Enjoy the Amazon River in Manaus

Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil. It is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. With a population of more than 2.0 million it is the most populous city of Amazonas, and also the most populous city of the Amazon rainforest.

Because of Manaus’ location next to the Amazon rain forest, it attracts a substantial number of Brazilian and foreign tourists, who come to see wildlife on land and in the rivers. It is also home to one of the most endangered primates in Brazil, the Pied tamarin.

Tour boats leave Manaus to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the black waters of the Negro River meet the brown waters of the Solimoes River, flowing side by side without mixing for about 9 km (6 mi). Visitors can also explore river banks and “igarapes”, swim and canoe in placid lakes or simply walk in the lush forest or stay at hotels in the jungle.

The meeting of waters that occurs in Manus is a historical mystery. This natural phenomenon is caused by the confluence of the Negro River’s dark water and the Solimões River’s muddy brown water that come together to form the Amazonas River. For 6 km or more, both rivers waters run side by side without mixing and is truly a sight to see! The reason for the strict division between the two bodies of water is still unclear to experts today, which makes the sight so much more amazing.

For outings to beaches and parks situated near the city, it is often necessary to use boats. The beaches are formed right after the river water level starts dropping, which lasts from August to November. Starting in December, as the river rises, the waters invade the sand and the woods on the banks. Access to the beach is by boat. The best time to visit is from August to February.
There are lovely things you can also do close to Manaus on your own without a tour guide or operator. For exampleyou can visit Presidente Figueiredo which is a short distance north of Manaus. There you can enjoy waterfalls in virgin jungle, like the Iracema waterfalls, Santuario Waterfalls, Cavern Managua and Orchideia waterfall. You can go there from Manaus using the inexpensive mototaxis can take you there inexpensive. Another option that’s a little further away but still close by is a visit to Novo Airao where you can swim with the pink dolphins (fluctuante da Mathilde) for free.

Teatro Amazonas or Amazon Theatre is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. It was built during the heyday of rubber trade using materials from all over the world, with furniture from Paris, marble from Italy, and steel from England. On the outside of the building, the dome was covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colours of the Brazilian national flag.

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