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ALTER do CHAO, BRAZIL

rain 77 °F

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This spectacular guy was clinging in the rain to the outside of one of the ship's windows.

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The river is so high that this resort community's beaches and playgrounds are underwater.

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We drove away from the river on Amazonian roads to Bosque Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia Woods) for a nature walk.

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The heavy rains of this morning made for a very muddy walk. The hiking poles were a good idea!

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If only I could remember all that we were told about the many varieties of trees and vines!

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This is a secondary forest but there are more than 400 species of trees and characteristics of the distant and more inaccessible virgin forest.

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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.

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A piece of this vine can be made into a tea that is good for kidney stones - I think.

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I do know that this pod contains brazil nuts - even with a machete this is a tough nut to crack, so to speak.

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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!

Posted by Swenigale 03.20.2013 05:06 Archived in Brazil

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