Tabatinga- the place were we were ripped off royally
29.01.2009 - 29.01.2009
On the Amazonas lies a famous three way boarder of Brazil, Columbia and Peru. It is an invisible line between these countires and you can walk freely between the three. Leticia in columbia is really cool whereas Tabatinga where we choose to stay was a dump. It did not help that we were fooled buy this so called guide who although he initially was very helpful totally ripped us off (could go on all day about it but not worth it) and it was not the nicest of experiences. Anyway, Tabatinga had nothing...we were struggling to find a place to eat (everywhere looked manky) and there was no internet or nothng there. We decided to waste no time and fly out the next day to Manuas in the jungle where we were planning to do our jungle trip.
We were advised by our so called guide to take a taxi to the airport as it is very far and to be there three hours before. Well the taxi ride took ten minutes and we of course he had arranged for a ridiculous price for the taxi. anyway, we arrive in this airport hall and it is empty and it is not even the size of our apartment at home. The three hours beforehand turns out to be bullshit and so we sit down to wait. There is NOTHING in this airport- one little shop which is not even open. Anyway, K reads this book called Alive which is about a palne that crashed full of Uruguayan rugby players (not the best book to read ahead of flying) and finally people start to arrive. Soon there is an announcement by a girl in portugese which we of course dont understand. We have been told that everyone in Tabtinga understand Spanish but it turns out that nobody speaks English and we can only find one guy who barely speaks Spanish. Finally it becomes clear that the plane is somethng like 7 hours delayed becasue of bad weather. We have no choice but to wait in the very exciting airport and something like 10 hours after we arrive in the airport do we get to leave it....We are not too happy to see that the airplane is tiny with propellers. The flight was very bumpy and as K is reading the book (martin has already read it) we are convinced this is it...We are very happy to reach Manaus to say the least.