A great satisfaction in my life has been the reconnection with nature and the discovery of its curative power and energy exchange. It was, therefore, that on a trip to the Amazon, I did not hesitate and I allowed myself to spend a few days totally immersed in the forest, in contact with riverside communities, giant trees, wild species and lots of fresh water on all sides.
After some research, I discovered that I could do this at a reasonable cost, while still having a certain comfort in transportation and housing, besides, I would have the security that someone experienced would lead me to the most incredible experiences. I hired Iguana Turismo, through a partnership with Local Hostel, the hostel I stayed in when I was in the city of Manaus.
In total, it was three days and two nights totally immersed in the Amazon Rainforest, more precisely in the Juma River, without any access to the signal of celphone or Internet. I wanted to have spent more time, but these days were enough to give me a taste of the Amazonian experience and, yes, want to come back other times.
* The saga to reach the Juma River
The sequence was exactly this: van to the port of Ceasa – boat to cross the Black River – kombi again – boat to our jungle hotel. In total, it was about 3 hours of much excitement and adventure.
* Fishing ‘piranhas’
After we arrived at the jungle hotel, we settled in, had lunch and in the middle of the afternoon we went out for fishing piranhas. And, yes, I fished one to tell history, and this is not fisherman’s one.
* Alligator Experience
That was the part where I felt a certain fear. Our guide focuses with the lantern in the eyes of the alligator, which loses for a few seconds the ability to see. It is at this moment that the animal is captured with all care and without any risk, either to him or to the human. I tried to hold the alligator with my own hands, but fearing any movement of it, I preferred to leave it to the care of the experienced guides. At least I touched the alligator before it was put back into the river.
* Contemplating the sunrise
There is not much to say … only feel through these images the beauty of the moment. It was worth it waking up at 5:20 in the morning. <3
* Jungle trekking
After the sunrise, we returned to the hotel, had breakfast, and then went out for a walk in the jungle. We saw a bit of everything: from ants that can be used as natural repellents, a bracelet made with leaves from local trees, to various animals, especially birds. We were still amazed with rain above our heads, which made us run to the boat in order to return to the hotel.
* River Bath
How could it not be, I jumped into the waters of the Juma River. Okay, I came in with my peculiar caution in itself dealing with water and depth, but I could not let the chance pass. I was also on the lookout for a pair of pink dolphins, who appeared there from time to time, frightened me. But they did not show up any more.
* Sleeping in the jungle
It was late afternoon and we began to prepare to spend the night camped in the middle of the forest. Our guide, very familiar to this experience, had everything prepared: our hammoks with their respective proctection against moquitoes; a chicken, that would be cooked with the aid of the stakes collected in the own forest; some beers to the conversations by the fire; the coffee for breakfast the next day, as well as the crackers of salt and water.
To get to our camp (read: the straw structure that would cover our heads), we took a boat and sailed for approximately 1 hour. Arriving on the site, we helped to “set up” our hammocks and prepare the dinner. After eating and drinking, sleeping time had come and along with it the expectation of sleeping with the sound of the mosquitoes and the leaves surrounding us. I must confess I was a bit afraid of leaving the hammock at night and face a wild animal. Who knew!?
When the day dawned, it was incredible to feel the sense of peace, tranquility, and serenity that filled us.
* Visit to the caboclo’s house
After breakfast, we organize to leave the camp and visit the home of a local caboclo.
In fact, the figure that surprised me the most was a cabocla, named Nazaré, in her forties and 14 children (!).
We listened and told stories. It was incredibly fantastic to try to understand how those people live isolated from everything and everyone, without any technology, other than the small radio signal that arrives there. I bought a pair of earrings and an açaí seed bracelet made by Nazaré’s family and it was just that, besides the memories, that I photographed from the place.
* Bye time
After three days living with people from various countries and in a place totally different from my natural habitat, it is natural that the intensity of the moment generates a bigger “saudade”. That was how I felt.