03.16.2013 - 03.17.2013 81 °F
In the late afternoon on Saturday, March 16th we entered the legendary Amazon River. It is 200 miles wide at the mouth! We knew we were in the right area when we saw the brown color of the water flowing into the sea. Some staggering statistics of this great waterway which flows through the region of Amazonia: Amazonia covers 1/3 of Brazil, or more than 2 ½ million square miles and supplies ¼ of the world’s fresh water. It is 4,080 miles long!
On Sunday morning we stopped and anchored for several hours as the ship was cleared for entrance to the river and we picked up two River Pilots who will be with us for the next 6 days including 5 ports of call. I simply cannot believe we are here!.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone. By the way, check the Crystal Serenity’s ship web cams – nice chance to see what it looks like to be on a ship sailing on the Amazon River!
We saw a few small houses scattered along the banks in the few hundred miles we traveled upriver, in from the ocean.
Kids paddled out to get a look at us. I absolutely cannot believe we are here!