Some buildings along the river near the river crossing.
The new suspension bridge across the river which will replace the barges when finished in 2012..
One of the larger barges, pushed by a tugboat.
Dirt dock on the other side.
RobC showing me how to properly disembark a barge.
The "Mother of God" barge ... or so it was for me.
Safely on the other side we enjoyed a cold drink here.
This river town reminded RobC of Pucallpa, Peru.
More shots of the river town.
Next was a short ride to the Brazilian border where we were not sure if I could get across as I forgot to obtain a prior visa to entry Brazil. Canadians, Americans and Aussies need visas, most other countries do not and as RobC was using his Dutch passport, he was safe. Worst case scenario, we head back 15 km to the Bolivian border and cross there.
We used the Carnet to get the bikes out of Peru, after explaining to the customs agent what and how it was done. He proceeded to extort beer money from us. Next, immigration, where the nice girl said there was no way I would be allowed into Brazil without the visa but she did say try to get a transit visa to get to the Bolivian border just inside the Brazilian border, as the one on the Peruvian side, 15 km back, had no control, the road was bad (we didn't see a road) and the crossing is used by narcos ... bottom line, not desirable.
We decided not to check out of Peru in case I didn't make it into Brazil, otherwise, we'd have to check into Peru again. Seemed like the wise thing to do. Got to the Brazilian immigration where we were shocked that they were going to let me in. RobC whispers, "don't say anything about a visa". I'm waiting on eggshells as they process our passports when I overheard one agent ask another about a visa for Canadians. "No" was the reply. Hmmm. And no fees!!! Over to customs to get our bikes into the country but we needed photocopies