Blogs from Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé January 11th 2015

Martedi´6: Itapuranga III e´ ormai da cinque giorni ad aspettarmi al porto brasiliano di Tabatinga, ma questa volta me la prendo comoda e salgo a bordo solo un´ ora prima della partenza, fissata per mezzogiorno. Salpiamo e ci viene subito servito un delizioso stufato di carne: niente male come inizio navigazione, del resto siamo ormai su di una vera e propria nave e non piu´ su delle grandi bananiere come in Peru´; le fermate pero´ susseguono e le amache cozzano ormai le une contro le altre. Per fortuna abbiamo un terzo ponte sul tetto dove ci si puo´ liberamente svagare con un piccolo bar, delle sedie e la TV. Ore 15.45, suona la campana che chiama per la cena; ci deve essere un errore, o forse sono rimasto indietro di un paio di fusi orari, ma ... read more
Sul Rio calano le tenebre
Il fiume Tefe´ visto dalla Missione
Nave amazzonica

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé April 12th 2011

Day 82 Bleary eyed we set off on our trip to Manaus (we have to get up at 5am). The plane is on time and our airport pick up is waiting... We are tired and have a wander to the Teatro Amazonias, a beautiful theatre built during the rubber boom, and have a quick tour. Then we head to possibly the most frustrating supermarket in the world (we queue for 1 hour to pay even though there was only 8 people in front of us). We have some snacks at the hostel and have an early night to prepare for the adventure the next day. Day 83 Again no problems with the planes and we arrive in Tefe airport, where we are picked up and taken to the port and wait for our boat transfer to ... read more
Teatro Amazonas
First View of lodge
Trying not to look scared

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé September 6th 2009

We should have first met the Amazon rainforest from the window of our bus on the way from Cuaba the Porto Velho but all we saw was cows! Miles and miles of cows. The road we were travelling along was only paved in the 1980s, the improved access led 350,000 people to flood into the area grabbing land and clearing 20% of the forest in Rondonia state. Next hop was a flight to Manaus - the city at the centre of the Amazon basin. From the plane the enormity of the forest becomes more real: 600km of trees and that’s just a corner. It also show up the way that the forest is being nibbled from the inside out and losing chunks round the edges. We were pretty much flying along the line of a unsurfaced ... read more
Rainforest from the sky
Matt relaxing

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé February 9th 2009

bonjours a tous, hello everybody je suis a tefe j ai donc fait la moitie du chemin et cela n a pas ete facile. de coari a tefe ca ete tres long environ 26 -28heures de navigation. et comme d habitude je me suis repris tout les jours la pluie et meme une tempete. c est tres impressionnant car ca arrive tres vite. je suis allee me mettre dans les herbes et je me suis cachee avec doggy sous la bache en attendant que ca passe car c est tout simplement impossible de navigue. apres le premier jour je me suis arretee dans une maison flottante pour passer la nuit et j ai fait la cuisine a l aide de ma bouteille de gaz qui a casse et tout le gaz c est echappe. de plus ... read more

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé March 16th 2008

I came back from my visit to the Amazon jungle. I went to Mamiraua reserve, which is a really great place. I stayed in a floating lodge, which is useful, because the whole area is a flooded forest, and water levels rise 10 meters during the rainy season. The reserve is an hour and a half from Tefe (the big city), which is only accessible by plane or boat, so it´s really in the middle of nowhere. I saw quite a few different animals, including capuchins, squirrel monkeys, red howler monkeys (and they make a lot of noise), and one white uacari monkey jumping between trees (look them up, they look real funny), sloths (they´re really hard to spot), cayman, river dophins (gray and pink), and lots of birds. When I got to the lodge, there ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé July 23rd 2007

Don´t let the photos fool you, it was diarrea all the way!... read more
Happy heads on the Dysentary ship
The very unhealthy ferry aka ´´sacred heart of jesus´´
Hammock land, our home for 6 days.

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Tefé March 21st 2007

I am in Tefé, Brasil, in the Amazon region. It is a city of 50,000 people, which the locals call small. But compared to most of the 'cities´that I saw along the Amazon, Tefé is quite large. I´ve been here for almost 3 days now, waiting to be whisked away to my jungle trek in the Mamirau Reserve, and have to say that even though this is a small town, my stay has been quite pleasant. In fact, I already have a routine here in the morning. I start my day (usually quite late) by going to the same pastry shop every morning. They actually have black coffee which makes me so happy, but I did get a strange look from the owners when I asked for café negro! I also order a roll with ... read more
Vultures on the roof
Peeping Toms
Motorized Canoes

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