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Rua Monsenhor Coutinho 560, Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil
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Pinneapple smothered in grenadine
boats on the Amazon
What would be your recommendation for a boat (besides the barge) for a woman traveler for a few days along the Amazon? With side trips of course.
Re: boats on the Amazon
There are some good recommendations:
* Be escorted by people who speaks portuguese/spanish
* Do not forget to carry mosquitoes repellent or mosquitoes netting
* The only fair boat cruising Amazon River is "Dona Carlota". Watch the link
* Tropical Manaus is the best hotel at that city
* Useful museum in Manaus: Ciencias Naturais da Amazonia (handcraft); Museu
do Indio (Rua Duque de Caxias, 356); Artindia (Pça Tenreiro Aranha)
* There are some jungle lodges near Manaus with special journeys
* Shopping at Zona Franca de Manaus and Mercado Municipal
* Party Boi-Bumbá in Parintins. This party come to pass during June, 28-30
* Alter do Chão during July
* Ilha de Marajó and Belem. These spots are interesting
Re: boats on the Amazon
In 2005, I went on a river cruise in the Manaus area with Brazilian Safaris (www.braziliansafaris.com). A really great experience. Sleeping in hammocks and waking up to the sound of the jungle. I have more info about the river boat and the side trips on my Manaus travelogues.
Travel Tips for Manaus
THE BLACK RIVER - MANAUS
The black river starts actually in Venezuela,defines part of the border between Venezuela and Colombia,than it enters Brazil,towards the city of Manaus,where it join the Amazon river in its course to the Atlantic Ocean.
In Belem you can visit by boat the famous "meeting of the waters ",mean,the meeting between the Black River and the Solimoes river,in the meeting you can see a clear line between the dark water of the Black river and the light water of the Solimoes!
the Native Indians
from the Manaus Region, have become very much aware of their Heritage and try to preserve their way of life and culture.
much of their land has been confiscated, burned and left the tribes on a knifes edge.
birthrates had dropped considerable and western diseases like chicken pox, influenca, measles took their toll..and many have been killed, just because they did not leave their land, stood in the way of big business...manly american fruit companies
Get a pocket phrase guide
You will get rained on, and you will get a lot of sun. Be ready for both. Have something to carry them in that will keep them dry. Hardly any one speaks english, so bring a phrase book. A Portugese-English dictionary was also very helpful.
*THE* best bacalhau...yummmmm!!!
*****wonderful, local flavor and atmosphere...excellent value as well, given the current exchange rate btwn the R$ and the US$...even though that rate isn't quiiiite what it was a year ago, arggghhhh...***** *****oh my, but the bacalhau...there is a pagefull of different types, if your own Portuguese is not what it should be, make sure your wonderful dining companion is a local who can guide you through the maze of choices...and make sure you sample a cocktail or two...they are sooo affordable...again, with the exchange rate...*****
Opera House, Museo do Indio
Manaus shouldn't exist — whoever heard of a modern city in the middle of a jungle? — but it does and it shouldn't be missed.
The gorgeous opera house, Teatro Amazonas, was finished in 1896, during the rubber boom. All the marble and almost everything else was imported from Europe. One notable exception: the huge hand–painted curtain (original) that represents the 'Meeting of the Waters.'
From the Theatro to the Museu do Indio is about two miles. The museum, run by Salesian nuns, gives a good picture of the cultures of various Amazonian Indian groups. It has a fine gift shop as well.
On the way you'll pass 'rubber baron mansions,' other nice homes dating from the late 19th and early 20th century, and a ghastly favela (slum).
9 May 2005: A New York Times article on a performance of Wagner's Ring cycle here:
UPDATE 2008: My wife did the full Theatro tour and got one good picture (without flash, flash being banned inside the auditorium).
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Avenida Mandii, 04, Distrito Industrial, Manaus