MANAUS AND THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

THE CAPITAL CITY OF AMAZONAS

The Amazon Rainforest - where Rio Amazonas and Rio Negro meet; photo by Neil Palmer

The largest rainforest in the world is crossed by one of nature's most powerful rivers. Born in the Andes and stretching all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, the river creates a unique ecosystem. New species of plants and animals are discovered every year. Manaus, the capital city of the State of Amazonas, is its largest city with a population of two million. This is a perfect place for you to start your jungle experience.

Sunset at Rio Negro, Amazon

Manaus started to grow in a grand way with the Rubber Boom in the late 19th Century. The lovely Opera House is a reminder of this period, when rubber barons patroned the arts. Eventually seeds of the rubber tree were smuggled out... A duty free trade zone added prosperity to the city. The location, where rivers Amazonas and Negro meet, is spectacular.

You have the option of staying in a jungle lodge such as the Ariaú Towers, or luxury Tropical Ecoresort. From hotels in the city you can take the tours of your choice. Alligator spotting, piranha fishing, visits to the forest, an indigenous village, or the romantic sunset at Rio Negro are all on the menu. Go back home with one-of-a-kind memories and photos.

 

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