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Day 2 picture of the frog in my hotel bathroom.

Hello all,

I heard the rain pounding down on the tin roof outside my window at about 6:30am.  I woke up and scanned the television channels for something interesting.  I fired up the laptop and checked for any stray unprotected wi-fi signals...  no luck.  So, I just fell back to sleep with air conditioner humming along full blast.  I woke up and laid in bed until about noon, and then decided it was time to get out and check out Leticia and Tabatinga.

The frog was still on my bathroom wall, but he had moved outside the actual shower.  This made taking a shower a little less nerve racking for me.  I did not want to disturb the little guy, and I'm sure he was keeping the bathroom bug free.

The Amazon River dock in Leticia, Colombia.
  I also had no idea how good his little suction feet were, and whether or not the steam generated by my shower may do something.  Then again cold water doesn't usually kick up steam.  And, this might seem silly, but I am in the Amazon.  I have no idea if this is one of those dangerous poisonous frogs you hear about.  It's not very bright in color, but those red eyes make me a bit nervous.

My first goal was to get my passport stamped for entry into Colombia.  I heard that either the Policia National, or the airport could get it done for me.  I walked the kilometer to the police station, and was told there that I would have to go to the airport immigration office.  Well, I was almost half the way there, so why not walk the rest of it.

Another view of the dock in Leticia, Colombia.
  May I remind you that the rain had stopped, but it is still HOT and HUMID.  By the time I reached the airport my pants felt like they just got out of the washing machine.  Not a comfortable thing.

I grabbed a motorcycle ride back to town.  That's right, in Leticia you either overpay for one of the dozen or so actual taxis, or you hop on the back of a motorcycle, ask how much, put a helmet on, and off you go.  It's very cheap, but I can't remember the last time I was on the back of a motorcycle.  It took some getting used to, but it was under a buck back to town.

Next I went to the Aerorepublica airline office to get my ticket to Bogota.  There was a flight available tomorrow, but it would cost about $25 more then flying on Sunday.

The view down Calle 8 towards the river in Leticia.
  I really want to get back to the highlands, so booked and paid for a Saturday flight.  Ok, got that done now.  I went back to the hotel to drop off my passport and ticket in the room.  I also took another shower, and changed up the clothes for another journey outside.

Next I wanted to check out Tabatinga, Brazil.  Tabatinga is a twin city with Leticia, and there are no border procedures between the two.  That makes it one of the only places that an American can enter Brazil, and not have to pay $160 and get a visa in advance.  Plus, if you know me, you know that I will be able to check another country off of the list.  I know, I know, I didn't see anything really good in Brazil, but I will try to visit the good stuff at a future date.

Parque Orellana from Carrera 11 in Leticia.

It was alot longer walk then I had imagined, but after about 30 minutes I was crossing the understated border into Brazil.  The main street in Tabatinga streched out before me, and it was much longer then I would have thought.  I was looking for two things... an internet place, and someplace to get some food.  About 500m into Brazil I found a internet cafe, and it has A/C!  I had brought my USB drive along to upload my last three blogs and a few pics.  But the connection was slow, so I couldn't get too many transmitted.  I thanked the attendant using the one word of Portugese I know, and paid with Colombian Pesos.

I asked a passer-by where the cnter of town was and he pointed me in the right direction.  It was another long walk to the area near the docks along the Amazon.

The border between Leticia, Colombia and Tabatinga, Brazil.
  Nothing really of note to see down here either.  Tabatinga is maybe the least pedestrian friendly town I've found in Latin America.  Maybe the rest of Brazil is more of a car/motorcycle culture then the rest of South America.  I didn't really see any food that looked to good, Leticia is much more set up for tourists.

I waved down a motorcycle, haggled on price and off we went.  Near the border we stopped at a little peg board to grab a helmet for me.  The driver also took off his official Tabatinga Moto-Taxi vest and wrapped it around his handlebars.  I had noticed that Colombia seemed to have a helmet law, and I think that is pretty unusual down here as well.  He dropped me off near the hotel, and I got some of my change in Brazilian money.  No big deal.  I felt like cheap eats so I went to a local joint and had a 'Plate of the Day'.  It was just about $4 with a few local sodas, and it was very good.  The owner got a real kick out of my horrible spanish, and gringo ways.

I crashed for a while longer in the room until venturing out for some food at about 9:30pm.  I had a Churrasco, at a barbeque place that was really good.  I topped it off with a Guanabana smoothie that was heavenly.  I faded off to bed at about 11pm.

Later, Phil

oldschoolbill says:
Thanks
Enjoyed the blog & the Pics
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
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