03.18.2013 - 03.18.2013 77 °F
This spectacular guy was clinging in the rain to the outside of one of the ship's windows.
The river is so high that this resort community's beaches and playgrounds are underwater.
We drove away from the river on Amazonian roads to Bosque Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia Woods) for a nature walk.
The heavy rains of this morning made for a very muddy walk. The hiking poles were a good idea!
If only I could remember all that we were told about the many varieties of trees and vines!
This is a secondary forest but there are more than 400 species of trees and characteristics of the distant and more inaccessible virgin forest.
This rubber tree shows how the latex is harvested -by making a slice in the trunk each night and then letting it drip into containers.
A piece of this vine can be made into a tea that is good for kidney stones - I think.
I do know that this pod contains brazil nuts - even with a machete this is a tough nut to crack, so to speak.
The end of the tour involved walking to the bus in the suckiest mud I have ever seen! Everyone's shoes had what felt like 5 pounds of mud turned to cement stuck to them!