|We arrived in Santarem and trudged around a few hotels after taking a bus into town. We decided on the Rio Dourado and dumped our stuff. After a brief walk around town we booked a jungle tour for the following day and relaxed for the evening.
We were picked up at 7.30am the next day by an American guy (Steve Alexander) who has lived in Santarem for the last 25 years. He bought a large piece of land called Bosque Santa Lúcia with over 400 species of trees and has turned this into a nature reserve. He was a very interesting guy and new loads about the area. He showed us around a wood museum pointing out what all the woods were used for and then we prepared for the trekk through the jungle. he said we should watch out for snakes, as there were poisonous snakes around. We walked through the jungle and saw many types of trees and plants as well as a caterpillar which was apparently very poisonous. It was a really good walk and gave us a feel of the amazon jungle. However there were lots of Mosquitos and so long trousers and shirt as well as trekking boats are definately required.
In the afternoon we had a long walk over to the port to book our tickets for the speed boat which was to take us to Manaus the following day. We also walked back in the sweltering heat and then had to cool off in a cyber cafe.
In the evening we headed to a restaurant for a quick bite. We noticed that they had fumigated the town as there were hardly any mosquitoes around whereas the night before there were loads.
The next morning we were up at 5.00am to take the speedboat to manaus.