Amazon forest jungle..swimming with the Piranhas….Elsie Gabriel
Oh to be alive!!! In the Amazon forest jungle…these boys know more about rainforests than scientists who have studied rainforests for many years! Various tribes still live much as did their ancestors hundreds of years before them. Everyday they organize their daily lives very meticulously; their food, medicines and clothing come primarily from the forest. They hunt…for food….and I went hunting with them….fishing for Piranhas and swimming with Piranhas….outrageously adventurous..I was so over whelmed with elation,…I kept grinning like a Cheshire cat at one time and sometimes just stood with awe and silence at the wonder of nature…….like I keep telling you after every forest trip……I simply wanted to curl up and die……same feeling occurred in the Nepal forests, Indonesian jungles, African wild spaces, and the North eastern forests of India…….the forest is what keeps us alive, keeps us breathing…..
I wasn’t exactly the Jane in the Tarzan series in the forest, you know….but researching, documenting and simply letting the forest take over…was what I did…..
How to reach there-
This Amazon basin encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometres, of which 5,500,000 square kilometres are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname,and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations contain “Amazonas” in their names. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforests in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. You may choose which ever destination or part of the Aamazon jungles you wish to explore.
I chose Manaus. You can reach Manaus in about 6 hours from Rio, while touring Brazil, you should not miss out on this Amazon jungle experience. In South America, Manaus is in the north, which is located on the left banks of the black water Rio Negroriver and about 18 km from meeting with the waters of the claylike white water Rio Solimões, at which point both rivers join into the great Amazon river.
Thicketed jungles and green forests are the gateway to the inner Amazon region and has been of significant importance for the conquest of the whole region, a fact for which, the jungle theater and the harbor among others, deliver rich testimony. Founded by the Portuguese military during the 17th century, the significant economic development of Manaus took place at the end of the 19thcentury, with the worldwide demand for rubber or caoutchouc, at an all time high. At that time Brazil had the monopoly for the commodity which was extracted from the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree.
Gosh there are Rubber trees every where in plenty, thats where all the trade must have started and broken the forest peace.I guess.
If I must share, Manausis a Brazilain city of about 2.5 million, but the actual Amazoan jungle is through the river boat rides way inside the jungles. Actually Manaus is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River proper. The two rivers flow side by side for many miles, different in color, mixing in eddies: the “Meeting of the Waters.” Legend has it that they never mix. You get to see all of this during your cruise.
Our expeditions to the inside and deeper Amazonian environment started with various river trails. The miracles of the Amazonian forest and river systems came alive. I was in awe, nirvana and a state of quietness all in one, one of the last great natural environments of the planet and cradle of the species is here. So if you ever ask me ..have I been to heaven , Id say YES to heaven and back.
Trekking through deep virgin rain forest, canoeing through lonesome Igarapes, fishing Piranha or Peacock Bass, watching dolphins, birds, monkeys, alligators, snakes and spiders.Be ready to walk and be ready to rough it out.Not a place for delicate darlings mind you…Some of the most exciting species to spot include the jaguar, Black Caiman, cougar, anaconda, wild piranha, vampire bat and the enormous hairy spiders that are fascinating, but rather intimidating.The fauna and flora of the Amazon are, by far, the most endearing traits of this beautiful attraction. There are approximately 40 000 plant species, 1 300 bird species, 430 amphibian species, 3 000 fish species and 380 reptile species.
Check timings and days of Excursion before you plan your trip-
The schedule of the excursions is depending on the weather condition, changes can be made according to your wishes.Learn how to identify trees that produce fruits and nuts you can eat — like açai palm berries, passion fruit and Brazilian nuts — as well as vegetation to avoid. Spot medicinal leaves and roots; learn how to find sources of clean water; and practice building traps for small animals. Afterward, enjoy lunch and take a scenic canoe ride before discovering local village life with a visit to a real Amazonian home.
Boat transportation is available in yacht with air-conditioned cabin, regional boat or motorized canoe.Included in the packages are all transfers, lunch, mineral water, bilingual guide and insurance. So choose wisely, cover as much as you can, enrich yourself, you may never come back here, so don’t cringe at the price, remember you are helping promote an ecological site.
The weather conditions-
The climate of the Amazon Jungle is typically tropical, with hot, humid conditions both day and night (evening temperatures are slightly cooler than those of the daytime). It is very wet in this area, no matter what time of year (although there is, technically, a drier season between April and September). Visitors will need to prepare for these conditions, which can become uncomfortable, but are well worth it.
I danced with the tribal chief, the epitome of my travel life.
I met the Tatuyos, a tribe who live deep in the Amazon rainforest.I danced with the tribal chief, the epitome of my travel life.I wanted it to continue forever! The history of these tribal community members came alive as I watched the dance ritual in praise of their indigenous Gods. When the Tatuyo Chief Pinó picked me up to dance, I was shy as a school girl. His physique was well toned,one could recognize the hard labour of his chores in his body muscles. I was living a drea,I danced and followed the beat with heavy thomping footstep movements to their pipes and flutes,a dance like no other.The Tribal community are in no hurry to modernise or send their children to study out side the village, they love their jungle and mostly concentrate on passing his ancestoral traditions to their next generations.
All my cow boy and red Indian stories came alive right here!! I got to live inside the geography book pages.Biss!