Exploring the Amazon :: Part Two

In Part One, I shared my adventures of arriving in the Amazon, Piranha fishing and late night crocodile spotting.  Today, I am back with part two.

We awoke to the most beautiful sunrise.  All sunrises are beautiful, but there is definitely something even more special about sunrises in nature as there is nothing to block them out and it somehow feels even more serene.  So it was back in the boat to row into the sunrise, which was incredibly spectacular.  The sunset almost looks unreal in these photos, like I’ve photoshopped in a mirror image.  But this is really how the still water looked.DSC05428DSC05420 DSC05423 DSC05424

Once back on dry land we packed up our bags and headed off for our rainforest walk.  Hearing all the creatures, taking in the damp wet smell and admiring the towering trees.  *Look away now if you don’t like spiders, or scroll down very quickly*DSCF4229

Then our guided spotted a tarantula, and picked it up (eeeeek!)  I’m fine with spiders but the thought of picking up a tarantula is pretty terrifying. Especially if you look closely as you can see the poison dripping from the fangs, can you see it?!  Oh my!  We moved quickly on!  Had a swim under a mini waterfall and tucked into dinner.  Our guide then told us we had to have our hammocks slightly higher up in this part of the forest, in case a panther comes during the night (!!)  DSCF4243 DSCF4244DSCF4241DSCF4248DSCF4249

We woke up without having been visited by a panther, thankfully.  But our guide did tell us that he stays awake during most of the night, just in case! We walked back through the forest the next morning and ended our trip by making traditional Amazon artefacts – panpipes and an arrow type thing, which is traditionally used to hunt birds – I definitely didn’t use it for that!  Whilst admiring a rain storm from a far!DSCF4264DSCF4254DSCF4255

Then it was back in the boat to take the bus back to Manaus, where we had a few hours to reflect on such a wonderful experience.DSCF4269DSCF4271

Would you like to visit the Amazon?

Marcella xx
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40 thoughts on “Exploring the Amazon :: Part Two

  1. Oh my gosh.. that’s a HUGE terrifying tarantula! I used to be so scared of spiders, but I’m not anymore so I would still totally go into the Amazon rainforest even if there are those monsters in there! That’s so cool and kinda scary that you guys actually spent a night in there sleeping on hammocks!! What an experience! I’m not sure I’d be too keen to do that with the thought of all those bugs in there. Still, going to the Amazon is one of my top wishlist adventures for sure!

    • I know, huuuuge! When I looked through my photos I had actually forgotten how big it was! The bugs were actually fine, just lots of mosquitoes due to the humidity and dampness, but of course it was all totally worth it! 🙂 I hope you get to go too.

  2. What an incredible experience! Your guide just sounds like a beast: picking up tarantulas, ready to attack any vicious panthers…. I think you picked the right tour. Was it comfortable to sleep in a hammock the whole night? I think I would absolutely love to visit the Amazon if I could have a guide as great as it sounds like yours was!

    • He was amazing, and so humble about the whole thing! I was scared for him when he picked up the tarantula though! Sleeping in a hammock was much more comfortable than I thought it would be, there is definitely something magical about sleeping in nature 🙂

  3. Oh wow. That looks like an incredible trip! I can’t get over that sunrise and the still water. It seems like you managed to experience a lot of Nature as well – that spider is full on! I’d love to go to the Amazon. It’s definitely a bucket list trip for me.

    • Hey, we found our guide just by walking along the road in Manaus and going into the guide shops. I’m guessing there are ways to book ahead, but you don’t really need to. This was five years ago so I don’t remember the exact price but I think we might have paid something like $100- $150 each, that was three of us and one guide for two nights and three days, with all included. Not sure what the price would be now though.

  4. Visiting the Amazon would be so cool! But after reading both of your posts I know I would be a little nervous about all the creatures and creepy crawlies, haha. But that sunrise is so so beautiful!

  5. I would have died the second that I saw that spider. I got bit by a brown recluse when I was younger and the experience has scared me for life. Other than that your photos look amazing. It’s such a unique experience that you’re getting to have.

    • Thank you! And, eek, I can imagine. I have an (irrational) fear of dogs so I totally understand how you can feel scared for life! It was nice to re-live the memories as this was actually five years ago.

  6. Omg, I’m just dying by seeing the pictures! That nature, the landscapes and the animals, wooooow! I would definetly go but probably by helicopter and for a couple of hours?

  7. So I thought I would want to visit and then I scrolled down and saw that spider ….. OMG. I literally think I would have dropped dead on the spot. Seems like an amazing adventure, but there are just some things I don’t think I’ll ever get over hahah …. Good for you!! Looks absolutely amazing!

  8. Thank you for the feature – glad you liked the post 🙂 Oh man I had such emotional highs and lows with this post – LOVED the sunrise shots and reflections, HATED the spider! I don’t know if I could deal with knowing those were all around me, haha. Looks like such an incredible experience though!

  9. WHAT a great post! I was born in Brazil (the neighboring state, Para, actually) and just love everything Amazon-related. Sleeping in hammocks outside is still my favorite, although I dont get to do it as much as I would like (every night). I giggled about the ‘everyone is in jeans and t-shirts’ comment in part one – it’s so true, even though it is the hottest place ever! Great post and pictures….

  10. I literally YELPED when I saw that picture of the tarantula!! My skin crawled, I swear. But in seriousness, this looks amazing! Your pictures are incredible! What an awesome adventure..

  11. Eesh, that tarantula is huuge! Those sunrise photos are incredible, though, I would love to visit the Amazon some time. Although I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to just sleep in a hammock surrounded by all the creepie crawlies!

  12. More power to ya for conquering the wild! Incredible, incredible photos!!! I will probably never do this, so your photos make me feel like I’ve already been there. Thank you for such a beautiful post!

  13. Holy crap, that spider is HUGE! I would have been like “NOPE” and went back home hahah! That sunrise though… gorgeous!

  14. What beautiful photos. Even though I’m terrified of the spider, it’s still an incredible pic!! I couldn’t take photos of the spiders when I was in the amazon because even though we were told they were safe, I was too scared to even look at them for too long. We had tarantulas living in the roof of our hut!! It’s all worth it for the sunrises and sunsets though – absolutely mind-blowing. I went in Ecuador and think I’m going to have to go again when I visit Brazil – your trip just looks too good. Thanks for transporting me back there for a while with your post 🙂

    • Tarantulas in your hut? Oh my! That sounds oh so scary. That’s really cool that you got to go in Ecuador, I’m glad I brought back some memories for you; I really love when blogs manage to do that! 🙂

  15. Oh my gosh that Spider freaked me out when it came onto my screen! But luckily the sunrise is absolutely beautiful! I would’ve thought you did Photoshop it, but it is an awesome sunrise.

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