Parintins (Amazon River), Brazil

November 19, 2018

Today we anchored in Parintins and we took a tender into town. When we got to the port we hitched a ride with a pedicab and he took us around for an hour. We saw this church in town and then he took us to see some artwork that’s a wall which was pretty cool.

The last stop on the tour was this warehouse that has huge parade floats that were tremendous and very colorful. This is an annual Parintins Folklore Festival.

Manaus (Amazon River), Brazil

November 17, 2018

Today we got off the ship and took a boat ride up the Rio Negro River about an hour and then we got to this cool place that has unique pink dolphins. The guy at the dock feeds the dolphins fish. The dolphins look very different than bottlenose dolphins. At the same place they had this other fish, I never heard of Arapaima.  They put a fish on a long string and the fish eats off the stick. It’s a strong fish and if you watch the video below you will hear a sucking sound that’s how the Arapaima fish eats the bait on the stick. John fed this fish, and he said that it was powerful!

The first evening our friend Carol & John purchased tickets to the Opera House. While there we saw Bassanova which is Portuguese music.

November 18, 2018

Today we took a boat up the Rio Negro River to the floating market, and we walked through the Amazon forest to see the water Lillies.

We then walked back to the boat a went to see the meeting of the waters. It’s pretty amazing to see the muddy Amazon River water and the dark Rio Negro River form a straight line of difference. We had really cool tour guides on the trip one of them has YouTube videos of him teaching Portuguese. The Tutor’s name is Jeferson Dionisio Alves.



Opera House


Boca Da Valeria (Amazon River), Brazil

November 16, 2018 

Today we took the tender into this village Boca Da Valeria which was unique and very poor. The kids meet you at the pier, and they have all these exotic animals, and you take pictures with them and give them a $1. They had crocodiles, sloths, toucans, parakeets, macaws.

We already love Oceania Cruises, and I never thought I could love this company any more than I do but this blew me away. We saw them take a whole bunch of candy, toys, school supplies, clothes, flip-flops, soccer balls and gave them to the locals in the village. As far as I know, they are the only cruise line that does this.

John with a Toucan

John with a native

Shrunken Head

Santarem (Amazon River), Brazil

November 15, 2018

Today we got picked up by a boat while we were anchored and we sailed up the Tapajos River to see the meeting of the waters. We then sailed up the Maica River to go piranha fishing which was fun. Our boat caught two catfish and two piranhas and a weird looking fish

Amazon Water & Tapajos Water

This is a root that they grate and bake in the oven because if not it’s poisonous.

Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil

December 12, 2016

Today we arrived in Sao Paolo, and we didn’t have any tours set up we decided to take a cab to the local mall and walk around and do some shopping. We spent about two hours walking around the mall and on the way back to the ship we shared a cab with the Food & Beverage Director’s wife Samantha. Today was a relaxing day nothing scheduled and no time restraint.

Follow us on our journey the next destination is Porto Belo, Brazil.

Ilha Grande, Brazil

December 11, 2016
Today we took a ride on a schooner boat to the Blue Lagoon which is an isolated beach on the north side of the island. The ride was about an hour long, and we saw lovely views of the lush forest and shoreline. The entire island is protected environmentally, so nature reigns supreme. We had a chance to snorkel which I didn’t participate in, but John did he said it was nice but once you’ve seen the Great Barrier Reef it’s hard to beat.