Middle of the day and before & after rain
Refrain from strenuous activities in the middle of the day since it can get really hot and humid. Also during the rainy season, the locals meet before or after the rain. There is usually a downpour in the afternoon and people time their meeting before or after it rains. The downpour normally lasts a few minutes but boy does it pour. 1. jungle trek
2. music in town square
3. opera house
In Manaus, and many other parts of Brazil, the female/male ratio is very uneven, with significantly more females. If youre out shopping or something and sit down for a drink and youre a foreign male, dont be surprised if local women come up to you and ask you out. Its just the way things are over there. Whatever your answer may be to them asking you out, dont be surprised if this happens.
Housing in North Brazil
poor...but very clean and very hospitable. respect the people and the culture. poverty is not choosen, being well of neither...opportunity does not knock on everybodies door. people get by here and take every job opportunity which comes along.
infrastructure in the north of Brasil has to get better to give everybody a decent chance. still 10% of the Rich own 90% of the Country and 90% have to do with the rest.
for everybody who is alittle more interested in the social-economic situation of Brazil, could have a look at.. MARTINELLI's Brazil page
If you are interested in doing some real amazon hiking and stick close to Manaus, you can go to some of the Islands in the Amazon side of the city (if it isnt flooded - when the river is hige these islands COMPLETELY disappear). The hike can be an hour on five and is a great day or half day trip. If you want to do a whole tour you can sing up with one of the companies at the Hotel Tropical and for 50R$ go to the meating of the waters (cool), guided hiking on an Amazon Island, and visit the opera house. The hiking is cool and guided so you will learn a lot about the amazon flura and fauna.
As soon as we had gotten off...
As soon as we had gotten off the ship, we wandered over to an open barbecue just to the left of the docks.
The only people here were the locals, many of them probably from other villages, you could kind of tell by their appearance. But the smell of the barbecuing meats was wafting all over the streets and it was too tempting to pass up.
I think that the locals were quite taken aback at our very presence. We were the ONLY people off the ship that came over to sit and eat with these folks. Soon, the old story, they just couldn't do enough for us. One fellow insisted that we try the manioc. Later on the trip, we learned how to make manioc, though that did not make it taste any better.
We have found, over the years, that if the table is crowded, that usually means that the food is good, like the no. of trucks at a truck stop, same idea.
Down the street from the Hotel, there was an open air restaurant in a little park which was also the end of the line for the bus, a turnaround point. They served up barbecued fish that was as good as any we have ever had, some kind of native to the Amazon fish which is very large, cannot remember the name.
Of course, the food at the Tropical was delicious and abundant. But not inexpensive. Breakfasts were included as part of the daily rate, they too were well laid out.