In this post I’m going to try write the most interesting things that happened to me during my 11 day trip south from Manaus. Traveling seldom ends the way you want it or planned, my first part is a good example of that. A 4 day trip on a boat would take me to the city of Porto Velho, over 1000 km south west of Manaus, close to the border of Bolivia which was my goal.
The boat was deporting at 18.00 and I was supposed to be picked up at 15.00 by a taxi that I would have enough time to get a good hammock spot. The taxi picked me up at 17.20 and I was on the already full boat at 17.30.. and I soon realized that nobody seemed to be talking english on the boat. After some time I found a spot and a woman helped me set up my hammock since she obviously thought I didn’t do a good job myself.
Besides the fact that I didn’t get much privacy because everyone who wanted to go to the bar/kiosk on the top floor hand to pass me I actually ended up with a awesome spot on the starboard side of the boat, right by the railing (awesome breakfast, lunch & dinner table). This is the spot where I spent most of my time during this trip, just relaxing in my hammock, looking at everything that passed by while we slowly went upstream at the same time as I was listening to the wheel of time on a audiobook.
I could write so much about this trip, but I’ll do it short. The 4 days ended up taking 7.. yes. The only people on the boat talking english (kind of) where two Indian guys who had a attitude towards woman that made you want to puke. I changed my mind and decided to go to Peru and Machu Picchu before going to Bolivia. When the sun was shining during noon-15 the heat and humidity made you want to pull off your skin and just die. The river was full of goldminingsuckingdirtfromthegroundstrangelookinghouseboats. Brazilians might be one of the most generous people on the planet, or I’m simply to cute not to give cookies, candy, drinks, food and even clothes. On the 5th day on the boat I actually started to like the rice, chicken & beans (crazy).
Traveling alone and with some dodgy types on the boat I never picked up my camera, instead these ones taken with my iphone will have to do!
After an eternity on the boat I finally arrived to Porto Velho and it was time to change from boat to bus, car and even a tuktuk. This part consisted of plenty stops and there is actually not so much to say about it more than I just loved getting away from the tropical climate arriving to the cooler parts of Peru.
The trip looked something like this Porto Velho -> Rio Branc0 -> Brasileia (1 night hostel) -> Assis Brasil -> Inapuri -> Puerto Maldonado (night bus) -> Cusco (1 night at hostel) -> Santa Maria -> Santa Teresa (traveling by bus is not that fun)
In the next post I’ll show some pictures from my little walk between the hydroelectrical station outside of Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes laying just bellow the famous Machu Picchu.