“It’s so hot!” I complained to my Couchsurfing host, as I felt like I was in the most humid city I’d ever visited. I noticed that everyone seemed to be in jeans and tshirts and had no problem with the heat of the day.
“Hot?!” he replied. “This is nothing…” He then went on to tell me that this was far from the hottest part of the year, and I couldn’t even comprehend that. It was boiling!!
I was in Manaus, Brazil, a city in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest and was heading to the Amazon the following day. So the next morning we woke up early, leaving our huge travelling bags with our hosts and taking a small bag for three days and two nights in the rainforest. You can’t just turn up in the rainforest, so we booked a guide who took my two friends and I there. We boarded a bumpy bus which took us to the edge of where we were going, then got on a speed boat. And just like that, we were on a boat in the Amazon River. A surreal experience!
Before long we arrived at our home for the night; the hammocks were ready and we had a bit of lunch. There was only one family living where we were staying and it felt like the next house must have been miles and miles away. It was so peaceful and serene. The water looked untouched and it was only the sounds of insects that could be heard. Look how beautiful it was!
We dumped our stuff and set off on a rowing boat to see more of the river. We went through parts where our guide had to slow right down to gently move branches out of the way. When we found a spot we then started piranha fishing… something I never imagined I’d do! Having said that, I didn’t really as I caught a grand total of zero piranhas (!) The piranhas that were caught then became dinner for the night. And it’s true what they say about their teeth… they are so sharp!
So it was back to the hut to have piranahs for dinner. We gazed at the beautiful scenes on the way back…. Peaceful is the word that sticks in my mind when I think back to these moments.
After filling ourselves up on food it had turned dark and our guide told us that we’d be getting in the boat again to explore the amazon by night in the hope of seeing crocodiles. I think I hoped that we wouldn’t see any as that is a very terrifying thought! Now, I don’t have any photos of that because well, it was pitch black. There were no lights to be seen anywhere so we just had torch light to guide us, which our guide turned off for most of the journey as he said that would distract the crocodiles from coming near us. He knew this part of the rainforest so well that he just knew where to go. I was pretty scared the whole time as you couldn’t see a thing and I just kept thinking that a crocodile would be having us for dinner. We did see a crocodile… it’s eyes shimmering. Eeeek!!
However, despite feeling scared for the entire journey, we arrived back unhurt and headed to
bed the hammock before we had more adventures the next day. The next day’s adventures will be on the blog next Tuesday 😉
Where is most peaceful place you have ever visited?
The post I am featuring this week was written by Lauren from Lauren on Location. Lauren shared her AMAZING photos from her trip to the Sahara, and they are breathtaking!
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The Amazon is the most humid place I’ve experienced. I’ve been to several places in the tropics and none can compare. That said, I would do it all over again. I did the cruise on the Rio Negro and it was amazing. Thanks for taking me back in time.
The humidity was definitely worth it! 🙂 I’m glad it brought back some happy travelling memories for you, I love re-living my travels via other people’s blogs too 🙂
This is so awesome!!! Im always amazed at the cool places you’ve been to! I really really want to go to the Amazon. It’s one of my top travel wishlist items! I LOVE the pictures at dusk. The colors are so surreal!!! I can’t wait for next week’s installment!
Thanks Anna! It was really amazing 🙂 And a very surreal experience. Next week’s post also involves some other scary creatures, eek!
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Thank you, Thomas! 😀
I’ve always always wanted to visit the Amazon! I absolutely can’t wait until next week to see what you guys did!
Aw, thanks Madeline! I’m looking forward to writing next week’s post too 🙂 Such a fun way to re-live travels!
I think I have never visited a place like this. You are so adventurous, loved seeing the Amazon though your lenses 🙂
It definately felt like a great adventure! 🙂
My friend went to Manaus, and now I can’t stop dreaming about it! Your rainforest adventure sounds amazing! Beautiful photos and descriptions. Great post and fun to find you on the Travel Tuesday link-up!
Thanks Christy! I never thought I’d get to go to the Amazon, so it was really amazing 🙂 Love Travel Tuesday for finding other blogs!
What an incredible experience! Sleeping in a hammock doesn’t sound half bad! Your photos are beautiful but I have to say I would have been so terrified on that night ride…
Hammock sleeping was suprisingly comfortable, I was surprised! Tell me about it!! So scary!
You don’t even know how jealous I am! This looks amazing! I’m dyingggg to visit South America, especially Brazil! I would love to go to the the Amazon Rainforest Thankfully, I’m from Louisiana so I’m used to LOTS of humidity. Although the rainforest is obviously is on a whole other level!
Brazil is such a beautiful and vibrant country to visit, I loved every moment 🙂 You are well prepared for the rainforest then. Sometimes when we have humid days in London, I remind myself that really – it’s not that humid!!
Looks like an amazing experience and great photographs!
Thank you! It really was unforgettable 🙂
Wow this is awesome! How cool to have got to visit there 🙂
I feel really lucky to have been able to visit the Amazon 🙂
I did not know you could fish for and eat piranhas! What an interesting experience! Also, I don’t think I could ever have the guts to couch surf!
Me neither… until I was actually fishing! hehe. Couchsurfing is amazing and not scary at all, I really recommend it to everyone 🙂 I’ve had such positive experiences doing it and it made me travels even more fun 🙂
I did not know you could fish for and eat piranhas. What an interesting experience! Also, I don’t think I could ever have the guts to couchsurf!
No thank you to those piranhas!!! But otherwise it looks very beautiful, if not a bit rustic. Looking forward to reading more.
The whole piranha thing was all very weird! And yes, it was indeed rustic. Looking forward to sharing again next week 🙂
Oh my, I have the most incurable case of wanderlust for the Amazon, and after seeing these pictures, I’m about ready to hop on a plane and get over there ASAP! I’ve wanted to visit for so long – I just loved this post! I’ve never couchsurfed either, but sounds like you had a wonderful experience doing so! x
Ah, if you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend it! And coouchsurfing too 🙂 I couchsurfed for my whole time in Brazil and really loved it!
Wow! It looks so remote and serene. Sleeping in a hammock makes it sounds all the more novel 🙂 What an adventure! I’d love to do this at some point in my life!
It was crazily remote, I guess the most remote place I’ve visited 🙂 And sleeping in a hammock was so fun too!!
I would have been terrified about falling in the water with the pirhanas! My mom always talks about wanting to go to Manaus. You are the first person I “know” that has been there!
Ah really?! I hadn’t heard of Manaus until I was reading my guide book and travel planning, I’m so glad I went 🙂
So it was back to the hut to have piranahs for dinner. We gazed at the beautiful scenes on the way back…. Peaceful is the word that sticks in my mind when I think back to these moments…..a thrilling unique adventure with scenic beautiful serenity at the end of the day most of us only hope to have in the big cities. I grow up in the Philippines, it’s hot and humid too but blessed with nature that takes my breath way and mind from the heat. Thanks for the great adventure.
Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 I too grew up and live in the city (London) so it definitely felt a million miles away!
Wow – now I am so jealous, I want to be looking out on those still, calm waters. I don’t do well with such extreme temperatures – it often gets too warm for me here in Canada!
I can imagine! We are used to our mild summers in the UK, aren’t we? Swimming in that water was definitely a relief from the humidity!