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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
Our ferry boat
Typical view from the roof
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 saw some stunning sunsets
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!
Some passengers cooking lunch – who looks happiest?!
One of the small towns we stopped at briefly
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 crew unloading cargo at one of our stops…
…we took some photos while we waited
Watching sunsets evolve…
…was a great way to pass some of the time
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!