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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Santarem

Santarem, just 2 ½ degrees south of the equator is located at the joining of the River Tapajos and the Amazon. It is located 450 miles along the Amazon. Santerem’s economy is based on agriculture, cattle and mining. In the past rubber tapping, coffee production and gold mining were important here. The “meeting of the waters” here is a unique natural phenomenon. The milky brownish water of the Amazon runs along side the deep blue water of the Tapajos without mixing. It is quite strange to see. We walked into town along the bustling...

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Amazon Cruise 2013

Oct 23, 2012 - Flona do Tapajós

Nous sommes partis pour la réserve avec Alix et Nicolas, deux français en voyage que nous avons rencontré sur le bateau. Au lieu de réserver un tour avec une agence d'Alter do Chão qui pratiquait des prix assez exorbitants, nous avons décidé de le faire par nous-même et de partir en bus jusqu'à Maguary, le premier village de la réserve. Nous avons tout d'abord dû retourner à Santarem, puis prendre un autre bus pour environ 3 heures. Nous pensions arriver vraiment dans un village, mais lorsque le chauffeur nous a dit de descendre car nous...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Bateau de Belém à Santarem

Ca y est, cette fois nous commençons la traversée de l'Amazonie en bateau. La première étape : 3 jours de Belém à Santarem. C'était plutôt sympa, car nous sommes partis tous ensemble, Robin, Alana, Karim les couchsurfeurs de Belém et aussi Roos et Peter un couple de hollandais que connaissait Alana et Karim. Selon les conseils de Rodrigo, (pour ceux qui l'ont oublié notre couchsurfeur de Belém) nous avons opté pour la salle air-conditionné pour poser notre hamac car l'air-conditionné paralyse les moustiques, ils ne peuvent pas voler....

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Jan 12, 2011 - Santarem

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 By 8:45 am we were on a very noisy bus to Santa Lucia to see various species of woods on private land. The person owning this land wanted to preserve as many native species as possible. We were headed to a plateau, which meant we’d be climbing and the bus didn’t handle that very well. It was noisier than a school bus as it rode on regular roads, and then dirt roads, and labored even more when it went into low gear to make the climb. Fortunately, Jose, our guide from yesterday, stopped the bus when he had...

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South America

Jan 11, 2011 - Fish Story

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 At about 8:00 am I could hear the clanging of chains pulling up the heavy anchor as we docked at Santarem, Brazil. By 10:00 am we were stepping off Discovery and right onto the Amazonia that was waiting for us. This was a river-cruising boat with plastic lawn chairs on both sides of the deck. We were free to roam anywhere we’d like as we were sailing on a bright, sunny day with a gentle breeze. Jose Jillison is our guide for today and tomorrow and competently demonstrated the skills he acquired as a teacher. We...

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Feb 26, 2008 - Santarem, Brazil

2/26 At about noon we arrived at Santarem, Brazil. This is a relatively small town of about 100,000 people. It is a little bit different than most of our stops since the town is not really set up for tourists (yes, there is still a couple blocks of craft vendors to keep the passengers busy). Most of the business are there to support the people and the town. We had a nice little visit.

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