Amazon Cruise

2010

One of the many costumes worn for their guests (and a dollar).

Boca Da Valeria

Wednesday, February 10th

Today our ship dropped anchor a short tender ride away from the village of Boca Da Valeria (the name means mouth of the Valeria River).  It is a typical Amazon river village whose people live very simple lives.  The villagers have agreed to open their homes to passengers on Princess cruise ships.  They dress in colorful costumes and are eager to show you the local wildlife for a small tip.  We did not expect to find electricity in this village, as the homes we saw yesterday did not have it.  However, the home we visited had a satellite dish, a small TV and an electric stove.  We were told everyone sleeps in hammocks because beds are too warm, but this home also had two bedrooms with beds.  Boca Da Valeria’s population is about 75, and they have a tiny school, a small church and a bar in the center of the village.  There are only about a dozen wooden houses.  We walked about .4 of a mile into the jungle, hoping to see manioc being processed, but found later that we were on the wrong path.  We did see a big blue morpho butterfly and our self-appointed guide pointed out a frog.  The day was not that hot but it was extremely humid.  The natives looked comfortable, but we and our fellow cruisers were anxious to get back to the ship and our showers.  

This is the rainy season in the Amazon basin, so not surprisingly it has rained at times during the last two days.  It has not been as hot as we expected.

Boca Da Valeria

Boca Da Valeria - Toucan

Boca Da Valeria - the school

Boca Da Valeria - home we visited

Boca Da Valeria - home we visited

Boca Da Valeria - home we visited

Boca Da Valeria - home we visited

Boca Da Valeria

Boca Da Valeria

Boca Da Valeria

Boca Da Valeria - banana tree

Boca Da Valeria - on jungle walk

Boca Da Valeria - selling trinkets from canoe

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