Wednesday, June 9, 2010

River Boat & Porto Velho

The boat trip was memorable to say the least. This picture is of the top deck of the boat where we slept. If you can´t tell from the last post, the sleeping quarters got much more confined since we orginally hung up our hammocks on the day before departure. Sleeping in such tight quarters was a bit awkward because you bump into strangers all the time while sleeping.

When your sailing against the current, as we were, you get a better view of the river banks because they keep the boats close to shore to avoid the stronger currents in the middle of the river. Despite this, spotting wildlife besides birds and dolphins is pretty difficult.

Sunrise on the Amazon. Everyone on the boat is up by 5:30 or 6am because they begin serving breakfast from 6-7am and only serve for one hour, plus they often run out of food, so the earlier your up, the better chance you have at eating. In general our meals were actually really surprisingly good. In addition to the normal three meals, they had a few BBQ´s with steak or fish. Including one morning when they served steak at 8am with beers flowing freely.

Towards the end of day 4 there was a bunch of commotion on the boat. Someone spotted a deer trying to swim accross the river and everyone freaked out. A few of the crew ran to the small motor boat attached to our main boat and went off to get the deer. A minute later one of them had jumped into the river and wrestled the deer onto the boat and snapped its neck. They hog tied the deer and brought it into the kitchen.

Once we got to Porto Velho we met up with a med student from Couch Surfing who took us to this awesome Acai bar. This thing had guava, banana, apple, avocado, kiwi, strawberry, and some other cool amazon fruits, and of course acai.

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