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Slow boat into the Amazon

Posted by on 16/06/2014

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As you know, I’ve reached Manaus and completed the #SambaCycle journey, but the last leg was rather different because me and Martin took our bikes on a ferry boat from Belem along the Amazon River for almost 6 days – what an amazing/fascinating/frustrating experience!

We had to leave our bikes with this bloke before boarding

We had to leave our bikes with this bloke before boarding

Our ferry boat

Our ferry boat

Typical view from the roof

Typical view from the roof

Hammock class (we had a tiny cabin)

Hammock class (we had a tiny cabin)

We're being boarded! This happened loads on day 1 as locals came to sell food to the passengers.

We’re being boarded! This happened loads on day 1 as locals came to sell food to the passengers.

We saw some stunning sunsets

We saw some stunning sunsets

Snapping sunrise

Snapping sunrise

Engine problems on day 2 left the boat drifting in circles until the crew moored up to this tree...

Engine problems on day 2 left the boat drifting in circles until the crew moored up to a tree… 

...so this guy jumped overboard, swam to the bank , collected some cacao fruit and lobbed it to people onboard!

…so this guy jumped overboard, swam to the bank , collected some cacao fruit and lobbed it to people onboard!

Some guys cooking lunch - who looks happiest?!

Some passengers cooking lunch – who looks happiest?!

One of the small towns we stopped at briefly

One of the small towns we stopped at briefly

The water level's currently very high so many buildings are flooded

The water level’s currently very high so many buildings are flooded

The river is the 'road' that links all the people who live along it

The river is the ‘road’ that links all the people who live along it

The crew unloading cargo at one of our stops

The crew unloading cargo at one of our stops…

...we took some photos while we waited

…we took some photos while we waited

Watching sunsets evolve...

Watching sunsets evolve…

...was a great way to pass some of the time

…was a great way to pass some of the time

One last sunrise as the delays took the journey into day six

One last sunrise as the delays took the journey into day six

Finally, Manaus! But not until after a stop and search by the river police!

Finally, Manaus! But not until after a stop and search by the river police!

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