Our long odyssey is finished and we are officially settling into life in Brazil! We already feel like we have been here a week or more and we regularly reference what we saw here “yesterday” even though we haven’t even been here 24 hours yet. Our flights were not excruciating, though we very much expected them to be. Our tallest guy got a row to himself on our first flight and got to stretch his long legs out and sleep after our painful 3:30 meeting time for our 4:00 departure. One of us overslept (we’re not telling who it was!) and squealed in just in time to jump on the bus. Though it was a bit dramatic for a moment or two, it all worked out fine in the end.
Saying a prayer at the chapel at the hostel for our trip as we begin one of the many adventures in Santarém.
The first flower to catch our eyes when we pulled in to the hostel in Santarém. Pure beauty.
Ahead is the Tapajós where it meets with the Amazon (Brown color) at the far end of the river.
On our daily stroll on the beachfront in Santarém. Can you believe the view? The clouds are something else.
An interesting medallion glued to the rock on our walk. We’ve never seen anything like it.
An interesting perspective from the streets downtown. It’s so different from anything we’ve ever seen in the United States.
Motorcycles and Mopeds are one of the easiest ways to get around in Santarém. They fill the streets. If only you could see how they navigate the streets. Locals pay people to cover their seats with cardboard because they get hot after being parked awhile.
The stark contrast between the Tapajos and Amazon Rivers can be seen from the shore of Santarém.