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Reflections in the Amazon

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We had been traveling for a few months now. South America. We had reached Santiago of Chile from New Zealand. From there we cross the Andes and enter Argentina. We went along the mythical mountain range, from Mendoza to Ushuaia, passing by Bariloche, Calafate and Rio Gallegos. We cross all the Patagonia to get to Fire land. Once reached World's End, we had to go back up, and this time we did it along the entire Chilean coast.

After touring Chile we enter Bolivia and then we go through Peru. Once in Peruvian lands, our intention was to reach the Atlantic coast, and we did not want to do it by air. So there was no other option but to immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest. Bolivian highlands and life in the Andean heights during our visits to Cusco Y Macchu Picchu, we return again to sea level. We passed through Nazca, and then moved to the Peruvian capital, Lima, where we would plan our immersion in the Amazon world.

Passing through Iquitos and Pucallpa, we finally arrived in Santa Rosa, a small town already in the Peruvian Peruvian jungle bordering Leticia (Colombia) and Tabatinga (Brazil). Since Tabatinga we would depart on board the Fernandes II address Manaus, right in the heart of the Amazon jungle.

It was a great day. The nights were incredible, we slept in outdoor hammocks and hallucinated with the sounds that came from the jungle. During the day we were walking on the deck enjoying the view and chatting with the Brazilian travel companions.

One day, while I was walking on the ship, I watched for a while Róisín, my dear companion of adventures for a year around the world. With his gaze lost on the immense Amazon and totally submerged in his thoughts, he remained there for hours.

What are you thinking about? I asked myself; In the vastness of this river? In the mysteries of this jungle? Maybe in the beauty of our planet in general? In the infinity of adventures that we have lived since we left Dublin, I don't even remember how many months ago? Maybe he's not thinking about anything, and he's just recording this moment in his mind to enjoy it again someday.

It may be that he simply tried to see some crocodile hanging around; or who knows, maybe he was just wondering what the ship's cook was going to give us dinner that night.

I never asked him, but I couldn't help taking a picture to remember.

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