We had an early start today in order to catch the first train at the park when it opened at 0800. We rode to the last stop where we walked about 1.2k to the top of Devil's Throat. This path is on a catwalk that crosses the river many times. The view is totally different than the one we had from the Brazilian side yesterday. We were well sprayed with mist, not unwelcome on another sweltering day.
During our walk back to the train, we passed many coatimundi (coati), an animal related to the raccoon. They are quite pesky, always scrounging for food, which unfortunately some people offer them, even though it is prohibited.
We took the train back down to the first stop and then completed both the upper and lower loop trails. It was about a 13k trek and needless to say I was exhausted after the climbing in the heat.
Our drive back to the hotel was interesting. There are speed bumps right on the highway, which certainly keeps everyone in check. Marcelo also pointed out smugglers, who were active in broad daylight, tossing cargo from the trunk of a car into the ditch beside the road.
Once again, Marcelo guided us expertly through line ups, train rides and paths. We arrived back to the hotel around 2PM, where we promptly collapsed on the bed for a rest.