And we were able to walk through a caboclo, (means descendents from the original Portuguese and local Indian couples), village of houses on stilts. A lovely peaceful place without roads. Children played, adults worked, and all as if we weren’t there. The villagers work together on the land around them to cultivate it and share the produce. The disadvantage of a house on stilts is it that it doesn’t rise with the water. Last year, the river rose to its highest level in memory. Described as “terrible” by our guide, we were told that there were no lowlands to see, just water and treetops. The city flooded too. As we walked through the village on stilts, you could see the on the walls the line marking where the water level had reached. The people here have a canny way of getting round the problem though. They just build another floor inside their home, and live above the water until it recedes. Admittedly some are forced to move though.
On from there to see the rest of the wonderful sights on offer, there was so much to see in the canoe ride, and walking over the bridge to see the lily pads was awesome, as was the huge caiman lying quietly in the water when we go there. (I’m glad we didn’t catch that one last night, it was as big as the boat).
A brilliant, brilliant day. Some pictures for you:
|Wasps Nest high up in the trees|
|Blue capped heron|
Black banded hawk
|Very large caiman|
|Lily pads on Lake January|