Hello again, been a long time since we have been on this site but we have quite simply been having to much fun!! We arrived in Manaus after 6 days on the boat, a beautiful place in the middle of the amazon, built during the rubber boom.
With the long anticipated wait of hearing the boat engines cut and manaus coming into sight, at last we had arrived. Much to Dannielles shock and dismay, natuarly the only way to exit this vessel was to climb its railings, jump accross a 4 foot gap onto another boat from wich we could climb onto solid ground. Having had plenty of time previously to plan our attack on manaus, we set too with our plan.
After splitting up in a mad search of a tour that was cheap enough and would be leaving that day as to not waste any time, we all arranged to me meet back up in the central plaza. Although at the time not at all thankful for the 40 degree heat plus backpacks running around manaus, at least now we can look back and say that we got to see manaus by foot, it was beautiful, clean and welcoming. For considering it is in the middle of the amazon it has a real cosmopoliton feel.
After meeting back up in the plaza and watching a crazy old indiginous woman walking around butt nacked we settled on a tour company and then sent the girls to book the tour and the boys went off to collect the crates of skol!! After meeting back up with the girls we headed off to the waiting taxi and made our way back to the harbour.
We found ourselves on a boat once again, and after 2 hours we found ourselves on our basic, yet amazingly peaceful floating lodge, deep in the amazon.
The food cooked for us was incredible, fresh fish and salads daily. Throughout our 3 days on the lodge we piranha fished with makeshift bamboo rods big hooks and a lump of steak, hiked in the rainforest, jumped of waterfalls (until a snake was spotted in the river!), took canoes out onto the river and basked in the sun with pink dolphins swimming around us, went camen spottin, but the most incredible thing we saw (will be hard to ever beat in my lifetime) was swallow island. We canoed an hour deeper into the amazon until we reached an island, we sat there patiently being told by our guide to wait until the sun hits the horizon, as it did about a million swallows came flying at us from the mainland about a foot above the water, then just as they reached the island they shot into the sky and started circleing. They carried on flying round until the sun had completely gone below the horizon and then they all at the same time shot down into the trees and back in their nests. after watching this spectacle we headed back to the lodge removed the bat from our mosquito net and then hit the sack ready to depart the next day.
Our boat ride back to Manaus was long and stormy, in a litle open tug boat vessel, we decided to try and keep the mood high by playing assh**e until all the cards blew off the boat!! We arrived in Manaus later in the evening and walked straight to the nearest hostel we could find, and would spend our first night on land in 9days......... BLISS!!!!
We spent one more day in Manaus just making arrangements before heading to the airport and boarding a flight to puerto vehlo as we started to make our way to Peru.