Last day in the jungle
31/01/10 - Tha Amazon Rainforest, Amazonas State, Brazil
What's annoying me>>>A mosquito getting stuck inside my ear and buzzing the whole night through.
Our last day in the Amazon Rainforest is spent doing some more trekking and looking for pink and grey river dolphins. They are fast and come up for only the briefest of moments so taking pictures is again very difficult. The pink dolphin lives in the freshwater of the Amazon River. They look like the grey dolphin, but individuals are bigger, and instead of a dorsal fin they have a hump on their back. Their tails are also bigger.
We then visit a native family for lunch. As we approach their house, they throw spears at us. Joke. They welcome us to their house and give us one of the best meals I've had in Brazil. It feels a bit voyeristic and exploitative but Elso assures us that the families volunteer to do this and that they are very well compensated for doing so.
As I leave the Amazon Rainforest I take a moment to reflect on my experience. Even though it was difficult being in the jungle what with the heat, humidity, bugs, mosquitos, hole-in-the-ground toilets (I'll spare you the gory details), the reward is one of the best experiences of my life. Just knowing you are in the Amazon is very exciting not to mention the thrill of seeing the abundant wildlife. On the flight out of the Amazon, you can clearly see the deforested areas of the rainforest from the plane. Seeing this devastation is really depressing and the poignancy is magnified if you've just seen the incredible flora and fauna in the last four days.
Ha ha yeah we'll eat them for dinner
Making a fishing net
Just big enough to cook 7 gringos
Back at the Lodge preparing to leave
Leaving the Amazon