Making tapioca – also known as cassava or manioc. The extracted starch is ground to a powder then sieved and finally cooked in a huge wok. Though fairly tasteless on its own, adding butter or flaked coconut creates a tasty snack.
A twelve year old boy shows off his catch – a huge blowfish almost as big as himself.
A tribal music ritual. Though watching this kind of traditional dance could be considered a tourist spectacle this is, paradoxically, often the only way such customs are kept alive.
A young member of an indigenous tribe refuses to smile for the camera during the music ritual.
The younger kids down in the tribal village were much more forthcoming…
A night-time trek through the jungle. Our guides picked this flammable resin from a plant and used it both as a makeshift torch and a method of warding off evil spirits.
This cheeky monkey, just several months old, is being held in a sanctuary near Manaus. Her mother died soon after she was born and she is now cared for by a keeper (pictured).
Tourists feed and swim with botos – river dolphins that have a distinctive pink hue. Botos have traditionally been imbued with supernatural powers in Amazonian culture. This particular location serves as a therapy center for local handicapped children.