Amazon River Dolphinsriver dolphins was by far the thing Isabella was most excited to do in the Amazon.
We took a 1 hour speedboat ride from the Ecopark to a spot along the Rio Negro (low pH to no Piranha!) where a little platform had been built to visit with the dolphins.
Our guide fed the dolphins and generally watched out for us. The dolphins were very gentle and seemed to be especially careful around the kids.
Annabel insisted she wouldn't swim with the dolphins, but pretty quickly after she saw how much fun Isabella was having she was in the water properly. In the end getting them out of the water took some doing.
Such a wonderful experience.
Unrelentingly hot and close, even first thing in the morning, but a very informative and interesting walk.
Manaus city tourTeatro Amazonas, the "Amazon Opera House", the mercado municipal on the river, the new Manaus football stadium and the fish market.
Monkeys and Swimming
The Ecopark has built a series of weirs across a natural spring that runs alongside the park, and a series of nice natural water swimming pools is the result.
Afterwards, we trekked along the banks of the Rio Negro to the Monkey sanctuary, where a small group of "Woolly" monkeys are cared for - often after being rescued from life as pets.
There was also a lone female Bald uakari monkey with a red face at the sanctuary.
Amazon Ecopark, Amazonas
We settled at the hotel and then jumped back on a canoe to go see a local cabin and demonstration of some of the local rainforest products, like latex, cashews and castanhas, manioca and fishes.
Afterwards, we did a spot of fishing for Piranha in the Rio Amazons (they don't like the low PH of the Rio Negro - important information for later).
After sunset, we did a bit of caimen spotting, and got up close to a juvenile Spectacled caiman.