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    Catching Croc's

    by Madasabull Written Feb 15, 2014

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    Find someone to take you out in some of the Crocodile infested smaller rivers to try to catch some young Croc's, it's amazing fun, and you really get to feel apart of the forest, as all the creatures come out and you can here them all around you.

    I was a bit worried at first, going out into the dark. We had hired a boat with 4 crew for a few days, that took us out into the river system and away from people. We had a canoe tied to the back which we used to go catching the Croc's late at night, and the thought of sinking in the water, with Croc's, Piranha, Anaconda, and god only knows what else, was a real concern. But I'm typing this so all is well. We didn't even have life jackets, but we wouldn't have needed them I suppose, we wouldn't have lasted that long anyway :)

    It was a real thrill and one of the things I remember most.

    I look almost as startled as the Croc here! Jack and Elmo in our 3 man hollowed out log.
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    The Forest

    by Madasabull Written Feb 15, 2014

    Manaus is of course, the jumping off point to the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, and when we were there, we found a great guide called Elmo.

    He was on a bus talking with some people from different countries and in different languages, and so I asked him if he was for hire, and he was. He said he would charge £10 per day and would show us some amazing things, and travel where ever we wanted to go, and this including him staying with us 24 hours a day if we were gone for days at a time, which we were.

    He really was amazing, and seemed to know everyone, and everything. So if he is still going, ask around some of the smaller tour operators for Elmo and do they know how to get hold of him.

    Even without Elmo, you will find some great guides no doubt, and some really cheap trips. Don't expect to be knee deep in animals when you get out there, as it is really hard to find any. That isnt to say that they arent there. They will have heard you coming from miles away, and run for cover. But they are there, all around you, as we found out ourselves.

    We found Giant Otters, Pink Dolphins, we could Piranha, followed the bubbles of an Anaconda as it swam through the water, saved a Macaw from being eaten by Piranha, and even caught small crocs at night. Oh, and we even tried to get a Tarantula out of a hole, but it wouldn't come out all the way.

    Jack at Elmo's humble home. This is where we found Giant Otters. Balbina Lake I caught this Piranha and our guide took it home! Our digs one night needed a little TLC
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    The meeting of the waters.

    by Madasabull Written Feb 15, 2014

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    This is a must do while you have the chance. This is the most famous meeting of waters there is, and it is amazing.

    This meeting of waters is by two rivers, the confluence between the Rio Negro's dark water, and the light colored Amazon River or Rio Solimões, as it is known the upper section of the Amazon is a real treat. It's pretty weird to see too.

    It's not just the colours that keep the rivers from mixing straight away, they are both at first at different speeds, different content, and different temperatures too. They do mix as further downstream of course.

    There are lots of tourist trips for little money that will show you these, or you may even see it if you are just crossing the river on a trip somewhere else.

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    Festival and Parties.

    by Madasabull Written Feb 15, 2014

    One thing that impressed me, was how the people love a good party and a chance to unwind.

    In the city people would be dancing outside clubs and bars, and not just in them, and couples would dance together, not just getting up as a gang of women dancing around handbags, or a mob of drunken men making fools of themselves.

    And when we came across a festival, everyone would be dancing and having the time of their lives.

    So if you can, try to time your trip to a festival and get involved.

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    Amazon Theatre

    by ines2003 Written Oct 15, 2013

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    The Amazon Theatre (Portuguese: Teatro Amazonas) is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Theatre was built during the Belle Époque at a time when fortunes were made in the rubber boom. Construction of the Amazon Theatre was first proposed in 1881 by a member of the local House of Representatives, Antonio Jose Fernandes Júnior, who envisioned a "jewel" in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

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    make an accompanied jungle walk

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Sep 29, 2012

    accompanied by professional guide, e.g. lodge owner like Germano from the Tariri Lodge

    http://www.taririamazonlodge.com.br/eng/index.php

    you can learn a lot of the jungle...how you can survive, what natural medicaments the jungle has what animals and plants are all there..difference between primary and secondary forest

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    MEETING OF THE WATERS

    by davidjo Written Mar 27, 2012

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    When you take a ferry downstream (100kms) where the Amazon and Negro converge the brown sandy colour of the Amazon and the black colour of the Negro will be clearly observed. For 10 kms you will be able to see the two distinct colours as the two mighty rivers converge. Nothing prepares you for seeing this unique sight.

    BLACK and BROWN

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  • Amazon Eco Adventures Boat Tour

    by FranzDK Written Nov 18, 2011

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    One day tour with speed boat to following attractions:
    Seringal museum, where you got an impression of Manaus during the rubber boom;
    Monkey parque where you see different specous of monkeys;
    Indigenous community, where you assist a tribal dance;
    Lunch on sandy white beach and swimming with pink river dolphins.
    Tour starts 8am daily and returns 5pm.

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  • Amazon Jungle Tour

    by norge1980 Written Apr 29, 2011

    Arriving in Manaus, we decided to make a jungle tour. After contacting several Agencies we booked with Amazon Backpackers. Everything worked out fine. The next morning the guide Marcelo picked us up at the Hostel and we took a taxi to the port. The speed boat was waiting for us to cross the Amazon River. We passed the meeting of the waters, great experience; black and brown water flooding next for kilometers. Arriving in a fishing village we took a taxi to another small community, where the boat was waiting to bring us to the lodge. We had a private room in an Indian big round house. Food was great and with local specialties made of Cassava. On the excursions Marcelo really showed his talent. First Piranha fishing in swamped land, we caught a couple. At night Alligator spotting, he picked a maybe 1m50 huge one, amazing. Next day we went deep in to the jungle and stayed there overnight. This was definitely the best part of the trip. We saw monkeys, parrots, sloth, huge spider (tarantula), iguanas and one kind of rabbit. Unforgotten stays the noise next morning from all the jungle animals. Back to the lodge we went canoeing, birds everywhere, huge white ones, toucans, hummingbirds, falcons, etc, Marcelo knew all the names. After 3 days of pleasure there was some problem with the transportation on our way back, but finally a great experience everybody should make.

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  • Amazon Jungle Tour

    by norge1980 Written Apr 29, 2011

    Arriving in Manaus, we decided to make a jungle tour. After contacting several Agencies we booked with Amazon Backpackers. Everything worked out fine. The next morning the guide Marcelo picked us up at the Hostel and we took a taxi to the port. The speed boat was waiting for us to cross the Amazon River. We passed the meeting of the waters, great experience; black and brown water flooding next for kilometers. Arriving in a fishing village we took a taxi to another small community, where the boat was waiting to bring us to the lodge. We had a private room in an Indian big round house. Food was great and with local specialties made of Cassava. On the excursions Marcelo really showed his talent. First Piranha fishing in swamped land, we caught a couple. At night Alligator spotting, he picked a maybe 1m50 huge one, amazing. Next day we went deep in to the jungle and stayed there overnight. This was definitely the best part of the trip. We saw monkeys, parrots, sloth, huge spider (tarantula), iguanas and one kind of rabbit. Unforgotten stays the noise next morning from all the jungle animals. Back to the lodge we went canoeing, birds everywhere, huge white ones, toucans, hummingbirds, falcons, etc, Marcelo knew all the names. After 3 days of pleasure there was some problem with the transportation on our way back, but finally a great experience everybody should make.

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  • Jungle Trip to Lake Tucuma

    by dynamo1000 Written Dec 15, 2010

    We have been to Lake Tucuma recently with Elso Lima, who started his own business. We contacted him due to his recommendations as jungle guide.. As this is not our first trip to the Amazon we were looking to something special. We spent 6 days in a simple jungle lodge belonging to his family. We had a great time exploring the beauty of the region where he grew up. He got an extensive knowledge about amazon species, birds, reptiles, fish, spiders. We are looing forward for our next visit to the Amazon and hope to got more time to spend.

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    Meeting of the Two Rivers

    by lomi Updated Mar 20, 2010

    It's a must-see.

    The "Meeting of the Waters" is where two rivers converge -- one the Rio Solimaesthe, the bright color of mustard; the other Rio Negro is dark chocolate brown.

    They meet but don't mix, running next to each other for miles, a squiggly line separating them like two ice-creams in a sundae dish.

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  • Discover the JUNGLE on YOUR OWN

    by AlterHase Written Jul 6, 2009

    Great adventure around Manaus, which you can do on your own (without an expensive tour operator).

    PRESIDENTE FIGUEIREDO: 107km north of Manaus, Waterfalls in virgin jungle, Tucunare fishing, onibus just 15 Reais, Pousadas from R$ 40.- I visited the Iracema waterfalls, Santuario Waterfalls, Cavern Managua and Orchideia waterfall. Mototaxis can take you there inexpensive.

    NOVO AIRAO: 5 hours by bus (25 Reais). You can swim there with the pink dolphins (fluctuante da Mathilde) for free (an activity, for which Ariau Towers is chargin 100 Reais).

    MAUES: Land of the Guarana and Satere-Mawe Indians, 267km from Manaus. Boats are leaving daily, sailing time 18 hours, 70 Reais. There is also a EMBRATUR official operator, Amazon Riders (www.amazonriders.com) offering expeditions to the Indian Reserve there. But i did not went, as the price was out of my budget. On the way back to Manaus I met on the boat a Spanish family. They told me, that they went with Amazon Riders insite the reserve, met real naked indians, and went hunting and fishing with them. A lifetime experience, according to them.

    MAMORI LAKE: The lodge used by most tour operators, I booked myself. The owner is called Zezinho, full bording with three meals, use of the facilities and overnight in beds or hammocks costs only R$ 65.- per night. They have also a website: www.manausjunglehostel.com
    I stayed there 3 days and hired a local guide for just R$ 40.- per day.

    Swimming in cool waters, Presidente Figueiredo Manaus Jungle Hostel MAMORI LAKE Guarana Fruit Indian Boys near Maues Wouw, such a big Pirarucu Fish
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  • Discover the JUNGLE on YOUR OWN

    by AlterHase Written Jul 6, 2009

    Great adventure around Manaus, which you can do on your own (without an expensive tour operator).

    PRESIDENTE FIGUEIREDO: 107km north of Manaus, Waterfalls in virgin jungle, Tucunare fishing, onibus just 15 Reais, Pousadas from R$ 40.- I visited the Iracema waterfalls, Santuario Waterfalls, Cavern Managua and Orchideia waterfall. Mototaxis can take you there inexpensive.

    NOVO AIRAO: 5 hours by bus (25 Reais). You can swim there with the pink dolphins (fluctuante da Mathilde) for free (an activity, for which Ariau Towers is chargin 100 Reais).

    MAUES: Land of the Guarana and Satere-Mawe Indians, 267km from Manaus. Boats are leaving daily, sailing time 18 hours, 70 Reais. There is also a EMBRATUR official operator, Amazon Riders (www.amazonriders.com) offering expeditions to the Indian Reserve there. But i did not went, as the price was out of my budget. On the way back to Manaus I met on the boat a Spanish family. They told me, that they went with Amazon Riders insite the reserve, met real naked indians, and went hunting and fishing with them. A lifetime experience, according to them.

    MAMORI LAKE: The lodge used by most tour operators, I booked myself. The owner is called Zezinho, full bording with three meals, use of the facilities and overnight in beds or hammocks costs only R$ 65.- per night. They have also a website: www.manausjunglehostel.com
    I stayed there 3 days and hired a local guide for just R$ 40.- per day.

    Swimming in cool waters, Presidente Figueiredo Manaus Jungle Hostel MAMORI LAKE Guarana Fruit Indian Boys near Maues Wouw, such a big Pirarucu Fish
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  • Discover the JUNGLE on YOUR OWN

    by AlterHase Written Jul 6, 2009

    Great adventure around Manaus, which you can do on your own (without an expensive tour operator).

    PRESIDENTE FIGUEIREDO: 107km north of Manaus, Waterfalls in virgin jungle, Tucunare fishing, onibus just 15 Reais, Pousadas from R$ 40.- I visited the Iracema waterfalls, Santuario Waterfalls, Cavern Managua and Orchideia waterfall. Mototaxis can take you there inexpensive.

    NOVO AIRAO: 5 hours by bus (25 Reais). You can swim there with the pink dolphins (fluctuante da Mathilde) for free (an activity, for which Ariau Towers is chargin 100 Reais).

    MAUES: Land of the Guarana and Satere-Mawe Indians, 267km from Manaus. Boats are leaving daily, sailing time 18 hours, 70 Reais. There is also a EMBRATUR official operator, Amazon Riders (www.amazonriders.com) offering expeditions to the Indian Reserve there. But i did not went, as the price was out of my budget. On the way back to Manaus I met on the boat a Spanish family. They told me, that they went with Amazon Riders insite the reserve, met real naked indians, and went hunting and fishing with them. A lifetime experience, according to them.

    MAMORI LAKE: The lodge used by most tour operators, I booked myself. The owner is called Zezinho, full bording with three meals, use of the facilities and overnight in beds or hammocks costs only R$ 65.- per night. They have also a website: www.manausjunglehostel.com
    I stayed there 3 days and hired a local guide for just R$ 40.- per day.

    Swimming in cool waters, Presidente Figueiredo Manaus Jungle Hostel MAMORI LAKE Guarana Fruit Indian Boys near Maues Wouw, such a big Pirarucu Fish
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