Friday, July 17, 2015

Amazon Adventures - Day 9

Monday, June 29th, was a day to go sightseeing in Cruzeiro do Sul and spend some time with Pr. Francisco's family. Cruzeiro do Sul (Southern Cross) is the second largest city in the state of Acre and has about 80,000 inhabitants. It is a city of contrasts from modern areas

and a unique Catholic church,
                                        to very poor areas with wooden houses on stilts.

We were able to do some shopping at an open market where we tried all sorts of natural, local goodies! It is amazing the number of things they make from manioc and sugar cane!

Here are a few of the things we bought. (l to r back row: cane molasses; Brazil nut cookies; manioc starch cookies; a whole Brazil nut; (front row) Alfinim - a pulled, taffy kind of cane sugar; gramix├│ - homemade brown sugar; farina de tapioca (tapioca flour); and farina de mandioca (manioc flour).
One of the staples there is plantains - large green bananas. They also have many varieties of bananas.
We also tried some new fruits. The first is Cacau....chocolate is made from
 the seeds....but the fruit tastes nothing like chocolate!
This is buriti. It is eaten cooked or made in to a thick, yellow, energy packed drink with a tangy taste. It is delicious and refreshing.
Here is Pr. Francisco's house.
What a very special time we had with this dear, dear family!
I taught the ladies how to make homemade pizzas for supper and we rested a bit for the late night trip. The sunset from their front porch is amazing!
Around 10 p.m. we said "good bye" and went to the airport to wait for our midnight flight back to Rio Branco.

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