Today we started our trip down the Amazon. At about 2:30 p.m. we boarded the Desafio boats by the Amazon River. We were traveled along the Rio Negro, which is the largest black water river in the world. The first site on our trip was the area where the Rio Negro meets the Rio Solimoes. This meeting is called this called the "meeting of the waters". The Rio Negro is a black water river and the Rio Solimoes is a mud water river so it was really amazing to see these two different colored rivers meet and not mix. The rivers actually run down the Amazon River for about 4 km without mixing. The next place we headed was Lake January, a natural wildlife reserve, where we saw magnificent plant life. We even had the opportunity to see the famous Victoria Regia water plant. This is a huge water lily that floats on top of the water. We then took a canoe trip into the Igarapes. These are small streams that run into the middle of the Amazon rainforest. These streams are very narrow and often lead to beautiful lakes and magnificent waterfalls. The stream that we traveled along did not lead to either of these places but we did experience the colorful scenery of the Amazon Rainforest. The only sounds that we could hear in the dense forest were rushing water, bird singing, monkeys howling, and other natural sounds. After our relaxing trip down the Igarapes we were lucky enough to stop at an indigenous house to see the Brazilian native’s way of living. The natives lived in houses that they built out of raw materials. The houses were built in a circle and the area in the middle was used for ceremonies and rituals. When we were done at the indigenous houses we travel to the Praia do Tatu, also known as the Armadillo Beach. We swam in the water for a while and observed some of the tropical fish swimming in the water around us. Then we went for a walk on the beach to take in one of the beautiful beaches in Brazil. We are sleeping here tonight with the rest of the cruise and tomorrow the adventures will start again. I am so excited for another day on the Amazon River.