She gets going...
Actually, the title is a little bit misleading, but definitely true. We arrived to the tri-border and headed to Tabatinga on the Brazilian side to reserve a berth on our boat to Brazil and save some money by sleeping there a couple of nights before the boat got going (they always let you do that at all boats along the Amazon). Then we headed to Leticia
, Colombia, which is a 5 minute car ride away from Tabatinga and the border is pretty much nonexistent: one policeman, holding a gun, looking pretty. Leticia is better settled for tourism (food, banks, internet) so we spent most of our time there. We spent the first day walking around trying to arrange a tour the next day to the canopy of the Amazons and trying to find somewhere that showed the Spurs-Cavs game.
Em enjoying being suspended some 50 feet above the ground
Apparently they do not show the game in Colombia since nobody cares about basketball there, so we failed to watch it and apparently it was a good thing. The next day we were picked up to go on a canopy tour and a little saunter through the jungle. The saunter was nice as our guide Antonio was knowledgable and the indigenous man that accompanied him, Cristobal, was quite chill. They gave us humongous fruits picked from the trees, all really sweet and quite good, though sometimes a little too sticky and always really strange. Then we saw how Cristobal´s people treat Coca to make it better tasting and eatable. Finally Cristobal told us a story about how Cruise ships make it here all the way from Miami to Leticia, full of old people, some who faint in the jungle cause of the heat, some that need reminders of where they are.
Best was when Antonio mentioned that the Phillipinos that man these ships have 2 hours to do whatever they want for only one day. So when they get off they run to tour guides or whoever they can find, hold a wad of cash, and ask for "marihuana, coke, and whores!" This is Colombia, not Vegas, close though. Afterwards we hiked over to the canopy, which was fun although we had to climb with our own energy. The tree is about 150 ft above ground and they have all kinds of ropes attached to the tree. So you get in your harness, attach a couple of clips to the ropes, some safety mechanisms, and away you climb. It was really hard work but it was so beautiful. We would stop every 10 feet or so and suspended in mid-air enjoy a unique point of view of the jungle.
At the top of the tree line
Arriving to the top was so rewarding as the view was breathtaking, we could see for miles and miles of just jungle and trees. This must be how monkeys feel, if only we had tails to hang off trees. After we enjoyed hanging out in the tree house of this huge tree, they attached us to some more ropes and we swung over to another tree, about 10 feet smaller. We hung out on the treehouse of this tree for a while too but it was quite wobbly and made Emily very nervous. Danilo as well, but he wasn´t about to compound Em´s nervousness with, "hey you know, this actually feels quite unstable". So when they annouced it was time to go back down to Earth, Em was the first in line and Danilo quickly followed. Going down was so much fun! It was like sliding down a huge slide but without your butt getting stuck on the metal. For our last real excursion into the jungle, going to the tree canopy was a great choice. Pictures of this lovely event shall be forthcoming. Our small and short trip into Colombia was incredible and beautiful. We loved the country and loved the people and can´t wait to go back and see more of Colombia one day.