Feb. 24th 2017 – The images below were taken from our ship as we arrived in the harbor at Rio.
Feb. 19th 2017 – After two days at sea our ship spent the day in Fortaleza Brazil. It was Sunday which was good because we didn’t have to deal with the normal bad traffic in the city, but not so good as most everything was closed. Even the church we visited was locked when we arrived. The person that was to open the building showed up almost 30 min. late. The wealthy lived along the beach and in one area just outside of the city. Everyone else was not so lucky, but the beach was a public area open to the public and used by everyone. We did notice that in the areas for each of our three stops there was a large police presents. Made us feel safe for sure but we wondered if it was safe in other areas. Our tour did not stop at the beach – just drove along the beach so we could see it. We made three stops. First at the old jail made into tourist shops with a Handicrafts, second the Jose de Alencar Theater and the third St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Feb. 15th 2017 Today we stopped at the small village of Boca de Valeria on the Amazon river. All the people from surrounding villages also came by boat to participate in the days activities – which are mostly selling boat rides, souvenirs or charging to have photos taken. People either had a local animal such as a sloth, parrot, caiman, lizard or were dressed in native costume for photos. People also invited you to visit in there home, but charged for that as well. We road to shore with the ships Captan and he told us the water was 200 feet deep in this part of the river and that he was here just 3 months ago and the water level was up 16 feet and not even near where it will be during the rainy season. No photo but we saw a black and yellow poison dart frog. Very small and the liquid on the outside of the frog is what is used to make poison darts.
Ever wonder what happens to the old lost and found on a cruise ship? They give it to the villages at a stop like this, along with school items and cans of soft drinks.
FIY – You wouldn’t know, but the last photo is an image of a Pink Dolphin.
Feb. 14th 2017 Today we went on the Rio Negro (Black River) that goes past Manaus to the lake (January) water inside the island Iranduba, across the river from Manaus. Once we reached the smaller water ways we transferred to very small boats. The small boats were used to travel the interior water ways. After that we transferred back to the bigger boat and traveled down stream to the meeting of the Negro and Amazon where the black (Clear) water meets the silt filled brown water to view a meeting of the waters.
Feb. 13th 2017 – We arrived in Manaus Brazil about 900 miles up the Amazon River. Two large rivers come together at Manaus. One directly beside the city has brackish water and no silt the Negro (Black) River. It joins the Amazon which is very silty and brown just south of of city. Today we traveled up river for about 45 min. to visit part of the rain forest (Jungle). The Rio Negro Bridge links the cities of Manaus and Iranduba in Brazil. It does not cross the Amazon River. There are no bridge that cross the Amazon river.
Feb. 12th 2017 – After traveling about 700 miles up the Amazon river we reached Partintins, Brazil which is an island. The town has a big festival each year called Boi-Bumba in which everybody is divided between Red and Blue, including the stadium. The stadium is used just once each year and we were able to see some of the old floats. They even have blue Coke cans during the festival (Coke is a sponsor).
Feb. 11th 2017 – It took a day to get from Devil’s Island to the mouth of the Amazon River. At the beginning of the Amazon River (250 miles wide at this point) the only way you could tell that you arrived was that the water turned a muddy brown. It took another full day of travel before we reached our first stop.
Feb. 9th 2017 – Our ship drop anchor off the coast of French Guiana at Devil’s Island. We only had 3 and 3/4 hours on shore before we were off sailing again. The day before we arrived we heard a lecture about Devils Island and the French prison in Guiana and we also watched the Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman movie Papillon. We were able to visit Ile Royale.
There are three islands. Ile Royale – the administrative island – which included the isolation cells. Ile Set-Joseph part of the penal system and Ile du Diable (Devils Island) were political prisoners were sent. You can’t really get to Ile du Diable as it is totally closed. When it was used as a prison everything went from Ile Royale to Ile du Diable by an over the water cable from one island to the other. Last in use 1953.