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    The Amazon offers the ultimate rainforest experience: dense forests, picturesque river islands, and tranquil waterways. Drained by the world's largest network of freshwater lakes and rivers, the Amazon sight includes Manaus, the legendary capital city and the ideal point of departure for visitors to the many jungle lodges, from charming and comfortable 3-star Juma, Tiwa and Ecopark, to exotic and famous Ariau Jungle Lodge. Riverboat excursions, such as the new Iberostar are also a great option. Highlights are the Meeting of the Waters tour, the Teatro Amazonas and the Mamiraua reserve. The most adventurous may even choose our Jungle Survivor program to venture deep into the region and experience the Brazilian Amazon and all its flora and fauna face-to-face.

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    Manaus – Amazon

    Manaus is a highly populated city in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. The city is a popular eco-tourist destination in northern Brazil at the confluence of the Rio Negro and Solimões rivers, thanks to its natural wonders. The mixing of the black and yellow waters of the two rivers is worth seeing. Rubber plantations in the region provided a major boost to the economy of the state. Manaus is at the center of the Amazon rain forest, which is what makes it an important tourist center. It also serves as a distribution center for the upper Amazon region. Ocean liners have easy access to the area since the city is at the furthest point of the Amazon's deep-water channel.

    Although the city was founded in 1669 as the Fort of São José do Rio Negro, there is not much left of the fort. However, the wildlife and other interesting sights make up for the loss from a visitor’s point of view. Tour boats that ply the Amazon is the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the region. Most of the attractions and hotels are located in the center of the town. Apart from tourism, shipbuilding, brewing, petroleum refining, and electronics, are the major local industries. Jungle lodges and river cruises are what sum up the perfect vacation for tourists.

    History of Manaus

    In 1969, Indian settlers, in a bid to protect themselves from Dutch invaders built the São José da Barra Fortress, made from rock and clay. The village along the banks of River Negro that surrounded the fort was named Sao Jose da Barro do Rio Negro. Later the name was changed to Villa de Barro and finally Manaos in 1856. The Manao Indians were natives predominant to the region. Although it is officaly called Manaos, the city is popularly known as Manaus.The region was a major exporter of natural rubber for years, until the city was remodeled between 1890 and 1910 by the creative minds of architects, engineers, and builders from Europe.

    Urbanization of Manaus brought about a better infrastructure with electricity, drainage systems, water treatment plants, and a well developed transportation system. The Amazonas Opera House and the Univesidade Livre de Manaus, Brazil’s first university, are proof of the city’s astonishing development over the past century. Ever since 1967, Manaus has become the largest commercial and industrial sector along the equator due to its growth as an economic, cultural, and educational hub.

    How To Get To Manuas

    By Air

    Manuas is serviced by the Eduardo Gomes International Airport. TAM and Copa airlines operate from Miami on a daily basis. Varig, Rico and Lloyd Aereo Boliviano all fly to and from the city. Fares are affordable today, with prices dropping as much as sixty percent.

    By Road

    A bus service runs from The rodoviária which is 6 km north of central Manaus. Road transport is only available up to Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima State, which lies north of Manaus. During the rainy season make sure you check the road conditions before venturing out.

    By Boat

    Cruise liners travel to Manaus and give you the opportunity to see many more places along the way. Prices vary from $600 to $3000, depending on the level of comfort you are looking for. River boats ply along three ports, the Bairro Educandos, the Ponte de São Raimundo and the Porto Flutante all the way to Peru and Belem.

    Many of Manaus’ tourist attractions are around the Centro and along the river.

    The Opera House (Teatro Amazonas)

    The Opera House on Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro was built during the renaissance revival period in the 1890s with Italian marble, French crystal chandeliers, and wrought-iron railings from England. Its architectural beauty rightfully earned it the name ‘'Jewel of the Jungle'. After having shut down four times for restoration, the Opera House plays host to a number of international entertainers since 1997.

    Museu do Índio (Indian Museum)

    Museu do Indio in Manaus exhibits arts and crafts by the Indian tribes which include clothing, weapons, ceremonial masks, ceramic utensils and more. The Museum is located near Palacio Rio Negro and is open from Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am & 2-4:30pm and Sat from 8-11:30am.

    Museu de Ciências Naturais da Amazônia (Natural Sciences Museum of Amazon)

    The museum is the best place to experience wildlife in the Amazon with a collection of embalmed animals, insects, and much more. This is the only privately-run museum that aims to promote nature education to children. 9 acres of natural forest lie adjacent to the museum for those wanting to study the flora and fauna of the region. The aquarium at the museum houses some of the biggest fish including the pirarucu. The museum is located at Rua Cachoeira de sao Gabriel, Colonia Cachoeira Grande, Cidade Nova, Manaus.

