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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 Tour

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    The Amazonas jungle is a must do/see in Manaus! Together with three good friends I went on a seven days tour arranged by Brazilian Safaris Tours, and it was a fantastic experience. Piranha fishing, caiman hunt, river dolphins, shake hunt, tarantulas, native villages, sleeping in the jungle, and much, much more…

    Check my "Travelogues" for more information:

    Part 1: Com Te Caio...
    Part 2: Jungle Activities...
    Part 3: Flora and Fauna...

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    Capoeira

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 19, 2011

    When walking the streets of Manaus you’ll quite often meet a group of capoeira dancers, who are giving a performance.

    Capoeira is a kind of ‘dance which is a fight - and a fight which is a dance’… It was African slaves who first used capoeira, and it is said that ‘capoeira was born out of burning desire for freedom’.

    Participants in capoeira form a circle (roda) within two dancers show a simulated fight (jogo). Some of the dancers are very skilful, and it is impressive how close the punch markings are without hitting the opponent.

    Please notice that it is common to give a little tip to the dancers if you have watched their performance – especially if you have taken photos!

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    Manaus City Centre

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    Praca São Sebastião is a big square in front of the opera house in Manaus. In the centre of the square you'll find the 'Monumento Comemorativo a Abertura dos Portos', a monument of bronze, marble and granite. It was erected in around 1900, celebrating the Opening of the Ports to Fellow Nations. The square is decorated with a beautiful mosaic and I was told that it symbolizes the 'Meeting of the Waters', but I'm not sure…

    From Praca São Sebastião you can spot the São Sebastião Church. The neoclassical church was built in 1888, and has belonged to Capuchin priests since its foundation. I didn’t go inside São Sebastião.

    Right next to the opera house, you'll find Palácio da Justica. It was built in 1900 – also during the era of the "rubber barons". The palace was built to be the headquarters of the Palace of Justice, and still serves the same function. I only walked by the beautiful building, and don’t know if it is open for public?

    Monumento Comemorativo a Abertura dos Portos Mosaic Pal��cio da Justica S��o Sebasti��o Church
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    Meeting of the Waters

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    Some 12 kilometres from Manaus, you'll find the Meeting of the Waters (Encontro das Aguas).

    It is where the black water of the Rio Negro meets the white water of the Solimoes, and forms the Amazon River. The waters flow side by side for several kilometres before merging - they don’t mix more quickly because of the differences in water temperature and river flow rates.

    I passed the Meeting of the Waters on my way to the Amazonas jungle, but have read that you can also visit on a group tour or with a private guide. Tours can be booked at tour operators in Manaus.

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    Teatro Amazonas

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    Teatro Amazonas is an opera house located in the centre of Manaus. It was built during the rubber boom, and partly financed by the ‘rubber barons’.

    Much of the construction material was imported from Europe; the roofing tiles came from Alsace, the furniture and furnishings came from Paris, the Carrarra marble (used for stairs, statues, and columns) came from Italy, and the steel walls were ordered from England.

    The first performance occurred on 7 January 1897 with the Italian opera, ‘La Gioconda’, by Ponchielli.

    We went on a guided tour through the foyer, the theatre hall, the noble hall, and the small connected museum. A group of singers were practicing on the stage, and we had the opportunity to enjoy some absolutely beautiful music in the theatre hall. A nice additional experience :)

    We also had a look at the outside of the pink building, and especially the dome - covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colours of the Brazilian flag - was very impressive.

    (First time I heard about Teatro Amazonas was in the movie 'Fitzcarraldo' by Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski was inspired by the opera house in Manaus and wanted to built his own opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle. A fantastic movie, but that's another story…)

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