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June 28, 2003

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Our three day jungle tour ended. For us, we thought the Amazon cruise offered a better experience than the jungle lodge because in both tours we saw the same wildlife but the cruise provided more scenic variety.
No rest for the weary. After our jungle tour dropped us back in Manaus, we heard about a famous Brazilian festival being held in a town one day's journey downriver. We took our things down to the docks and waited around like unemployed fishermen until we found a hydrofoil that was heading in our direction. With its giant engines swooshing a huge roostertail wake, we arrived ten hours later to Parantins, the festival town, at 1 AM. The ship docked and we spent the night aboard; it seems to be an unwritten rule on Amazonian river boats that passengers can sleep for free aboard the ship they arrived on.