We arrived in Manaus, Brazil at 8:30 p.m. after a long day of travel. As we made our way out of the airport, we were met by our wonderful guide, Matheus Pinto. What a blessing to have him here with us! He escorted us to our hotel, Amazonia Tower Hotel, where we had a short rest before meeting him at 5:00 a.m. to head over to the port to catch the speedboat to Parintins.
A taxi brought us to the docs that were teaming with people: vendors selling fried bananas, fruits, cell phone cords and Brazilian porridge. What a busy place! We boarded the Expresso Fernanda departing for our 10.5 hour journey up the Ramos River to Parintins. Shortly after leaving, we were offered a cup of sweet Brazilian coffee with a breakfast sandwich. During the first four hours of the trip, a young Brazilian woman worked non-stop in a tiny kitchen preparing a wonderful lunch for us complete with chicken, rice, beans, salad and potato salad.