Toques on Moto
I just finished my 6 day and 6 night sail from Belem to Manaus. I walked to the dock side one morning to the Terminal Hidroviaria in Belem and found that it was pretty easy to find a boat
from Belem to Manaus which could also accomidate my motorcycle. It was a joke to ride across the plank from the dock to the boat
despite what anyone says, so long as you arrive when the tide is high....so google ``tide schedule for Belem`` before you head down!
The lonely Planet book is out dated when it comes to boat
schedule information. For me there was a boat
on Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday for sure and possibly thursday (unsure...didn`t apply to me).
I had the choice of several boats which arrived back to port on different days on a rotation schedule. These Boats included:
1)NM Amazon Star (v-hull medium size)
2)NM Cliva (v-hull smaller size)
3) Rondonia (catamaran Large size)
4) Cisne Branco (unknown)
I was interested in only two dates which narrowed my boats to either the ``Clivia or the Amazon Star``
Cliva was quoted to be 300 REAL for a semi private room, and 200 REAL for the Bike.
Amazon Star was 300 for a Semi Private room with AC for sure, and 500 Real for the bike.
My friend Alex Reis from Moto Mania, in Belem ( Alex , he has tires, oil and is a superb fellow who greets all overlanders by bike...approximately 100 people per year) suggested that I take the Amazon Star as it was more confortable than the Clivia boat
so I shelled out the extra 300 on his advice.
sail was excellent and I found the food to be great. The people on board were wonderful and there was a bar to buy ice cream, chips, nuts, soft drinks, water, Beer, liquor, and sanwiches between meal times. The rooms were almost too cold to sleep in with the AC and the meals were served on time everyday at a cost of 8 reals for lunch, 8 reals for supper and free breakfast that wasnt worth eating (white bread and sugarized coffee). Beer was 3 reals per can as were soft drinks and bottled water. To sleep in a hammock was 175 Reals but I followed the advice of other paranoid travellers and opted for the semi-private room. It was worth the extra 75 bucks US to sleep in a bed for me. I met a 67 year old Aussi woman on board travelling on a budget stricter than mine and felt like a wimp, after she told me that I was missing out of the real boat
experience sleeping among the people in hammocks.
I made it to Manaus and found it to be a very populated city. To add insult to injury there was a building on fire near the docks which jammed traffic while I navigating to Hostal Manaus (suggested by the lonely Planet) I found that Hostal Manaus didn`t have secure parking for the bike so I was forced to pay double the price of the hostal`s rate for a hotel. There were multiple hoar houses on every street that charged high prices for a plastic bed and all night free porn which I continually mistook for a ligit hotel. Finally I found a pricier hotel that had secure parking and which wasnt a sex trade establishment. As a spin off for the higher price I ate the most delicious breakfast the next morning; so be weary of the price. For instance, the place I stayed at the next night in Boa Vista was called Hotel Monte Libano (suggested by the lonely Planet). It listed for the half price but served no breakfast and ended up costing me the same in the long run just to eat. As an added bonus, however, the Hotel Monte Libano included cigarette butts in the shower drain and pubic hairs between the sheets, so becareful..you`ll get what you pay for sometimes...and sometimes not.
Toques on Moto