South America

Into the Amazon

My number one request for when I started planning my Brazil trip was to go to the Amazon. I studied it in grade school, I’ve watch countless documentaries about it and put it high up on my bucket list. The Amazon is just one of those things that most people wish they could see and I was one of the luckiest people alive to be able to see it.

Since the Amazon is a very scary, dangerous place that inexperienced travellers shouldn’t venture into, I opted  for a 4 day Amazon Antonio Jungle Tour.

We started our journey in the capital of Amazonian at our hostel in Manaus via Hostelbookers.

Flow chart. Nuff said.

It took around 3 hours by coach and another hour up the Urubu River to get to our lodging in the rainforest. Here I got the first taste of the rainforest: a thunderstorm. Boy do I love thunderstorms. They are such a treat for me since I never get them in Canada.

Tropical Rainstorm by the Jungle Lodge - Amazon, Brazil

Over the course of the first few days I spent a lot of time on the river. Gazing at the clouds and doing such fun river activities like piranha fishing. Although I sucked at it and didn’t manage to catch anything.

Piranha Fishing - Amazon, Brazil

I also learned about the different types of trees and bugs during a 3 hour rainforest hike.

Tigerbalm - Amazon, Brazil


Rosewood - Amazon, Brazil


Giant Tarantula - Amazon, Brazil

The largest tarantula in South America.

Ants - Amazon, Brazil

Ants which actually work as a natural insect repellent much like Citronella.

Frog - Amazon, Brazil

Non-poisonous frogs. These are safe to touch but no kissing!

Caiman - Amazon, Brazil

Cayman hunting (not killing). Baby caymans. We did spot the larger ones as well but couldn’t get close enough to snap a photo.

Looking back I can also reminisce on how absolutely stunning the weather was.


Sunrise on Urubu River - Amazon, Brazil


Sunset on the Urubu River - Amazon, Brazil

There was just so much to see. This was a dream come true yet somehow, something inside me was a bit disappointed. I truly believe the Amazon has a gift for allowing one to take amazing photos that make it seem so lush, beautiful  and full of life. Yet only in person do you get the full sense of how large the space truly is.

It’s actually quiet, lonely and vast. But more on that later.

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    January 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Nadine, you are eye candy for the soul.

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      March 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Haha thanks?

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    michael smith
    November 1, 2014 at 1:22 am

    How did you arrange for a tour into the amazon? did you talk to locals or book it before hand on a website or something? I would be amazing to go, its just one of those things that would be cool to see in person. Hope you had a great time!

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    March 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I bet you have an awesome time in the Amazon. I visited also the jungle couple times and this time i could interview the chief of Tuyos tribe’s, swim with the pink dolphin, fish piranhas, spot alligators and eat lots of delicious fishes from the Amazon River.

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