Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Amazon River, Facts and Figures

We dropped our river pilots today at Macapa and a few minutes later at 11:35 am crossed the equator to the northern hemisphere for the last time on this trip.  The source of the Amazon is Lake Lauricocha in Peru. … Continue reading

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Alter do Chau, Brazil

Alter do Chau is 33 kilometres west of Santarem on the Tapajos river.  We sailed past Santarem and continued up the river to this resort town of a few thousand people.  People fly here during the dry season from July … Continue reading

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Parintins, Brazil

Parintins, a community of 100,000 people, is located on Tupinambarana Island, part of the mid-Amazon’s largest archipelago, halfway between Santarem and Manaus.  It is accessible only by air and boat.  It is best known for its Boi Bumba festival held … Continue reading

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Manaus, Brazil, February 24-25, 2013

Manaus is 1450 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean on the Rio (River) Negro  just past its meeting point with the Amazon River.  It is a city of some 1.8 million people and while it is close to the rainforest, it … Continue reading

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Boca da Valeria, Brazil

You are not likely to find this hamlet of about 75 people on any map.  However, it was important to visit such a place to see how some of the people in the Amazon live.  Today however, was not a … Continue reading

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Santarem, Brazil

Santarem (named for Saint Irene) is at the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon Rivers. This meeting point, known as the “meeting of the rivers” can actually be seen as the two rivers run side by side, the Amazon with … Continue reading

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Cruising the Amazon River

Yesterday, Wednesday February 20th we crossed the eastern bar of the Amazon River This is a large sandbar at the entrance of the river which together with another at the port of Manaus, dictates the size of ships that can … Continue reading

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