03.21.2013 - 03.21.2013 90 °F
There are 75 or so river people in this tiny town on the Valeria River. During the rainy season they welcome tourists to see where and how they live.
We went out into the river with a boy and his boat from the village who showed us these giant water lilies and expertly guided us through the surrounding waters.
Where the vegetation was thick in the river he cut the small engine and paddled.
This was a wonderful adventure - no life jackets or safety lectures on this boat!
The villagers appreciated our dollars and we were more than happy to give them. This boy is holding a sloth and her baby.
The lives of the people revolve around fishing and farming and then also raising Manioc during the dry season.
An even more amazing sight than these animals was seeing the pink dolphins that are found in this part of the amazon.- I mean they are bubblegum pink, for real! And no one was holding them for us to see! They don't surface long, so this is the best photo we have.