Our next stop was another small village. As we approached it, the white sandy beach and bright pastel colored buildings really made it look like a place in the Caribbean. We had just passed the large ship that resembled a small cruise ship. As we approached the village, we could see the larger ship's tender there. It returned to the ship shortly after we arrived.
Women washed their dishes and clothes in the river while their children splashed about.
There was a market where young ladies sold wares that were made in the village by their elders. There were lovely beaded necklaces and bracelets, carved wooden dolphins and manatees, and hand woven baskets.
While there, we had another opportunity for a hike in the jungle. Our local guide (with his machete) led us to the edge of the town. On our way, we passed a unique school made from native wood that, even though a modern structure, fit well into the landscape. Through the open doors, we could see the students in their classes. Just past the school was a lunch room/ large hall that matched the school. Just past that on the way were (what the guide told us) matching dorms for men and women.
On the wall of the last building was a plaque, describing the school and stating that the complex was paid for by a grant from Samsung - truly a good investment of their money.
We started on the trail single file, following our guide. He pointed out unique flora and fauna. One interesting thing was a thick vine he cut with his machete. He indicated that the hiker behind him should hold the piece of vine above the mouth at an angle. As she did, fresh water trickled from the cut.
About 30 minutes into our walk, the heavens opened and it began to rain. It was a heavy rain. We moved on, following our guide, each trying to prevent our camera from drowning.
We had a new appreciation for a 'rainforest'. Rather than running from the rain, seeking shelter (that was no where close), we became aware of the forest around us that seemed to come alive. By the time we got back to the village we looked like a small colony of wet rats. In addition to our wonderful experience in the jungle, our wet clothes had cooled us down, so much so, that the Amazonian heat was not so oppressive as we emerged from the forest.