Brazil – The Amazon (Anavilhanas National Park)

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest equatorial forest in the world, at around 6.5 million km2 and covering around 40% of Brazil’s land mass.

The Amazon Rainforest also stretches into Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana.

We stayed for 4 nights in the Anavilhanas National park at a fantastic jungle lodge, a 2.5hr drive from Manaus. This was set next to the Rio Negro, it’s waters dark from the decomposition of organic matter from the forest, making the water somewhat acidic.

The dark waters of the Rio Negro

The river runs for some 430 miles and it’s dark colour provides a quite disorientating mirror effect against the surrounding forest. The Anavilhanas Archipelago is one of the largest river archipelagos in the world, consisting of 400 islands in an area of 865,000 acres of rainforest.

There are three types of forest here, dry land forests, seasonally flooded forests and permanently flooded forests. As you pass along the river you can often see the high water line marks from the flooding season.

Our time at the lodge included canoeing through the smaller waterways of the rainforest. We were told to avoid shaking the tree canopies above us to avoid unwanted critters from falling down on us 🙂

We saw lots of wildlife, grey and pink dolphins, a three toed sloth, caymans, tree snakes, lizards, parrots and toucans.

We got to go Piranha fishing, removing the hook from the fish’s mouth was interesting before returning them into the river!

Termite Nest

A trek through the rainforest was an amazing experience, such a rich and diverse environment.

Another Termite Nest Built over a tree vine
Red wood trunk

We saw so many varieties of tree vines, the ‘turtle vine’ below was extraordinary.

Preying Mantis
Tree with protection for its fruit

We visited a local Amazonian community and got to see their school building and community work area.

Below is the community’s ‘pharmacy’ plants which they use to deal with many medical needs, for anything further they reach out to more mainstream medical support.

Nighttime boat ride on the river

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