    The Ecopark and Jungle Lodging

    Manaus’ Ecopark is a must see for every visitor who wants to experience Amazonian wildlife without the rigors of trekking through the jungle. Boat rides take you on a scientific and educational tour of the property. Jungle trails offer the chance to observe giant trees of the Amazon, natural savannahs, and creeks. The Ecotourism lodge consists of 20 rustic bungalows within the forest area. There are several hotels constructed on the riverside or on floating bases.

    Igreja de São Sebastião in Manaus

    The neoclassical church stands out with its white marble and stained glass panels. Located at Barro Preto, the church has magnificent paintings that adorn its ceiling. The church was constructed in the 1888 under the supervision of Gesualdo Marchetti of Luke. A painting depicting the martyrdom of St. Sebastian is the largest painting on the ceiling at the entrance.

    Inpa - Natural Research Institute

    INPA offers you the chance to see that rarest specie of fresh water manatee, a friendly animal that is easily approachable by human beings. Manatees used to be killed for their fat, which was used in oil lamps during the boom in rubber production. The animal is a protected species today. The institute has a vast expanse of greenery that you can walk through and observe the flora and fauna of the region. The Science House at the INPA will give you an idea of how projects have been undertaken to preserve and protect the Amazon forests. The institute is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    River Cruises on the Amazon

    Going on a regional cruise is the best way to visit the Amazon in comfort. These boats stop by remote communities, giving you the chance to learn about their way of living. Packages vary from 2 days to a week. Iberostar Grand Amazon cruise goes along the rivers Negro and Solimoes and it's a great one week cruise option.

    Manaus Climate

    Typical of the Amazon region, Manaus is wet for most of the year. The drier season is from June to October, while the highest rainfall occurs between November and May. Being close to the Equatorial Line, the temperatures are high through the year since the sun’s rays fall perpendicular over the city. Winter months are between June and August, but be prepared for high humidity levels at any time.

    Practical Information about Manaus

    You are at an advantage if you can speak a bit of Spanish in Manaus. It would be a good idea to learn a few common phrases to get by with the locals.

    Use road transport in the form of buses or taxis if you want to save money and time. However, make sure you don’t carry too many valuables with you and avoid heavy luggage during peak hours.

    Hostel International has two hostels in Manaus, the Amazonas Hostel and the Hostel Manaus. For less than US $10 per night you can have a room to yourself. Breakfast is included in the rate. Members of Hostel International with a valid membership card can avail of discounts in some bars, restaurants, and shops in the region.

    Currency Exchange in Manaus

    It is advisable to exchange currency at banks, hotels and foreign exchange bureaus.

    Amazônia Turismo at de Setembro 1251 offers currency exchange at reasonable rates. Tel: 3622 7206.

    Banco do Brasil at Rua Guilherme Moreira 315 is open from 9am - 3pm Mon - Fri.

    Bradesco Av Sete de Setembro has one branch at Av Sete de Setembro at Rua Barroso and one at Av Eduardo Ribeiro.

    Medical Services in Manaus

    Manaus has an efficient network of medical facilities. Hospitals include: Hospital de Doenças Tropicais or Hospital of Tropical Illnesses, which is located at Av Pedro Teixeira 25. The hospital specializes in all kinds of tropical diseases. Tel: 238 1146

    Unimed on Av Japurá 241 has a 24 hour emergency service. They can be contacted on 3633 4431.

    Free yellow fever vaccines are available the airport around the clock. You can also visit Hospital de Doenças between 9 am and 6 pm for a free yellow fever vaccination. Visitors entering Brazil through land or water need to obtain a yellow fever vaccine certificate.

    Meeting of the Rivers

    The black waters of the Rio Negro and the yellow shade of the Rio Solimoes merge into the Amazon River. The confluence of the rivers is a hotspot for tourists who wish to witness the amazing sight as the two colors mix.

    ATC- Amazon Tree Climbing

    Embark on a special group tour of the Amazon rainforests if you want to see the most incredible species of birds, plants, and other animals at home in the rainforests. Tree climbing tours offer you the chance get a glimpse of flora and fauna from another level.

    Amazon Forest Tours

    Make the most of the outdoors and experience a tour of the Amazon forest if you want to see the treasures of the Amazon jungle including scorpions and tarantulas. There are quite many jungle tour operators and they expetise in particular kinds of trips. The prices vay depending on the season and the number of days. Amazon Gero Tours, Jungle Experience and Iguana Turismo are some of the operators available.

    Shopping in Manaus

    Thanks to the Manaus Free Trade Zone most products in the city are cheaper than other cities across the country. Shoppers would love a trip to the Amazonas Shopping Mall at Av Djalma Batista, 482 – Chapada, is one of the biggest shopping malls in the north of Brazil. For that perfect indigenous souvenir visit the Ecoshop open from Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00pm and on Sunday from 5:00 pm to 20:00 pm; or another option is the Galeria Amazonica from Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

    Manaus Public Market

    There is no better way to take home souvenirs including local handicrafts made by the natives, than from the public market. The Mercado Publico also features an extensive fish market, which is the largest one in Brazil, here you can literally find anything you want. The market is open every day from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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