Included in our nominal fees for a rainforest visit were river transportation, accommodation under an
open-air thatched roof in hammocks, meals of local fish and fruits, as well as surreal sightseeing.
Our adventures with Bata took us canoeing and swimming in the flooded forest, nighttime cayman hunting,
hiking to Sumauma (massive tree – Avatar style), and jungle trekking for animals such as tarantulas, monkeys, and sloths.
The children prepare poles for catching a variety of local fish (including piranha!)
Bata’s pet parrot had a boatload of attitude for such a little guy… I (of course) ADORED him.
On the other hand, the sister strongly dislikes contact with all things animal…
A quick smile. Phew, we can finally set this thing down!
The ladies of the family create handmade jewelry using Amazonian nuts, seeds, and latex harvested from nearby trees.
This was a common look from the sister during our stay in the rainforest. I am actually still deciphering what it means…
A GRAND thank you to Bata and his charming family for welcoming us and sharing a brief moment in their lives. It was a experience
that not only educated us, but developed an immense gratitude and respect for this expansive environment… it will forever be a favorite memory.