You wake up, fall asleep, wake up, fall asleep, and when it feels like 21, it’s actually morning and they say: “Welcome to Belém!” It was still pitch black though. Fortunately, I run into this
You wake up, fall asleep, wake up, fall asleep, and when it feels like 21, it’s actually morning and they say: “Welcome to Belém!” It was still pitch black though. Fortunately, I run into this French couple who has a plan that is like a copy of the plan I wished I had: wait for the sunrise, take a taxi straight to the boat to Belém, with a short stop at the equator. I felt so relieved to be welcome in their company, so here’s a photo:
In the image above, you see how fun it was waiting for the sun 🙁 But, you see those machines in the middle? Cash machines 🙂 I got 800 reals just for the sake of it. Will put 100 in my belt and use that as my search limit. Living in private-banks-know-everything-about-you-Scandinavia has made me a bit cash-challenged.
We got a ride to the ferry in Santana, including a photo stop at the equator, for 70 real, so 6 euro per person. The closest I’ve been to the equator before is Singapore. But here is my left foot entering! And the right foot came after, I promise.
Arriving in Santana became so much stress, with all people wanting money. No funny business though, I did need a hamaka (10 €), ropes for it (2 €) and a boat ticket (43 €). But after all the stress, we had breakfast:
Then we bought food for the ride. I don’t regret not having a kitchen, since it’d be too heavy to carry, but if I had, then here is some beans for it for 25 euro cents per kilo.
In the image above, you see the Temple of Harald. Note the curvature of the feet: relaxed. Then, between the feet, you might see a plastic bag. It contains beer to be had when we start moving.
In the image above, you see my feet at the front, but also how wide the river is. The Amazon transports more water than the rivers 2 to 7 combined. It constitutes 20 percent of all water to the oceans. So riding it feels like riding a huge lake, in which a steady ship is always in the middle, far from the coasts. So that’s why I don’t take this ship to Manaus, or the other way around, since you actually don’t see that much. This ship though, is crossing the Amazon delta on the side, so we get to pass a lot of island channels, and it looks like this: