THE BLACK RIVER..... Rio Negro, Manaus
staying up late, the smell of the Jungle, the noises strange but intriguing. the Sunsets and Sunrise...sometimes the bloody Mosquitos ruined everything
they are the real killers on the Amazon and the Jungle, protect yourself...Malaria is one bite away
Fondest memory: I hope the old pic conveys the atmosphere
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
Fondest memory: 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!
My favorite part of my entire trip to Brazil was the 3-day trip up the Rio Negro. We went piranha fishing, swimming, met the local Amazonian tribespeople, tried to capture caymans by moonlight, saw the elusive pink river dolphins, canoed around in the shallows with a local guide, trecked through the jungle, and slept under the stars in hammocks to the music of the jungle frogs and night creatures. It is an amazing place, and a wonderful opportunity to get away from the city. By the way, the movie Anaconda was filmed there, to give you an idea of what it looks like.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory was taking a canoe out on the Rio Negro at night looking for caymans. I looked up and saw the Southern Cross and the Big Dipper sharing the same sky above me. Jungle sounds came from the darkness in all directions, and twisty Amazonian trees were occasionally illuminated by heat lightning in the distance. A very surreal and amazing night.
Fondest memory: Our Jungle Cruise on the Rivers Negro and Amazon. Different companies offer such trips but we signed up for our internment, errr, luxury cruise at the travel agency located inside the lobby of the tres cool Tropical Hotel on Ponta Negra beach. We then joined our fellow castaways directly behind the hotel, boarding at its private dock. And off we went....to return that evening with true stories of survival that shocked and amazed our friends and family...did we really have to eat bugs and build our own shelter from palm fronds and coconut shells and steal each other's shoes and cooking pots?!?!
Favorite thing: To experience the Brazilian Amazon, manaus is the place to start. I believe that Manaus is underestimated. There are a lot of things to see and do in Manaus. A city tour is nice to see all of the areas of this city, including some of the Favelas (slums). Visiting the meeting of the rivers is a must see due to the natural phenomonon that it is. Why not go hiking or spend some time at ont of the Amazon lodges a few hours bu boat from the city, in the unspioled Amazon.
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!
spend at least a day on the river - see the different colors of the meeting of the waters, the Rio negro and the Amazon, try to spot the rare pink dolphin
Fondest memory: visiting a family that lived along the river and being able to hold in my arms a baby sloth,(left) feed their pet monkey and trying to avoid being eaten by their pet crocodile (12 ft long!)
- See the 'Encontro das aguas'(see the top of the page) (Solimoes and Black River meeting by the city. They will never mix, as their speed, texture are so different)
- Stay in the Jungle. It´s amazing, and it is really worthwhile. If you just stay in the city you´ll regret later.
A lot of Lodges work there, far enough from the city and from other lodges.
- Stay in the Rio Negro (Black River, which you can see here on the left). It´s not as dangerous as Solimoes. The nature of the water is quite different and not so many strange bugs live there. It is said that many lodge owners in Solimoes suicided on account of the difficulties in living there.
Fondest memory: - Igapos and Igarapes: they are kind of ways in the river, where you can enter with your canoa as if a corridor. It usually appears in the rainy station until the dry season comes. Sometimes it´s very difficult to pass through and the silence (just hear the row against the water and the birds, and sometimes some little flier fish) is moving. No way going there without a canoa. Walking is imposible as no piece of land is usually available.
- Walking into the Jungle. It is, when going with a local guide, so that he can explain what indians usually do with the many plants, roots, fruits, dry trunks, the sap....It´s quite interesting!! Ours´ name was Prakash and he must be the best!! I really think.
- Birdwatching. Very easy, mostly fishermen and ducks.
- Dolphins. Yeah! There are dolphins, indeed. But they are not quite like those in the sea. These are pink and it´s 'nose' is much narrower.They usually jump but sometimes you can just see a shadow of it if you don´t look fast enough.
- Alligators. There is a common practise, related to catching up small alligators, in the night. To do it, they use a lantern and when the feel a noise they point in the direction where the noise come from and turn the alligator blind for a while. That´s the moment when they (not being too far) get near and as a miracle they catch it (you know it because of the splash, not because you can see it anyway). As it is usually really small, the guide can then explain why they have 2 membranes for the eyes: one to protect from the water and a second one to sleep. They they show how an alli can get asleep just by tickling its belly. It´s very funny!!!
- Night sounds in the jungle