Friday, February 02, 2007
Visitors at Bosque Santa Lúcia
Except for some cruise ship stops, we see few visitors here in Santarém. As the old saying goes, "when it rains, it pours", or as the Brazilians say, "it's eight or eighty". A ship like the Regal Princess, which was here this week, will disembark hundreds of tourists on the city of Santarém, most of which are booked for one tour or another. Bosque Santa Lúcia was the best option for those wanting an ecological tour. The morning tours were canceled because the ship arrived very late, so we ended up with four groups of 20 each for the afternoon. Ship tours to the Bosque are approximately 3 hours, which includes half and hour to get there and the same for returning. Each group is accompanied by an English speaking guide and a local woodsman. Most of the remaining two hours are devoted to walking the Bosque trails and also a fast visit to the museum to see a variety of Amazonian woods and other artifacts.