There's no early morning walks as the humidity is off the charts and it's raining really really hard. Well we thought it was until we saw really really hard rain later in the day, but perhaps that was really really really hard rain or simply a proper deluge.
Breakfast is a buffet affair but no European style familiarity at The Tropical in Manaus. There's a tapioca cake, coconut bread, 'chocolate' milk (well it looks like chocolate but that's really where the familiarity ends), fried bananas, and a manioc flour pancake thingy in which they bake the usual omelette ingredients sans the eggs. Oh, and also, the worst coffee on the planet!
We wait in the lobby for our transfer to the lodge at 08h30 as instructed by our travel planner only to be on the phones by 09h00. They are only expecting us tomorrow. But all's well that ends well and a quick plan is made to put us on a boat down river, while someone takes our luggage through to the lodge. The boat is an all day excursion to the 'meeting of the waters' with a lunch on the way back, scheduled to arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon.
We are soon met by our very friendly guide Anselmo and introduced to one of his guests. An Indian lady from New Zealand, who lives in Australia and works in the travel industry there. She's been on a two week working visit to South America checking out sites and hotels and things to do, for their clients. Just drown them in the Rio Negro, is a common suggestion from the three of us and being a Kiwi she probably agrees but professional curtesy prevails!