Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Pará, Brazil

Nov 1, 2019 - Santarem,Brazil

November1 we arrived at Santarem, our first stop on the Amazon. The afternoon before the water color changed dramatically as we drew closer to the mouth of river. I was up early on the 1st and walked out on deck 2 as we rounded the bend into the mouth of the river. We had to wait until the ship received a permit to enter the river from the Brazilian officials. For the day's activities, we had a tour of a farm as well as trip into town. The farm produces Brazil nuts, cassava flour, and fruit. We watched as the son in law of the farm hacked...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Off to South America

Nov 19, 2018 - Santarem Brazil

We had two days “at Sea” to relax and the ship threw a Super Buffett in the center of the ship; reason unknown except maybe to keep us entertained. After hours of setting up the tables, food, etc., all the chefs were introduced. We also traveled through the mouth of the Amazon River to Santarem. The river was very, very wide (up to 12 miles wide) and the water was not clear, but we did get to see the “Pink Dolphins” (more info, more than you EVER wanted to know about Dolphins can be found on our Travel Journal). Also, we saw, but were not...

Jump to full entry

Jan 16, 2018 - Belem

A early morning trip to the airport for my flight to Belem a 3 1/2 hour flight, then a short taxi trip to my hotel. Got checked in the off by local bus to the old part of Belem. Belem was founded in 1616 and is the port and gateway to the lower Amazon region it is 100KM from the Atlantic ocean and has a population of about 1.5 million people. The trip to the old area by local bus was quite a trip cost 3 real about $.10 cents got off the bus in the Ver-o-Peso area which is a very large open air market selling just about everything.Lots of...

Jump to full entry

Jan 27, 2017 - It ain't half hot!

After our day in the rainforest we get ready to visit the opera house. It's lovely to get in a cool shower after the heat. It's in the low 30's and the locals say this is cold! The Manaus Opera house is a beautiful building. It was built at the height of the rubber boom to resemble the Paris opera house. A musical recital has been put on specially for Cunard. 700 people leave the ship in coaches and are driven for about 10 minutes to the opera house. The streets are very dark, not many people around but loads of police. The opera house...

Jump to full entry

Nov 11, 2015 - Henry Ford’s lost city in the Amazon Jungle

“I don’t have a fear of heights” I tell myself as I climb up the rusty ladder. Don’t look down the 150 feet to the ground below. It is early morning in Fordlandia, Brazil, and the humidity is already rising from the jungle around, 36 degrees today. I reach the top of the water tower, where there is a cooling breeze and a panoramic view around me – of a decaying piece of history set between a blue river and a green jungle. This is the town that Henry Ford ordered built in 1928, in the middle of the Amazon jungle, and then abandoned,...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Brazil adventure

Apr 10, 2014 - April 10, 2014 – Santarem, Brazil

April 10, 2014 – Santarem, Brazil Santarem is a river port with approximately 250,000 inhabitants and is strategically located at the junction of the Tapajos River and the Amazon. The 1st settlement was a Jesuit mission built in 1661. Over the years, Santarem developed into one of the region’s most important trading centers. It is a little more than 2 days by boat from Belem. It is the 2d city in the state of Para and is one of the region’s most beautiful cities. It used to be inhabited by the Tapajos Indians. These people, according to...

Jump to full entry

Apr 6, 2014 - April 6, 2014 – Alter do Chao, Brazil

April 6, 2014 – Alter do Chao, Brazil Today we are at Alter do Chao which is a city of about 1,000. It is located on a bay in the Tapajos River. 2 hills overlook the city with one being in the shape of a church altar which gives the city its name. A sandbar directly in front of the town forms a white-sand island known as Ilha do Amor (Island of Love). We never saw it because it is under water from the floods of the rainy season. The island is best seen when the water is low usually from June to December. In the dry season, you can access it...

Jump to full entry

Apr 5, 2014 - April 5, 2014 – Aboard Regatta on the Amazon River

April 5, 2014 – Aboard Regatta on the Amazon River Today, the water is muddy outside our windows. There are still a few patches of blue, but mostly it is muddy. There is all kind of debris floating in the water. We entered the mouth of the Amazon about 9 this morning although it looks like we are still at sea as the land is visible only on the horizon. This morning’s lecture was about the People, Issues and Threats to the Amazon River. In 1500 Brazil had 3-5 million Indians. In 2010, they had only about 897,000. Only 2 states don’t have...

Jump to full entry

Apr 4, 2014 - April 4, 2014 – Aboard Regatta heading for the Mouth of the Amazon

April 4, 2014 – Aboard Regatta heading for the Mouth of the Amazon Today is a day for relaxing. We started the morning with an Introduction to the Amazon. I won’t try to cover it all, but here are a few facts: • The Amazon Basin is 2,700,000 square miles and contains 2.1 million miles of rain forest • There are 390,000,000 trees divided in 16,000 species • Half of the dust to fertilize the Basin comes from Africa – 50,000,000 tons per year • It has the highest diversity of plant species on earth • It is estimated there are 438,0000 species...

Jump to full entry

Mar 26, 2014 - Belem, Brazil

Tuesday 25th March 2014 Belem, Brazil We had breakfast in the hotel this morning and then went out for a walk in the town. This town is very old (founded in 1616 by the Portuguese) on the banks of the Para River, a very large tributary of the Amazon. Belem is in Para State in Brazil, an area larger than Western Europe – the state that is. The city has many old crumbling buildings and some (not many) nice buildings. Today we walked down the very narrow streets crowded with people shopping towards the market and the port. They sell lots of...

Jump to full entry

Mar 24, 2014 - Santa Ines to Belem, Brazil

Monday 24th March 2014 Santa Ines to Belem, Brazil We were up early for breakfast in the hotel and on the road again at 7:00am for the final leg of the trip to Belem and the Amazon Ferry. It is the rainy season here now and showers are the order of the day, usually sharp and heavy. Because we are now only 2° south of the equator, it is consistently hot and steamy and the land is very green, but surprisingly, not very attractive. We stopped around 11:00am and our driver did an oil change on the truck which took about an hour. Shortly after...

Jump to full entry

Mar 1, 2013 - Cruising the Amazon

We spent the day approaching and cruising the Amazon. You can’t appreciate how big it really is, even from the ship, since you can’t see the shore for quite a while after entering the delta. By mid-day we were far enough up the river to begin seeing shoreline, but not always both shores at one time. The water is very muddy-looking from all the silt that is washed down from the mountains. There are also many branches, leaf clusters, and other debris floating by. We are making about 15 knots upriver against about a 5-knot current, so the ship...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com