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Saturday, October 20, 2012

On the Amazon









We are actually in the Sacred Valley for a day to acclimatize ourselves to the high elevations we will find at Machu Picchu. The Silver Fox and I came off  the river last night, and while our memories of the mud and heat we encountered will fade, those of the river and indigenous people who shared their homes and villages with us will be with us forever. A favorite memory will be the visit to a small community that had never encountered tourists before. One of our boatsmen had heard of the village and we planned to deliver books and crayons and a goodly supply of pencils to the village school When the children and women saw us they were alarmed and backed away from us. Their only other encounter with white people had been with missionaries and the visit had not gone well. The river people are nominally Catholic but their is a strong streak of animism in their beliefs and evangelical efforts were not appreciated. Our guides calmed them and the visit was the highlight of the time we spent on the river. I wish you could have been with us. We have hundreds of photos, some of which I hope to share with you when we return. Till then...Mary

15 comments :

A Paix√£o da Isa said...

mt bonitas as fotos gostei mt bravo bjs bfs

Buttercup said...

Thanks for taking me along. This is a trip I'd hoped to take with a friend who passed away before we could travel here, so I am very grateful for your photos and report. Wishes for a wonderful rest of the trip.

Penny said...

This is so fascinating. I am in awe of what you are doing on this trip. Looking forward to hearing the rest.

Barbara F. said...

This sounds like the trip of a lifetime, Mary. Can't wait to see the photos. Be safe and enjoy the rest of your journey! xo

Angie said...

What an amazing trip ...I am in awe of you both.

Pam said...

Oh Mary, I can't wait to see more!

Catherine said...

dear Mary, How exciting. What a fascinating trip. I look forward to the photo's of your trip. Take care and blessings dear friend. Catherine xoxo

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I always enjoy hearing about your amazing adventures.

David said...

Mary, Just great experiences! I'm really looking forward to seeing some of your photos when you and the Silver Fox return from this magnificent adventure. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Hovkonditorn said...

What an amazing trip! Take care!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Mary, it sounds absolutely fascinating and definitely an experience I'm sure, will remain with you for the rest of your lives!

bellini said...

Can't wait to hear all about it Mary. It just sounds so exciting.One of my dreams.

My Little Space said...

OMG Mary, I was actually about to ask you where about you're planning to visit this year. Now, here you are in the middle of Amazon. Super COOOOL ! Have a safe trip. Enjoy & be adventurous. Looking forward to more from you. Take care.
Best wishes, Kristy

ARLENE said...

Machu Pichu has long been on my bucket list. I'm so pleased it's such a good trip for you, Mary.

nannykim said...

Hmm, sounds a bit scary to me! I wonder how understanding they are of Catholic beliefs and why they would be so afraid of evangelicals.

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