Santarém- skating in the Amazon

Santarém- skating in the Amazon

After watching Converse’ skateboarding video in the Amazon, I knew I could skate in Santarém. I was curious to find out if there were any local skaters in town, and if they had participated in the Amazon video. I only needed to ask that question to a couple of people to find the answer: talk to Alarico. I spend my […]

November 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm 0 comments

Good bye to Arapiuns

Good bye to Arapiuns

My favorite dishes on Vereda Tropical:  Grilled fish, baked fish, fried fish, fish stew, fish soup. Pirarucu, Tambaqui, Surubim and Tucunaré.It was a great trip…

November 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- The Perfect Spot

The Brazilian Amazon- The Perfect Spot

We look at the map and decide to explore a branch of the river near the village of Mentai. Even our captain who goes up and down the Arapiuns all the time has never been there, so I get more excited about the adventure. The place feels like a bay, the forest embracing us. Then, in the middle of nowhere, […]

September 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- Three…

The Brazilian Amazon- Three…

The map shows several villages along the Arapiuns River which are hard to see from the boat. Usually the way I notice them is by a church building standing out on a hill, or a beach with boats, kids playing in the water. The nice thing about being on the boat by ourselves is that we can stop whenever or […]

September 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- Aruã

The Brazilian Amazon- Aruã

There is always a feeling of something mysterious when you wake up in a place you arrive in the evening. Aruã is not only the name of a village but also the name of a waterfalls. I can’t see it from where I am, but I can hear the sound of water falling, heard it all night. Another mysterious thing […]

September 14, 2011 at 9:16 am 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- Arapiuns, another river I learn to love.

The Brazilian Amazon- Arapiuns, another river I learn to love.

We wake up and rush to get on a bus to go to Santarém, where our boat awaits us. It is early in the morning but the air is already hot and humid. That and the fact I can hardly breath inside the crowded bus, makes me feel nauseous. I am actually so sick that for the first time I […]

September 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- Vereda Tropical

The Brazilian Amazon- Vereda Tropical

Our next trip while in the Amazon will be to the Arapiuns River. We go to the port in Santarém and under the hot sun, look for different boat possibilities. There is a series of similar boats that leave daily to the Arapiuns, but looking at their infra-structure, and being that we have a guest from NY, we are not […]

September 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- Manioc

The Brazilian Amazon- Manioc

Manioc, also called yuca or cassava is a plant species native to the Amazon. Most of the communities I visit in the countryside or in the forest grow manioc, but I also hear it is cultivated worldwide. It is a staple food and also used as a main ingredient in Brazilian culinary: from cake to hot sauce. Tapioca is a […]

September 4, 2011 at 9:17 am 0 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- still loving the hammock

The Brazilian Amazon- still loving the hammock

I am back in Alter do Chão from our trip to the Tapajós. It is amazing how we take so much for granted such as sleeping on a flat comfortable bed, having a real bathroom with a working toilet, and eating with forks and knives instead of a spoon only. I did not miss these casualties, and in fact i […]

September 3, 2011 at 10:04 am 2 comments

The Brazilian Amazon- Tapajós

The Brazilian Amazon- Tapajós

A last dive.

August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm 0 comments