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ANDREI - 3 and a half days into our voyage up the Amazon to Manaus and we're just about ready to get off and walk the rest of the way!  This is largely to do with the food and the repetitive nature of most days.

Don't get me wrong, it was amazing to see the expanse of the River Amazon around us!  At some points, we could not see the Southern bank - only the tops of the trees in the distance to the side.  The sprawling jungle, the majestic clouds thrown up by the rapid, tropical weather systems, and the expansive sunsets made us feel very insignificant at times!

Our boat, the MS Santerem, seemed pretty sturdy and rarely rolled when the wakes of bigger ones lapped by.  We had to sail close to the North bank to minimise the effect of the opposing flow, since we were sailing upstream.  This meant we could see one bank, at least, occasionally occupied by individual houses, and, more rarely, actual settlements.  We also saw some evidence of deforestation.  Plumes of smoke reaching for the skies in the distance reminded us that "slash'n'burn cultivation" still occurs, and huge barges filled with logs headed downstream passed us.
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