Last Sunday night I arrived in Manaus, Brazil - the largest city in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. From walking around the city you don´t get a feel for the fact you are in the rainforest, aside from the tropical weather.
I stayed in the city for 2 days, visiting a local port and opera house and a couple of nice parks. One of which has a nice little cafe serving acai juice. Acai is an Amazonian berry which has a gritty texture when made into a juice. In my opinion it tastes a little like blackberries, however is meant to be really good for you.
After my time exploring Manaus I heading off on a jungle tour - spending 3 nights and 4 days in the middle of the forest. It was a 3 hour bus ride, then a 1 1/2 hour boat ride to the lodge so we were truly in the middle of nowhere, with only local families around. The tour included boat rides along the River Urubu, jungle walks (where we saw a couple of huge tarantulas) and a night spent camping in the jungle an hours walk from the lodge. Even though it was raining most of the time we were camping it was great fun sleeping out in the open and hearing all the jungle noises. We cooked over a bonfire and ate of plates made of leaves and wooden spoons made for us by our guide while we were in the forest. On my last morning I went to see the house of a local family and their crop farm. It was interesting to see how they live and hear how they got to school every morning in the school boat!
I´m now back in Manaus for the day and will be catching a boat tomorrow for the 36 hour journey down the River Amazon to Santarem.
Hope you all had a good bonfire night!
Love Ellen xxx