Sunday 28 January 2018

TA new review

Our cruise took us to SantarĂ©m and we wanted to make the very best of our trip to the Amazon. I researched other reviews and e-mailed Gil. He and his team are absolutely amazing and the enthusiasm, especially Gil’s, is beyond all bounds. Each sighting produces an effect as though this was Gil’s first time. We saw pink dolphins, many different birds and sloths in trees but the latter were high up and visible as a grey ball. All of a sudden, Gil dived into the Amazon, clearly unafraid of piranhas and headed to a tree with a three toed sloth on a lower branch. He carefully unwrapped the little fellow and brought it aboard. He showed us and then carefully returned the little fellow to his branch. Anyone heading to SantarĂ©m would be so much better with Gil than any ship excursion.

Sunday 21 January 2018

..wiith Adonia guests


Pink dolphin watching


An iguana on the way

same osprey

the boss

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.