Sunday, 21 January 2018

..wiith Adonia guests

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Adonia in Santarem, Amazon river Cruise

My next cruise ship tour will be on January 15th, with some cool guests from Adonia.

We shall explore the Amazon Floodplain with great access to amazing local wildlife like sloths, pink dolphins and hoatzins amaongst many others and and unforgetable and prisitine landscape..

Sunday, 7 January 2018


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Reviewed yesterday
We booked our tour over 12 months in advance originally thinking that we had a private tour booked. But over the months through various contacts we discovered that Gil also accepts other bookings at the same time on the same day. Oh well we thought as long as there aren't too many people it will be okay.
On the day of the Tour we had our group of 12 and had identified 10 others from our ship we thought yes 22 that's fine. When we all finally met up the group was actually 26.
BUT THAT IS OKAY STILL ... Gils boat can hold probably 40 people, There are 2 decks and all 26 of us were quite comfortable on the upper deck with no one on the lower deck, there is plenty of room. DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY NEGATIVE REVIEWS this man is incredible.
We were met at the dock gate by Gil himself, he directed us to a Bus for a short ride to where his boat was tied up. In the bus he explained what we were going to see with passion, once on the boat he did not disappoint. We cruised along the river to the point the two systems met and the difference in water color was amazing, then we headed off up a smaller river and saw PINK DOLPHINS at the mouth, along the way we saw water buffalo, Cows, horses etc and all the time we had a running commentary from Gil who was just as excited as we were when he spotted a new bird or animal. Eventually we disembarked into smaller boats for a closer look at the wildlife and saw many birds and a 3 toed Sloth. After cruising around in the small boats for some time we re boarded Gils main boat and returned to port and our ship.
We had an amazing day with a man who is very very passionate about his Amazon and its wildlife.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

What a day with Serena's guest

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Roger Casement by William Butler Yeats
(After reading `The Forged Casement Diaries' by Dr. Maloney)

I say that Roger Casement
Did what he had to do.
He died upon the gallows,
But that is nothing new.

Afraid they might be beaten
Before the bench of Time,
They turned a trick by forgery
And blackened his good name.

A perjurer stood ready
To prove their forgery true;
They gave it out to all the world,
And that is something new;

For Spring Rice had to whisper it,
Being their Ambassador,
And then the speakers got it
And writers by the score.

Come Tom and Dick, come all the troop
That cried it far and wide,
Come from the forger and his desk,
Desert the perjurer's side;

Come speak your bit in public
That some amends be made
To this most gallant gentleman
That is in quicklime laid.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Viking Sea in Santarem

Pink dolphins are often killed and severed harmed by fishermen

She behaved like Flora
Hoatzins quite close but extremely blended into the colours of the tree
Hoatzins on cameras
A slth doing some slow motion acrobacy

Going for lunch

got you dude, One of my favouire views

Worshiping iguanas

Going into the deep

Some are wilder than others

Dont stand up gentlemen I am just passing by

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Viking Sea amazing tour


Friday, 15 December 2017

New review Thx TA

Just got back from a amazing, unforgettable trip with Gil and Celso Serique.
Gil is an international famous guide, who brings you to unbelievable places. We booked the 3 day tour.
Gil was waiting for us at Santarem airport to take us to his house facing a wonderful island beach. Carparinha time!

Next morning we left his place for a boat trip to Maica river ( we had time to visit the fish market, see the meeting of the waters and cruise along the city. Pink dolphins, the prehistorical hoatzin and a lot of other beautiful birds which he all knows by name and their typical behavior. We also used his little wildlife book to identify most of them. Sloths are to be seen there most of the time, but now they were too lazy to show themselves, I guess. Later that day to Tapajos National Forest, Primary rainforest! After a short hike we reached the spot to set up our camp.
Hammocks were attached to the wood giants and I started the campfire for Celso to prepare dinner. For us time to look at some howler monkeys passing by. Roasted chicken never tasted *this* good. Same for the carpirinha's.
Bedtime, or better, hammock time. Which is so much different than a bed. I hate and love them. Difficult to get your right sleeping position, but waking up in the morning, so comfy that you don't want to get out. But then, what is wrong about lying awake for a while, listening to the sounds of the jungle and gazing at the stars and the moonlight through the gaps your canopy ceiling? In case you might be worried about animals approaching the camp, there is no need to: they keep the fire going through the night.

After waking with a stiff cup of cowboy coffee we were ready for a hike.
Only Gil knows about this special spot where to see the king vultures. Beautiful birds and the whooping sound of their wings when they take off is spectacular.
During the tracking Gil just cannot stop telling interesting stories about the history of the area which once belonged to his family and is strongly related to the coming of the rubber plantations. No, he can stop talking about that, but only to point out another interesting animal, tree, plant or insect.
The track we walk in the afternoon gets us to a viewing point from where you can look down upon the canopy of the 50 meters high trees. The diversity is amazing. Some with bright colorful flowers, something you will never see from the floor.

Next day we walk to a little creek. Having lunch and just hanging out, taking pictures of butterflies and other insects that present themselves to us.