Sunday, 28 July 2013
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Saturday, 13 July 2013
This is one of the most beautiful places near Santarem. For 30 years I have taken thousands of people to contemplate its beautiful fauna and flora. Each time I went there I got impressed with big flocks of Terns, Egrets, Herons, Macaws, Parrots, Parakeets, Black Skimmers, Black Bellied tree ducks, Brazilian ducks, Buff-necked Ibis, Lapwings; Manakins, Toucans, Flycatchers; Groups of Squirrel monkeys, Silvery Marmosets, Howler monkeys, Titi monkeys, Two toed sloths, Three-toed sloths; A resident lady spotted once 9 manatees; Pink Dolphins, Snakes. The list of fish that shelter, spawn and feed there is endless.
It is the Maica lake, the floodplain east of Santarem. Since this particular ecossystem is very limited (it represents of about 8% of the entire Amazon Basin) we should protect it. It is protection is vital not only for native species in the floodplain, but also to species that live on mainland Rainforest and many many migratory species.
This little river will soon be dredged and a new grain terminal and a port will be built in the area, posting death where life is abundant. It is a privilege to be alive and see it before it turns to hell, it is a shame to see all this and call back that money is over everything else, even above life.
|Gionana playing with her cousin|
Thursday, 11 July 2013
The friendliest man in Brazil. Gil immediately invited me into his home and life for the 3 days I was in Alter de Chao. Along with 2 other backpackers, Gil took us to some truly wonderful places. We chilled with local farmers, ate fantastic food and drank the evenings away. The impression I had before arriving in the Amazon was that one is unlikely to see many animals... not so with this jungleman. I came to here to learn about the rainforest and it´s future, and with Gil I got exactly that. Hugely knowledgable, about not only the wildlife but also about the enviromental impact of human activity in the region, clearly demonstrated by his history of activism. Gil is the man, the best guide I´ve had on my travels... but more importantly a huge amount of fun! Just don´t let him make you feel bad that you´re stopping him from windsurfing!
Posted by Gil Serique: Culture, Windsurf & Wildlife In the Amazon at 17:55
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Monday, 8 July 2013
These are pictures taken by my friends Eduardo, Roberta and Antonio. It includes boat trip from Belem to Santarem and their time with me here at Alter do chao. I hope they can give an idea how enjoyable it was.
|On the boat|
|On a hammock|
|boat from Belem to Santarem|
|The atmosphere on the boat from Belem|
|Boat from Belem to Santarem|
|Having funon the boat|
|Group picture at home at alter do chao|
|Sunset at alter do chao taken from home|
|Playing at home|
|On a tour to Floresta encantada|
|at home at alter do chao|
Saturday, 6 July 2013
Thursday, 4 July 2013
|Chilling out at Santarem|
|same caption as above|
|Adelaine, Seagul, Paulinne, Maylis...|
|On the boat|
|Lots of birds were observed plus porcupine, sloths(10), pink dolphins|
|Amazing time with such nice people.|