The border crossing into Brazil was the easiest we’ve had so far, and one of the easiest I’ve ever experienced (other than in Europe where they are almost non-existent). I think it took an hour to exit Peru and enter Brazil. The best thing is that there are no vehicle customs controls in Brazil for private vehicles, this is the process that takes so long usually. Plus the border was empty so no long queues. The best part of the border crossing is that Lee and Cathy got into Brazil. They changed from there Canadian to British passports and no other border crossing would allow this so we were all waiting on tender hooks to see if the Brazilians would allow it and they did, it was an issue as no visa is required for the British passport but one is needed for the Canadians.
Now that we’ve entered the Amazon basin I cannot wait to get into the thick of things, this is the part of the trip I am most looking forward to, it will be challenging and good. So far a couple of things I’ve seen on the Peruvian side of the Amazon basin.
- The parrots. It is so strange and amazing to see parrots flying overheard. Back home I am used to seeing crows, pigeons or birds of prey but here parrots, how cool is that.
- The butterflies OMG just gorgeous and so many … I really do love butterflies, we’ve ridden throw swarms of them (question: are groups of butterflies called swarms)
- The amount of small towns. I am really shocked to see so many small towns and small holdings. It is quite sad but there are many hectares of the jungle that have been chopped down and burned to make farmlands. They are not big commercial farms and the ground is not very fertile for crops so cattle farms are the thing (I’ve been told but don’t know if this is true) , but there are a few banana plantations and many small sheep, horse and cattle farms. I’m curious to see if this changes as we get further into Brazil
- The garbage is not left littering the streets but put up in box like cages away from animals that dig in it and spread it around
- The dogs are reed thin and very skittish, clearly not well looked after or treated very well which is in direct contrast to those in Peru where even the street dogs look well fed and in good condition with some fantastic looking dogs just running around. There is garbage all over the place in Peru though and maybe that is why the dogs are well fed, many (not all) are also very friendly or at least not terrified
- The people in Brazil are very helpful and friendly
We’ve come through Assis Brazil, Rio Branco, Porto Velho and Humaita and still no jungle, only dead straight tar roads and unbelievable heat. The road itself almost seems to cook and this fiery heat just emanates upwards from it hitting you like an oven. Today we had 2 very brief but very welcome thunder storms, no rain jacket needed as every drop of rain was welcome to cool us down.