to be missed, the biggest downer was the heat, now being 1 degree off of the equator it was sweltering and we had to stop in every shop with a/c just to stay alive (we even pretended to shop for sofas just to get 10 minutes in a shop).
But with us checked in and accompanied by our new friends it was time to head into the jungle!!!