In Manaus a local guy picked me up as recommended by a friend and he lead me into the jungle. His family provided two huts for tourist. The fishing didn’t do very well on the market anymore and a lot of the surrounding rainforest were removed to feed cattle. Tourism gave them a reason to keep the ecosystems healthy and flourishing.
That was my experience with the Amazons, five days in the jungle with the locals. Swimming with anacondas, eating piraya’s and sharing hut with spiders. Listening to the locals stories of survival and watching what was called the black and white river meet.
The sunsets were amazing and I hope we look after this important jungle holding so many species and storing so much carbon.