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Amazing Amazon Experience

January 26th, 2011 at 08:16 pm

We're back from our month-long trip to the Amazon Basin. We traveled 1,000 miles on the Amazon River in Brazil to the industrial city of Manaus, then turned around and sailed back to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, we stopped at several smaller cities and remote villages. It was a memorable National Geographic-type experience, and definitely worth the time and expense.

Money-wise, it was a pricey trip but we stayed within our budget. We plan big trips about a year in advance and save systematically to our travel account so the trip was almost completely paid for before we started. We budget extra funds for unexpected events and spontaneous activities. Nowadays, we buy very few souvenirs (except for my grandniece and nephews), but we do take lots of pictures. Thank goodness for digital photography!

Health-wise, we did fairly well. Dh caught a stomach bug that lasted about two days. I was bitten by fire ants while visiting Boca da Valeria, a remote village near Parintins... very painful but fortunately, I didn't have an allergic reaction like I do with bees. Our doctor in the USA gave us meds for all possible ailments, including malaria, so we didn't have to see the ship's doctor like some of our fellow-travelers.

A few highlights and pictures from our trip are posted on our travel blog if you are interested.

7 Responses to “Amazing Amazon Experience”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    Wow!! Your trip looks AMAZING! I hope you had a fabulous time.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    So very interesting. i remember seeing some very tame capuchin monkeys in costa rica. we also nearly stepped on a coral snake on a hiking path.

  4. scfr Says:

    How wonderful ... So glad you had a great trip!

  5. Ralph Says:

    Cool! That's a vacation I never thought of!

    But how sad is it that I thought this post was going to be about a good customer experience at a well known mega-website. Smile

  6. Jerry Says:

    I am with Ralph... it must be a sign of the times that I thought this post would lead to a discussion of excellent customer service for an online book purchase. Smile How cool it is that you have the REAL Amazon experience, instead. I think it is great that your doc was thinking ahead and you had some insurance of being prepared for the bugs and yucks of international travel.
    Jerry

  7. Jerry Says:

    I am with Ralph... it must be a sign of the times that I thought this post would lead to a discussion of excellent customer service for an online book purchase. Smile How cool it is that you have the REAL Amazon experi

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