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Meeting of the waters

Meeting of the waters

Mona Trandum

Manaus is situated on the Rio Negro (means "Black River"), just 10 kilometers upstream from the point this river meets the Solimoes to form the Amazon (Rio Amazonas). When in the area you should pay a visit to this point for the mingling of black and yellow water from the two rivers is really a sight worth seeing.

The city boomed due to the richness from the nearby rubberplants who used this place to trade latex. When the rubber business came into decline due to synthetic alternatives, the city fell into decline.

It now has a population over one and a half million people. Situated in the middle of the Amazon rain forest it serves as a travel hub and a distribution center for the river areas of the upper Amazon. It is thriving river harbour as well as the major destination on the highway from the south. You will be impressed by the vast number of river vessels of all shapes and sizes that ply their way from here to every township up and down this great river. Manaus is also the furthest point along the Amazon's deep-water channel, which allows huge ocean liners to come the 2,000 km/1,250 miles upstream from the Atlantic.

Unfortunately there’s not much left of the fortress built in 1669 where the city originated, but there are lots of other interesting sights. You cannot miss the Jesuit church, dominating the city center, but you should also see the harbour installations, completed in 1902. Another interesting industrial sight, finished in the same year, is the Mercado Adolfo Lisboa, a miniature copy of the demolished Halles de Paris, built by Gustav Eiffel.

From Manaus you can start programs to the four main points of the Amazon area. In the south Mamori, Juma e Janauacá. In the extreme north Presidente Figueiredo. In the east the national park Jaú and Rio Negro. In the west Rio Urubu, represented by a vegetation bulk, being composed for dense tropical forest or open forests.

You can expect to see some wildlife and visit some of the forest remnants, but two weeks or more are needed to reach untouched areas. Small two-story river boats carry five to ten people, sleeping in hammocks on the lower deck. Local residents use these but they are not recommended for tourists. Tour boats carrying from 15 to 30 people are comfortable, accommodating, and economical. Large boats carrying hundreds ply the river too, but the big boats don't stop between ports.


July 13, 2006 change by slrman (1 point)

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