Back on land

New day, same procedure. Wake-up call at 5:30 again and then off to the water lilies at 6am.
The boat had anchored next to a dock and from there it was a short walk over a high bridge in the woods to a large pond full of lilies. At least it looked like a pond but is probably a side arm of the Amazon.

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And look, I also saw a cayman really close. It looks very old and grey, in a way like a real monster.

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Then a bit a of shopping next to the dock (for this the boat always allows some time) and off to breakfast.
One more happening on the boat and this was to be the meeting of the Rio Negro and the Amazon. Look how beautifully they come together.

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Sylvia was severely disappointed because there was no sighting of the pink dolphin. She even noted that on the feedback letter.
The weather was awful while on the boat this morning, overcast and raining. At around noon we were back at the Hotel Tropical and took a taxi to our own Pousada Chez le roi. A beautiful little place in the better area of Manaus.
We left our luggage and were on the way to the local zoo Cigs. On the way we stopped for a pastel, some kind of phyllo, filled with meat and cheese and then fried. Super delicious!

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The zoo in Manaus is run by the military and here we saw all the animals we missed on our boat trip. Beautiful animals, and interesting to watch.

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After walking around for what felt like hours in the heat, because by now we had sunshine and at least 35 degrees again, we stopped for a break and Sylvia had some Açai. She liked it better in the south where it was served frozen, here it looks more like a soup.

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By 4:30 we made it back to our hotel and enjoyed the pool and the garden. A real oasis in the city.

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We had one more dinner in Manaus, shopped a bit and had an early night. The next day would start again with an early flight.
Yours, Pollybert

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