The Simple Life
One of the river-houses we slept in, side-by-side with the rest of the family.
Things happened quick in Manaus. All in the space of our first day there, we disembarked the boat, made our way to the other end of the city to collect the car (which we had sent from Belem on a different boat), dropped it off at a mechanic, found ourselves a local guide and were on our way into the jungle with him.
Finally, we had found something more like the jungle we had in mind! For the next 7 nights, we alternated between camping out in the forest and staying over at the local cabocos, as we made our way along the river by motorized canoe.
Experiencing life as a caboco is an unforgettable experience. Fascinating, is the way they live their simple lives in complete harmony with the environment. Even more intriguing is the number of children they all have, and the unbelievably young ages at which they start popping them out. Interestingly, electricity and TV arrived for some of these people a few months ago, which is sure to have an effect on the birth rate, now that there is something else to do in the spare time!
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