Manaus then a City on it's decent, but with a lot of charm,around 1500km up the Amazon and the last major City... now flourishing again and upgraded , I wish to visit again
there is a very good book on the market, if someone is interested: by JOE KANE
'Running the AMAZON
a first hand account of the only expedition ever to travel the entire 4200 miles Amazon river from the source high in the Andes, to its union with the Atlantic Ocean
I can recommend a very good read the Gateway to the Amazon Jungle and 6day river cruise was one exciting travel I'll never forget. the people, the animals and flora..such richness of life and joy, combined with making a living has been one heck of expirience!
a little Baby could sit quite easily on the leafs without any problems..the stem is strong, connected to the water like an anker. VICTORIA REGINA, named after the english Queen Victoria, when I'm not mistaken. the area around Manaus is just awesome and so much to discover.as I always say, go Countryside, the Hinterland is actually the beautiful one
Small and waterproof very basics; t-shirts, shorts, bathing suit. A light poncho for the rain is good. depends on your trip, but basics for custs and scrapes is a safe bet. Bring all you batteries and film, not many stores in the jungle. Mosquito repellent, suntan lotion and batteries.
I cannot say enough about the...
I cannot say enough about the gigantes lilypads which are found only in the still waters that the local tour guides know how to get you to in their canoes.
They are, to say the least, stupendous.
The Two Rivers
One of the main attractions in Manaus is the boat tour to see the two different rivers emerging into one. One river is black and the other one is more or less cream colored. There are several boat tours that go there, ranging from a half day trip to a whole day trip. I took the whole day trip and it was very entertaining. You go on a large boat with about 50 people or so, and they take you to see the emerging rivers, then to a local village to do some souvenir shopping, then a trip into the deeper jungle with smaller boats, then a stop by a small hut to buy more souvenirs then a really nice meal before you head back. I was most entertained by the wild dolphins jumping around in the river throughout the entire day.