Amazon Incredible

Andrew with war paint and his new sloth friend

(Andrew) We finally arrived at the Amazon and spent four nights aboard the Delfin II. My favorite components of our time here were:

1. Leaf cutter ants. We went for a walk in the forest. It was extremely sunny and humid on the water, but cool and moist under the canopy. When we stepped in the shade of the leaves, the moisture coated me with sweat. During our hike, we saw many animals including macaws, a red squirrel and a whole line of leaf cutter ants with cargo. The line snaked around trees. The ants crawled over anything in their path to get back to their nest.

2. Squirrel monkeys. I have always been a fan of anything that has the word squirrel in it. When I found out there were squirrel monkeys in the Amazon, I jumped for joy! Just after the leaf cutter ants, Dad spotted squirrel monkeys that were leaping from tree to tree. The next day, I spotted my own group of them!

3. Three-toed sloth. The next day, we took our skiff through the calm river occasionally hitting wake from pollution-emitting ferry boats. When we reached the mouth of a river, we could see the muddy brown and the crisp black water disapprove of each other. We visited the village of Puerto Miguel and were able to hold an ULTRA-CUTE 3-toed sloth. Her name was Pepita, and she was 3-months old! Her claws dug into us like we were trees.

Piranha bait

4. Amazon River hot tub. We jumped off the bow of our skiff into the caramel colored water. Thankfully, it was mostly piranha-free! The water was surprisingly warm, and there were pink river dolphins swimming around us surfacing every now and then to cause a bee-line to the ladder. Dad made photos of us jumping in and swimming.

The Amazon was definitely not a disappointment!

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18 Responses to “Amazon Incredible”

  1. Thats sounds like a lot of fun Andrew! I would love to do that someday.

  2. Sawyer Robbins 17. Nov, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    OMG andrew that sounds soooo fun!!! i wish i was there with you i am so jealous!! i hope your having a great time!! Are the dolphins really pink??

  3. Hey guys! That sounds like soooooooo much fun! Is the water really warm?

  4. Hey Emma!!!!! OMG the white family!!!! Hope you are having an amazing time. Did you see a parana did they try to bight you. Hope no one got hurt 🙂

  5. Alex Martiros 17. Nov, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Emma! Wow! you got to jump into the ACUTAL AMAZON RIVER!!!!! That’s so cool! How did the dolphhins get pink? Miss you all so much!

  6. Hi. It’s so cool that you got to jump in the Amazon River. That must have been a lot of fun. Were the dolphins really pink in color?

  7. It must of been super fun to jump into the Amazon River. Did you see any dangerous animals in the river?

  8. Johnny Schroeder 17. Nov, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    hi this is so cool what you’re doing were you scared to jump in the water?

  9. Jumping into the Amazon River must be so much fun!!! Were the dolphins really pink???

  10. Kelvin donoghue 17. Nov, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    was the water realy refreshing?

  11. That sounds awesome!!!! You guys sound like u are having sooo much fun!! We all miss you on the cougers (soccer) Emma! How was the water in the Amazon???

  12. It seems like you guys have been having a lot of fun. I am sure that seeing all of the animals is really cool and visiting all of the new places.

  13. Hey Andrew,
    I just read your post Amazon Incredible. It must have been really fun holding Pepita. In the picture she looked SO cute. Did it hurt when

  14. Sophie Charron 18. Nov, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    That sounds like such a great adventure! The three toed sloth sounded really fun! What other animals did you see? You made me wish I was at the Amazon right now just from your story!

    -Sophie Charron

  15. WOW! The sloth is really cool. A squirel monkley sounds really cool. Hope you guys are enjoying your trip.

  16. Elizabeth Egener 25. Nov, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Andrew,
    The sloth is soo cute! This looks like a really fun trip! Hope you have fun! 🙂

  17. hi you guys are so lucky!

  18. Ainsleigh Caldicott 20. Jan, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hey guys!!! The videos and pictures you have posted are wicked cool! we miss you terribly here! Looking forward to seeing more on your website!