Alter Do Chao – Brazil – a flooded lagoon – a holiday resort. Photos.

Alter Do Chao is a holiday resort on the Amazon. It floods to form a large lagoon with sandy shores. Families come to enjoy a ‘beach’ holiday. The water is fresh water and very warm. Extremely pleasant to swim in.I was more taken with the incredible wildlife of the flooded lagoon.

Today’s Music to keep me IIiiNnnnnSSssAaaaNNnnnEee – Roy Harper – The Tallest Tree – Chico Mendes!


Chico Mendes – one of the real heroes. Roy wrote this song in his honour.

Francisco Alves Mendes Filho,[1] better known as Chico Mendes (December 15, 1944 – December 22, 1988), was a Brazilian rubber tappertrade union leader and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest, and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by a rancher on December 22, 1988.

The Tallest Tree

The earth is possessed
By the curse of the west
Who devour
Newpaper furniture
Paparazzia by the hour
But a man with a vision
That tomorrow’s begun
And has to be won
And nobody here is reprieved
O Chico, Chico Mendes
The man in a million
Stood in the way
Stood his ground
For the earth
For the coming of day
The chorus of dawn
On the perch of each morning
A forest of tears
As the joy reappears
On their leaves
And believes
Sings his name
And the tallest tree
Forever stands
Beyond the flame(s)
North south east and west
We can all reach the rest
Every day
Now is the change
To set out together
For a beautiful day
Whoever saw it
A different way
Was a man in a nightmare
Too numb to the future
Of brilliant possibles
Ever to share
The same air
As the men in the clay
O Chico, Chico Mendes
There are men who are more that just men

The Amazon – Boca De Valeria – Another dose – the locals, pantomime, reality and animals.

We walked back through the village, getting a second dose of the tourist pantomime. I talked to a few of the people. They were friendly and very open. Language was a problem but they explained that they could make more in a day doing this than a week selling crops in the market, logging or fishing. Who could blame them?

Despite everything it was incredibly interesting. We were an attraction for the kids. We were as much a pantomime to them as they were to us.

Boca De Valeria – the church, stilted houses and village.

We walked around the village. Everything was on stilts. In the rainy season the water rises. It’s very fertile and uncontrolled. – Until Bolsonaro sells it off!

We were a cash cow. Our arrival was like a carnival. There were stalls set up selling rubbish (no local crafts – all mass produced tat). There were boat trips to see the lilies and people wanting money for posing. They dressed their kids up in psuedo plastic costumes. They had animals for you to photograph.

They were giving the tourists a show.

Sad really – but behind the scenes you got a glimpse.