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The Travel Journal of Jacqui and Lars

 

Brazil - 7 March, 2002

 

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Location Latitude Longitude Elevation

Travel Distance

Start Front lawn, local fazenda (farm) S0259.407' W04539.237' 40 m
Finish Vidonho's Hotel, Belem S0126.471' W04829.710' 22 m 464 km

Leg 3 Total:

6,264 km

Leg 2 Total:

12,140 km

Leg 1 Total:

9,010 km

Galapagos:

771 km

Grand Total:

28,385 km

 

Weather: Partly cloudy, occasional sun, very hot and humid.

 

 

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We finally make our way to Belem, from where we will start our adventure up the Amazon river.  We have another early start, leaving at 7 AM.  But before we head off, we make sure that we take a group picture with the family that kindly hosted us for the night.  We are also able to take a Polaroid picture, which we present to them.

 

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Lunch on the way is at a stop at another abandoned gas station.  This time the weather looks a bit threatening, so the gas station awning would be good protection from the rain if it comes.  But we are spared the rain.

 

We arrive in Belem at 3:30 PM and check into our hotel.  After getting settled, we head out to check out the town.  We also go look for some supplies for our five day trip on the boat up the Amazon River.  We will need water and snacks.  In the end, we buy about thirty liters of water for the two of us.  We return to the hotel for a short while to drop off our purchases, and then head out again.

 

We check out the main square with the Teatro da Paz.  It is amazing to see a theater like that in a town like this.  But that is what the rubber boom funded.  We have an excellent dinner in a local place - very good steak and chips.  After that we wander the streets a bit.  We check out the (in)famous open air bar in the main square that is notorious for it's ladies of the night.  It certainly is filled with ladies that seem to be hanging out and waiting for something.  We decide instead to head back to the hotel to pack our bags for tomorrow.  When we go on the boat, we will be leaving the truck for up to ten days, so we need to pack accordingly.

 

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