Tuesday 14 April 2020

new review

Gil's "new" cruiser was at the dock when we landed and we went straight on board and enjoyed his hospitality and knowledge before we left on a voyage of discovery. 

As we travelled away from Santarem he filled us in on the locality and the accompanying wildlife and plantlife. His knowledge is second to none and his way of imparting it made the day amazing in all ways. Once out in the wetlands we transferred to small boats and made our way into the depths of the landscape only accessible in these boats. We saw all types of bird and wildlife and enjoyed a constant commentary all day long. He is a very interesting man with a very chequered life history which he managed to impart in a way that gave substance to our views of Brazil. 

The practical parts of the day ie food, drink and facilities are all catered for in excellent form and, overall, I would have no hesitation in recommending this day to anyone . He will tailor it to time restraints eg cruise stops and make sure you get back in good time. We did, in fact, do a second days trip with Gil in Alter do Chao, this time a land based trip by minibus into the Rainforest which was also, although different, just as good and informative. It also emphasised to us the problems of deforestation etc which is one of his enduring passions. To finish, a fantastic pair of trips, made our cruise.