wednesday and thursday
25.03.2009 - 26.03.2009 28 °C
At 11 we took a canoe to a little town at the riverside of the national park ´Flona do Tapajós´. A big family celebrate life here in humble clay houses. We met the family and toured trough the village and factory. In town there were a lot of latex-trees. They collected the latex and made all kinds of products with it. Slippers (flip-flops), bags, balls and more. Many people worked in the latex business, however the whole family couldn´t depend on it totally. So they held chickens for meat or the men went into the forest to kill a Armadillo/up the river to fish for fish. Other food was basic, rice, beans and banana´s from the forest.
The night was more spectacular as we went for crokodile hunting! We sat in a canoe, with flashlights and searched for two bright eyes on a background of the dark forest. After a minute or 30 we didn´t find any so on of the guides went into the water to catch one himself and 10 minutes later he came back with a baby crok. Amazing!
We slept in hammocks hearing all the sounds from the rainforest. Bugs, birds, monkeys and probably many more animals were cracking, tsirping, singing and screaming.
In the morning we went for a 5 hour hike into the jungle to see the old big trees of about 1200 years old. On the way the guide showed us how to make a roof with varaan-leafs, how to make a backpack with the same leafs and the wonderfull fruits and medicine of the forest. Afer more then 2 hours we were in the area were we encountered the big trees. Amazingly big and tall. You´d need 26 people holding hands to surround the tree. Imagine yourself standing 1200 years at the same place, weird ain´t it...
We had dinner (rice and beans) and went back to Alter do Chão. We saw a beautiful sunset and in Alter do Chão we celebrated that we were back to civelization with some beers.