I don't know what type of butterfly it is, but it's quite beautiful.
We're escorting the all day Amazonian Experience today, which is one of our favourites. Setting off at about 9am, it starts with a visit to the "Meeting of the Waters". This is where the black water of the Rio Negro meets with the white (or tea coloured), water of the Rio Solimoes. The two rivers don't mix because they are moving at a different speeds, and have different acidity levels and water temperatures. As a result, the two rivers run side by side for up to 20 miles before coming together as the mighty Amazon. It's quite a sight, for Brazilians as well as foreign tourists.
|The "slums of Manaus" - every time we've come here, the guides have told us this area is due to be knocked down.|
|Lesser Yellow Headed Vulture|
|Village boy with Green Anaconda (we think)|
At Lake January we changed into smaller, 10 person boats and were taken for a short tour. At one corner of the lake is a small settlement where the guide explained how THEthe families lived. We had difficulty hearing him as he was drowned out by a loud humming that completely surrounded us. We couldn't work out where the noise came from until he explained that there were underwater electricity cables. Nobody put their hands in the water after hearing that!
|Striated Heron, (except it has pink feet and a black bill - needs to be worked out)|
|Giant Lily pads - and a lot of rain!|