|Dusky Titi Monkey|
Having been to the Amazon once before I know what an “A” day is and we were having one!
We were back on the ship for breakfast at 8:00 a.m., which consisted of tamales, scrambled eggs, thick bacon and fruit. A waiter comes around offering fresh juice (noting that a wide variety of fruit juices are offered in rotation throughout all meals). Towards the end of each meal there is a very short briefing of what to expect, so the morning activities are explained the evening before, the afternoon’s/evenings are discussed at lunch.
|The red glow of a baby caiman's eyes at night|
|What a baby caiman looks like at night with fast ISO and a slow shutter speed|
a swim in the Amazon River with dolphins nearby,
a short paddle with a local a traditional canoe
and piranha fishing, as examples.
|It would have been a bit more exciting fishing for Piranha |
that could actually bite you!
If my experience continued as it had it would have been far better. However, this G Adventures cruise is a bit more touristic than I would have liked as it as Day 4 an on unfolded and there was a distinct “We are done with the wildlife, now let’s do tourist stuff” approach. The signal was a morning "wildlife" walk that was literally right next to a small village where we had stopped for the evening. (Folks, animals don't hang out where humans live. I think we all know that.) But nonetheless there was beauty and interest that was seen...if only fleeting (as this 1.5 hour stroll could have taken 3 or more hours so we could really see and understand the environment if not observe more wildlife).
Unfortunately, these tourist experiences were made worse by some of the Canadian teachers/educators whose conduct was off-putting even to my recent high school graduate son. With this relatively large contingent more focused on this being a holiday rather than a nature/ethnic experience coupled with them not being terribly respectful of the fact that others with different interests were sharing the same small space, our trip took a definite turn for the worse.
|A far more touching photo is of a boy with his pet sloth |
than one of me posing with it