The Amazon, Day 2

On our second day in the Amazon, we woke up at the crack of dawn in order to see pink and grey dolphins and watch the sun rise.  It was worth the early wake up.

After some breakfast we got back on the boat and went piranha fishing … and swimming! We only stayed in the water for the amount of time it took to take the picture, but we literally went fishing for piranha then went swimming in the same water. Josais said there were only small piranhas here so we’d be fine.  (Also, didn’t think I’d ever say this, but piranha is pretty delicious).

From piranha fishing we went hiking.  The great thing about Josais is that he is so comfortable in the jungle.  Some guides only stick to the path, but he grew up in the jungle, so was willing to take us further in order to see more. Actually, that’s both a good thing and a bad thing, for someone not quite comfortable outside.

This hike was really cool. He weaved us all headbands from palm trees, let us swing from a vine, and showed us the best way to make as much noise as possible.  You’ll see a really big tree below; that’s called a telephone tree.  If you hit the bottom of the tree with a large stick it produces an echo that will carry through the jungle to the neighbouring villages.  This worked like morse codes, and was how they announced events such as weddings and funerals.

It was awesome.

And Andrew lovingly stayed up to get a picture of the camp at night, so we didn’t have to. It really was spectacular place.

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