Santarem (Thurs 23rd January)
The city of Santarem was our first port of call. We were up for the sunrise again while the boat slid along the city seafront.
Once again, the ship was alive with insect life. I spent the first hour checking them all out and taking photos of exotic specimens.
We were all enthralled by huge vultures which circled above the boat sometimes buzzing the decks and appearing to swoop right at you.
Rather than touring the city or trekking the jungle we decided on a trip to Lake Maica to see the wild-life.
Following an interminable queuing for the tenders and fully coated in the double armour of gooey sunscreen and insect repellent (giving our skin a shiny, greasy look and pungent aroma) we transferred to small boats and set off. By now the sun was hot. On the boat the breeze was delicious.
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